emergency preparedness

person on a boat in the street, where flooding has overtaken everything in sight in a residential San Marco neighborhood.
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With the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season starting June1, the Jacksonville City Council is discussing preparation plans if a storm system heads to Northeast Florida. 

Independent Living Center

Jacksonville residents are bracing for the possibility of a Category 1 hurricane. Many are buying water and stocking up on batteries.

For people living with disabilities, preparation involves more steps.

The Independent Living Resource Center has a new guide to help them keep an emergency from becoming a tragedy.

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Atlantic Beach businessman John Stinson is running for city commissioner against incumbent Maria Mark this month.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Stinson talked about some of the leading issues in his campaign.

“I chose to run for office because during the [human rights ordinance] debate I heard the comment was made that 'some things are too important to let the voters decide,'” Stinson said.

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Nearly 15 million Americans participated in FEMA’s National PrepareAthon Day on Tuesday. But a group of 15 million others has been quietly preparing for over a century: Mormons.

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Federal forecasters are predicting a slower than usual Atlantic hurricane season this year, but officials warn that it only takes one storm to cause widespread damage and death. 

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A Hurricane disaster kit is not something you should be scrambling to assemble as a hurricane makes landfall.

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With hurricane season here, state emergency officials are urging anyone with mobility or health problems to register with local officials for extra help during an emergency evacuation.

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There are only three days left for Florida residents to stock up on emergency items like batteries and generators and not have to pay sales tax on them.

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With the 2014 hurricane season just beginning, Jacksonville officials are asking residents to become familiar with the city's new evacuation zones.

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is now officially upon us. And it comes in the midst of a historic lull.

Time explains that it's been 3,142 days since a Category 3 hurricane or stronger made landfall in the United States. The last one was Hurricane Wilma, which at its peak had winds of 185 mph and made landfall in Florida in 2005.

"That's an unprecedented streak, going back to 1900—the longest drought before the current one was nearly 1,000 days shorter," Time goes on.

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A new survey by the Automobile Club of America finds that Category 3 hurricanes seem to be the evacuation threshold for the majority of Floridians.

Florida Retail Federation

A nine-day sales tax holiday on items like flashlights, batteries and weather radios is set to begin Saturday  at retailers across Florida.

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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has officially released the city's first updated evacuation map since 2005.

Duval County Develops New Hurricane Evacuation Zones

May 23, 2014
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For the first time since 2005, Jacksonville's emergency planners have revamped evacuation zones for major weather disasters.

Previously, the evacuation and disaster plan was solely based on the threat of hurricanes, which only took wind speed into account, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Steven Woodard said. The maps will now help homeowners prepare for storm surge damage as well.

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The 2014 Hurricane Season is just two weeks away, and officials continue to remind Floridians to prepare the same no matter the forecast.

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Residents of the First Coast and communities across Florida have a powerful, new resource in their disaster preparedness tool kit.

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Four years ago this month, a powerful earthquake ripped through the tiny island nation of Haiti, killing approximately 300,000 people and leaving millions injured and homeless.

Karen remnants dump rain from Georgia to Jax, closing arguments expected in Mathis trial, and the local effects of the government shutdown are in headlines this morning.


Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown has appointed a veteran of  Federal Emergency Management Agency to lead Duval County's Emergency Management Division.

Steven Woodard also spent 20 years in the U.S. Secret Service.

Woodard says Jacksonville's emergency responders have an excellent reputation. He served in leadership roles for more than 60 events including Super Bowl XXXVI, the United Nations General Assembly and the first inauguration of President George W. Bush.

Hurricane season starts Saturday (June 1), and forecasters say it could be a doozy.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center expects between 13 and 20 named storms this year.  As many as 11 of these storms could become hurricanes.  And of those, six could grow into major hurricanes with wind speeds well over 100 mph.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/30/3424627/florida-braces-for-another-active.html#storylink=cpy