Hurricane Irma is headed toward Florida, and potentially Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, you may be anticipating damage in your area. Do you need help? Check out the resources below.
*We will be updating this page as more information becomes available.
- Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is encouraging all Floridians to keep all insurance and banking information in one, easily-accessible place. Consumers can download a copy of the Department’s free Emergency Financial Preparedness Toolkit. The Toolkit serves as a one-stop shop for all finance, emergency and insurance contact information. Download and complete the toolkit today.
- Consumers with questions about their policies and those who need help filing a claim should call the Florida CFO’s free Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-693-5236.
- Under a State of Emergency, individuals are able to refill prescriptions early. All health insurers, managed care organizations, and other entities that are licensed by the Office of Insurance Regulation and provide prescription medication coverage as part of a policy are required to waive time restrictions on prescription medication refills.
- South Florida sandbag distribution sites here.
- South Carolina 2017 Hurricane Guide.
- Red Cross: What should I do BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER a hurricane?
- Red Cross: What supplies do I need?
Staying Connected and Informed
- The Florida Emergency Information Line has been activated and is available 24/7 for families and visitors at 1-800-342-3557.
- Florida: Text FLPREPARES to 888777 to receive updates via text
- Comcast will be opening more than 137,000 free Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout Florida for individuals in need, including non-Xfinity customers, to help residents and emergency personnel stay connected if Hurricane Irma makes anticipated landfall in Florida. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, please visit Xfinity.com/wifi.
Live updates on Twitter – follow these channels:
- Florida: @FLSert or @FLGovScott
- Georgia: @GeorgiaEMA
- North Carolina: @NCEmergency
- South Carolina: @SCEMD
- Virginia: @VDEM
- FLGetAPlan – preparedness app from FDEM GooglePlay iTunes
- Florida Storms – Florida Public Radio Emergency Network GooglePlay iTunes
- FEMA – mobile app
- Red Cross – mobile apps
Rescue and Evacuation
- Florida – Search by address – to determine if you are in a designated evacuation zone.
- Read More About Florida Evacuation Zones – learn more about designated evacuation zones, which counties have them and which don’t, flood zones are factored into evacuations, and evacuation orders.
- Georgia, Carolinas, & Virginia: Find Your Evacuation Zone
- Florida Airport Closings
- All tolls and construction contractor work have been temporarily suspended for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida.
- Real-time traffic information and evacuation routes is available at www.FL511.com. By calling one number, 511, motorists everywhere in the state can find out about construction updates, lane closures, traffic incidents, severe weather reports and Amber Alerts for child abductions.
- School closures are available at www.fldoe.org/irma.
- Power Outages Map: Florida Power Outages Map
- If you evacuate your home, do not leave your pets behind. SERT has a variety of information about how you can keep your pets safe: http://www.floridadisaster.org/petplan.htm
- Volunteer Florida is coordinating with volunteer organizations across the state and has partnered with the American Red Cross to provide shelter operations training to volunteers and AmeriCorps grantees. To volunteer, go to volunteerflorida.org or call 1-800-FL-Help-1.
Shelter and Relief
- Florida open shelters by county: floridadisaster.org/shelters (special needs, pets and general populations)
- Florida Special Needs Information by County
- What to expect in a Shelter, what to take, sheltering your pet & special needs info.
- Veterans from storm-impacted areas in Florida who require immediate assistance may contact: VA Health Resource Center Disaster Hotline: 1-800-507-4571.
- Through VISIT FLORIDA’s partnership with Expedia, Expedia.com/Florida has been activated to provide accommodations availability information for visitors, residents and first responders.
- Airbnb – has activated their Disaster Response Program for Hurricane Irma. This program will facilitate free temporary housing in Northern Florida and Southern Georgia to Evacuees to aid Floridians evacuating their homes and relief workers arriving to assist in response to Hurricane Irma.These $0 listings are available for the next three weeks, until September 28.
- Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10.
Other Helpful Resources:
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency
- South Carolina Emergency Management Division
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management
- Resources from ALPS