Emergency Preparedness

The CILNCF provides information and planning assistance to help our consumers prepare for emergencies. We also work with organizations and emergency preparedness officials to help educate and train personnel for how best to assist people with disabilities in the event of emergencies, accommodations at shelters, etc.

Hurricane Preparedness

We have compiled some helpful information, links, and phone numbers regarding hurricane preparedness for people with disabilities. Information includes locating special needs shelters; tips for preparing, responding, and recovering from hurricanes; how to track hurricanes; emergency supply information; etc. Find that information here »

Hurricane Season: Typically from June 1st to November 30th

The most active months of hurricane season are August through October with the peak of the season occurring September 10th. Forecasters are already predicting a very active Atlantic hurricane season.

Category 1: Dangerous winds that will produce some property damage. Sustained Winds: 74-95 mph

Category 2: Extremely dangerous winds will likely cause extensive damage. Sustained Winds: 96-110mph

Category 3: Serious damage will occur. Sustained Winds: 111-129 mph

Category 4: Catastrophic damage will likely occur. Sustained Winds: 130-156 mph

Category 5: Total devastation. Sustained Winds: 157 mph+

State of Florida Emergency Contacts by County
State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
Disability Resources for Emergencies
Emergency Supply Fact Sheet
Hurricane Guide for Individuals with ASD
Hurricane Guide for Individuals with ASD Spanish Version
2023 Preparedness Calendar

2024 Hurricane Names

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Francine, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Milton, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, William

2024 Storm Predictions

Named Storms: 23 (NOAA average is 14)
Hurricanes: 11 (average is 7)
Major Hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger): 5 (average is 3)

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Information

There are two 14-day sales tax holidays from June 1 – 14, 2024 and August 24 – September 6, 2024. The disaster preparedness sales tax holiday helps Florida residents by eliminating sales tax for some disaster preparedness supplies, including flashlights and lanterns costing $40 or less; reusable ice costing $20 or less; radios costing $50 or less; tarps, ground anchors or tie down kits costing $100 or less; coolers and portable power banks costing $60 or less; batteries and fuel tanks costing $50 or less; smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors costing $70 or less; and generators costing $3,000 or less.

More Information

Please contact the CIL for more information about our Emergency Preparedness Services and to learn more about our Emergency Preparedness Expos: cilncf.org/contact-us