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

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

Emergency Preparedness Expos

Alachua County Emergency Preparedness Expo
The Center for Independent Living of North Central FL is hosting the 3rd Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo for People with Disabilities. The theme this year is After the Disaster, Recovery Plans. This FREE event will include a variety of vendors and speakers to help prepare people with disabilities in our community for any type of emergency. 

ASL interpreters will be provided and other accommodations can be arranged.

For more information about this event, please contact
Kevin Towles at ktowles@cilncf.org or 352-368-3788.

March 14th, 2024 from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Senior Recreation Center
5701 NW 34th Blvd
Gainesville, FL 32653
To register, please go to the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emergency-preparedness-expo-for-people-with-disabilities-in-alachua-county-registration-718046706027

Marion County Emergency Preparedness Expo
The Center for Independent Living of North Central FL is hosting the 7th Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo for People with Disabilities. The theme this year is After the Disaster, Recovery Plans. This FREE event will include a variety of vendors and speakers to help prepare people with disabilities in our community for any type of emergency. 

ASL interpreters will be provided and other accommodations can be arranged.

For more information about this event, please contact
Kevin Towles at ktowles@cilncf.org or 352-368-3788.

March 26th, 2024 from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
College of Central Florida, Ewers Century Center
3001 SW College Road
Ocala, FL 34474
To register, please go to the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emergency-preparedness-expo-for-people-with-disabilities-in-marion-county-tickets-688161990037

More Info

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