Are you prepared for the 2019 Hurricane Season?

July 16, 2019

We’re back in the heart of Florida’s hurricane season, are you ready?

During emergencies and every day, 1199SEIU members play a critical role in the care and well-being of so many hospital and nursing home patients across that state.

But to provide this important service, members first have to keep themselves and their families safe if a storm threatens.

Ensure Hurricane Preparedness at Your Hospital or Nursing Home

Be familiar with crisis procedures at your work facility.  Don’t wait for a storm to learn how to evacuate or what to do in case of power outages, flooding, wind damage or other issues.

Know your contract.  Be clear about staffing requirements in case of emergency and any special provisions that were negotiated by your 1199SEIU bargaining team.  Will shifts or duties change when a storm hits?  Are there special allowances if you can’t make it into your facility?  All of these questions should be answered now, not when the winds and tensions are already swirling.

Ready Your Home for a Potential Hurricane

Of course, you need to be prepared at home, too.  Below are some basic tips from the American Red Cross to prepare and protect your loved ones:

·         Assemble an emergency preparedness kit.

·         Create a household evacuation plan that includes your pets.

·         Stay informed about your community’s risk and response plans.

·         Educate your family on how to use the  Safe and Well website.

·         Download the Emergency App for iPhone >> or for Android >>

Here are additional Florida resources for this 2019 hurricane season:

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICES

·         Miami-Dade County: 305-468-5400

·         Broward County: 954-831-3900

·         Monroe County: 305-289-6018

·         Palm Beach County: 561-712-6400

·         Osceola County: 407-742-9000

·         Hillsborough County: 813-236-3800

·         Pinellas County: 727-847-8137

EVACUATION ASSISTANCE

People requiring special needs shelter must register in advance.

·         Miami-Dade County: 305-513-7700; TDD 305-468-5402

·         Broward County: 954-537-2888

·         Monroe County: 305-292-4591

·         Palm Beach County: 561-712-6400

·         Osceola County: 407-343-2154

·         Hillsborough County: 813-272-6900

·         Pinellas County: 727-453-3150

UTILITIES

·         Florida Power & Light: 800-4OUTAGE (800-468-8243)

·         Bellsouth Repair: 611; Customer Service prior to a storm: 888-757-6500

·         TECO Peoples Gas: Miami-Dade and Broward: 877-832-6747

·         TECO Tampa Electric: Hillsborough 877-832-6747 / 813-223-0800

·         Florida City Gas: Miami-Dade: 305-691-8710; Elsewhere: 800-993-7546

·         Progress Energy: Pinellas County: 800-700-8744

·         Kissimmee Utility Authority:  407-933-9800 / 877-582-7700

For members outside of these areas, contact your local emergency management office for more information.

Members can contact their organizer with any additional questions regarding hurricane preparation and response. To be put in touch with your organizer, call 305-623-3000.