Emergency Preparedness

Knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Basic protective actions can be similar for multiple hazards.

While sheltering in place or evacuating depends on the specific emergency, developing a family communication plan or making an emergency supply kit is key to responding safely to various emergency situations.

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Get Connected

In Jacksonville, emergencies may likely be due to severe weather events like hurricanes or even tornadoes. Jacksonville Connect is a direct emergency messaging system that is a free service for Citizens. Messages received will include information about hurricanes, fires, loss of power, water outages and other official government messages that directly affect those living in the Jacksonville area.

Sign up online with Jacksonville Connect before an emergency situation occurs. The City does not share your information.

Jacksonville Connect sends messages to you directly from City officials through:

  • Home Phone
  • Cell Phone
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Rss Feed
  • email
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Important Information For You And Your Family

Following a natural disaster or other emergency event, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they may not be able to reach everyone immediately. Basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for several days or longer. Having your own food, water, and medical supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days is a good way to be prepared for any emergency.

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A Basic Emergency Kit

Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services firmly believes that early preparation can go a long way to create a safer situation following a disaster. Please consider the following Basic Emergency Supply Kit items:

  • Water - 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle - to signal for help
  • Dust mask - to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties - for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers - to turn off utilities
  • Can opener - for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Additional Resources

City, County, and Base - Emergency Preparedness Information
Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services -Emergency Preparedness
Jacksonville Flood Plains - Resources, Assistance and Prevention

State & Federal Resources

US Emergency Management - www.ready.gov
North Carolina Emergency Preparedness - www.readync.org
North Carolina Emergency Management - www.ncem.org
Federal Emergency Management Agency - www.fema.gov