Family Disaster Planning

The Family Disaster Planning website, brought to you by the State of Florida, helps to better prepare families for future disasters by helping to create your own personalized Family Disaster Plan. In a major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone right away, and in some cases it may take 3 or more days for help to arrive. What would you do if you had no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family and their needs will help to ensure their safety and comfort in difficult times.

On the website you are asked to provide information about your home, family and pets. From this information, the website creates your own personalized Family Disaster Plan that you can print out and save for future emergencies. The plan includes recommended amounts of food and water, up to date information about evacuation techniques, and checklists of important steps to take.

At the Family Disaster Planning website you can obtain up to the minute weather information as well as a wealth of other resources concerning all types of emergency situations.

Disaster Preparation Resources

Local

National

For information about how to create a plan, what to include in a disaster kit, where to find storm updates, and many other subjects, please visit the resources listed below.

Ready.gov: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster preparedness website contains detailed planning guides for families, businesses, pets, and special populations, as well as detailed information about disasters and emergencies.

FloridaDisaster.org: The Florida Division of Emergency Management’s website is the best resource for Florida specific evacuation maps, shelter information, and storm updates.

PrepareFL: The Florida Department of Financial Services provides a printable Emergency Financial Preparedness Toolkit available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

ALERT Florida: Sign up for emergency emails and text messages from your city and county emergency management officials.

DBPR Hurricane Guide: Compiled by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the DBPR Hurricane Guide contains an emergency kit checklist, emergency planning guidelines, hurricane safety tips, and more.

For information about Hurricane Preparedness and how to stay informed, please visit FloridaDisaster.Biz

Other Disaster Preparedness Information

Download the PDF file for Other Disaster Preparedness Information
Download the PDF file for Child Care Weather Watch

Coalition News: Hurricane Ian

In response to Hurricane Ian, the Early Learning Coalition of SWFL is dedicated to providing information and assistance to childcare providers of Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.

School Readiness Providers:  School Readiness reimbursements for September are anticipated to be released on schedule.  If you are able to log into the Provider Portal, please record facility closures for September and submit your attendance.  Payment will NOT be delayed if you are not able to access the portal due to loss of power or internet.

VPK Providers:  VPK Advance has been processed for all providers contracted for advance payments.  VPK reimbursements for September are anticipated to be released on schedule.  If you are able to log into the Provider Portal, please record facility closures for September and submit your attendance.  Payment will NOT be delayed if you are not able to access the portal due to loss of power or internet.

Click HERE for instructions on recording temporary closures in the Statewide Provider Portal.

Important Websites