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Stay Hurricane Prepared

It is so important to prepare for disasters and emergencies that can occur anytime. That’s especially important for us in Florida who may have breathed a sigh of relief when we in Volusia County escaped the brunt of Hurricane Idalia. This monster storm struck the Big Bend area of our state, causing billions of dollars in damage, misery, and long-term recovery.

Folks, it’s not over yet: Hurricane season lasts until Nov. 30. With several storm systems churning in the Atlantic Ocean, it’s vital to pay attention to weather forecasts and remain vigilant. Don’t become complacent.

That means preparing for daily needs for you and your family, including your pets, if a storm comes and you need to evacuate. Have enough food, water, cash, required medications, and emergency supplies for at least a week.

Here are two important numbers to keep handy:

  • Contact Volusia County Emergency Management, 386.254.1500, if you have special needs and need assistance.
  • During a hurricane emergency activation, call the Citizens Information Center for updates, storm information, 866.345.0345.

In addition, we have several helpful links on the Volusia Sheriff’s Office web site for consumer assistance after storms. Go online to: sumerservices.stml
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is encouraging everyone to use the 2023 Hurricane Preparedness Guide her office created to help bolster your storm readiness.

The guide offers several good reminders such as:

  • Know evacuation routes and
    shelter locations;
  • Make sure storm-related products
    are hurricane-proof or impact-proof
    before buying;
  • Research recovery charities
    before donating;
  • Beware of unsolicited contractors and notably low or high prices for quotes;
  • Report price gouging during a state
    of emergency.

The Attorney General’s website offers links in Spanish and English Hurricane Preparedness Guide. Go to
We enjoy beautiful weather in Florida and Volusia County. It’s important to value our assets and prepare for all possibilities. If anything materializes, we’ll get through it together.
Please think ahead and go help out your neighbor!

Stay safe,
Sheriff Chitwood