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Hurricane Preparedness

Whether you are a new resident or have lived here for years, it’s important to make a plan for emergencies. The first step in making a plan is gathering information. Find your local emergency contacts for the types of emergencies that are most common in your community. Also, find out where to seek shelter in the event of an emergency.

Other Helpful Tips:
It’s important to understand your home’s vulnerability, if you live in an evacuation area and how to get the National Weather Service forecasts for your area. Also, you can put together a supply kit, become familiar with evacuation routes and talk with your family and neighbors. Make a list of important emergency contacts and radio/TV stations in your area.

Emergency Resources: Below is an emergency contact list containing federal, state and local government emergency contact numbers and resources. 

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Dept. of Labor – Unemployment Assistance
FEMA – 800-621-3362 and
www.fema.gov  (1st step in filing for disaster assistance)
Assistance before and after a disaster at
National Hurricane Center -
NOAAWatch – Provides current information in monitoring Hurricanes –
National Flood Insurance Program – 888-356-6329 and
Small Business Administration – SBA Answer Desk: 800-827-5722 | Disaster Loans: 800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
• Disaster Preparedness -
• Disaster assistance -
Contact 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
• Apply for a disaster loan online - https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/Index

US Department of Homeland Security
Veteran Affairs – VHA Office of Emergency Management - https://www.va.gov/vhaemergencymanagement/
Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs – 727-518-3202 and www.floridavets.org
VA Disaster Hotline – 1-800-507-4571

U.S. Congressman Bill Posey Washington DC Office: 202-225-3671 and

Department of Elder Affairs – 1-800-963-5337 and http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us
Locally: Brevard County 407-514-0019
Indian River County 866-684-5885
Orange County 407-514-0019
Disaster Contractor Network Contractor License Verification – 850-487-13895 and 222.dcnoline.org  
Florida Attorney General Price Gouging Hotline – 866-966-7226
Florida Emergency Information Line (only activated during disasters) – 800-342-3557
Florida Emergency Management - Non-emergencies 850-413-9900; emergencies 800-320-0519 -
Florida Department of Financial Services www.fldfs.com or Toll-free helpline: (1-877-693-5236)
Florida Office of Insurance Regulation – 850-413-3140 and
My Florida 511 – Travelers can dial 511 to access current information about roadway conditions during severe weather, evacuations and emergencies. You can also download the Florida 511 app for Apple and Android devices to get access to the same information
Report Insurance Fraud
– 1-800-378-0445 or Division of Insurance Fraud Headquarters 850-413-3115
Utility and Telephone Concerns
– Florida Public Service Commission – 1-800-342-3552

Indian River County

Emergency Operations Center
4225 43rd Ave, Vero Beach, FL. 32967
(772) 567-2154
Emergency Management Division
(772) 226-3900
www.irces.com or www.ircgov.com
Free Emergency Management Alerts
(772) 226 -3900 or www.alertindianriver.com
Emergencies – Law Enforcement/Fire/Ambulance – Dial 9-1-1
Emergency Services Public Information Line – 772-567-2129 (Activated during disasters)
Indian River Medical Center
1000 36th Street Vero Beach, Florida

Sebastian River Medical Center
13695 U.S. Hwy. 1 Sebastian, Florida

American Red Cross – 1-866-438-4636 and www.redcross.org
Storm Surge Zoneshttp://ircgov.maps.arcgis.com/
Indian River County Sheriff – 772-569-6700
Evacuation Zones, Routes and Shelter Locations
Who should be prepared to evacuate in Indian River County?
• Residents of the barrier island
• Those living in areas known to flood
• Residents of mobile manufactured homes
• Those living in sub-standard housing
• Those living East of U.S. #1

Primary Shelter List

North County
Fellsmere Elementary School
50 North Cypress Street Fellsmere, Florida 32948

Pelican Island Elementary School
1355 Schumann Drive Sebastian, Florida 32958

Sebastian Elementary School
400 County Road 512 Sebastian, Florida 32958

Sebastian River Middle School
9400 County Road 512 Sebastian, Florida 32958

Sebastian River High School
9001 90th Avenue Sebastian, Florida 32958

Storm Grove Middle School
6400 57th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32967

Central County
Gifford Middle School
4530 28th Court Gifford, Florida 32967

Glendale Elementary School
4940 8th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32960

V.B.H.S. Freshman Learning Center
1507 19th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32960

Vero Beach Elementary School
1770 12th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32960

South County
Indian River Academy
500 20th Street SW Vero Beach, Florida 32962

Oslo Middle School
480 20th Avenue SW Vero Beach, Florida 32962

Osceola Magnet School
1110 18th Avenue S.W. Vero Beach, Florida 32962

Special Needs Shelter
Treasure Coast Elementary School
8955 85th Street Sebastian, Florida 32958
Pre-registration required: Call 772-226-3900 for information
Pet-Friendly Shelter
Liberty Magnet School
6850 81st Street Vero Beach, Florida 32967
Call 772-388-3331, Ext. 10 for information

Brevard County

Brevard County Emergency Management
1746 Cedar Street Rockledge, FL 32955

Community Information Hotline – Dial 2-1-1
Emergencies – Law Enforcement/Fire/Ambulance – Dial 9-1-1
Brevard County Fire Rescue (Non-Emergency) – 321-633-2056
Brevard County Crime Tip Line – 800-423-8477
Brevard County Sheriff (Non-Emergency)
North Area – 321-264-5100
Central Area – 321-633-7162
South Area – 321-952-6371
Florida Information Line (Active During Disasters) –800-342-3557
Florida Power and Light (Report an Outage) – 800-468-8243
Florida Price Gouging Hotline (To Report) – 866-966-7226
Florida Highway Patrol (From Any Cell) – *FHP
Florida Department of Environmental Protection – 850-245-2118
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – 850-488-4676
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – 800-621-3362
Florida City Gas – 888-352-5325

Alert Brevard Notifications – To receive text message updates, text “FollowBrevardEOC” to 40404
American Red Cross – 1-866-438-4636 and www.redcross.org
National Weather Service Forecast Office, Melbourne – 321-255-0212 and https://www.weather.gov/mlb/

Evacuation Zones, Routes and Shelter Locations
Evacuation Zones, Routes, and shelters are incident-specific.

Shelters are designed to house residents of the barrier islands (including Merritt Island), those in low-lying or flood-prone areas, those in mobile or manufactured homes, or those with no other sheltering options.

Shelter openings will be announced through local television, radio stations, social media, and the Brevard County Emergency Management website
Special Needs Shelters
Applications can be requested online at www.embrevard.com or by calling 321-637-6670. You can also talk to your home health care agency, hospice agency, medical supply company, or other caregiver who can assist with completing an application.
Radio Stations - WTKS 104.1 FM and WJRR 101.1 FM Cocoa Beach
The NOAA Weather Radio is the National Weather Service’s direct link to the public, and provides severe weather watches and warnings.
The primary frequency for Weather Alert Radios in Brevard County is 162.550MHz and the SAME (FIPS) code is 012009.

Orange County

Office of Emergency Management
Email: ocoem@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-9140
Emergency Medical Services Office
2002-A East Michigan Street
Orlando, Florida 32806
Phone: (407) 836-8960
American Red Cross – 407-894-4141 and toll free 1-866-438-4636 and www.redcross.org
Electricity: Duke Energy – 407-629-1010 or 1-800-228-8485 or www.Duke-energy.com
Orlando Utilities Commission – 407-423-9018 and http://www.ouc.com/
Emergencies – Law Enforcement/Fire/Ambulance - Dial 9-1-1
Orange County Sheriff – For non-emergency information call 407-836-4357
Orange County Resource Line – Dial 311 407-836-3111, TTY 407-836-4250
Spanish operators and translators are available
National Weather Service Forecast Office, Melbourne – 321-255-0212, https://www.weather.gov/mlb/
General Population and Emergency Shelters:
Orange County opens general population shelters for Central Floridians who have been evacuated from their homes, for those who live in low-lying areas, and for others seeking shelter from the storm
Special Needs Shelter – Call the Orange County Special Needs Registration line at (407) 836-9319 for registration forms and instructions.
Pet-Friendly Shelters – For pet-friendly shelters, individuals are asked to bring a carrier, copy of medical records to ensure pets are current on vaccines, food, water and any necessary medications and identification for the pet.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
National Weather Service – http://www.nws.noaa.gov 

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