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Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and partners continue to prepare for potential impacts of Tropical Storm Elsa:

  • Staged equipment and secured staffing for emergency shelters; if shelters open, announcements will be made once the shelters are open for operation;
  • Fueled and equipped generators, some of which are preliminarily staged at key locations;
  • Coordinated County contractors and memorandums of understanding to expedite emergency activities including debris collection, ambulance services, and more;
  • Prepared sandbag sites for potential openings;
  • Reviewed staffing plans;
  • And other critical emergency preparedness activities.


  • The Seminole County Special Needs Program is a voluntary program for residents, allowing Emergency Management to identify vulnerable individuals requiring extra assistance. Residents with special medical needs such as electricity to operate a medical device, refrigeration needs for medications, an enhanced level of wound care, or other eligible criteria should register at Seminole County Special Needs. A caregiver may also register on behalf of the resident.
  • Emergency Management recommends using this program only as a "last resort" and individuals with special needs should consider sheltering with relatives or friends prior to the use of a shelter.
  • ASL/Deaf: - Special Needs Program Video

 Last Updated: July 2, 2021 5:33pm


  • Learn the types of disasters most likely to occur in your community, especially in flood-prone areas.
  • Consider purchasing a weather radio to alert you of severe weather conditions.
  • Have enough supplies for a minimum of three days (preferably one week).
  • Know how, when and where to shut off water, gas and electric at the main sources to your home; if you lose services, turning the utility off can prevent issues once service is restored. Post emergency and utility provider numbers by the phone.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Flood damage, for example, is not covered by homeowner's insurance.
  • Contact your child's school or daycare to determine the facility's emergency notification and evacuation plans.
  • Ask what type of authorization is required to release a child to someone else if you are not available to pick them up.
  • Plan your evacuation route.
  • Make arrangements for pets or livestock in advance. Make sure your pet has a license tag and a collar, and use a break away collar for cats.
  • Identify the safest area of your home in the event of severe weather; a lower-level space with no windows is preferred. If your home is unsafe during a tropical storm or hurricane, consider staying with a friend or family member. Emergency shelters should be considered a last resort. 
  • Plan how your family will stay in touch if you become separated. Select an out-of-state contact for your family.
  • Include your children in the planning process and discuss any fears they may have.
  • Share Information with your family. 

 Last Updated: July 2, 2021 6:34pm


Store your emergency kit in a water-resistant or waterproof container to prevent damage. Suggested containers include:

  • Large, covered trash container
  • Camping backpack
  • Duffle bag
  • Plastic, snap lid container sold at most variety stores

Plan for a five day supply of water, and prepare for one gallon of water per person per day. Remember that water will be used not only for drinking, but also for food preparation and sanitation. Containers for water include, but are not limited to:

  • Large thermos-type containers filled with tap water
  • Empty plastic gallon water containers, such as the type sold at grocery stores containing commercial spring or distilled water (these containers are reusable if they have "screw on" type lids)
  • Pre-bottled water (should be replaced every six months)
  • Fill bathtubs with water for sanitation use

Plan for a five-day supply of non-perishable foods:

  • Plan to use non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration and need minimal preparation and water
  • Use canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Use canned sternos for foods that require heating

During disasters we are more prone to injuries. Sources of injuries are plentiful: debris, broken glass, and hanging objects such as tree limbs. Also, without proper sanitation, illness can occur to healthy people. Two kits are recommended, a kit for your home and a travel kit for each vehicle.

  • Sterile adhesive bandages and roller bandages in assorted sizes
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Soap and cleansing agent
  • Several pairs of latex gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • 2-inch and 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6 of each)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Needle
  • Moistened towelettes
  • Antiseptic
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue blades
  • Petroleum jelly

Be sure to include comfort items, including:

  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid
  • Syrup of Ipecac (causing vomiting if advised to do so by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (used under the advice of the Poison Control Center)
  • Medicine dropper


  • Mess kit, paper cups, plates and utensils
  • Emergency information (pamphlets, brochures and other reference material)
  • Cash, checks and change (if electrical power is lost, credit cards cannot be used)
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Manual can opener
  • Fire extinguisher (ABC type)
  • Tube tent
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Wrench
  • Tape (duct and masking)
  • Compass
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic bags of various sizes (with zip lock top)
  • Signal flare
  • Needles and thread
  • Whistle (to signal)
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Various area maps


  • Toilet paper
  • Towelettes
  • Liquid soap and detergent
  • Feminine hygiene supplies
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid (can serve as a toilet)
  • Plastic garbage bags (toilet inserts)
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach


  • Several days change of clothing
  • Several pairs of strong shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Blanket or sleeping bags
  • Cots or lounge chair
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Thermal underwear in the winter

Ask your doctor and pharmacist about storing prescription medicines. Remember the requirements of those family members with special needs. These can vary from dietary to walkers, and baby formula to prescription medicines.


  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications
  • Carriage or port-a-crib
  • Familiar toys


  • Prescription drugs
  • Contact lenses and cleansing supplies
  • Extra sets of glasses


  • Board games
  • Books and magazines
  • Playing cards
  • Toys for small children

Keep records in watertight plastic containers if possible. Documents to consider include:

  • Wills
  • Insurance policies
  • Contracts and deeds
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card
  • Immunization records
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card account numbers
  • Inventory of valuable household goods such as pictures or videos
  • Important telephone numbers
  • Birth, marriage and death records
  •  Last Updated: July 2, 2021 7:13pm


  • PHONE: Call the Seminole County's Citizens Information Line at 407-665-0000, Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Visit,,, YouTube and Instagram (SeminoleCountyFL) to stay connected to Seminole County on social media.
  • ELSA TEXT ALERTS: Text keyword ELSAINFO to 888-777 to opt in to text alerts specific to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa.
  • ALERT SEMINOLE: Visit to register for emergency alerts (phone, text, and/or email). Participating residents will receive time-sensitive messages specific to their specified home or business location within Seminole County. Residents can unsubscribe to alerts at any time through their account.
  • SGTV: Watch SGTV live on Spectrum channel 498 or at or on YouTube.

 Last Updated: July 2, 2021 7:22pm


  • Under Florida Law, the Governor’s State of Emergency Executive Order 20-52 allows residents to refill their prescriptions early.
  • Individuals with recurring prescriptions may obtain a 30-day early refill in order to ensure medications are on hand.
  • This law is applicable even if the prescription has been recently filled; early refills will be noted to insurance companies and added to the patient's refill schedule. For example, if there are 10 days left on a prescription and a 30-day emergency refill was received, the patient must wait the full 40 days before the prescription may be filled again.
  • Read the complete State Statute
  • ASL Video: Prescription Refills

 Last Updated: July 2, 2021 5:24pm



PDF: Proper Use & Disposal of Sandbags
Video: How to Use Sandbags
Video: Sandbag Disposal


All sandbag locations are now closed. 

 Last Updated: July 6, 2021 9:49am


Shelters are prepared; the County and its partners have staged equipment and secured staffing in anticipation of imminent weather. 

If shelters open, announcements will be made at, on Seminole County social media sites, via press release and through Alert Seminole, the County's emergency alert system (registration required). Locations will not be noticed prior to opening to mitigate crowds waiting outside unnecessarily.


 Last Updated: May 26, 2022 11:33am

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