Leon County Disaster Survival Guide

Prepare. Act. Recover.

Surviving all hazards

While hurricanes pose a major threat to Leon County, there are other potential disasters that threaten lives and property. From violent tornadoes to hazardous chemical spills, it is critical to know what to do when warnings are issued.

  • Identify a meeting location should an incident prevent you from getting home.
  • Build a disaster bucket for potential disasters.
  • Locate a safe room you can retreat to in the event of severe weather events such as thunderstorms and tornadoes.


The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, advising countries to implement public health measures to prevent the onward spread of the disease. During a global pandemic, the US Center for Disease Control recommends the following actions:

Stay Home if You are Sick

If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, you should stay home as much as possible and contact your healthcare provider.

Wash Your Hands Often

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Make sure to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid Close Contact

Put 6-feet of distance between yourself and other people outside your home. If you are inside your home, avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

Use a Cloth Face Cover

The CDC recommends everyone wear a cloth face cover when going out in public. The cloth face cover is meant to protect others in case you are infected. When using a cloth face cover, continue to observe 6-feet of physical distance and make sure it covers your nose and mouth.

Clean and Disinfect

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.


Thunderstorms and lightning

Thunderstorms are a common occurrence in Florida, especially during the summertime. The Sunshine State sees about 1.4 million lightning strikes in an average year and we lead the nation in lightning-related deaths. About 10 percent of thunderstorms are severe, with winds 58 mph or stronger and 1-inch hail. Keep an eye on the weather forecast before you venture outdoors and heed nature’s warning when you hear the sky start to rumble.

Seek shelter

Every thunderstorm produces lightning. If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike. Go inside or find shelter immediately. Wait 30 minutes after hearing the last crash of thunder before going back outdoors.

If you’re indoors during a thunderstorm, stay away from anything that conducts electricity, such as corded phones, electrical appliances, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows.

If stuck outdoors ...

  • Get off any elevated areas.
  • Do not shelter under an isolated tree.
  • Get as far away from water as possible.

Downed power lines

  • Do not touch downed power lines.
  • Assume all downed power lines are energized.
  • Contact your utility provider to report downed power lines.

Man-made and biological hazards

Terrorism and active shooters



Hazardous materials