Leon County Disaster Survival Guide

Prepare. Act. Recover.

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A prepared community is a resilient community


Plan now. When disaster strikes, it is too late to prepare. This section will help you plan to keep you and your family safe during disasters. Be prepared by having a plan and disaster bucket for your family.


Making the decision to stay or go

When a hurricane is approaching, will you stay in Leon County or drive miles away to another location? Evacuating to a safe shelter locally or in a neighboring county has advantages; you will avoid traffic jams and highways crowded with vehicles from other counties joining the evacuation. Even if you leave the area, the storm could shift and still put you in harm’s way. Additionally, you may need to adjust your preparedness plans based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials. The next section will guide you through the steps you should take as a storm is approaching and the choices you’ll have to make.

  • Plan to stay if ...

  • Plan to go if ...

Learn more about evacuations and sheltering »


During a disaster, services could be impacted, including electric, water and sewer. When preparing, consider that you could be without these important utilities for an extended period.

Stay engaged
and informed

The agencies below are critical during any disaster. Please consider learning more about volunteering with these nonprofits partners.


I'm Billy the Bucket! As Leon County's emergency preparedness mascot, I'm here to help you and your family get ready for hurricane season. Find my coloring page and coloring book for the whole family at LeonCountyFL.gov/BillyBucket. They're filled with helpful information for the hurricane season!