During a disaster, safety is the main concern. We enourage businesses to create and always review their Business Continuity Plans and Emergency Management procedures to ensure the safety of employees and property. Businesses should confirm that all employees are aware of their hurricane preparedness plan and their individual responsibilities.

While hurricanes are the most talked about disaster, other disasters can occur at any time. Determining your risk is the first step in staying safe and being prepared for all hazards and disasters, no matter your location.

When an evacuation is ordered, businesses owners should secure their businesses and follow instructions by local emergency management on evacuation orders. Remember, if your local emergency management officials order an evacuation and you decide  to remain in your business, emergency responders will not be able to respond to you during the disaster. You and your employees will be on your own until the storm passes and first responders are able to secure the area.

Each Florida county has a designated emergency management program, and residents, businesses, and visitors should also visit their county’s emergency management for the most up-to-date and locally significant information. For more information and questions on storm-related concerns or needs of the business community, contact ESF18@EM.MyFlorida.com or call the Private Sector Hotline at (850) 815-4925.

Get Connected. Stay Alert. 
For more information on Hillsborough County’s response to Hurricane Ian, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates.

Residents without digital access are encouraged to call 833-HCSTORM or 833-427-8676, the County’s storm information line, for information on Hurricane Ian or visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.


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