Ready in Case of a Disaster:
June 1st marks the opening of hurricane season, a phenomenon that affects the entirety of this Consulate’s constituency (which includes all of Florida, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos and the US Virgin Islands)
Already in place for several years, this plan comprises a division of the zone into 19 different sections. This network will allow for the circulation of information within the French community.
Each year, hurricane season (from June 1st to November 30) shines a light on this emergency action plan which is actually active all year long, because the risks of disasters happening are not restricted to any part of the year. Other potential threats include:
- Nuclear threat (there are 3 nuclear plants in Florida at Turkey Point, Saint Lucy, and Crystal River)
- Risks of a chemical attack
- Health threats (influenza, other infectious diseases)
- Terrorist Threat
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a matter of great concern, especially to those living or visiting the Florida Panhandle, since scientists fear that the northwest coast of the state will experience a direct impact from that disaster.
To stay informed and ensure your safety and your family’s, you can adhere to the following recommendations:
- Register with the official list of French citizens abroad. To find out more about Consular registration, please click here
- Make yourself known to the Consulate by way of keeping your contact information and registration updated
- Know which zone or section you live in or plan on visiting
- Memorize the contact information for your chef d’ilôt
- Have a printed list of the emergency telephone numbers ready
- Prepare yourself and your home with the necessary supplies in case of a hurricane and be sure to follow the step-by-step guide provided by the Consulate
Please take note that the recently evacuation zones have changed in the Tampa Bay area as well as in Jacksonville area. For more information on these changes, please click here.
In addition as stated in the previous issue of the e-Toile, this Consulate seeks a chef d’ilôt and a deputy for the zone of the Treasure Coast which includes Fort Pierce along with Saint Lucy, Okeechobee, Indian River and Martin counties. There is also a need for a deputy in the region of the Florida Keys.
If you live in these areas and are available to donate your time to this effort, please contact the consulate at 305 403 4152.
To access the Consulate’s hurricane preparation kit, emergency contact telephone numbers and evacuation maps from FEMA and more details on the emergency action plan, please visit this page.