Frequently Asked Questions

Emergency curfews are usually temporary orders that are put in place by federal, state, or local government in response to a particular crisis like a natural disaster. County and municipal laws provide certain curfew-related actions in response to a local emergency. Being under a curfew means “including, but not limited to, the prohibition of or restrictions on pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking, except for the provision of designated essential services such as fire, police, and hospital services including the transportation of patients thereto, utility emergency repairs and emergency calls by physicians.

Food Safety

Refrigerators will keep foods cool for about 4-hours without power if unopened. Adding a block of dry ice to the refrigerator to keep food colder for longer periods. For example, 25 lbs of dry ice will keep a 10-cubic freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice and wear dry, heavy gloves. Remember, when in doubt, throw it out.

Food Supplies

  • Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water, and foods that are compact and lightweight are easy to store and carry.
  • Familiar foods can lift morale and give a feeling of security in time of stress and try to include foods that they will enjoy and that are also high in calories and nutrition.
  • Store supplies of non-perishable foods and water in a handy place, canned foods won’t require cooking, water or special preparation, these may include:
    • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and/or vegetables. (Be sure to include a manual can opener).
    • Canned juices, milk and soup (if powdered, store extra water).
    • High energy foods, such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix.
    • Comfort foods such as hard candy, sweetened cereals, candy bars and cookies.
    • Instant coffee, tea bags, compressed food bars, and/or freeze-dried foods.
    • Avoid foods that are high in fat and protein, and don’t stock salty foods, since they will make you thirsty. Such as:
      • Commercially dehydrated foods. They can require a great deal of water for reconstitution and extra effort in preparation.
      • Bottled foods. They are generally too heavy and bulky, and break easily.
      • Meal-sized canned foods. They are usually bulky and heavy.
      • Whole grains, beans and pasta. Preparation could be complicated under the circumstances of a disaster.

Gas

Be sure to keep your vehicles full of gas. Before a storm, getting the necessary supply of gasoline is recommended to power generators and other equipment. This should be obtained when a storm is in the very near future. It is not recommended to store gasoline months in advanced because of the short shelf life. Remember that gasoline is a highly explosive chemical and proper safety precautions must be used when storing and using this substance.

Generators

Improper connection methods not only endanger the building occupants, but pose a serious hazard to electric utility workers as well. Follow the directions supplied with the generator.

Generator Tips:

  • Be sure to let the generator cool down before refueling.
  • Use the type of fuel recommended in the instructions or on the label on the generator
  • Local laws may restrict the amount of fuel you may store, or the storage location, ask your local fire department for information about local regulations.
  • Store fuel for the generator outdoors in a locked shed or other protected area.
  • Do not store fuel in a garage, basement, or anywhere inside a home, as vapors can be released that may cause illness and are potential fire or explosion hazards.
  • A good practice to conserve fuel is to run your generator for 4 hours and turn it off for 4 hours.

Under no circumstances should portable generators be used indoors, including inside a garage. Adequate ventilation is necessary and proper refueling practices, as described in the owner’s manual, must be followed. Also, it is a good idea to install one or more Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms inside your home (following manufacturers installation directions.) If CO gas from the generator enters your home and poses a health risk, the alarm will sound to warn you. Test your carbon monoxide alarms frequently and replace dead batteries.

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Never use a camping stove, lantern, generator, or charcoal grill in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces like homes, garages or crawl spaces. Locate the unit outdoors and away from doors, windows, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using one of the above items, get to fresh air right away. DO NOT DELAY. Carbon Monoxide can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death.

Wastewater

With the possibility of continuing loss of power, some pump stations can be affected. County residents are strongly encouraged to minimize water usage to sanitary use only.

Blood Donations

In Brevard County, please contact Florida’s One Blood Centers at 888-9-DONATE (888-936-6283).

Cable

Comcast – 800-934-6489

Bright House Networks – 877-892-3279

AT&T – 855-451-2891

Contractors

When hiring a contractor consider the following:

  • Avoid door-to-door solicitors.
  • Insist on references, a proper license, bonding and insurance.
  • Check their credentials.
  • Make sure the contract can be broken if you do not receive financing.
  • Hire a contractor with a real office, not just a post office (PO) box address
  • Verify the contractor license at”
    • Brevard County Planning and Development Department at 321-633-2072;
    • Better Business Bureau at 407-621-3300;
    • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation at verify a license portal

Important Numbers

Brevard County Citizens’ Hotline – 321-637-4070

Brevard County Information Line (only active during disasters) - 321-637-6674

Brevard County Fire Rescue (Non-Emergency) – 321-633-2056

Brevard County Crime Tip Line – 800-423-8477

Brevard County Sheriff (Non-Emergency) – North Area, 321-264-5100; Central Area, 321-633-7162; South Area, 321-952-6371

City of Titusville Citizen’s Information Line – 321-264-4024

Florida Emergency Information Line – 850-413-9969

Florida Information Line (Only Active During Disasters) – 800-342-3557

Florida Power and Light (Report an Outage) – 800-468-8243

Florida Price Gouging Hotline (To Report) – 866-966-7226

Florida Highway Patrol (From any mobile phone) – *FHP

Florida Department of Environmental Protection – 850-245-2118

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – 850-488-4676-

Florida Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – 800-621-3362.

Public Works – North Area, 321-264-5084; Central Area, 321-455-1389; South Area, 321-255-4310

United Way of Brevard County – 321-631-2740

Florida Animal Control Association – 813-960-3757

Pets

Organizations such as the Humane Society and the American Humane Association can be valuable resources in planning for pet care during disasters:

  • Central Brevard Animal Services – 321-636-3343
  • North Brevard Animal Services – 321-264-5119
  • South Brevard Animal Services – 321-253-6608

Power

Contact your electric company to ask for more information:

Comcast – 352-787-7875

Florida Power and Light (FPL) – 321-723-7795

TECO Peoples Gas – 877-832-6747

Road Conditions

Visit Florida 511 Or dial 5-1-1

Sandbags

Sandbags are available for purchase at Ace Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Home Depot retail stores. During emergencies, sandbags will be made available. Sandbag locations will be released via press releases.

Schools

The superintendent of Brevard Public Schools is the only person who will give the directive that schools are to close due to extreme weather conditions. Should the district close, information can be viewed at Brevard Public Schools website, Twitter @BrevardSchools, or Facebook @BrevardPublicSchools (Official) for the latest updates.

Travel Information

Orlando International Airport (MCO) – 407-825-2001

Orlando Melbourne Airport (MBL) – 321-723-6227

Orlando Sanford International (SFB) – 407-585-4101

Port Canaveral – 321-783-7831

Hotel Availability Hotline – 407-354-5555. Arrangements must be made by persons seeking to stay in a hotel on their own.

Shelters provide a safe haven in the event persons must evacuate their homes. There are three types of public shelters in Brevard County: General Population, Pet-Friendly, and Special Needs.

General Population shelters do not accept pets, with the exception of service animals.

Pet-Friendly shelters are designated for those residents that evacuate with their pets. If you and your pet are staying in a pet-friendly shelter, you need:

  • Current rabies vaccination certificate
  • Leash and collar
  • County animal license
  • Crate or cage
  • Pet food
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Medications
  • Comfort items for your pet

Special Needs shelters are available to residents who need additional assistance due to their medical or physical condition. Special Needs clients should register annually or by calling 321-637-6670. Special Needs clients who do not have the transportation to and from shelters may receive transportation assistance through Brevard Special Needs Program. Client registration must be updated annually and indicate they need the transportation assistance. Visit the aforementioned website for the registry form and more information.

Sleeping in a Shelter

If you need to evacuate, bring your Emergency Preparedness Kits, a blanket, snacks, and all of your major documents such as photo ID or other official identification, auto/home insurance policies, and medical prescriptions. In times of large mass evacuations, the number of persons seeking shelter sometimes exceeds the quantity of cots and blankets readily available for use. This means there may not be enough cots and blankets for everyone to use. Priority is sometimes given to sick, frail, and elderly evacuees. Shelters are opened to handle the mass evacuations, are usually short-term in nature and may only be in operation 24-48 hours. In most evacuation announcements aired by emergency management, citizens are advised to bring sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows to use until the “all clear” is given and people can begin to go home. When long-term shelters (shelters opened to house those with homes damaged or destroyed) are opened, every effort is made to ensure that cots and blankets are available as soon as possible for every shelter resident to use.

Transportation for Unregistered Residents

The EvacuTrans program has been initiated to serve residents that have not registered into the Special Needs Registry. Transportation vehicles will be school buses and drivers. Each municipality, as well as unincorporated areas of the county, selects central locations for bus pick up of these citizens. (Suggested locations were gathering points for the homeless, mobile home parks, churches, or parks.) If the estimated count of residents who want to use this central pick up program can be obtained, the Emergency Management Office and SCAT would record the information for planning purposes. Once an evacuation has been declared, all municipalities and county pick-up locations will be notified by SCAT of estimated arrival times of the school bus. All possible methods will be used for getting the word out, including a blanketed media promotion involving all agencies (faith-based, not-for-profit, municipal fire, police, and county resources.) Locations will be published countywide. A roundtrip from pick up location and back will be provided.

Below are common words used when meteorologists and emergency management personnel discuss tropical disturbances so residents and visitors can understand their risks.

  • Advisories: Indicates impending danger from severe weather
  • Watch: Indicates severe weather conditions (tornadoes, tropical storms or hurricanes) are possible in the specified area, usually within 36-hours.
  • Warnings: Indicates severe weather conditions (tornadoes, tropical storms or hurricanes) are expected in the specified area within 24-hours.
  • Tropical Depression (TD): A low-pressure area with a distinct rotary circulation. It will have a sustained wind speed of less than 38 mph.
  • Tropical Storm (TS): A low-pressure area with a distinct rotary circulation. It will have a sustained wind speed of 39 to 73 mph.
  • Hurricane: A low-pressure area with a pronounced rotary circulation. Hurricanes have sustained wind speeds of 74 mph or higher.
  • Major Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph or higher, corresponding to a Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Many hurricanes measure 300-miles across, but they have been known to span a 600-mile diameter.

Boiling Water Instructions

  • Filter the water using a piece of cloth or coffee filter to remove solid particles.
  • Bring it to a rolling boil for about one full minute.
  • Let it cool at least 30 minutes.