Hazardous Weather

Hurricanes & Flooding

  • Hurricanes can cause tornadoes, flooding and storm surge.
  • Know evacuation routes and stock a disaster supply kit for at least 7 days.
  • Develop individualized disaster preparedness plans for families, pets, businesses and individuals with special needs.


  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
  • Stop swimming and other outdoor activities during a storm.
  • Stay away from windows and electronic devices.
  • Seek shelter inside an enclosed building.

Thunderstorms & Tornadoes

  • Thunderstorms occur frequently in St. Johns County, especially in summer months.
  • Make sure your home or business is prepared for a potential tornado.
  • Have multiple ways to receive warnings.
  • Seek shelter in the interior room of a sturdy building on the lowest floor. Stay away from windows.

Rip Currents

  • When possible, swim at a lifeguard-protected beach.
  • Pay attention to beach warning flags.
  • Swim 100+ ft. away from piers and jetties to avoid rip currents.


  • Keep your home safe by removing combustible material from the roof, gutters and away from house.
  • Evacuate immediately if told to do so by officials.
  • Stay up-to-date on active fires and fire watches and warnings.
  • Use an N95 mask to help prevent smoke inhalation.

Cold Weather

5 P’s of Cold Weather Prep

  • Protect Pets – Bring outdoor pets inside or provide a warm shelter for them.
  • Protect People – Dress in warm layers & wear a hat & gloves
  • Protect Pipes – Cover pipes & allow outdoor faucets to slowly drip to prevent them from freezing & breaking.
  • Protect Plants – Cover cold-sensitive plants to protect them from dangerous temperatures.
  • Practice Fire Safety – Use safe heating sources indoors. Don’t use fuel-burning devices such as grills; they release deadly carbon monoxide.