55 years ago, Hurricane Dora battered the coast of Northeast Florida and dismantled the myth that Jacksonville was immune to the wrath of hurricanes. A lot has changed since 1964, so here are some things to consider as we prepare for Hurricane Dorian.
Jacksonville's First Hit
September 9, 1964 marked the first time in recorded history that Jacksonville was directly hit by a major hurricane. While the storm was disastrous and resulted in nearly $280 million in damage, much of the devastation was a result of poor emergency planning. The power was out for weeks in some areas, sewage backed up, streets collapsed, and the biggest debris clean-up since the Great Fire of 1901 was left behind. Hurricane Dora prompted a government reform in Jacksonville that led to the systems we have today in order to prevent similar circumstances from happening again.
Preparing for Hurricanes in 2019
We've since become accustomed to the imminent threat of hurricanes here in Jacksonville. Once a hurricane is detected, it's best to start preparing immediately. Stock your home with at least seven days worth of supplies including food, water, batteries, medicine, etc. Follow the City of Jacksonville's Emergency Preparedness Updates and download the JaxReady App for the most up-to-date information straight to your phone. Be sure to review your evacuation zone and have a plan for you and your family if a mandatory evacuation is issued. Read the full Emergency Preparedness Guide Here.
After the Essentials
Safety is paramount in emergency situations such as hurricanes, but once the essentials are checked off the list– it can't hurt to prepare some entertainment-oriented materials for hunkering down in the storm. While the power is on, you can access tons of movies, e-books, audiobooks, music, and magazines from our digital collection using your Jacksonville Public Library card. If and when the power goes out, books will still be there. So stock up on some books from your local library before the storm and stay safe, everyone!