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Get Prepared This Hurricane Season

~ Floridians are urged to register or update their emergency contacts ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the 2017 hurricane season begins, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) urges every citizen to be prepared for potential emergencies by making a disaster preparedness plan that includes registering or updating their Emergency Contact Information (ECI).

“Having a plan in advance of a hurricane, wildfire or changing weather conditions is critical to ensuring you and your family can safely evacuate, if necessary,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Know your evacuation routes, keep your vehicle properly maintained and register or update your Emergency Contact Information today.”

Residents with a valid driver license or identification card may enter up to two emergency contacts into the department’s secure ECI database. ECI can only be accessed by law enforcement and only during emergencies such as a hurricane or crash. Citizens can register or update their ECI free of charge on the DHSMV website and in local driver license and tax collector offices to ensure their designated family or friends will be contacted in the event of an emergency.

Heavy rain, fog and smoke can lower visibility on the roads, and drivers must be prepared in advance so they are able to drive as safely as possible in these conditions. If residents are asked to evacuate, motorists should make sure their vehicle is fully fueled and serviced, carry a supply of food and water for each member of the traveling party and have a safe destination in mind.

“The Florida Highway Patrol is committed to safety on Florida roads,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “The Florida Highway Patrol remains on scene even in some of the harshest conditions to monitor roads and work with other first responders to keep residents safe. If you see any unsafe road conditions, call *FHP.”

DHSMV urges Floridians to stay informed throughout the hurricane season and monitor changing weather conditions. As citizens make disaster preparedness plans, they are encouraged to visit the DHSMV website for safe driving tips during inclement weather and hurricane evacuation information. Also, visit FloridaDisaster.org for more information on evacuation routes and disaster preparedness.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.