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Florida 511 Severe Weather & Hurricane Preparedness Toolkit

2498-Severe-Weather-Toolkit-cover-120x140During severe weather, such as hurricanes, the Florida 511 Traveler Information System wants you and your community to stay up-to-date on roadway conditions, road and bridge closures, toll suspensions, emergency alerts and more.

The Florida 511 Severe Weather & Hurricane Preparedness Toolkit has everything you need to ensure that your network knows how to stay safe on Florida’s roadways with real-time information on road conditions.

The Florida Department of Transportation encourages you to share with your community how Florida 511 works to keep travelers safe before, during and after severe weather.

Please find a severe weather article, social media posts, talking points and emergency resource list to share with your network.

 

Suggested Article Content:

During Severe Weather, Arrive Safely with the Florida 511 Traveler Information System

Real-time Information on Road and Bridge Closures, and Emergency Alerts

During Severe Weather, Use Florida 511

The Florida 511 Traveler Information System, a service of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), provides real-time traffic and travel information about road and bridge closures, toll suspensions, evacuation routes; and important emergency alerts during severe weather.

There are four convenient ways to use Florida 511.

  • Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Play or Apple App Store.
  • Visit FL511.com for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
  • Call 511 toll-free from any phone within Florida to hear about road conditions, to connect to airports and transit agencies, and to receive important alerts throughout the state.
  • Follow one or more of our statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter.

My Florida 511 for Severe Weather

Prepare now, before severe weather strikes. Sign up for a My Florida 511 account at FL511.com to set up personal evacuation routes, and schedule email or text alerts about your route. Discover the recommended evacuation routes for your area at www.floridadisaster.org/PublicMapping/index.htm. Then, once you’ve created a My Florida 511 account, set up one or more of those routes under “My Routes” on the homepage. You can also request Emergency Alerts for your region of the state.

Evacuating in Florida

Should severe weather strike your town, make sure you plan before you hit the road. Check your FL511 mobile app, visit FL511.com, call 511, or check the Florida 511 Twitter feed so you are aware of road conditions, weather-related road closures, emergency alerts and suspended tolls. Know before you go to arrive safely to your destination.

 

FDOT encourages extra caution while driving in a severe weather emergency:

  • Exercise vigilance while driving in windy conditions. Slow down, as strong gusts can blow a vehicle off course.
  • In the event of inoperative traffic signals, yield to right of way.
  • Do not travel through flooded areas.
  • Use your lights during rain (do not use your hazards).
  • Have a reliable evacuation plan and route.
  • Bring food and water.

Remember, before, during and after severe weather conditions, check Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System to know before you go to arrive safely.

Suggested Social Media Posts

FACEBOOK:

Be prepared for #NAME OF HURRICANE / TROPICAL STORM with #FL511. Sign-up for custom alerts about your evacuation route at FL511.com.

Get the #FL511 app, check FL511.com, call 511 or follow one of FL511’s 14 Twitter feeds for up-to-date traffic info.

Add #FL511 to your hurricane safety plans. Get the #FL511 app, check FL511.com, call 511 or follow one or more of FL511’s 14 Twitter feeds for up-to-date traffic info throughout the state.

During NAME OF HURRICANE / TROPICAL STORM add Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System to your hurricane safety plans. Florida 511 is your go-to resource for hurricane safety info. With FL511.com, stay up-to-date on roadway conditions, road and bridge closures, evacuation routes, toll suspensions and more during severe weather. Get the #FL511 app, check FL511.com, call 511 or follow one or more of FL511’s 14 Twitter feeds for real-time traffic and emergency info.

TWITTER:

Stay safe on Florida’s roadways through #NAME OF HURRICANE / TROPICAL STORM with #FL511. Get real-time traffic and travel info. with FL511.com.

Follow @MyFDOT’s #FL511 to get real-time info on road and bridge closures, evacuation routes and important alerts during #NAME OF HURRICANE / TROPICAL STORM

Schedule custom alerts about your evacuation route(s) or entire region with #FL511 at FL511.com

Know before you go! Use @MyFDOT’s #FL511 for real-time travel info on evacuation routes, toll suspensions, road & bridge closures and more.

Stay safe on Florida’s roadways with #FL511 through #NAME OF HURRICANE / TROPICAL STORM: Download our free app, visit FL511.com or call 511.

Check 511 24/7 to receive real-time info on road conditions, evacuation routes, and important alerts during #NAME OF HURRICANE / TROPICAL STORM.

.@MyFDOT wants you to use #FL511 during all severe weather. Check 511 24/7 to receive real-time traffic and travel info and emergency alerts

Suggested Talking Points

Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System

Talking points during severe weather:

  • Florida 511 Traveler Information System, a service of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), provides real-time traffic and travel information, including road and bridge closures, toll suspensions, evacuation routes; and important emergency alerts during severe weather.
  • There are five convenient ways to use Florida 511 Traveler Information System:
    • Download the free Florida 511 mobile app from Google Play or Apple App Store.
    • Sign up for a My Florida 511 account at FL511.com to create email or text alerts about your evacuation route.
    • Visit FL511.com for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
    • Call toll-free 511 from any phone within Florida to hear about road conditions, to connect to airports and transit agencies, and to receive important alerts throughout the state.
    • Follow one or more of our statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter.
  • FDOT encourages extra caution while driving in a severe weather emergency:
    • Exercise vigilance while driving in windy conditions. Slow down, as strong gusts can blow a vehicle off course.
    • In the event of inoperative traffic signals, yield to right of way.
    • Do not travel through flooded areas.
    • Use your lights during rain (do not use your hazards).
    • Have a reliable evacuation plan and route.
    • Bring food, water and other necessities.

Severe Weather Emergency Links

Emergency management offices by county: http://www.floridadisaster.org/County_EM/county_list.htm

Evacuation route maps by county: http://floridadisaster.org/PublicMapping/index.htm

Available shelters by county: http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/

Hurricane safety tips from the Florida Highway Patrol: https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/before-during-and-after-the-storm/

Florida Evacuates site with alerts, information and a mobile app: http://floridaevacuates.com/

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Florida severe weather “Get a Plan”: http://flgetaplan.com/