Disaster Preparedness Speaks Many Languages

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It’s only June and we have already seen the first named storm of the season. Don’t wait until a hurricane is approaching, act now to protect your home and family. FEMA has preparedness tips in 13 languages.


Hurricanes are Part of Living in Florida

  • Florida has experienced more landfalling hurricanes than any other state in the nation.
    • Nearly 120 hurricanes have been recorded, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Since 1851, there have only been 18 years when Florida did not experience a hurricane or tropical storm.


Florida is Home to a Diverse Population

  • Approximately 28 percent of the state’s residents speak a language other than English.
  • Spanish and Haitian-Creole are the two most common languages in Florida, after English.
  • Ready.gov has preparedness information in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese.
  • Information—including how to create a plan and put together an emergency supply kit—can be found at Ready.gov/languages
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