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Preparing For Natural Disaster

Disaster Planning: What Physicians Need to Know

As a physician, you need to have an emergency plan in place to deal with crises, such as natural disasters.

The Duval County Medical Society has gathered information from local, state, and national resources to help you prepare your practice for an emergency. We also have information on how you can volunteer to help during a storm.



  • Medical Reserve CorpsThe mission of the Florida Medical Reserve Corps Network Program is to augment local community health and medical services staff with pre-identified, trained and credentialed MRC volunteers. Complete the FL MRC Volunteer Contact Form by clicking here, and a local MRC Coordinator will contact you directly. Click here for more information from the Florida Department of Health, or email

  • Volunteer Florida: Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. In partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and an important public health collaborative partner of the Florida Medical Reserve Corps Network, Volunteer Florida connects Floridians with many volunteer opportunities.Visit their website or call 1-800-FL-HELP-1 for volunteer information.

  •  Red Cross: Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.


  • Duval County Special Needs Registry: If you have patients with special needs, please encourage them to sign up for the special needs registry to receive important information from local emergency management officials about evacuation and sheltering options.

  • United Way's FREE 2-1-1 Helpline: 2-1-1 is the easy to remember, three-digit telephone number that connects Northeast Florida callers to health, social and human services and more than 4,000 community programs. This community help resource is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides information to callers in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, Baker, Putnam, Columbia, Suwannee and Hamilton counties. Dial 904-632-0600 to access a United Way 2-1-1 call center specialist. 2-1-1 staff will be equipped with shelter information and more, as information is available. 

  • Prescription Information During Natural Disasters: All health insurers, managed care organizations and other health entities must comply with the provisions of section 252.358, Florida Statutes, which allows for early prescription refills in the event that the Governor issues an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency or when a county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated. This mandate remains in effect until the Governor’s Executive Order is rescinded or expires. 

  • Emergency Plan for Diabetes Patients: If your patient is dealing with diabetes, the My Diabetes Emergency Plan is an essential tool to make sure they are prepared for emergencies or natural disasters.



  • Disaster Assistance: Visit this website to see if your area has been declared for individual assistance.

HELPFUL LINKS: Visit these websites to prepare your family, business and community for disaster: