UPDATE:  FAC reached out to each county for hurricane procedures and you can find those responses HERE

News stations in South Florida are beginning to report on Tropical Storm Isaias, which could hit our state as soon as Saturday. We hope none of our members or loved ones will be impacted by the storm but the threat of a potential storm serves as a reminder that it’s hurricane season and you need to solidify your emergency preparedness well in advance, especially in light of COVID-19.

In the past, many counties have directed people on the registry to Jails to shelter during the storm. While that’s horrible on several levels, this year it is also wrong because jails are amplifiers of infectious diseases because social distancing is impossible and there is extremely limited access to personal protective equipment and sanitizing materials.

As we have encouraged in prior years, if you are on probation, contact your probation officer and ask whether you can stay at the home of a friend or relative in the event you are forced to evacuate or are homeless. If you are not on probation, you should contact the registration office in your County (the same place you go to re-register) and ask what arrangements are being made for those on the registry in the event of a natural disaster, especially in light of COVID.

If you are unsure of the contact information for your County registration office, or your plan involves evacuating to another county, you can find the appropriate contact information here: https://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/Documents/REREGISTRATIONLOCATIONS.pdf

It is important to remember that if you plan to evacuate your residence for three or more days, you will have an obligation to register, IN PERSON, wherever you are staying as a temporary residence within 48 hours before evacuating. You should also ensure that your expected evacuation location does not run afoul of any sex offender residency restrictions (SORRs) or you could expose yourself to arrest for simply being there.

We hope this storm passes, but please don’t wait until the last minute to plan.

 

UPDATE:  FAC reached out to each county for hurricane procedures and you can find those responses HERE

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