In the event of an emergency like a natural disaster, technological disaster or human created event, John Knox Village of Central Florida is prepared. Our emergency preparedness plan follows all state and local requirements and details the most possible scenarios.
Some of the equipment and supplies we keep on hand in anticipation of an event occurring include:
- 8 Generators, 4 stationary, 4 portables
- Two, 1000 Gallon portable (trailers) fuel tanks – exceeding new state mandated requirements!
- Vendor agreements to help provide assistance if required
- Hurricane shutters for main lobby windows
- 55’ Lift, backhoe, forklift, multiple vehicles & golf carts
- 1,200 sandbags
- Commercial grade weather station at Gate House for precise location conditions
- Battery operated flashlights and lanterns for public areas (back up to emergency lighting)
- Staff on hand to provide services before, during & after event!
Our maintenance and grounds crew starts preparing for hurricane season months in advance. And staff is in place 24 hours a day seven days a week to monitor the Village changes in weather conditions occur. Once weather conditions are determined to be safe, they immediately start get to work clearing debris to return the community back to normal operations and groom the grounds.
Sheltering In Place
Residents of John Knox Village of Central Florida shelter in place. There is no need to seek shelter outside of our community in the event of a hurricane. As we approach hurricane season, it is advised that all residents, update their medical records, provide their family with copies of important documents, order extra oxygen tanks if needed and restock any prescription medications. We also encourage all residents to update their emergency kits with items such as:
- Flashlight & extra batteries
- Portable weather radio
- Essential toiletries
- 2-3 changes of clothes
- 1 week supply of medications
- Pet carrier, pet medications & pet food
- First aid kit
- Cell phone & charger
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
Residents with special needs or require oxygen may be relocated prior to severe weather reaching our community to another location within the community which is powered by generator in case of loss of power.
Communication When You Need It
In order to keep our residents and their families informed in the event of a hurricane or other emergency, communication channels include:
- Resident Meetings (held via closed circuit TV when we are unable to gather in one space)
- Printed flyers delivered doo-to-door
- Village Alert System which automatically sends voice message, text and email
- Knox T.V. 732
- Resident Portal
- Security & Staff communication Door to Door
To learn more about how you can prepare for hurricane season visit FloridaDisaster.org/planprepare