LEON COUNTY, Fla. — During times of severe weather, protecting yourself and your home are top priorities, but what about those who live right next door.
Yes, whether it's helping out your disabled neighbor during an evacuation or even checking in on the family who might be out of town and updating them on what's happening in the area, it's always beneficial to build relationships with your neighbors in times of need.
"Find out if anyone with special needs that you can help with during a disaster," said Kevin Peters, Emergency Management Director. "Maybe its simple enough of allowing them to stay with your, or they may need a ride if you live in an area where you may need to evacuate."
Make sure you help your neighbor collect all of the supplies they'll need before the storm.
If you're ordered to evacuate, help make sure your neighbor has somewhere to go, and a way to get there.
And after the storm, make sure you check back in with them when it's safe.