United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Sunshine Healthcare Network

Emergency Response and Information

For all emergencies, call 911 immediately.

All VISN 8 facilities are currently open and operating as normal. 


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Hurricane Season began June 1st…

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Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed 

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For all emergencies, call 911 immediately.

For updates, including the current operating status of your nearest
VISN 8 VA Medical Center or outpatient clinic, please use the links below:

Personal Preparedness Checklist (2 weeks supply)

  • Water – 18 ½ gallons of water per person (1/2 gallon for drinking, 2 gallons for bathing)
  • Food – Ready to eat canned food:  juices, milk, soup; Snacks: cookies, cereals, etc.; Soft drinks, instant coffee, tea.
  • Medicine – first aid kit that contains aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever, antacid, antiseptic, scissors, mosquito repellent
  • Personal Hygiene/Care Items: toilet paper, towels, soap, shampoo, denture needs, eyeglasses, sun protection, childcare needs (such as diapers, ointments, etc.)
  • Other supplies – battery operated radio, flashlight and batteries, non-electric can opener, portable cooler and ice, plastic trash bags, tarp or sheet plastic, duct tape, cleaning supplies such as bleach, paper napkins, plates and cups, pillows and blankets, non-electronic games for kids.
  • Keep a record of scheduled appointments for follow-up visits, lab work and specialty care services.

Prescription Medications

  • Keep a list of all medications in your personal preparedness kit.
  • Keep a 15 day supply of medication and supplies on hand. Do not allow your supply to go below 15 days.
  • For medications that require refrigeration – make sure you have a small portable cooler or ice chest ready for easy transport, if needed.
  • If you must evacuate, bring prescription bottles, whether full or empty of all medications that you are currently taking.

All veterans and VA employees are advised to follow evacuation orders given by local governments.  

Visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management website www.floridadisaster.org* for additional emergency preparedness tips.

VA Links 
  Emergency Information for VA Employees 
  VA National Emergency Information 

State & Local Links * 
  Florida Division of Emergency Management 
  Florida Highway Patrol 
Florida Department of Transportation

National Weather Service Tallahassee 


National Weather Service Jax 


National Weather Service Tampa 


National Weather Service Melbourne


National Weather Service Miami


National Weather Service Key West 


National Weather Service San Juan

National Links * 
  Disasters and Emergencies 
  American Red Cross 
  National Weather Service
  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 
  National Hurricane Center 

* External Link Disclaimer: By clicking on these links, you will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked website. Each link will open in a new window.