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Disaster 101 Preparedness and Recovery Brochure
Disaster 101 Preparedness and Recovery Brochure

Disaster 101 Brochure

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Disaster 101 Preparedness: Be Ready Early
Disaster 101 Preparedness: Be Ready Early
BE PREPARED BEFORE THE STORM
Have a Basic Disaster Kit with:

3 days of water (1-3 gal/day/person)
Food (3 day supply)
Battery or crank powered radio
Extra Batteries
NOAA weather radio with true alert
Flashlight
First Aid Kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to filter contaminated air
Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter
Wrench or plyers to turn off utilities
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for sanitation
Manual can opener for food
Local maps
Cell phone with chargers, diverter or solar charger
Prescription medication and glasses
Instant formula and diapers
Pet food and water for pets
Cash or traveler’s checks
Important documents in waterproof portable container
Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing
Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper
Fire extinguisher
Matches in waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, towels and utensils
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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Disaster 101 Preparedness: Helpful Numbers
Disaster 101 Preparedness: Helpful Numbers

​HELPFUL NUMBERS

Animal Services (352) 955-2333

Appliance & Furniture Collection (352) 338-3233

Bus (RTS) (352) 334-2600

Codes Enforcement (352) 374-5244

County Parks (352) 374-5245

Crisis Center (352) 264-6789

Emergencies 911

Garbage & Recycling Collection (352) 338-3233

Household Hazardous Waste (352) 334-0440

Minimum Housing (352) 374-5244

Poison Control (800) 222-1222

Public Health Department (352) 334-7900

Road and bridge (352) 374-5245

Rumor Control (352) 264-6557

Transfer Station (352) 334-0172

HAVE A PLAN AND BE PREPARED!

Visit AlachuaCountyRecycles.com for the most up to date information after disaster.


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How do I get replacement recycling bins and/or trashcans that are damaged or missing?
How do I get replacement recycling bins and/or trashcans that are damaged or missing?

Please call Alachua County’s Office of Waste Collection during regular business hours to inform staff of your needs. A work order will then be submitted for replacement recycling bins and/or for the repair or replacement of a trash can. All work orders are sent in on Thursday, and will be fulfilled the following week on the customer’s collection day.​

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Do I have to pay to have recycling bins delivered to my house?
Do I have to pay to have recycling bins delivered to my house?

​If you subscribe to curbside waste collection services in Alachua County, there is no additional charge to participate in the recycling program. Please call Alachua County’s Office of Waste Collection for more information, 352-338-3233.​

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How do I get an appliance picked up?
How do I get an appliance picked up?

​Residents who would like appliances, such as stoves, washers and dryers, picked up must call Alachua County’s Office of Waste Collection, (352) 338-3233, and City of Gainesville residents must call the city’s office, (352) 334-2330, to schedule a pickup of these items. Special collections of exterior materials may be arranged for a fee​.

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What are the hours of the Rural Collection Centers?
What are the hours of the Rural Collection Centers?
​Operating Days
  • Monday - Tuesday:
    7:30am - 5:30pm

  • Wednesday - Thursday: 
    CLOSED

  • Friday - Saturday: 
    7:30am - 5:30pm

  • Sunday: 
    CLOSED
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What are the Holiday hours?
What are the Holiday hours?

​Only six holidays will affect collection service: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (observed), Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. There will be no collection on these holidays and collection services for the remainder of the week will be delayed by one day. The following week, collection will return to the normal schedule​.

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What Bulk items are collected curbside?
What Bulk items are collected curbside?

Bulk items include furniture such as couches, tables, chairs and desks. Limited amounts of interior remodeling debris will also be collected.

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Which number should I call for assistance?
Which number should I call for assistance?

​If you have an inquiry about residential curbside trash or recycling services in the unincorporated area of Alachua County, please call our Waste Collection office at 352-338-3233.  If you are unsure, please call so we can help you determine who services your area in Alachua County.​

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Contact

  • Solid Waste & Resource Recovery
  • 5620 NW 120th Lane
  • Gainesville, FL 32653
  • Phone: 352-374-5213
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)
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