Emergency Weather Preparedness
Visit Gainesville, Alachua County, FL wants to remind our partners that during hurricane season each year, we want you to be aware of certain procedure information that we recommend. Our first interest is the comfort and safety of the guests staying in your properties.
Hurricane Preparedness for Alachua County
It is important to remember that evacuees have specific rights covered under State Statute when the Governor has declared a State of Emergency anywhere in the State of Florida. Florida Statute 501.160 states that during a state of emergency, it is unlawful to sell, lease, offer to sell, or offer for lease essential commodities, dwelling units, or self-storage facilities for an amount that grossly exceeds the average price for that commodity during the 30 days before the declaration of the state of emergency, unless the seller can justify the price by showing increases in its prices or market trends.
Visit Gainesville, Alachua County, FL would like all hoteliers to take this one step further. We feel that true customer service during an emergency will help deliver the message that we are a friendly and caring industry. The goal we have in mind is to place anyone you have to turn away due to a full house with alternative local accommodations. It is important that once people have exited the interstate seeking shelter that they do not return to the interstate.
Evacuation Availability Procedures
In the event of a hurricane or severe weather, we have set up a weather preparedness system integrated to our Special Event Accommodation system. Our website, visitgainesville.com will be staffed by our office. We will be calling each property with vacant rooms and posting that availability on our website, showing properties with vacancies for every hotel, motel and B&B.
- Alachua County Emergency Management
- Alachua County Shelters
- Alachua County Sheriff
- Florida 511 – traffic alerts
- National Hurricane Center
Once the emergency has passed, Rumor Control 311 will have information on road closures, local and state damage reports, location for ice and water needs, and other services.