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HURRICANE INFO

Hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30th. each year.  Our community is required to evacuate during a hurricane.  Florida Law states that you must go when told to evacuate.  And, when there is a mandatory evacuation, emergency services will NOT respond to any resident who elects to stay behind.  So, here are some tips to prepare yourself and your home for evacuation.  Don't take a chance and stay behind to ride out the storm.  Be prepared and JUST GO.
 
*****  If you require special assistance to evacuate or you require a special medically equipped shelter, you MUST register months in advance of a storm with Lee County. Call the Lee County Emergency Management office at 239-533-3622 and ask for information on Special Needs during a tropical storm or hurricane.  You may need to renew your registration every year.  Their website is www.leeeoc.com/shelterevacuation/Pages/SpecialNeeds.aspx.
  • First and foremost, make an evacuation plan.  Chart out WHERE you will go, where you will stay, where pets will stay, who you will share your plan with, and when you will leave.  Be ready to leave at a moments notice.
  • Keep your homeowners insurance policy up to date and take a copy with you.  Make sure you have the phone number to your insurance company's corporate offices as your local agent will most likely be evacuated also.
  • Keep up to date on weather conditions during hurricane season.  Listen to local news radio and TV channels for severe weather forecasts and for evacuation instructions.
  • If you plan to utilize a public shelter, take a survival kit of essential items with you.  Shelters DO NOT take pets.  Make other arrangements for pets well in advance of a storm and do NOT leave them behind in your home
  • Plan to leave 2 to 3 days earlier than the storm is to hit your area. During the height of an evacuation, travel time to your destination could triple as roads are jammed and accomodations may not be available.
  • Make a "standing room reservation" with a hotel outside of the hurricane area.  Many establishments will allow you to reserve in advance of storms and will hold the room for you.  Be sure to check if pets are accepted.  If not, make other arrangements for them and remember, most kennels in your home area will NOT be open as they too have evacuated.
  • Notify family and friends of your evacuation plans and where you plan to go to ride out the storm.
  • Turn off the utilities and seal your home as tightly as possible.  Secure things outdoors that could blow and cause property damage.
  • Don't return too early after the storm.  Conditions may not be such that you can get back to your home immediately. 
 
Hurricane Survival Kit - Prepare your survival kit with enough supplies to last you for at least 3 days.  Here is a list of some important things to pack.
 
•Cell phone and charger, especially auto charger
•Important documents and Insurance papers
•Cash.  ATMS don't work without power and hurricanes often take out the power for days at a time
•Bottled water (5 to 7 gallons per person)
•Canned vegetables, juice, fruit and meat
•Hand-operated can opener
•Instant foods, coffee, tea and milk
•Dry cereal
•Plastic cups, plates, and silverware
•Paper towels
•Heavy duty garbage bags
•Flashlights
•Portable AM/FM radio
•NOAA weather radio
•Extra batteries
•Extra clothing
•Wet weather gear/ponchos
•Bleach
•Sunscreen
•First Aid supplies
•Extra Prescription Medicine
•Liquid hand soap or hand wipes
•Insect repellent
•Spare set of house and car keys
•Cards, books, small games
•Charcoal, propane and grill for after the storm when you may be without power
•Camera with extra film or video camera to record any damages for insurance purposes.  Charger for camera
•Personal hygiene products
•Be sure to fill your automobile with fuel prior to the storm.  Gasoline pumps need power to operate
•Bags of ice in a cooler
•Write down FP&L telephone number 1-800-4-outage along with your account number for after the storm
•Take a written or video inventory of belongings prior to the storm
•Tarp or rolls of plastic and duct tape and rope (if needed after the storm)
 
Essential Phone Numbers
Local Police and Fire and Ambulance:  911
Lee County Emergency Management: 239-477-3600
Lee County American Red Cross: 239-278-3401, Shelter and Financial Assistance:  866-438-4636
Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Information:  888-363-2769
Elder Helpline:  800-963-5337
FEMA Disaster Assistance/Registration:  800-621-3362,  TTY:  800-462-7585
Collier County Emergency Management: 239-774-8444
Collier County American Red Cross: 239-596-6868
FP&L: 1-800-468-8243
Embarq: 1-800-339-1811
Comcast: 1-800-266-2278
 
For a list of public shelters, visit www.leeeoc.com