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June 2, 2022
PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO STAY SAFE DURING FLOODING
Contact:
Breanna Johnson
DOHCollierPIO@flhealth.gov
(239) 252-8228
Naples, Fla. — Heavy rains are predicted to impact our area this weekend. It is important to be prepared for flooding. The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier)
emphasizes the importance of residents and visitors taking precautionary measures.
Moving Flood Water
During flooding, the greatest threat comes from moving water. The deeper the moving water, the greater the threat. People should avoid driving in moving water, regardless of the size of the
vehicle.
Pooling Flood Water
Heavy rain causes flood waters to rise and pool on streets and throughout neighborhoods. In these situations, be aware of the following:
• Road surfaces become disguised and drivers can unknowingly steer into a deep body of water, such as a canal or pond.
• Electricity from streetlights and power poles may be present in standing water, causing a deadly shock to anyone coming in contact with it.
• Children playing in contaminated standing water can become sick or be bitten by snakes or floating insects.
• People coming into contact with floodwaters should thoroughly wash and rinse any exposed body parts with soap and disinfected water.
Contaminated Water Supply
Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. Water in a flood-affected area may not be safe to drink. Listen to local announcements on safety of the water supply.
If the public water system lost pressure, a boil water notice will likely be issued for your area. People in these areas should take precautions to avoid consuming contaminated water. If your
well is in a flooded area, your water may contain disease-causing bacteria and may not be safe to drink.
DOH recommends one of the following:
• Boil water for at least 1 minute before using it for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.
• Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 tsp – this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of unscented household bleach per gallon of water, and then let it stand
for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for
drinking. This will prevent contamination.
• Use only bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.
After the flooding subsides:
• Disinfect your well using the steps provided by your local health department, or located on the Department of Health’s website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthyenvironments/private-well-testing/_documents/Flooded_Well_Broc.pdf
• f available, have your water tested through your county health department or by a laboratory certified by the state to perform a drinking water analysis.
Contaminated Food
• Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with floodwaters.
• Discard any food without a waterproof container if there is any chance it has come into contact with floodwaters.
• Undamaged, commercially canned foods can be saved if you remove the labels thoroughly, wash the cans, and then disinfect them with a solution consisting of 1/4 cup
of unscented household bleach per gallon of water for clean surfaces.
• Re-label your cans, including the expiration date, with a marker. Food containers with screw-caps, snap lids and home canned foods should be discarded if they have come in
contact with floodwaters, because they cannot be disinfected.
Contaminated Items
• Discard wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and pacifiers. There is no way to safely clean them if they have come in contact with contaminated floodwaters.
• Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes and utensils with soap and hot water and sanitize by boiling them in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1/4 cup of household bleach per gallon of water.
Hygiene
Basic hygiene is very important. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected and cooled. Hands should be washed before preparing or eating food, after
using the bathroom or changing a diaper, after handling uncooked food, after playing with a pet, after handling garbage, after tending to someone who is sick or injured, after blowing your nose,
coughing, or sneezing, after helping in flood cleanup activities, and after handling items contaminated with flood water or sewage.
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About the Florida Department of Health in Collier County
The Florida Department of Health in Collier County, nationally accredited as part of an Integrated Local Public Health Department System by the Public Health Accreditation Board,
works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyCollier. For more information, please  visit collier.floridahealth.gov/

 

2022 Hurricane Central - Preparedness Guide

  • HURRICANE CONTACT NUMBERS

    HOTLINES
    FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE/REGISTRATION 800-621-3362 

    TTY: 800-462-7585

    U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 800-659-2955 

    TTY: 800-877-8339

    FEMA FRAUD HOTLINE 866-720-5721
    REPORT FALSE CLAIMS 800-323-8603
    STATE OF FLORIDA EMERGENCY INFO 24-HOUR HOTLINE 800-342-3557
    SAFE & WELLNESS HELPLINE TO SEE IF PEOPLE ARE OK OR IN A SHELTER 844-221-4160
    FINANCIAL SERVICES HURRICANE HELP LINE 800-227-8676
    RED CROSS FOOD, SHELTER AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 866-438-4636
    DCF INFORMATION 866-762-2237
    ELDER HELPLINE 800-963-5337
    ATTORNEY GENERAL’S PRICE GOUGING HOTLINE 866-966-7226
    REPORT UNLICENSED ACTIVITY 866-532-1440
    AGRICULTURAL AND CONSUMER SERVICES 800-435-7352
    DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES 239-533-7387 – LEE COUNTY 

    239-252-7387 – COLLIER

  • EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS

    LEE 239-533-0622
    COLLIER 239-252-3600
    CHARLOTTE 941-833-4000
    DESOTO 863-993-4831
    GLADES 863-946-6020
    HENDRY 863-674-5400

  • CONTRACTOR INFORMATION

    DIVISION OF WORKERS’ COPENSATION 800-742-2214
    FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS 407-260-1511
    FLORIDA WALL AND CEIILING CONTRACTORS 407-260-1313
    ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS OF FLORIDA 813-879-8064
    AMERICAN RED CROSS OFFICES
    LEE, HEDRY, GLADES AND COLLIER 239-596-6868
    CHARLOTTE & DESOTO 941-629-4345

  • POWER COMPANIES

    FPL 800-468-8243
    LCEC 800-599-2356
    GLADES ELECTRIC CO-OP 800-226-4024
    SCHOOL DISTRICT 863-674-4555 OR 863-674-4622 IN CLEWISTON
    EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 863-675-5255 OR 863-983-1594 IN CLEWISTON
    COUNTY UTILITIES 863-675-5376
    HEALTH DEPARTMENT 863-674-4041 OR 863-983-1408 IN CLEWISTON
    BUILDING & ZONING 836-675-5245 OR 863-983-1463

  • Preparing Your Home

    • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
    • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
    • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
    • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
    • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.

  • Shelters - Lee County

    Lee County:

    Emergency Operations Center 239-533-0622

    Bonita Springs YMCA – Bonita Springs

    Island Coast High School – Cape Coral

    Estero Recreation Center – Estero

    Germain Arena – Estero

    South Fort Myers High School (Pet Friendly) – Fort Myers

    E. Lee County High School (Pet Friendly) – Lehigh Acres

    Harns Marsh Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

    Harns Marsh Middle School – Lehigh Acres

    Mirror Lakes Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

    Varsity Lakes Middle School – Lehigh Acres

    Veterans Park Recreation Center – Lehigh Acres

  • Shelters - Collier County

    Collier County

    Emergency Operations Center: 239-252-3600

    Highlands Elementary School – Immokalee

    Immokalee Friendship House – Immokalee

    Immokalee High School – Immokalee

    Immokalee Middle School – Immokalee

    Pinecrest Elementary School – Immokalee

    Village Oaks Elementary – Immokalee

    Barron Collier High School – Naples

    Big Cypress Elementary – Naples

    Corkscrew Elem/Middle School – Naples

    Cypress Palm Middle School – Naples

    Golden Gate Intermediate School – Naples

    Golden Gate Middle School – Naples

    Golden Gate High School – Naples

    Golden Terrace Intermediate School – Naples

    Gulf Coast Intermediate School – Naples

    Gulf Coast High School – Naples

    Laurel Oak Elementary School – Naples

    Lely High School – Naples

    Mike Davis Elementary School

    Naples High School

    North collier Regional Park (Pet Friendly) – Pre-registration is required

    North Naples Middle School

    Oakridge Middle School

    Palmetto Ridge High School – Special Needs

    Pelican Marsh Elementary

    Sable Palm Elementary School

    St. Matthews House

    Veterans Community Park

    Vineyards Elementary School

  • Shelters - Charlotte County

    Charlotte County

    Emergency Operations Center: 941-833-4000

    *All Charlotte County shelters are now Pet Friendly

    Lemon Bay High School – Englewood

    Myakka River Elementary School – Englewood

    Kingsway Elementary School – Port Charlotte

    Liberty Elementary School – Port Charlotte

    Meadow Park Elementary School – Port Charlotte

    Murdock Middle School – Port Charlotte

    Port Charlotte High School – Port Charlotte

    Port Charlotte Middle School – Port Charlotte

    Sallie Jones Elementary School -Punta Gorda

    South County Regional Park -Punta Gorda

    L.A. Ainger MIddle School – Rotonda

    Vineland Elementary School – Rotonda

  • Shelters - Hendry County

    Hendry County

    Emergency Operations Center: 863-674-5400

    Central Elementary School – Clewiston

    Clewiston High School – Clewiston

    Clewiston Middle School (Primary Shelter) – Clewiston

    Eastside Elementary School – Clewiston

    Westside Elementary School – Clewiston

    Country Oaks Elementary School – LaBelle

    LaBelle Elementary School – LaBelle

    LaBelle High School – LaBelle

    LaBelle Middle School (Primary Shelter) – LaBelle

     

  • Shelters - Glades County

    Glades County

    Emergency Operations Center: 863-946-6020

    Buckhead Ridge VFW – Buckhead Ridge

    Maple Grove Baptist Church – Lakeport

    Glades County Health Department (Special Needs) – Moore Haven

    Moore Haven High School – Moore Haven

    Muse Community Assn. – Muse

    West Glades Elementary (Special Needs) – Muse

  • Shelters - Desoto County

    Desoto County

    Emergency Operations Center – 863-993-4831

    Desoto Middle School -Arcadia

    South Florida State College (Special Needs) -Arcadia

  • Terminology - Hurricane Watch

    Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.

    Steps to take:

  • Terminology - Hurricane Warning

    Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.

    Steps to take:

    • Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given.
    • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

    Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.

    • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
    • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
    • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

    • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
    • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
    • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
    • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
    • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

  • After The Hurricane

    • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
    • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
    • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
    • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
    • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
    • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
    • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
    • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

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