You immediate response should be “How can Hurricane Ian be worse than Irma?” The current Tropical Depression 9 and soon to be Hurricane Ian is currently projected to be in our Southwest Florida neighborhood late Tuesday-early Wednesday at a Category 2 storm. If it tracks a little to our north, it’ll be a Category 3 in Tampa’s neighborhood. Irma was a Category 5 as it approached and hit Estero as a Category 3. I know this. Our station is in Estero. I was here when the eye crossed over our town. Things are different with TD9, soon to be Ian. Here’s a look at this morning’s models:

That gulf is super warm. I was down at Barefoot Beach and can confirm. So the longer this storm stays in the gulf, the bigger it’s going to get. If it hits us, it’s predicted to be in Category 2 range. If it goes further north before landfall it’ll be a lot stronger. Back to my original thought.

How can Hurricane Ian be worse than Irma?

I’m not talking about roof damage or flooding, I’m talking about the supply chain. And electricity. When things break you need parts. When hurricanes hit, the power goes out. It takes parts to fix the things that break to get the power back on.  Do they have enough parts? Here’s why I’m thinking this. Shortages have been in the news for quite awhile now. Manufacturers can’t complete cars and trucks without all the parts. Locally, it was something that happened to me.

Last May I got a water bill for $30. My water meter broke. I contacted Lee County and let them know. The response came back that they didn’t have the parts to fix it. Two weeks ago they finally did. I got free water from the county for essentially 4 months because they didn’t have the parts needed to fix the meter. So if Florida sees a lot of damage from the hurricane, do they have all the parts needed to get all of our power back in in a timely manner? I’m hoping so. We were without power after Irma for more than a week, and the power companies had everything they needed. What’s the situation with parts and electrical components when it comes to fixing damage from a storm?

I’ll keep you updated if I find out more. Here’s the link to our guide, and more information below.

2022 Hurricane Central - Preparedness Guide

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Hurricane Central – Preparedness Guide gives you the updated information you may need in the event of a hurricane. Just because 2021 was a quiet year for storms doesn’t mean we can ever let our guard down. This guide is sponsored by local businesses here in SWFL. Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Sean King Law, and Powerhouse Home Services.

  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

 

  • 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.

 

 

Joe Winner spends his days combing through memes and off beat stories to bring you the side of Florida not always seen.