If you have been watching the weather, you know Southwest Florida is in the center of the latest hurricane cone. The infamous cone of uncertainty. Preparing for approaching storm Ian is something to consider as the storm gets closer. Sunday night, Ian became a full blown hurricane. It is expected to strengthen even more once it gets into the gulf.

Keep checking back and we will keep you updated.

Hurricane Irma

Remember how big Hurricane Irma was five years ago.

Now, if you are a longtime resident, you are probably saying “I got this.” But it never hurts to take inventory of supplies and such.

There are so many new residents to Southwest Florida. If that is you, it is important for you to think ahead a little bit. The big thing here is not to panic. ANYTHING can happen between now and the beginning of next week when the weather is predicted to hit us. Meteorologists tell us the storm can weaken, it can wobble and veer away from us. However, it can strengthen and head right toward our coastline.

So the waiting game begins. Always the fun part. First thing is first, double check basic supplies that you might need if the power goes out. Next, check the supplies for a hurricane party. It’s a right of passage for Floridians.

Preparing for approaching storm (soon to be named) Ian is pretty easy. Click here for our official Hurricane Guide. Check for storm updates here.

And finally, scroll down for some quick and dirty supply tip reminders.

  • Batteries

    Make sure the batteries in your flashlights work. Also in your portable radios so you can stay connected to us if the power goes out.

  • Non-perishable foods

    This includes things liked canned foods, peanut butter, granola bars and such. Also, if you have kids or babies, make sure you have enough formula on hand.

  • Water

    The recommendation for clean drinking water, just in case, is one gallon per day per family member. You can always fill jugs and pitchers you have if the storm gets closer and you don’t have enough. Or fill your sinks with water.

  • Gas up

    Another precaution in case you are without power for any length of time. Fill those generators and top off the tank of your car as the storm gets closer.

  • Tidy up

    It’s a good chance you might need to do this anyway. Pick up random things lying around your yard or house. They can become missiles in strong winds.

  • Hurricane Guide

    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.
  • After you've prepared, enjoy these weekend events and activities.