Hurricane Preparedness

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Hurricane Preparedness – Are you Prepared?

In light of recent tornadoes throughout America’s heartland, Tropical Storm Andrea and the beginning of our Hurricane season, we wanted to provide you a guide to hurricane preparedness. Any storm can be dangerous, but the advantage of a hurricane over a tornado is the warning time. With scientific advancements, meteorologists can give tornado warnings 20 minutes before the storm hits, whereas a coming hurricane allows for up to 2 weeks of preparation. While the warning times are greater, a hurricane is still a potentially extremely dangerous situation where preparation is key to mitigating potential problems during & after a storm.

Knowing the difference between the National Weather Service watches and warnings is important in the timing of your preparation. A watch lets you know that weather conditions are favorable. It literally means “be on guard”, conditions are possible. Watches are typically issued 48 hours in advance. A warning requires immediate action. This means conditions are expected. Warnings are typically issued 36 hours in advance.


*Hurricane Preparedness Checklist*


  • Review your plan
  • Determine your (lee county evacuation route or collier county evacuation route) or preferred location/shelter if required to evacuate
  • Keep your prescriptions full and up-to-date (include OTC meds)
  • Pack a First Aid Kit, include sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Purchase a car charger for your cell phone, if you don’t already own one
  • Keep your vehicles fueled
  • Download an app to your Smartphone that can notify people where you are
  • Stock up on batteries for flashlights, radio, cell phone, etc.
  • Buy food that will keep and store drinking water
  • Buy plywood or other material to protect home
  • Make an inventory list of personal property
  • Take pictures of your home
  • Trim trees and shrubbery
  • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts
  • Decide how you will secure your boat or where you will need to move it to
  • Review your insurance policy
  • Determine arrangement options for pets should you need to evacuate

72 Hours Before the Storm

  • Discuss your plans and options with family
  • Closely monitor local TV, radio and online resources for the latest weather information
  • Check food, water, batteries and other supplies
  • Withdraw cash from bank
  • Pay bills that are due soon
  • If you plan to go to a hotel, make your reservations
  • If you plan to go to a shelter, call to make sure they are open
  • Fill your car’s fuel tank, check tire pressure and fluid levels
  • Gather valuables to take with you or put them in a safe, waterproof location

48 Hours Before the Storm
– A watch has been issued

  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting
  • Lower the air conditioning temperature in your home
  • Move patio furniture and other loose items indoors
  • Closely monitor local TV, radio and online resources for the latest weather information
  • Install storm shutters or protect windows with plywood
  • Take down awnings and canopies
  • Re-check car’s fuel level
  • Re-check batteries and canned food supply
  • Re-check drinking water supply (One gallon per person/day is recommended)
  • Ensure you have extra cash on hand
  • Ensure you have an adequate supply of prescription and OTC medications

24-36 Hours Before the Storm
-A warning has been issued

If you are staying in your home:

  • Fill bath tub with water (for sanitary use…not drinking)
  • Super chlorinate your swimming pool (do not drain it)
  • Closely monitor local TV, radio and online resources for latest weather information
  • Close storm shutters
  • Close all interior doors and lock/secure all external doors
  • Close blinds
  • Stay away from windows and doors
  • Unplug all unused appliances and electronics

If you are evacuating:

  • Pack bags and car
  • Turn off water/electricity
  • Close storm shutters
  • Close all interior doors and lock/secure all external doors
  • Close blinds
  • Notify friends/family of your evacuation plans
  • Take pets with you

By being prepared, you can significantly reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane season officially ends on November 30th.

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