Hurricane Preparedness Guide: Are You Ready?

  • 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 239-2523600
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

ONLINE RESOURCES

NHC.NOAA.GOV
FEMA.GOV
REDCROSS.ORG
MYFLORIDACFO.COM
FLASH.ORG
FMO1.ORG

 

 

  • 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.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Desoto County

Emergency Operations Center - 863-993-4831

Desoto Middle School -Arcadia

South Florida State College (Special Needs) -Arcadia

 

Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.

Steps to take:

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.

  • 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.