Hurricane Preparedness 



FEMA Disaster Assistance
800-621-FEMA 











https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

A federal website with useful check-lists that will help you create a communications plan and assemble an emergency kit in advance of a hurricane. 


www.floridadisaster.org 
A comprehensive guide to hurricane preparedness, including how to strengthen your home, create a family plan, and even protect your important financial records. 



Don't Wait - FEMA PSA 

View in FEMA Multimedia Library


Emergency Numbers You Should Know 

  • State of Florida Emergency Information 24-hour hotline (FEIL): 1-800-342-3557
  • State Volunteer and Donations Hotline: 1-800-FL-HELP1 (1-800-354-3571)
  • American Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669) 
  • Florida Power and Light: 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243)
  • Lee County Electric Cooperative: 239-656-2300 or 800-599-2356
  • Florida Department of Elder Affairs: 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)





Storm Surge from the NOAA/National Weather Service





  • 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 disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, 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.
  • 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.”




  • Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
  • Prepare before hurricane season starts. Pacific hurricane season starts May 15 and Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1.
  • Listen to local officials.

When the Waves Swell from FEMA



  • 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.  


Get Weather Ready During a Hurricane - NOAA



When there is no hurricane

  • Know your hurricane risk. Talk to your local emergency management agency.
  • Build or restock your basic disaster supplies kit, including food and water, a flashlight, batteries, chargers, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to local wireless emergency alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

Federal and State Resources




Lee County Emergency Operations Center
2675 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905

Main: 239-533-0622 
Fax: 239-477-3636
Non-Emergency Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In case of emergency - Dial 9-1-1
http://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/knowyourzone

Pre-registration is required for special needs shelters, as well as pet friendly shelters. Pets are allowed in only one storm shelter.  Contact Domestic Animal Services Department for registration information at 239. 533.7387
Visit Special Needs Program Homepage.

Visit Lee Lost Pet’s Homepage.





Collier County Emergency Management Center
8075 Lely Cultural Parkway Naples, FL  34113

Main: 239-252-3600
http://www.colliergov.net/your-government/divisions-a-e/emergency-management

Pre-registration is required for special needs shelters, as well as pet friendly shelters. Pets are allowed in only one storm shelter.  Contact Domestic Animal Services Department for registration information at 239. 252.7387
 Visit Special Needs Program Homepage.

Visit Animal Services Homepage.




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