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1 Hurricane Preparation You are the person most responsible for your safety!

2 Hurricane Preparation After a major hurricane, be prepared to be on your own for at least 3 days. Help will come, but may be delayed.

3 Hurricane Preparation Lee County Government wants you to be prepared in the event a storm threatens Southwest Florida.

4 Hurricane Preparation The following information will help you protect your family and home in case a hurricane approaches Lee County.

5 MAKE A PLAN ! Know the risks to your safety. Know the risks to your safety. high wind high wind storm surge storm surge freshwater flooding freshwater flooding Identify a safer location if required to evacuate. Identify a safer location if required to evacuate. Use Public Shelters as a last resort. Use Public Shelters as a last resort. Hurricane Preparation Before the Storm

6 Cover windows and doors with shutters or shielding materials. Cover windows and doors with shutters or shielding materials. Bring in lawn furniture, garbage cans and other lightweight objects. Bring in lawn furniture, garbage cans and other lightweight objects. If officials order you to evacuate your home, do so immediately. If officials order you to evacuate your home, do so immediately. Never stay in a Manufactured Home if asked to evacuate. Never stay in a Manufactured Home if asked to evacuate.

7 Hurricane Preparation Before the Storm Wedge sliding glass doors in the track. Wedge sliding glass doors in the track. Brace the garage door. Brace the garage door. Fill your car with fuel. Fill your car with fuel. Turn off and secure propane tanks. Turn off and secure propane tanks. Fill the bathtub and containers with water for sanitary use. Fill the bathtub and containers with water for sanitary use. Set refrigerator to the coldest setting. Set refrigerator to the coldest setting.

8 Hurricane Preparation Before the Storm Have plenty of spare batteries for radios, flashlights and toys. Have plenty of spare batteries for radios, flashlights and toys. If you stay home, have plenty of emergency food and water. If you stay home, have plenty of emergency food and water. Buy or freeze extra ice. Keep three bags per person if space allows. Buy or freeze extra ice. Keep three bags per person if space allows. Block ice will keep longer in a cooler than crushed or cubed ice. Block ice will keep longer in a cooler than crushed or cubed ice.

9 Hurricane Preparation Before the Storm Turn off utilities if authorities order. Turn off utilities if authorities order. Refill prescription medications. Refill prescription medications. Waterproof important documents. Waterproof important documents. Arrange to safeguard your boat. Arrange to safeguard your boat. Make arrangements for your pets. They are not allowed in shelters. Make arrangements for your pets. They are not allowed in shelters. Service animals are not pets. They are allowed in shelters. Service animals are not pets. They are allowed in shelters. Include pet/service animal supplies. Include pet/service animal supplies.

10 Hurricane Preparation Before the Storm Do not drain your swimming pool. (Lower the water about 12 inches.) Do not drain your swimming pool. (Lower the water about 12 inches.) Monitor the Lee County EOC website for information. Monitor the Lee County EOC website for information.

11 Hurricane Preparation During the Storm Stay in an interior room, like a closet or bathroom. Stay in an interior room, like a closet or bathroom. Stay away from doors and windows. Stay away from doors and windows. Closely monitor radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins. Closely monitor radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins.

12 Hurricane Preparation During the Storm Remain indoors during the storm, even when the eye passes over. Remain indoors during the storm, even when the eye passes over. Avoid using corded electrical appliances and corded telephones. Avoid using corded electrical appliances and corded telephones.

13 Hurricane Preparation After the Storm Stay away until authorities say it is safe to return. Stay away until authorities say it is safe to return. Inspect your home for safety hazards. Inspect your home for safety hazards. Do not travel unnecessarily or sightsee. Do not travel unnecessarily or sightsee.

14 Electrical Utilities have detailed plans to restore your electricity. Service will generally be restored according to the following priorities. 1. Power plants, transmission lines and substations 2. Main lines to critical infrastructure functions 3. Other main lines to bring the largest number of customers on in the quickest time possible 4. Neighborhood (block-by-block) restoration Hurricane Preparation After the Storm – Electrical Restoration

15 Hurricane Preparation Generator Safety NEVER run your generator indoors. NEVER run your generator indoors. All generators produce deadly Carbon Monoxide (CO). All generators produce deadly Carbon Monoxide (CO). CO is Colorless, Odorless and Tasteless. CO is Colorless, Odorless and Tasteless. Install a CO detector for added safety. Install a CO detector for added safety.

16 Hurricane Preparation Generator Safety Unless you have a transfer switch, do not connect your generator to your homes electrical system. Unless you have a transfer switch, do not connect your generator to your homes electrical system. Plug appliances directly into the generator outlets. Plug appliances directly into the generator outlets. Use heavy duty, outdoor rated extension cords. Use heavy duty, outdoor rated extension cords. Do not overload the generator with too many things at once. Do not overload the generator with too many things at once.

17 Hurricane Preparation Prepare Your Supplies A change of clothing and sturdy shoes A change of clothing and sturdy shoes Cash, identification and important papers Cash, identification and important papers Prescription medicines and spare eyeglasses Prescription medicines and spare eyeglasses Special items for elderly or disabled (adaptive aids and specialty supplies) Special items for elderly or disabled (adaptive aids and specialty supplies)

18 Hurricane Preparation Prepare Your Supplies One gallon of water per person per day for a minimum of 3 days One gallon of water per person per day for a minimum of 3 days Food that does not require cooking Food that does not require cooking Disposable eating/cooking utensils Disposable eating/cooking utensils Manual can/bottle opener Manual can/bottle opener Baby items: food, diapers, powder, etc. Baby items: food, diapers, powder, etc.

19 Hurricane Preparation Prepare Your Supplies Portable radio and extra batteries Portable radio and extra batteries Flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs Flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs Corded telephone (works without household electricity) Corded telephone (works without household electricity) Plastic trash bags Plastic trash bags Supplies for pets and service animals Supplies for pets and service animals

20 Hurricane Preparation Shelter Living Not all shelters are open for all events. Not all shelters are open for all events. Know the location of several shelters near you. Know the location of several shelters near you. Listen to the media for open shelters. Listen to the media for open shelters. Transportation may be available… Transportation may be available… via Special LeeTran Bus Routes. via Special LeeTran Bus Routes. through Special Needs Shelter Program (call for information). through Special Needs Shelter Program (call for information).

21 Hurricane Preparation Shelter Living HOSPITALS ARE NOT PUBLIC SHELTERS If you have special medical needs, register with the Countys Special Needs Shelter program. If you have special medical needs, register with the Countys Special Needs Shelter program. Call for more information on the Special Needs Shelter Program. Call for more information on the Special Needs Shelter Program.

22 Hurricane Preparation Shelter Living Bring personal hygiene items. Bring personal hygiene items. Bring blankets and/or a cot for sleeping. Bring blankets and/or a cot for sleeping. Bring quiet toys and games for kids. Bring quiet toys and games for kids. Bring comfort foods and snacks. Bring comfort foods and snacks. Be considerate of others. Be considerate of others.

23 Hurricane Preparation Shelter Living Pets are not allowed in public shelters unless the shelter is designated pet friendly. Pets are not allowed in public shelters unless the shelter is designated pet friendly. Contact Emergency Management for pet friendly shelter information. Contact Emergency Management for pet friendly shelter information. Service animals are not pets. They are allowed in all shelters. Service animals are not pets. They are allowed in all shelters. Do not bring alcoholic beverages or weapons. Do not bring alcoholic beverages or weapons. Smoking is not allowed in public shelters. Smoking is not allowed in public shelters.

24 Important Numbers Lee County Emergency Operations Center Emergency Operations Center Storm Information Hotline (only when activated) Storm Information Hotline (only when activated) United Way Information (anytime) 211 United Way Information (anytime) 211 Red Cross Red Cross Emergency Medical Service Emergency Medical Service Salvation Army Salvation Army Health Department Health Department Animal Services Animal Services

25 Important Numbers Law Enforcement Lee County Sheriff Lee County Sheriff Cape Coral Police Cape Coral Police Ft. Myers Police Ft. Myers Police Sanibel Police Sanibel Police Florida Highway Patrol Florida Highway Patrol Florida Fish & Wildlife Florida Fish & Wildlife US Coast Guard US Coast Guard

26 Important Numbers Hospitals Health Park Medical Ctr Health Park Medical Ctr Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers Lee Memorial Hospital Lee Memorial Hospital Cleveland Avenue, Ft. Myers SW Florida Regional Med Ctr SW Florida Regional Med Ctr Winkler Avenue, Ft. Myers HOSPITALS ARE NOT PUBLIC SHELTERS

27 Important Numbers Hospitals Cape Coral Hospital Cape Coral Hospital Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral Lehigh Regional Medical Ctr Lehigh Regional Medical Ctr Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres Gulf Coast Hospital Gulf Coast Hospital Doctors Way, Ft. Myers HOSPITALS ARE NOT PUBLIC SHELTERS

28 For More Information ٭Call Lee County Emergency Management at ٭Attend a community hurricane seminar. (Call or visit our website for a schedule) ٭Review the ALL HAZARDS GUIDE. (Call or visit our website for a copy) ٭Internet: or

29 Watch this channel for continuing updates and information issued by the Lee County Emergency Operations Center.


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