Hurricane Preparedness

Preparing for a Hurricanehurricaneevac

According to FEMA, to prepare for a hurricane you should take the following measures.

  • Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Be sure trees and bushes around your home are well trimmed.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Consider building a safe room.

Hurricane Emergency Kit

Include the following items and make adjustments according to your family’s needs.


  • Bottled water (1 gallon per day per person) for 14 days
  • Manual can opener

Non-perishable foods:

  • Canned meat, fish, fruit and vegetables
  • Bread in moisture proof packaging
  • Cookies, candy, dried fruit
  • Canned soups, & milk
  • Powdered or single serve drinks
  • Cereal bars
  • Package condiments
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Instant coffee & tea
  • Flashlight (1 per person)
  • Portable battery powered lanterns
  • Glass enclosed candlesgeneric hurricane florida
  • Battery powered radio or TV
  • Battery operated alarm clock
  • Extra batteries, including hearing aids
  • Ice chest and ice
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Waterproof matches / butane lighter
  • Money
  • Plain bleach or water purification tablets
  • Disposable plates, glasses, and Utensils
  • Maps of the area with landmarks on it


  • Portable camp stove or grill
  • Stove fuel or charcoal, lighter fluid
  • Disposable eating utensils, plates & cups
  • Napkins & paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitts

Personal Supplies:

  • Prescriptions (month supply)
  • Photo copies of prescriptions
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap and detergent
  • Toiletries


  • pillows, sleeping bagtrees
  • Clothing for a few days
  • Rain ponchos, and work gloves
  • Extra glasses or contact lenses


  • Disposable diapers
  • Formula, food and medication


  • Photo copies of prescriptions
  • Photo identification
  • Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
  • Medical history or information
  • Waterproof container for document storage
  • Back-up disks of your home computer files
  • Camera

Pet Supplies:

  • Dry and canned food for two weeks
  • Water (½ gallon per day)
  • Litter box supplies
  • Traveling Cage

Other Necessities:

  • Tools: hammer, wrenches, screw drivers, nails, saw
  • Trash bags (large amount)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Plastic Drop Cloth
  • Mosquito netting
  • ABC rated fire extinguisher
  • Masking or duct tape
  • Outdoor extension cords
  • Spray paint to identify your home if necessary

National Contact Information

American Red
Environmental Protection
National Hurricane
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
National Weather

State Contact Information

Florida Emergency Information Line..........................(only activated during disasters)...........1-800-342-3557
FL Dept. of Emergency Management.........................Emergencies only........1-800-320-0519 or 850-413-9911
FL Dept. of
US Coast Guard....................................1-800-874-7561
Florida Power and Light....................1-800-4-OUTAGE
Lee County Electric Cooperative..........1-800-282-1643

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