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June 28, 2022

6/16/2022 4:53:00 PM
Hurricane Preparedness
Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes and how to receive alerts.
Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes and how to receive alerts.
There are may Disaster Preparedness checklists you can download from the web. Simply search for “Hurricane Checklist.”
There are may Disaster Preparedness checklists you can download from the web. Simply search for “Hurricane Checklist.”
Provided by Charlotte County

It's hurricane season — Are you prepared
Don’t delay your preparations for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season that runs June 1 through November 30. Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane: prepare now, survive during, be safe after.

Put together a disaster plan with your family and for your business before a hurricane. Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car. Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes and how to receive alerts. Listen to local officials via radio, TV, and social media to keep abreast of the storm and what you need to do.
Have a plan. Know your flood evacuation zone. Figure out where you will go if you need to evacuate – seek out family and friends first who are in a safer area and use an emergency shelter as a last resort. Be forewarned: evacuation centers offer no bedding, no generators, limited food, and twenty square foot of space per person. Who will be your contact person and how will you communicate?
Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare supplies. Refill prescriptions. Have your vehicles filled with gas as no power means gas can’t be pumped. Experts recommend having a week’s supply of nonperishable food, one gallon of water for each person a day, toiletries, cash (banks, ATMs, and credit card machines don’t work without electricity.) Have a battery or solar-powered radio, flashlights, a charged cellphone, and important documents & insurance info (if evacuating.) Secure your boat early and clear your yard of furniture, potted plans, trash cans, and other objects that can cause damage in heavy winds. Keep up to date on your landscape trimming to minimize yard debris. Don’t leave trash & yard waste containers out prior to a storm. Protect your windows and glass doors with plywood or storm shutters. Turn off power and water prior to leaving home.
Don’t forget about your pet’s emergency kit. Have a leash & collar with proper ID, vaccination records, crate, food, water, bowls, cat litter, scoop, trash bags for waste, and a photo of you with your pet. Don’t leave pets alone at home if you evacuate. Find pet-friendly hotels at petswelcome.com and pet-friendly shelters.
If traveling to escape the storm path, experts suggest going shorter distances instead of hundreds of miles as you may become stranded on the highway due to traffic volume and you don’t want to ride out a storm in your vehicle!
Charlotte County emergency shelters are located at Kingsway Elementary School, 23300 Quasar Blvd., Port Charlotte; Liberty Elementary School, 370 Atwater St., Port Charlotte; Neil Armstrong Elementary School, 22100 Breezeswept Ave., Port Charlotte; and Harold Ave. Regional Park Recreation Center, 23400 Harold Ave.,  Port Charlotte. Sarasota County emergency shelters closest to Englewood are Atwater Elementary School, 4701 Huntsville Avenue, North Port; Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 W. Price Blvd., North Port; North Port High School, 6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port, Woodland Middle School, 2700 Panacea Blvd., North Port, and Taylor Ranch Elementary, 2500 Taylor Ranch Trail, Venice.
Residents with special medical needs are encouraged to register in advance for transportation assistance. Fill out the appropriate form online at www.scgov.net or www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov.
Visit FloridaDisaster.org for more information. Flood zone elevations, evacuation routes, and other helpful information may be found on your county’s websites under emergency management (www.scgov.net or www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov.)

Sources: Sarasota and Charlotte Counties Disaster Preparedness Guides which are also available to be downloaded or picked up in county facilities.

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