Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. It is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches, and that you have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit prepared. Remember, the first 72 are up to you!
Every home should have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit. Prepare a minimum three-day (72 hour) supply for each person – don’t forget the pets. Although hurricanes are our focus at this time of the year, other events could require evacuation. Brush fires, hazardous material spills, floods, and tornados all have the potential to disrupt our daily activities.
At the minimum, your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit should contain the following:
Food – at least enough for 3 days for every person
Water – at least one gallon per day per person (3 gallons per person for a three day supply)
Clothing – seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit (including medicines and prescription drugs)
Keys – extra set of home and car keys
Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Special Items – for babies and the elderly
Toiletries (hygiene items/moisture wipes)
Toys (books and games)
Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
Important Documents (in a waterproof container) – insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Pet care items
— proper identification/immunization records/medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
If you need help developing an emergency plan or other disaster planning resources, visitwww.flgetaplan.com for information. Our website (www.collierem.org) also features evacuation routes and other resources.
Remember, you can also follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CollierEM) and on Twitter (@CollierEM) to see information about the storm and communicate with us about what’s happening in your neighborhood following a severe weather event.
It’s important to always err on the side of caution and to take advice and direction from county officials seriously. If we communicate through these channels that you need to evacuate, for example, we need you to heed our warnings.
For more information, please contact the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services at (239) 252-3622.