The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is underway now through November 30. Over the last 50 years, our coastal community has enjoyed many hurricane-free seasons. But in 1960 Hurricane Donna, a strong Category 3 hurricane, swept up the county’s coast from Everglades City to Bonita Beach causing substantial storm surge flooding along the entire coastline.
In 2005, Category 3 Hurricane Wilma made landfall just south of Marco Island causing more than $1.2 billion in property damage in unincorporated Collier County.
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 three days for every person Water – at least one gallon per day per person (three gallons per person for a three day supply) Blankets/Pillows Cash Cell Phone Car Chargers Clothing – seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes First Aid Kit (including medicines and prescription drugs) Flashlight/Batteries Keys – extra set of home and car keys Mosquito Spray 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
Gather important documents (birth certificates, insurance policies, health records, mortgages, deeds, titles, financial documents) in one place, ready to take with you. Any documents you may need after a storm or flood should be gathered now and kept in a protected place.
Go to Colliergov.net to view the Collier County online edition of the All Hazards Guide.