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Getting ready for hurricane Ian, you have a lot on your mind. Things like securing your home, stocking up on supplies, taking care of loved ones. But don’t forget about your furry or feathery friends. To help you, we have a few pet safety tips for hurricanes.

Bend Your Neck

Hopefully you wont be evacuating with a pet this large.

If you have not already begun thinking about your pets, it is time. If you are thinking of evacuating or going to a shelter, keep in mind many shelters do not allow pets. Not all hotels are pet friendly. Not all friends’ homes are pet friendly. If you have outdoor animals, it’s especially important to find a safe place for them. NEVER leave an animal outside, exposed to the elements, with no shelter during a hurricane.

During the storm, keep your pets away from windows. If they are used to kennels or cages, consider keeping them inside of one. It could give them a better sense of security.

Animal Shelters

Most of all, try to stay calm. Animals sense your emotions. So do your children. If you are anxious and upset, there is a good chance they will be too. Take some deep breathes if you need to reset. Know that that Southwest Florida authorities are prepared and ready to help in the event of damage and power outages.

Here is a checklist of pet safety tips for hurricanes.

  • Supply check list

    Just like you are preparing for yourself, as far as food. water, and medication do the same for your pets. Make sure you have enough on hand in case we are without power or safe drinking water. A week’s worth of supplies is the standard recommendation.

  • Considering Kennels

    If you need to evacuate or if your job requires you to be on call or report for duty, kenneling your pet may be ideal for you. Reserve your spot ASAP. Be sure to ask what you’ll need to pack for the animals sleep over, such as food, medicine, toys, etc.

  • Anxiety Alert

    Note that a storm can be just as traumatic for a pet as for humans. The stress and trauma can change a pets behavior. Try to keep them in a normal routine as much as possible, Try not to leave them alone during the storm if possible.

  • Evacuation planning

    Never leave your pets behind if you can help it. Make a checklist of supplies you’ll need if you plan to leave the area. Things like leashes, litter boxes, pet carriers, medicines, food, etc. Have a plan of where you are going and a list of pet friendly hotels.

  • Identification Info

    If your pet has a collar be sure to put it on. Worse case scenario, if you get seperated, it will be easier to reconnect you. If you’ve been thinking about a microchip, there is still time to get one from your veterinarian in advance of the storm. One more thing, take photos of your pet if you don’t already have a million in your phone.

  • Vaccination Check

    If your pet’s vaccinations are not up to date, try to get those done in the next few days. Shelters that DO take animals, as well as kennels, may require proof of vaccinations.

  • Be alert for wild animals

    If you have a dog, or an outdoor pet, be alert that storms often displace wild animals. Things like snakes may be more common. Even alligators if there is a lot of flooding.

  • No pet left behind

    Leaving your pets behind is never recommended but if that is your only option there are a few things to do. Put them in a room away from windows. Surround them with things that are familiar and that they love such as toys, blankets, your dirty socks, et. Make sure you leave extra food and water as well.

  • Hurricane Preparedness Guide

    2022 Hurricane Central - Preparedness Guide

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    Hurricane Central – Preparedness Guide gives you the updated information you may need in the event of a hurricane. Just because 2021 was a quiet year for storms doesn’t mean we can ever let our guard down. This guide is sponsored by local businesses here in SWFL. Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Sean King Law, and Powerhouse Home Services.

    • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
    • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
    • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
    • Make a family emergency communication plan.
    • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

     

    • HURRICANE CONTACT NUMBERS

      HOTLINES
      FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE/REGISTRATION 800-621-3362 

      TTY: 800-462-7585

      U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 800-659-2955 

      TTY: 800-877-8339

      FEMA FRAUD HOTLINE 866-720-5721
      REPORT FALSE CLAIMS 800-323-8603
      STATE OF FLORIDA EMERGENCY INFO 24-HOUR HOTLINE 800-342-3557
      SAFE & WELLNESS HELPLINE TO SEE IF PEOPLE ARE OK OR IN A SHELTER 844-221-4160
      FINANCIAL SERVICES HURRICANE HELP LINE 800-227-8676
      RED CROSS FOOD, SHELTER AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE 866-438-4636
      DCF INFORMATION 866-762-2237
      ELDER HELPLINE 800-963-5337
      ATTORNEY GENERAL’S PRICE GOUGING HOTLINE 866-966-7226
      REPORT UNLICENSED ACTIVITY 866-532-1440
      AGRICULTURAL AND CONSUMER SERVICES 800-435-7352
      DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES 239-533-7387 – LEE COUNTY 

      239-252-7387 – COLLIER

    • EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS

      LEE 239-533-0622
      COLLIER 239-252-3600
      CHARLOTTE 941-833-4000
      DESOTO 863-993-4831
      GLADES 863-946-6020
      HENDRY 863-674-5400
    • CONTRACTOR INFORMATION

      DIVISION OF WORKERS’ COPENSATION 800-742-2214
      FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS 407-260-1511
      FLORIDA WALL AND CEIILING CONTRACTORS 407-260-1313
      ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS OF FLORIDA 813-879-8064
      AMERICAN RED CROSS OFFICES
      LEE, HEDRY, GLADES AND COLLIER 239-596-6868
      CHARLOTTE & DESOTO 941-629-4345
    • POWER COMPANIES

      FPL 800-468-8243
      LCEC 800-599-2356
      GLADES ELECTRIC CO-OP 800-226-4024
      SCHOOL DISTRICT 863-674-4555 OR 863-674-4622 IN CLEWISTON
      EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 863-675-5255 OR 863-983-1594 IN CLEWISTON
      COUNTY UTILITIES 863-675-5376
      HEALTH DEPARTMENT 863-674-4041 OR 863-983-1408 IN CLEWISTON
      BUILDING & ZONING 836-675-5245 OR 863-983-1463
    • Preparing Your Home

      • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
      • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
      • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
      • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
      • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
    • Shelters - Lee County

      Lee County:

      Emergency Operations Center 239-533-0622

      Bonita Springs YMCA – Bonita Springs

      Island Coast High School – Cape Coral

      Estero Recreation Center – Estero

      Germain Arena – Estero

      South Fort Myers High School (Pet Friendly) – Fort Myers

      E. Lee County High School (Pet Friendly) – Lehigh Acres

      Harns Marsh Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

      Harns Marsh Middle School – Lehigh Acres

      Mirror Lakes Elementary School – Lehigh Acres

      Varsity Lakes Middle School – Lehigh Acres

      Veterans Park Recreation Center – Lehigh Acres

    • Shelters - Collier County

      Collier County

      Emergency Operations Center: 239-252-3600

      Highlands Elementary School – Immokalee

      Immokalee Friendship House – Immokalee

      Immokalee High School – Immokalee

      Immokalee Middle School – Immokalee

      Pinecrest Elementary School – Immokalee

      Village Oaks Elementary – Immokalee

      Barron Collier High School – Naples

      Big Cypress Elementary – Naples

      Corkscrew Elem/Middle School – Naples

      Cypress Palm Middle School – Naples

      Golden Gate Intermediate School – Naples

      Golden Gate Middle School – Naples

      Golden Gate High School – Naples

      Golden Terrace Intermediate School – Naples

      Gulf Coast Intermediate School – Naples

      Gulf Coast High School – Naples

      Laurel Oak Elementary School – Naples

      Lely High School – Naples

      Mike Davis Elementary School

      Naples High School

      North collier Regional Park (Pet Friendly) – Pre-registration is required

      North Naples Middle School

      Oakridge Middle School

      Palmetto Ridge High School – Special Needs

      Pelican Marsh Elementary

      Sable Palm Elementary School

      St. Matthews House

      Veterans Community Park

      Vineyards Elementary School

    • Shelters - Charlotte County

      Charlotte County

      Emergency Operations Center: 941-833-4000

      *All Charlotte County shelters are now Pet Friendly

      Lemon Bay High School – Englewood

      Myakka River Elementary School – Englewood

      Kingsway Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Liberty Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Meadow Park Elementary School – Port Charlotte

      Murdock Middle School – Port Charlotte

      Port Charlotte High School – Port Charlotte

      Port Charlotte Middle School – Port Charlotte

      Sallie Jones Elementary School -Punta Gorda

      South County Regional Park -Punta Gorda

      L.A. Ainger MIddle School – Rotonda

      Vineland Elementary School – Rotonda

    • Shelters - Hendry County

      Hendry County

      Emergency Operations Center: 863-674-5400

      Central Elementary School – Clewiston

      Clewiston High School – Clewiston

      Clewiston Middle School (Primary Shelter) – Clewiston

      Eastside Elementary School – Clewiston

      Westside Elementary School – Clewiston

      Country Oaks Elementary School – LaBelle

      LaBelle Elementary School – LaBelle

      LaBelle High School – LaBelle

      LaBelle Middle School (Primary Shelter) – LaBelle

       

    • Shelters - Glades County

      Glades County

      Emergency Operations Center: 863-946-6020

      Buckhead Ridge VFW – Buckhead Ridge

      Maple Grove Baptist Church – Lakeport

      Glades County Health Department (Special Needs) – Moore Haven

      Moore Haven High School – Moore Haven

      Muse Community Assn. – Muse

      West Glades Elementary (Special Needs) – Muse

    • Shelters - Desoto County

      Desoto County

      Emergency Operations Center – 863-993-4831

      Desoto Middle School -Arcadia

      South Florida State College (Special Needs) -Arcadia

    • Terminology - Hurricane Watch

      Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.

      Steps to take:

    • Terminology - Hurricane Warning

      Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.

      Steps to take:

      • Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given.
      • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

      Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.

      • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
      • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
      • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

      • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
      • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
      • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
      • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
      • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
    • After The Hurricane

      • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
      • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
      • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
      • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
      • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
      • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
      • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
      • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.