Hurricane season is here. Federation, in cooporation with emergency response agencies, is continuing to work with our Jewish agencies and synagogues to develop and review hurricane preparedness plans for our valued institutions.
We have learned that preparedness is the responsibility of each one of us. Every individual must have a plan in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. To assist you in developing a preparedness plan for your home and family we've provided links to a wide variety of resources.
American Red Cross (Local Chapter)
Cape Coral Emergency Management
Cape Coral Police Department
Dept. of Financial Services (Insurance)
Fort Myers Police Department
Lee County Animal Services
Lee County Emergency Medical
Services & Public Safety
Lee County Emergency Operations Center
Lee County Health Department
Lee County Sheriff’s Office (Main)
Lee County Storm Information Hotline
Sanibel Police Department
Traffic Conditions in Florida (Current)
GET WEATHER WATCH/WARNING INFO
Latest information you need to implement your family's disaster plan.
LOCAL NEWS & RADIO LINKS
Get up-to-the-minute information for our area during a crisis.
PLANNING GUIDES AND INFORMATION
Get the information you need to create your family's disaster response plan.
AFTER THE STORM
Information you'll need following a weather related disaster.
It's important to prepare for every member of your family...including your four legged ones.
These are the basic items recommended to have in your hurricane emergency supply kit. Plan to have enough on hand to get you through a minimum of three days without power. Of course, modify the list to meet specific needs of your family.
• One gallon of drinking water per person per day (additional water will be needed for cooking and cleaning)
• Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food (canned foods, peanut butter, energy or granola bars, etc.)
• Manual can opener
• Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications (minimum two-week supply)
• Keep a list of dosage amounts, doctor’s name and phone number for each member of the household
• Analog phone (one that does not use batteries or electricity)
• Personal items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet tissue, feminine hygiene items, deodorant, extra reading glasses, etc.)
• Diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, diaper cream, infant/baby Tylenol
• Pillow, blanket, towels, washcloths
• Cash, credit cards
• Important documents (driver’s license, Social Security card, medical cards, insurance policies, etc.), sealed in plastic bag to keep dry
• First aid kit, bug spray, sunscreen, extra batteries
• NOAA weather radio or battery operated AM/FM radio
• Several sets of clean clothing • Unscented bleach for disinfecting water • Flashlight and extra batteries • Work or gardening gloves, sturdy shoes, hat
> Develop your storm plan.
> Stock your hurricane supply kit.
> Create a checklist of items you will want to take with you if you have to leave.
> Take “before” pictures of your home for insurance purposes.
> Find out the elevation of your home.
> Make sure your street address is clearly marked on your home.
Hurricane watch is announced
Hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours.
> Clear your yard of potential flying debris, including lawn furniture, toys, etc.
> Lower the water level in the swimming pool by one foot.
> Board up windows.
> Gas up the car. Check your oil and tire pressure.
> Get cash. ATMs and banks may not be open after a storm.
> Turn the refrigerator to the coldest setting.
> Store plenty of water.
Hurricane warning is issued
Hurricane conditions are possible within the next 36 hours.
> Gather important documents.
> Finish shuttering doors and windows.
> Evacuate if you are ordered to do so.
> If you’re staying home, designate a safe room. Interior bathrooms or closets on the lowest level with no windows work best.
> Charge cell phones and other devices.
During the Storm
> Stay indoors.
> Stay away from windows even if they’re shuttered.
> Listen to media reports for the latest information.
> Stay inside even if it appears calm. Do not go out unitl the all-clear is given.
After the storm
The longest part of the process, recovery can take weeks.
> Move slowly and cautiously as you survey and clean up. Most injuries take place after the storm.
> Do not use public water until you are notified that it is safe.
> Avoid travel if possible.
> Do not connect generators to house wiring.
> Beware of downed power lines, wild animals and even domestic animals that may be frightened or lost.
> Take pictures of damage and contact your insurance