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    Be can never be to prepared!

    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.

    Lee County Emergency Information



    American Red Cross (Local Chapter)
    Cape Coral Emergency Management
    Cape Coral Police Department
    (Non-Emergency Dispatch)
    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
    Salvation Army
    Sanibel Police Department
    Traffic Conditions in Florida (Current)      


    Normal                 Emergency 


    278-3401               278-3401
    573-3022               911
    574-3223               911
    461-4000               800-22STORM
    321-7700               911
    533-7387               533-7387
    533-3911               911
    533-3622               533-3622
    332-9501               332-9501
    477-1000               911
    211 211
    278-1551               278-1551
    278-1551               911
    511                        911

    Latest information you need to implement your family's disaster plan.

      *  National Weather Service 
      * Emergency Operations Center Online

    Get up-to-the-minute information for our area during a crisis.

      * The News-Press
      * Fort Myers Florida Weekly
      * Fox4now

    Get the information you need to create your family's disaster response plan. 

      * Preparedness Checklist
      * American Red Cross

    Information you'll need following a weather related disaster.

      * Generator Safety Tips

    It's important to prepare for every member of your family...including your four legged ones.

      * FEMA's Pet Preparation/Planning Info
      * Preparing for your Cat's Safety


    Must-haves for your emergency supply kit

      Basic Recommended Items

      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

      storm action time line

        Early Summer

        > 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