02 - Collier County Monitoring Hurricane Irma, Urging Residents to Get Prepared
Remember, the First 72 Hours Are Up to You
Collier County Officials are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma, which is now a Category 5 and moving towards South Florida. The Emergency Operations Center and staff are ready for whatever threat the hurricane poses.
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)
Cell Phone Car Chargers
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
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.
For more information, view the Collier County online edition of our All Hazards Guide. For media inquiries, contact Public Information Coordinator Kate Albers at (239) 252-8011 or KateAlbers@colliergov.net.