Monday, January 17, 2022

Be Prepared- Hurricane Season Begins June 1

The first 72 are up to you!

The first 72 are up to you!

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.

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
– seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit
(including medicines and prescription drugs)
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)
– keep a set with you during the storm
Important Documents
(in a waterproof container) – insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

Pet care items

  • proper identification/immunization records/medications
  • ample supply of food and water
  • a carrier or cage
  • muzzle and leash

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.

Gov. Rick Scott recently signed a Florida Legislature-approved 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday to help Florida residents purchase items related to disaster preparedness without having to pay sales tax. The sales tax holiday runs from Friday, June 1, through Thursday, June 7. More information and a list of qualifying items can be found here.

Go to CollierCountyFl.Gov to view the Collier County online edition of our All Hazards Guide.

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