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Hurricane preparation
Hurricane Preparation

You are the person most responsible for your safety!

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Hurricane Preparation

After a major hurricane, be prepared to be on your own for at least 3 days. Help will come, but may be delayed.

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Hurricane Preparation

Lee County Government wants you to be prepared in the event a storm threatens Southwest Florida.

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Hurricane Preparation

The following information will help you protect your family and home in case a hurricane approaches Lee County.

Hurricane preparation before the storm
Hurricane PreparationBefore the Storm


  • Know the risks to your safety.

    • high wind

    • storm surge

    • freshwater flooding

  • Identify a safer location if required to evacuate.

  • Use Public Shelters as a last resort.

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Hurricane PreparationBefore the Storm

  • Cover windows and doors with shutters or shielding materials.

  • Bring in lawn furniture, garbage cans and other lightweight objects.

  • If officials order you to evacuate your home, do so immediately.

  • Never stay in a Manufactured Home if asked to evacuate.

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Hurricane PreparationBefore the Storm

  • Wedge sliding glass doors in the track.

  • Brace the garage door.

  • Fill your car with fuel.

  • Turn off and secure propane tanks.

  • Fill the bathtub and containers with water for sanitary use.

  • Set refrigerator to the coldest setting.

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Hurricane PreparationBefore the Storm

  • Have plenty of spare batteries for radios, flashlights and toys.

  • If you stay home, have plenty of emergency food and water.

  • Buy or freeze extra ice. Keep three bags per person if space allows.

  • Block ice will keep longer in a cooler than crushed or cubed ice.

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Hurricane PreparationBefore the Storm

  • Turn off utilities if authorities order.

  • Refill prescription medications.

  • Waterproof important documents.

  • Arrange to safeguard your boat.

  • Make arrangements for your pets. They are not allowed in shelters.

  • Service animals are not pets. They are allowed in shelters.

  • Include pet/service animal supplies.

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Hurricane PreparationBefore the Storm

  • Do not drain your swimming pool. (Lower the water about 12 inches.)

  • Monitor the Lee County EOC website for information.

Hurricane preparation during the storm
Hurricane PreparationDuring the Storm

  • Stay in an interior room, like a closet or bathroom.

  • Stay away from doors and windows.

  • Closely monitor radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins.

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Hurricane PreparationDuring the Storm

  • Remain indoors during the storm, even when the “eye” passes over.

  • Avoid using corded electrical appliances and corded telephones.

Hurricane preparation after the storm
Hurricane PreparationAfter the Storm

  • Stay away until authorities say it is safe to return.

  • Inspect your home for safety hazards.

  • Do not travel unnecessarily or sightsee.

Hurricane preparation after the storm electrical restoration
Hurricane PreparationAfter the Storm – Electrical Restoration

Electrical Utilities have detailed plans to restore your electricity. Service will generally be restored according to the following priorities.

  • Power plants, transmission lines and substations

  • Main lines to critical infrastructure functions

  • Other main lines to bring the largest number of customers on in the quickest time possible

  • Neighborhood (block-by-block) restoration

Hurricane preparation generator safety
Hurricane PreparationGenerator Safety

  • NEVER run your generator indoors.

  • All generators produce deadly Carbon Monoxide (CO).

    • CO is Colorless, Odorless and Tasteless.

  • Install a CO detector for added safety.

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Hurricane PreparationGenerator Safety

  • Unless you have a transfer switch, do not connect your generator to your home’s electrical system.

  • Plug appliances directly into the generator outlets.

    • Use heavy duty, outdoor rated extension cords.

    • Do not overload the generator with too many things at once.

Hurricane preparation prepare your supplies
Hurricane PreparationPrepare Your Supplies

  • A change of clothing and sturdy shoes

  • Cash, identification and important papers

  • Prescription medicines and spare eyeglasses

  • Special items for elderly or disabled (adaptive aids and specialty supplies)

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Hurricane PreparationPrepare Your Supplies

  • One gallon of water per person per day for a minimum of 3 days

  • Food that does not require cooking

  • Disposable eating/cooking utensils

  • Manual can/bottle opener

  • Baby items: food, diapers, powder, etc.

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Hurricane PreparationPrepare Your Supplies

  • Portable radio and extra batteries

  • Flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs

  • Corded telephone (works without household electricity)

  • Plastic trash bags

  • Supplies for pets and service animals

Hurricane preparation shelter living
Hurricane PreparationShelter Living

  • Not all shelters are open for all events.

  • Know the location of several shelters near you.

  • Listen to the media for open shelters.

  • Transportation may be available…

    • via Special LeeTran Bus Routes.

    • through Special Needs Shelter Program (call 533-3640 for information).

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Hurricane PreparationShelter Living


  • If you have special medical needs, register with the County’s Special Needs Shelter program.

  • Call 533-3640 for more information on the Special Needs Shelter Program.

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Hurricane PreparationShelter Living

  • Bring personal hygiene items.

  • Bring blankets and/or a cot for sleeping.

  • Bring quiet toys and games for kids.

  • Bring comfort foods and snacks.

  • Be considerate of others.

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Hurricane PreparationShelter Living

  • Pets are not allowed in public shelters unless the shelter is designated “pet friendly”.

  • Contact Emergency Management for “pet friendly” shelter information.

  • Service animals are not pets. They are allowed in all shelters.

  • Do not bring alcoholic beverages or weapons.

  • Smoking is not allowed in public shelters.

Important numbers lee county
Important NumbersLee County

  • Emergency Operations Center 533-3622

  • Storm Information Hotline 477-1900 (only when activated)

  • United Way Information (anytime) 211

  • Red Cross 278-3401

  • Emergency Medical Service 335-1600

  • Salvation Army 278-1551

  • Health Department 332-9501

  • Animal Services 432-2083

Important numbers law enforcement
Important NumbersLaw Enforcement

  • Lee County Sheriff 477-1000

  • Cape Coral Police 574-0606

  • Ft. Myers Police 338-2160

  • Sanibel Police 472-3111

  • Florida Highway Patrol 278-7100

  • Florida Fish & Wildlife 332-6966

  • US Coast Guard 463-5754

Important numbers hospitals
Important NumbersHospitals

  • Health Park Medical Ctr. 433-7799

    9981 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers

  • Lee Memorial Hospital 332-1111

    2776 Cleveland Avenue, Ft. Myers

  • SW Florida Regional Med Ctr. 939-1147

    2727 Winkler Avenue, Ft. Myers


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Important NumbersHospitals

  • Cape Coral Hospital 574-2323

    636 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral

  • Lehigh Regional Medical Ctr. 369-2101

    1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres

  • Gulf Coast Hospital 768-5000

    13681 Doctors Way, Ft. Myers


For more information
For More Information

  • Call Lee County Emergency Management at 239-533-3622

  • Attend a community hurricane seminar. (Call or visit our website for a schedule)

  • Review the ALL HAZARDS GUIDE.(Call or visit our website for a copy)

  • Internet: or

Hurricane preparation

Watch this channel for continuing updates and information issued by the Lee County Emergency Operations Center.