The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 and Ends November 30.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surges, 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! Stronger category storms may require you to have a 5-7-day kit.
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 tornadoes all have the potential to disrupt our daily activities.
At a 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 (three gallons per person, plus extra for the pets!)
• Cash – banks and ATMs won’t be open during power failures
• Cell phone car chargers
• Clothing - seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes
• First Aid Kit (including medicines and prescription drugs)
• Keys - an 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)
• Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
• Sign-up at Alert Collier for local emergency alerts at www.alertcollier.com
• Important Documents (in a waterproof container) – insurance policies, medical records, bank account/mortgage deeds/titles, Social Security cards, birth certificates, etc.
Pet care items
• Proper identification/immunization records/medications
• Ample supply of food and water
• A carrier or cage
• Muzzle and leash
• Don’t forget to fill your vehicle’s fuel tank.
Consumers can purchase qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from tax during the 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the sales tax holiday begins Saturday, May 28 and extends through Friday, June 10. The Department of Revenue created a webpage to provide information and promotional materials for consumers, businesses, and other interested parties.
Collier County encourages all residents to sign up for Alert Collier, the county’s mass notification system. When you sign up with Alert Collier, you can enter up to five addresses within the County boundaries that you would like to receive emergency alerts. For example, enter your home, work, relative, school, or other meaningful address. Then, you will receive a notification if an alert is issued for that location. Register at www.AlertCollier.com or call 3-1-1 within Collier County.
View the Collier County online edition of our All Hazards Guide for more information.