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Hurricane Season Resources

For Florida residents, it’s never too early to begin preparing for hurricane season. Emergency weather situations approach rapidly and many times with little warning. That’s why being prepared all year is key to safety here in the sunshine state. WGCU has prepared a list of emergency preparation plans, including creating your own family plans, your counties emergency management, and ways to prepare your home for emergency weather situations. Read More here. Check-lists & Family Plans: ⦁ Emergency supply check-listFamily emergency blueprintCreate your own family plan County Emergency Management Links: Preparing Your Home & Pets: ⦁ FPL guide to hurricane preparedness ⦁ Pet preparationsPlanning your home for emergency weather & disaster
Emergency Preparation Plans

Knowing your evacuation routes and zones in case of an emergency situation is an important component in staying safe and prepared during hurricane season. Finding means of transportation can become chaotic during mass evacuation times, thus making it extremely difficult to evacuate in a safe and timely manner. WGCU has composed a list of evacuation zones and routes for Lee, Sarasota and Charlotte county, as well as an interactive tool so you can find your zones and ways of transportation.

Finding Evacuation Zones:
Lee County evacuation zones and routes

Find your evacuation zone (Lee)
* Find your evacuation zone (Glades)

Transportation Guide:
⦁ Sarasota transportation and evacuation plans
Lee County emergency transportation guide

Evacuation Plans

Seeking hurricane shelter? make sure that the one you choose has the resources best suited to your needs. Whether it’s pets, assisted living or special needs, WGCU has got your back. Here, WGCU has composed a list of shelters for Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Sarasota and Glades County.

Collier County shelters
⦁ Lee County shelters
⦁ Lee County pet shelters & guide on getting your pets ready for hurricane season
Sarasota emergency evacuation centers
Charlotte County shelters
Glades County shelters

Hurricane Shelters

Residents of Lee County who believe they may need accommodation in the special needs shelter should register now, here.

Signing up does not obligate a person to evacuate to this shelter, it simply holds a place once the application is approved. Approval is based on medical need.

People with special needs who have places at the shelter will be able to bring their dogs or cats, crated, and with all needed supplies.

Sign up here for the special needs shelter in Collier County, at Palmetto Ridge High School. As in Lee County, pets will be allowed at the Collier special needs shelter with proper supplies.

Charlotte County, here

Hendry County, here for English, here for Spanish.

Glades County, here for English, here for Spanish. (Signups for Hendry and Glades appear to be the same.)

Manatee County residents who believe they may need accommodation in the special needs shelter should register here.

DeSoto County, here

Completing the Florida Special Needs Registry does not automatically qualify you to a spot in a special needs shelter. Additional information will be provided by your local emergency management agency regarding evacuation and sheltering options available to you. For more information on your local options,  visit this site for contact information.

Sign up early for special needs shelters in SWFL

As hurricane season approaches, being actively prepared for emergency weather situations is key to safety here in South Florida. Down power lines and loss of power are some of the many dangers hurricanes and major weather situations pose, so staying updated throughout the duration of the storm may become tricky. WGCU has provided a list of ways you can stream live emergency updates and receive alerts straight to your mobile device in the case of an outage, keeping you and your family safe.

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Weather & Emergency Alerts

Meet the Helpers is a public media initiative devised to introduce children to community helpers and practice emergency preparedness. The program is designed for use in homes, classrooms and for public media stations around the country. Introducing children to community helpers in a safe and fun environment can help them react better during times of crisis. It is important to be prepared, so when an emergency strikes, children will understand who to look for and how to help.

The website helps kids get familiar with emergency response personnel like EMTs, doctors, firefighters, and 9-1-1 operators. Meet the Helpers also addresses how teachers and others can help in an emergency situation.

Along with informative videos, the website offers resources to help organize a family plan should an emergency occur. Under the “Make a Plan” tab, parents and teachers can print emergency planning sheets, and fill in the steps for children follow in case of a natural disaster or other emergency situation.

It is important for emergency plans to be made ahead of time because in times of crisis, adults need to focus on reassuring children that grown-ups are working to keep them safe.

WGCU's Meet the Helpers

 

For the latest information in a weather emergency, Lee County residents can use LeePrepares mobile app for iPhone or Android, on smartphone or tablet. It’s available for download now.

It’s the place to check for evacuation zones, which may have changed since last year. On Lee Prepares, residents can sign up for AlertLee, the alert system that previously was called Code Red. Users will be prompted to create a profile to receive alerts based on the information they enter.

Online, the same information is available through a web browser at AlertLee.com.

In Collier County, sign up for the alert system here.

If evacuation is called for in Collier County, find a list here.

Get alerted about emergencies in Charlotte County by signing up for Alert Charlotte.

If evacuation is necessary in Charlotte County, find information here.

Get alerted about emergencies in Hendry County by signing up for its Emergency Alert Program.

In Glades County, get more information about evacuations here.

Sign up for alerts from the Glades County Emergency Management Office here.

Sign up for alerts from the Manatee County Emergency Management Office here.

Get a list of Manatee County shelters here.

Sign up for alerts in DeSoto County here.

As a member of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, WGCU will remain on the air during a serious weather event and issue reminders about the above as well as any new information as it becomes available.

Where to register for emergency alerts and find shelters

WGCU and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network are here for you

As a member of FPREN, WGCU will remain on the air during a serious weather event and issue reminders about the above as well as any new information as it becomes available.