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Knowing your evacuation zone and preparing your storm kit

Posted at 4:48 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 11:51:27-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla -- As we continue tracking the tropics, now is the time to get your storm prep done. In fact, it's a message local leaders are echoing.

The best thing you can do is be prepared.

You should start by figuring out if and when you could have to evacuate. You can find that answer quickly by heading to your county's emergency management site.

Lee County Evacuation Zone Info
Collier County Evacuation Zone Info
Charlotte County Evacuation Zone Info

Any potential evacuation orders would be done so by zone for storm surge and wind.

Emergency leaders said to continue to follow the latest forecasting information. Fox 4 tracks the latest breaking weather updates on-air, online and on the Fox 4 Now app.

Remember that due to COVID-19, emergency leaders said to think of shelters as a last resort. But if it is your only option, make sure to know where the nearest one is located.

In addition to knowing your evacuation zone, first responders are reminding of the importance of getting your storm kit together now. It should look different this year, due to the pandemic.

Greater Naples Fire shared this helpful chart on twitter:

It outlines how getting your kit together will look a little different this year. Plus how to stay safe amid a pandemic, even after a storm.

Some basics:

A storm kit should always include food and water. A good rule of thumb is a gallon of water per person per day, for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. For food, prepare at least a three-day supply of non-perishable items.

Make sure you have enough of your family and/or pet's prescription medications.

This year's kit should also include face coverings, soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.

You'll also want things like batteries, flashlights and a first aid kit.

A good reference when building a basic emergency supply kit is this checklist:

Remember, the best thing to do right now is prepare and keep your eye on our weather updates.