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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: Charlotte County

If you live in Charlotte County, here are specific things you should know as we head into hurricane season.
CHARLOTTE COUNTY
Posted at 10:31 AM, Jun 04, 2024

Here at Fox 4, we want to make sure that you're ready for the 2024 hurricane season, Charlotte County.

STAY INFORMED:

Charlotte County residents are encouraged to sign up for Alert Charlotte, Charlotte County's emergency mass notification system. This system enables Charlotte County to provide residents with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

KNOW YOUR EVACUATION ZONE:

Evacuation zones are labeled A through E in Charlotte County. (They are NOT the same as FEMA flood zones.)

When an evacuation order is issued for your zone, put your evacuation plan into action immediately. And remember, you don't have to travel far, just far enough to be out of an evacuation zone and away from water.

LIST OF EMERGENCY SHELTERS:

Public shelters are places to go if you have no other choice. There is no need to register for the public shelter unless you have no transportation to get there. If you NEED TRANSPORTATION, you must pre-register on the Florida Special Needs Registry.

Public shelters require that evacuees provide their own bedding, food, and water. If possible pets will be admitted to public shelters depending on if they have a facility available or not. You must provide vaccination records, a cage, have enough food/water, a leash, and litter boxes.

SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS SHELTERS:

If you are medically dependent and require electricity to operate a life-saving device such as oxygen or dialysis, PRE-REGISTER on Florida Special Needs Registry, so that you have space in a shelter that will maintain power.

Special needs shelters are available for those individuals that require medical assistance that is not available at a public shelter. Only basic medical assistance and monitoring will be available. Oxygen will be provided to those persons who require it. All persons must be accompanied by a caregiver and provide their own bedding, food, water, medications, and transfer oxygen devices.

KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE:

Don’t leave your pets and don’t use your pet as an excuse not to evacuate. You are responsible for planning for your animals.

Create a Pet Disaster Supply Kit (more info found in the Preparedness guide below).

If you are in an evacuation zone, head inland to a friends or relative's house. Pet-friendly hotels can be found on petswelcome.com. If other options aren't available, head to a public emergency shelter. ALL CHARLOTTE COUNTY PUBLIC SHELTERS ARE PET-FRIENDLY.

BE PREPARED:

Additional tips and information can be found here in the Charlotte County Emergency Preparedness Guide for 2024.

 


2024 STORM NAMES


AlbertoLeslie
BerylMilton
ChrisNadine
DebbyOscar
ErnestoPatty
FrancineRafael
GordonSara
HeleneTony
IsaacValerie
JoyceWilliam
Kirk

HURRICANE TERMS


Tropical Storm WATCH
An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified coastal area within 48 hours.

Tropical Storm WARNING
An announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within the specified coastal area within 36 hours.

Hurricane WATCH
An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm-force winds.

Hurricane WARNING
An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds