SARASOTA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 28: Arthur Perkins walks his dog as the winds and rain from Hurricane Ian arrive in the area on September 28, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida. Ian is hitting the area as a possible Category 3 hurricane. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Charlotte County Fire & EMS has suspended emergency response to calls for service due to hazardous weather conditions.
For Hurricane Ian information, call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center at 941-833-4000.
Additionally, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and City of Punta Gorda first responders have suspended emergency response to calls for service due to hazardous weather conditions. 911 will still be operational during this time, and calls will be triaged for response as soon as weather conditions permit.
For sheltering in place, you should be prepared to do the following:
- Select a small, interior room, with no or few windows.
- Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
- Turn off all fans and air conditioning systems.
- Bring your pets inside, and do not allow pets to go outside until the danger has passed.
- Fill your bathtub with water to clean and flush toilets.
- It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select. Call your emergency contact and have the phone available if you need to report a life-threatening condition. Cellular telephone equipment may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency.
- Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate.
Charlotte County Updates:
Official notices can be found at www.charlottecountyfl.gov. Check our Storm Center for additional details.
Centro de Huracanes de 2022 - Guía de Preparación
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Hurricane Central – Preparedness Guide gives you the updated information you may need in the event of a hurricane. Just because 2021 was a quiet year for storms doesn’t mean we can ever let our guard down. This guide is sponsored by local businesses here in SWFL. Gavin’s Ace Hardware, Sean King Law, and Powerhouse Home Services.
- Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
- Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
- If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
- Make a family emergency communication plan.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
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