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L Siw Vea be # ) HURRICANE GUIDE 2020 ie EN ac ages) ar 22 om Riz i Se = Presented By: Bulb FIRST ALERT . a WEATHER Dsnsasgon ‘This wll be my 35th yar covering hurricanes here at ABCT. In over 3. decades of coverage, three storms have hada huge impact on atleast some parts ofthe Suncoaz. ‘ropcal storm Gabrielle in 2001, major cat. huricane Charley n 2004 and more recently hurcane Irma in 2017. All3 ofthese storms have one thing in common. They hit the Suncoast during the peak ‘months of hurricane season August and September. But the season of storms forthe Atlantic basin (Gl of Mexico, Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean) goes {rom June Ist through November 30th, There have been storms which have had a huge impact. onthe Suncoast outside ofthese two peak months ‘The old marine’ rhyme — Tune too 3000 July stand by ‘August come lt must September remember ‘and October all over doesnt hold tre for SW Flori, Late inthe season in 1944 on Oct. 19th strong cat. 3 storm was moving directly toward Sarasota from the Gul. This storm lst some ofits strength prior to making land near Venice but stl caused considerable damage. The damage oss when compared to 1995 dollars stands a 517 billon according to Dr. Landsea who di a study on past hurricanes and what kind of dla less they would bring n modern times. Now our coasts nota key to bet than, 53, SE Florida or the western panhandle of lrida but as you can see, we do get hit occasionally. Despite what you may have heard about the Indian’ blessing ths coast and protecting us that may not be the real reason we are spared from a major of storms tha get into the Gul. Using science and not some indian folklore, out latitude and longitude are more important when It comes to getting fewer strikes than our neighbors along the other Gulf coast States, (ur longitude is important because we ae onthe Westcoast of Florida. The majority of storms develop inthe Aantlc and move around the periphery ofthe Bermuda high ‘This tends to take the storms ether out north to se3o slam them right int SE Florida or the Carolinas, ‘always say we havea huge barr sland here along the Suncoast and it's called the Fast coast of lori. Storms that make landfall on the Est coast hit hard and then traverse scrose the sate and hit with far ler ferocity due tothe loss of fuel or warm waters they move over the 200 miles or 0 ofthe Florida peninsula We saw this with Andrew in 192, It hit Mlam/-Dade asa category S hurricane with winds in exces of 155 mph and moved across the state exiting Naples and Ft. Myers as 2 {24.1 storm. Thats a huge diference in terms of damage potential. Some canbe sald about leanne and Frans back in 2008 both making landfall onthe East coast of rida 235 mar hurtcanes and exting the West coast as wopieal storms, ‘As for as our latitudes concerned, wear ina good place. Typlealy the storms that get into the Gulf generally move toward the North or toward the West or combination of the two, They do eventuelly make break toward the NE and then € but that usualy happens once the storm gets North of ou atude. Now this st always the ease a we sw with Charley in 2004, but it happens more frequently than storms moving east directly toward us. ‘The reason the storms usually start to move north after our latitude f thatthe steering current become more west to east 35 you get higher up in latitude. Thus, once the ‘So, what does thi all mean? It means get ready now before the storm threatens. Although we may not get hits often a other coast we sil get hit here and it can be devastating. One only has to look atthe destracton lft behind rom hurricane Carley in Chariot County back n August, Friday the 13th, ‘All the experts are predicting an active season with more storms than usual but none of the prognosticators can tellus where they are going to develop and go. Remember it only takes ne storm hitting our const to make an active one 20 get ready before the storm threatens. Read though the aide, develop a plan and be prepared for whatever Mother nature throws at you this season. “The Frat Alert Storm team at ABCT willbe here before, during and after the storm hits making sure you, your family and pets can veto tel about it stay sate! (Chet Meteorologist, Bob Harigan INE ss FIRST ALERT WEATHER ‘Tampabayprepares.org, Bega hetps/inyrl com, ae fete ie Fordabisasterore G6 (Public Mapping) cf teLco RoW ropes Build » Supply Bye httos://wwwready gov/kit pees FIND YOUR EVACUATION ZONE Manatee County Evacuation Levels Sarasota County Charlotte County Evacuation Levels Evacuation Levels Eee] a tees Dall wa ae Mg Keeping You Informed Go online for The Official Suncoast Forecast and updated weather information and alerts When severe weather approaches. MySuncoast.com In the event of a storm and you need to use your radio, we will be simulcasting on WSRQ. On-Air You can count on The Official Suncoast Storm Team whenever severe weather threatens. Bringing you the most comprehensive and accurate forecast on the Suncoast Comcast Cable Spectrum Cable (Manatee) CH7 &CH 431 CH7&CH 1007 Frontier DirectTV Dish Network CH7 &CH 507 CH7&CH40 CH7 MySuncoast.com/mobileapps/ Stay informed wherever you go! The SuncoastWx weather app brings you the latest weather up: dates no matter where you are. Severe Weather ABCT News gears) = a H Weather & Short Wave Radio Programming County SAME _ | Transmitter(s) Frequency MHz Charlotte [012015 | Fort Myers, Venice | 162.475, 162.400 DeSoto [012027 | Fort Myers, Venice _ | 162.475, 162.400 Hardee [012049 | Riverview, Venice, | 162.550, 162.400, Sebring 162.500 Highlands [012055 | Sebring 162.500 Manatee [012081 | Riverview, Venice, | 162.550, 162.400, Largo. 162.450 Sarasota [012115 | Venice 162.400 Nie est FIRST ALERT Ns} allies Creating a Family = Hurricane Readiness en Plan pe teenagers. Going over your emergency plan now can help ease some of their fears, and give everyone the confidence that he/she will know what to do in the event of astorm, Quick Tips + Have a family meeting about the weather conditions. Explain why you'll need to stay safe at home or evacuate as the Important Documents storm nears. Before a storm threatens, you should create a file + Locate and agree on a safe room (or safe areas) in your cE eae me aa ea cee home. Move pillows, flashlights, batteries, food and other | the storm. Be sure to keep this important infor- hurricane supplies to that area, mation with you during a hurricane, especially if you're forced to evacuate. Personal identification + Gather necessary medicines, glasses/contact lenses, a first | (@river's license or photo identification card) and aid kit, and items for children such as baby formula and dia- * osean ovangezg gmt avoncanmet |< Sol ery a See oe + Proof of Home and Car insurance policies + Decide on a family contact who lives out of town or out of state, so all family members have a single point of contact in eer cn case of emergency. Make sure everyone knows this person + Bank and credit card account numbers and his/her phone number. + Stocks and bonds + Emergency contact list and phone numbers + The Department's Emergency Contact Information (ECI) pro- Pa geste ie eee cre einrere at ries gram allows Floridians to securely register contact informa a tion online at https://services.flhsmv.gov/ecV/ and in driver I- you could go cense offices. DHSMV Executive Director Terry Rhodes says Source: FEMA the information can only be accessed by law enforcement in times of There is no fee to register. imes of emergency. There is no fee to registe Stay up to date with the latest forecasts and severe + Make sure a young child knows his/her name, address and weather updates from The Official Suncoast Storm ome phone number. Team at ABC 7. + Bost emergency phone numbers near your phone and ex- Bin wherandhoniecal ott WH lor senate + Decide what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate, ‘Tuitter.com/MySuncoastWX Make a plan for your pets - don't leave them behind, allow children to pack one special item for comfort, such as Like us on Facebook a stuffed animal, + If there's a chance you'll evacuate, pack in advance, and Fi Facebook.com/MySuncoast.com ABC7 Neos tl ase ; Be fe Baearigs SARASOTA Glass & Mirror ton anc a After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. ‘Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets or seniors. Basic Disaster Supplies Kit ‘To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: ‘* Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation) * Food (at least a three-day supply of non- perishable food) Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert Flashlight First ald kit Extra batteries ‘© Whistle (to signal for help) ‘* Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air) Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place) ‘* Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties {for personal sanitation) ‘* Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities) ‘© Manual can opener (for food) Local maps ‘Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery © Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF) Additional Emergency Supplies Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu. Consider adding the following items to your ‘emergency supply kit based on your individual needs: ‘Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces © Prescription medications ‘ Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives © Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution ‘ Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream * Pet food and extra water for your pet ‘Cash or traveler's checks ‘+ Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container * Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person ‘* Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes ‘Fire extinguisher ‘ Matches in a waterproof container + Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items ‘© Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils Paper and pencil * Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children wea Ald dh 22 & MAINTAINING YOUR KIT After assemblin; ir kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when nee - Keep canned food in a cool, dry place. - Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers. - Replace expired items as needed. ~ Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change KIT STORAGE LOCATIONS ‘Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars. Home: keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept. Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least * hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case. Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car. NNT essa) Mawes WEATHER Making Your Home Storm Ready Here’s what you need to know to protect your home in the few days or hours be- fore a hurricane strikes Pick up everything around your home that could become airborne and bring it inside. That includes all outdoor furni- ture, potted plants, yard tools, garbage cans, etc. + Clear your home's gutters to handle the heavy rain. + Protect your insurance and other important documents in sealable, plastic bags. + Charge your cell phone batteries. + Fill up your car with gas and portable gas cans if you own a generator. Long before hurricane season begins, there are things you should do to get your home ready for the storm season What you need to do if you plan to stay at + Keep your trees trimmed, removing all overrouth your home through the storm + Make or buy shutters for all your doors and windows + Stock up on water, non-perishable food, prescriptions, first NOW, not in the days before a hurricane threatens aid kit, and cash. Basically anything and everything you'll the Suncoast. reed to survive in the days after the storm when electricity + impact-resistant windows and manufactured shut- will be out and finding supplies will be a challenge. ters are the preferred ways to protect your home. + Choose an interior room in your home that can serve as + If pre-made shutters aren't an option, use plywood your safe room. that’s at least 3/4 of an inch thick. + Have a battery powered radio. + Ifyou own a concrete block home, install anchoring + Have flashlights and battery powered lights ready. devices for the roof. + Make sure the storm has passed before you go outside + Don't forget about your garage door. This can be the and it’s not the eye of the hurricane. most vulnerable area of yourhome when a hurricane + Remember that many injuries happen AFTER the storm hits. If possible, work with a professional garage during the clean up process, Keepin ming wany stows wisetoa atone The Bottom Line get ready and more peace of mind. + Remember that many injures happen AFTER the sources: National Hurricane Center, Federal Alliance For storm during the Clean up process. Safe Homes + After the storm can be the most stressful part of a hurri- cane. + Be safe, be patient and help your neighbors. + When a hurricane threatens, hope for the best and prepare for the worst! Neos tl wae 3 Sarasota County Hurricane Center & Evacuation Information Evecustion Level Evecuston Level D Evacuston Level E EVACUATION CENTER Fruitville Elementary School Brookside Middle School Southside Elementary School Riverview High School Booker High Schoo! Phillippi Shores Elementary Gulf Gate Elementary School North Port High School Heron Creek Middle School Woodland Middle School ‘Atwater Elementary School SCGov.net sCGov.net (Emergency Svc's) (Know your level) mse shorturlat/chilV shorturl.at/mHLMS Neos tl FIRST ALERT ed Manatee County 2 Evacuation Levels ae. 3 weg = 3 akewoop Rane MyMaratecore — [)SSh 8] FloridaDisasterorg (Know Your Eve. Zone) (Public Mapping) niolioers® fl hitb/aoo.2i/Rot We ‘MyManatee.org (Emergency Management) hiteilsoo/SoCuNb fal Neos tl SARASOTA Sees Charlotte County Shelter & Evacuation Information LEGEND Msc E — Evacuation Routes ttt wee pn eg 8 ME | Non Evacuation Zone o Charote Harbor Schoo [2250 Hancock Ave, Por Charote Murdock Midd Shoot 77325 Mariner Way, Por Charlot Kingsway Elementary Scho [23300 Gvaeer Blve,Port Charaka Por Carlota High Schoo 128200 Cochran Biv Port Chart LA Alnger Middle Scoot as Cougar Way Rotonda West, Port Charlotte Middle School | 23000 Midway Bld, Por Charlot Lemon 83y High Schoo! [2201 Pac Rl Englewood Sale les Fementary School [1230 Naranja St, Punta Gorda Uberty Elementary Schl 370 Atwater Stee, Por Charlo [South County Regional Park [ 670 Cooper Street Punta Gorda Mescow Park Elementary Sol S131 Lakeview Bid NW, Portchavone [Vineland Elementary School [467 Boundary Oh Englewood Only Kingsway Elementary School is a Red Cross Shelter. The remaining facilities will be opened as county-run shelters. Do not depend on a particular Refuge Site being open. Refuge Sites may or may not be opened depending on the size of the storm and the predicted landfall area. Charlotte County has no Refuge Sites if we have a Category 8 or higher storm affecting the area. Ghatotecounoricom TNR] Fovidabiasterore (Know Your Evac. Zone) (Public Mapping) CCharlottecountyet.com [ma] (Emergency Management) Layee se Mg is uos. Other Suncoast Shelter & Evacuation Locations Hardee County Shelter Information Zolfo Springs Elementary School [3215 Schoolhouse Ra, Zolfo Springs (863) 735-1221 Hardeecounty.net [a] 38] Bowling Gren Elementary School _[ 4530 church Ave, Bowing Green (363) 375288 {shelter Information) Tito Elementary Schoo! 2401 US Mighway 17 N Wauchula (963) 773-2750 hntp//so0.gV/Aod 9k, ‘North Wauchula Elementary Shoal | 1120 North Fonda Ave, Wauchula [9s3) 75-2188 Bis ‘South Flora Community Colege | 2968 US Highway 17 N. Bowling Green | | SPECIAL NEEDS ONY 963.773:3081 Desoto County Shelter Information Desoto aunty Mise School [420Eas Geo sree Arcadia) [ (20) 999-091 DesotoB0CC.com South lonidaCommunty Colege | 2251 NE Tuner Avenue, Arad || Special Nesde Sheer (Emergency Management) its be preveptered) vee neeanan Information About Special Needs Shelters Each county handles special needs shelters in differ. [Gamaecang 7 r ‘ent ways. Almost all of them require that you register =ts=2county = SAETA2 3500, in advance. For your own protection and peace of S222 County _| won ssgownet See 861 5000 mind, register now before a storm threatens. You can [het county | wawcheistecouniiicon | [ S¥e55000