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By Breanna Johnson

September 10, 2021

Don’t panic…Prepare! 

Naples, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) urges residents and visitors to be prepared during hurricane season. Remember don’t panic…prepare!

Make an Emergency Plan

Create an emergency plan before a storm. This ensures time to practice the plan and check that everyone in the family knows the plan. The Florida Department of Emergency Management provides an interactive tool, Get a Plan!, to help families and businesses stay prepared. This useful tool allows you to answer a series of questions and create a customized plan for you.

Your family may have to evacuate quickly due to a storm. Learn your evacuation zones now to be prepared for when a storm hits. A hurricane evacuation shelter is a refuge of last resort; a place to go if you cannot stay at home or with a relative, friend, or co-worker, or nearby hotel. The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains a list of open shelters on their website.

Build an Emergency KitBefore a storm it is important to have an emergency supply kit ready to go. After a storm you may need to survive many days on your own. It is important to be prepared by having your own food, water, and supplies to last several days.

A basic emergency kit could include the following:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Medication
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Manual can opener
  • Cellphone with chargers and a backup battery
  • COVID-19 supplies - masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces

To find other items to include in your emergency kit, visit

Prepare Your Home

Take time ahead of the storm to prepare your home. Some tips to prepare your home include:

  • De-clutter drains and gutters
  • Secure outdoor objects or bring them inside
  • Put up hurricane shutters
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed
  • Park car in garage, if possible
  • Always run generators outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

Stay Up To Date

Sign up for Alert Collier! Alert Collier sends emergency alerts via phone (landline and cell), email, text message, and hearing-impaired receiving devices. Emergency alerts may include notifications of severe weather, evacuations, power outages, boil water notices, or other emergency situations. Sign up today at


About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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