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LCEC offers tips for evacuating before a storm

August 1, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

So far so good this storm season, but there is no way to predict what Mother Nature has in store for the remainder of this unnerving time of year. If a storm does rear its ugly head and you live in a mobile home, coastal area, flood prone area or a high-rise, evacuation is worth considering. If a storm poses a large enough risk to life, mandatory evacuations could happen.

The following are tips to keep in mind when evacuating:

- Evacuate during daylight hours if possible and make sure your home is secure before you leave.

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- Map your evacuation route and use routes specified by authorities.

- Notify family and neighbors that you are evacuating.

- Turn off electricity at your main breaker or consider unplugging all of your electrical devices, except for your refrigerator.

- Take photo identification, emergency kit and important documents.

- Fill jugs of water to fill the freezer.

- Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting.

For more storm-related tips, lists and tools, download LCEC's Hurricane Guide at lcec.net.

 
 

 

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