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City of Cape Coral: Sandbags not effective

By Staff | Sep 5, 2017

Sandbags are not provided by the city of Cape Coral but there are other actions residents can take to prepare for a hurricane, officials said Tuesday.

“Scientific research has proven that sandbags are ineffective at protecting homes from storm surge and that several hundred would be required to protect just one home or business from low level flooding,” officials said in a prepared statement.

There are other actions you can take to prepare you, your family, and your home for an approaching storm, the release states.

These include:

*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.

* Put together a go-bag including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information (insurance information, identification, etc.).

* 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.

* Water recommendations are one gallon per person per day for three days.

* Have contact information for your family members and let others know what your plans are.

* Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall. Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.

* Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.

* Have a plan for your pet. Make sure they have enough food and that you have records of their vaccinations.

* If you or a family member has special needs and would need assistance getting to a shelter, please register with Lee County by contacting 239-533-0640 or visiting http://bit.ly/2x6zPRa.

For more preparedness information please visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes or www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/plan/ahg.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Coral Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a Level 3, enhanced monitoring.

“Please remain calm, but do take steps to be prepared,” Cape Coral Fire Chief Donald K. Cochran said in the statement. “We are keeping a close eye on the storm and will be providing regular updates.”

He also recommends residents follow the National Weather Service at www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

Source: City of Cape Coral