Monday, August 18, 2008

Update: Tropical Storm Fay

UPDATE: Collier County remained under a hurricane watch Monday morning. A tropical storm warning has also been issued. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions are likely within the next 24 hours.

According to Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County should begin feeling the effect of Tropical Storm Fay late Monday night. Click here to go to the Collier County Emergency Management Web site.

A voluntary precautionary evacuation statement has been issued by Collier County for coastal residents, including residents around Chokoloskee, Henderson Creek, Everglades City, Goodland, Marco Island, low-lying coastal areas and the Gordon River area. The statement also applies to residents of manufactured homes.

Now that a tropical storm warning is in effect, residents should be completing last-minute preparations:

* Check to make sure provisions such as food, batteries and drinking water are stocked. Re-stock if necessary.

* Secure loose items in the yard.

* Take in any outside grills and patio furniture.

* Park vehicles in garages or away from trees.

For updates on Tropical Storm Fay keep checking

Original news release:

Get Ready For Fay

Collier County could be facing its first real threat of the 2008 hurricane season.

As of Sunday, Tropical Storm Fay was forecast to reach Southwest Florida as early as Tuesday, possibly as a hurricane.

Collier County was under a hurricane watch Sunday. A watch indicates hurricane conditions are possible generally within 36 hours.

Are you ready? Do you have a plan?

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to get prepared. Now.

When a hurricane watch is issued, CCSO urges residents to do the following:

Re-check your emergency supplies to make sure you have what you need. Restock if necessary. Make sure your supplies include plenty of canned foods, a manual can opener, bottled drinking water, a first-aid kit, and battery-operated radios, flashlights and lanterns as well as extra batteries. If you take medication, be sure your prescriptions are filled. And don’t forget about pets’ needs.

Get out your hurricane shutters from storage. Make sure you have the necessary hardware and tools to install them.

Review your evacuation plan. Make arrangements to evacuate to the home of a relative or friend in a safe area. Know the location of your nearest emergency shelter. Remember leaving the county may not be an option as roads may be too clogged for travel.

If you evacuate, please make sure you have photo identification like a driver’s license or employment photo ID, and proof of residency, like a telephone or electric bill, a rental agreement or a copy of your homeowner’s insurance policy. Collier residents must be able to provide proof of residency before they will be let back in to the areas where they live.

CCSO is doing its part to make sure deputies are ready to protect residents in the event of a storm - making sure generators are fueled, checking on propane tanks and charging the satellite phones.

Keep checking for helpful information when a storm is threatening.