Riverwoods Plantation Hurricane Handout
*****Please Note: If there is a mandatory evacuation for manufactured/mobile home communities, emergency services will not respond to any resident that elects to stay behind.*****
Emergency Phone Numbers
Lee County Emergency Management: 239-477-3600
Lee County American Red Cross: 239-278-3401
Collier County Emergency Management: 239-774-8444
Collier County American Red Cross: 239-596-6868
Riverwoods Welcome Center/Office: 239-992-7500 or 239-992-5798
Estero Fire and Rescue: 239-390-8000
After A Storm Important Numbers
Florida Division of Emergency Management: 850-413-9969
Department of Financial Services Insurance Claim Hotline: 1-800-22-STORM
Report Insurance Fraud: 1-800-342-2762
Report Unlicensed Activity: 1-866-532-1440
Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline: 1-866-966-7226
Lee County Contractor Licensing: 239-533-5895
If you plan to evacuate, leave 2 to 3 days early. During the height of an evacuation, travel time to your destination could triple.
If you live in an area ordered to evacuate, Florida Law states that you must go when told to do so.
Generally the state mandates that mobile home, manufactured home, and RV communities evacuate.
There are Three (3) places to evacuate:
A friend or relatives home in a safer area within Lee County
A safer location outside of Southwest Florida
A designated public shelter
Notify family and friends as well as the Riverwoods office of your evacuation plans
Take a survival kit of essential items with you, including documents
Turn off the utilities and seal your home as tightly as possible
Do not leave your pets behind if you evacuate
· Public Shelters *Please note: In case of Hurricane please listen to area news to be certain shelter is activated
· Alico Arena – FGCU Campus
· 12181 FGCU Lake Parkway East, Fort Myers
· Bonita Springs – YMCA
· 27200 Kent Road (off of Terry Street), Bonita Springs
· Estero Community Center
· 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero
· Estero High School
· 21900 River Ranch Road, Estero
· Germain Arena
· 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
· South Fort Myers High School- Pet Friendly
· 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers
Embassy Suites- Estero
10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero
Hampton Inn and Suites – Estero
10611 Chevrolet Way, Estero
Hyatt Place Coconut Point Mall-Estero
23120 Viaduct Villagio Road, Estero
Trianon at the Promenade Shops-Bonita Springs
3401 Bay Commons Drive, Bonita Springs
Courtyard by Marriot-Gulf Coast Town Center Fort Myers
10050 Gulf Center Drive
Hilton Garden Inn- Gulf Coast Town Center Fort Myers
16410 Corporate Commerce Way
Wynstar Inn and Suites-Fort Myers
10150 Daniels Parkway
Country Inn and Suites- Fort Myers
9401 Market Place Road (off of Daniels Parkway)
Spring Hill Suites by Marriot-Fort Myers
9501 Market Place Road (off of Daniels)
Best Western Airport Inn-Fort Myers
8955 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers
Hyatt Regency-Bonita Springs
5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs
Hurricane Survival Kit
Ø Important documents and Insurance papers
Ø Bottled water (5 to 7 gallons per person)
Ø Canned vegetables, juice, fruit and meat
Ø Hand-operated can opener
Ø Instant foods, coffee, tea and milk
Ø Dry cereal
Ø Plastic cups, plates, and silverware
Ø Paper towels
Ø Heavy duty garbage bags
Ø Portable AM/FM radio
Ø NOAA weather radio
Ø Extra batteries
Ø Extra clothing
Ø Wet weather gear/ponchos
Ø First Aid supplies
Ø Extra Prescription Medicine
Ø Liquid hand soap or hand wipes
Ø Insect repellent
Ø Spare set of house and car keys (please be sure the office has a set)
Ø Cards, books, small games
Ø Charcoal, propane and grill for after the storm when you may be without power
Ø Camera with extra film or video camera to record any damages for insurance purposes
Ø Personal hygiene product
Ø Be sure to fill your automobile with fuel prior to the storm
Ø Bags of ice in a cooler
Ø Write down FP&L telephone number 1-800-4-outage along with your account number for after the storm
Ø Take a written or video inventory of belongings prior to the storm
Ø Tarp or rolls of plastic and duct tape and rope (if needed after the storm)
Ø Prepare your survival kit with enough supplies to last you for at least three days
Hurricane Evacuation Routes
Hurricane Making Landfall in SW Florida
If you leave early, head north to central Florida
If you leave late, head south and east to SE Florida
Hurricane Making Crossing the State from the East Coast on South Side of Region
If you leave early, head north to Central Florida
If you wait until late, stay in Lee County
Hurricane Crossing the State from East Coast on the North Side of Region
Stay in Lee County
Hurricane Parallel to the West of the state
Travel south then east to Southeast Florida
Hurricane Making Landfall in the Tampa Bay Area
If you leave early, head south then east to Southeast Florida.
If you leave late, head south then east to South Florida or stay in Lee County
When a Hurricane or Tropical Storm Threatens
v Designate a “safe room” usually an interior location away from windows (if there is not a mandatory evacuation and you stay in your unit)
v Close all windows and turn propane off if you use propane for cooking
v Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings
v Freeze water in plastic soda bottles for cooling food in your refrigerator and freezer if you lose power after the storm
v Install shutters if you have them
v Clear your yard of potential flying debris, including, including lawn furniture, etc.
v Make sure your street address is clearly marked on your unit
After the Storm
· Continue to listen to your local radio stations or NOAA weather radio for emergency information.
· Do not use Lee county water for drinking or cooking until you are notified that it is safe.
· If your telephone is working, use it only for emergencies.
· Stay away from downed power lines, more people are injured after a storm during the clean up then during an actual storm.
· Do not cut trees that are touching or near power lines.
· Video tape or photograph your unit, make temporary repairs to prevent further damage.
· Document any repairs made and keep all receipts. Contact your insurance agent.
· If you have evacuated do not return home until local officials have announced it safe to do so.
Hurricane Guide: Weather Terms
Wind: Hurricanes carry winds of at least 74 MPH near the center. Major Hurricanes contain winds over 111 MPH. Hurricane winds are most powerful near the coast typically. But still carry enough force to do extensive damage inland. Debris carried by hurricane force winds can be serious and life threatening.
Rain: Slow moving hurricanes can easily drop 10-20 inches of rain in a day. Tropical Storms and depressions have been known to bring even heavier amounts of rain.
Storm Surge: Wind driven high tides occur as a hurricane approaches or makes landfall. Inlets, back bays, rivers, and canals carry tidal surge well inland. The shallowness of the Gulf of Mexico makes storm surge a serious problem for Lee County. A major hurricane could produce a storm surge of 15-20 feet or more. This is historically the number one killer in a hurricane.
Tornadoes: Hurricanes can produce tornadoes as they come ashore. The threat of a tornado is greatest on the right side of the storms track’s outer edge.
Tropical Storm: Highest winds speed ranging from 39-73 MPH
Hurricane: Wind speed of 74 MPH or more.
Watch: An announcement that the mentioned conditions (Tropical Storm or Hurricane) pose a possible threat to coastal areas, generally within 36 hours.
Warning: The mentioned conditions (Tropical Storm or Hurricane) are expected in a specific coastal area in 24 hours or less.
Category One: Wind Speeds ranging from 74-95mph. Storm surge from 4-5 feet above normal tides. Damage is usually limited to unanchored mobile homes, shrubs, trees, and poorly constructed signs. Limited coastal flooding onto property and roads.
Category Two: Wind Speeds of 96-110mph and storm surge 6-8 feet above normal tides. Damage is generally limited to roofing, doors, and windows of poorly constructed buildings. Considerable vegetation damage, mobile homes, signs and piers. Coastal and low lying areas may flood a couple of hours before the storm reaches land. Small boats and unprotected areas can break free.
Category Three: Wind Speeds ranging from 111-130mph and storm surge can be 9-12ft above normal tides. Some structural damage is expected to smaller homes. Mobile homes are likely destroyed. Coastal and low lying escape routes will flood as much as five hours before the storm hits the coast.
Category Four: Winds Speeds will vary from 131-155mph and storm surge can be 13-18 feet above regular tides. There will be extensive roof damage on buildings without proper anchoring and strapping. There would be virtually complete destruction of mobile homes. Coastal and low-lying escape routes will be flooded as the storm approaches the coast. Property less than 10 feet above the sea level may flood and evacuations may be required six miles from the coast. Storm surge will cause major damage to structures near the coast.
Category Five: Winds will exceed 155mph and storm surge could rise more than 18 feet. Complete roof failures would be expected on many buildings and structures would be destroyed. Coastal and low-lying areas will flood as the storm approaches the coast. Major damage would be expected for structures less than 15 feet above sea level and within 500 yards of shore. Evacuation as far inland as 10 miles could be required. Extensive damage from flying debris would be expected, even inland homes.
· If you plan to evacuate, leave 2 to 3 days early. During the height of an evacuation, travel time to your destination could triple.
· If you live in an area ordered to evacuate, Florida Law states that you must go when told to do so.
· Generally the state mandates that mobile home, manufactured home, and RV communities evacuate.
· There are Three (3) places to evacuate:
o A friend or relatives home in a safer area within Lee County
o A safer location outside of Southwest Florida
o A designated public shelter
· Notify family and friends as well as the Riverwoods office of your evacuation plans
· Take a survival kit of essential items with you, including documents
· Turn off the utilities and seal your home as tightly as possible
· Do not leave your pets behind if you evacuate