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2019 Hurricane Disaster Preparedness
Personal Message from Rep. Bob Rommel
The 2019 Hurricane Season starts tomorrow, June 1st, and lasts through November 30th.  Last year, there were 15 named storms, 8 of which became hurricanes.  Florida's Panhandle is just starting to recover from Hurricane Michael and we're still recovering from Hurricane Irma.  Unfortunately, AccuWeather predicts that that this will be an active hurricane season.

This newsletter will provide you with tips and information to assist you and your family for this hurricane season. While I hope and pray that our community will not be in the path of any hurricanes this season, it's always wise to be prepared for the worst scenario. 

My district office staff will be scheduling appointments to meet with me after June 10th.  Please call 239-417-6200 if you would like to meet with me.

Have a safe and wonderful summer!!
Bob Rommel
State Representative - District 106
Disaster PreparednessTax Free Holidays
The Florida Legislature established a six-day Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday.  It begins Friday, May 31st and continues through Thursday, June 6th. 
 
Qualifying Items

Selling for $10 or less:

Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:

Any portable self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas) including
      Candles    Flashlights    Lanterns

Selling for $25 or less:

Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

Selling for $30 or less:

Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries):
   AAA-cell    AA-cell   C-cell   D-cell  6-volt   9-volt

Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)

Selling for $50 or less:

  1. Bungee cords
  2. Ground anchor systems
  3. Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank):including two-way radios and weather band radios          
  4. Ratchet straps
  5. Tarpaulins (tarps)
  6. Tie-down kits
  7. Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

Selling for $750 or less:

Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage

Note: Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even if electrical cords are also included.

For additional information, go to FloridaRevenue.com.
Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit
Following an disaster such as a hurricane, it is probable that you will lose basic services including electricity, water and telephone, and have limited access to food, medicine and water.  To ensure that you are prepared for this probability, as part of your hurricane preparedness plan, it is vital that you have sufficient supplies for each member of your family.  Don't forget to include your pets!!

It is recommended that for each person, you have the following:

Water – You will need water for drinking, cooking and sanitation purposes. Pack a minimum of 1 gallon daily per person for 7 days.

Food – You will need enough for a minimum of 7 days:

  • Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices
    • Manual can opener
  • Foods for individuals with dietary restrictions (i.e. infants, elderly, etc.)
  • Snack foods
  • Cooking tools and fuel
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils

Flashlight and Extra Batteries

Pillows, Blankets and/or Sleeping Bags

Clothing – Include a complete change of clothes suitable for your areas climate. Be sure to include sturdy shoes to protect you from debris or other sharp objects you may encounter outdoors post-storm.

First Aid Kit, Prescription Medication and Other Medicines

Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Toiletries 

Cleaning Supplies – Include garbage bags, moisture wipes and other items you may need to sanitize your home or surrounding post-disaster.

Special Items – Assess all family member needs. Consider other items needed for infants, elderly and individuals with access and functional needs (i.e. medical items, baby bottles, etc.)

Cash - Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods following a disaster.

Toys, Books and Games

Important Documents – Consider storing all critical documents in a waterproof container, as well as, saving them electronically. These items can include but are not limited to insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Tools 

Pet Care Items

  • Proper identification / immunization records
  • Ample supply of food and water
  • Carrier or cage
  • Medications
  • Muzzle and leash
  • Photo of you and your pet(s) – in the event you are separated from your pet, having an updated photo with your pet will help validate pet ownership.
This is not an all-inclusive list.  Your family may have additional needs.
Important Contact Information

Collier County Emergency Management
Dan Summers - (239) 252-3600
daniel.summers@colliercountyfl.gov
8075 Lely Cultural Parkway, Suite 445
Naples, FL 34113

Website Facebook Twitter You Tube Hurricane Guide Evacuation Zones Evacuation Routes Special Needs Shelters Special Needs Registry CERT

FEMA Disaster Assistance/Registration
800-621-3362 or TTY: 800-427-5593   www.fema.gov

FEMA Fraud Hotline:  800-323-8603

Attorney General's Price Gouging Hotline:  866-966-7226

Red Cross Food, Shelter and Financial Assistance:  866-438-4636

Salvation Army Hurricane Relief: 888-363-2769

State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) Hotline: 800-342-3557.  The SAIL Hotline is activated only during an emergency event. It provides additional resources and information for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida.  At other times, a recorded message will provide general information.

   First and foremost, it is extremely important that you have a plan: for your family, for your business, for your pet, and especially if you have special needs.  Go to FloridaDisaster.org for links that will help you build a plan(s) to meet your needs.
Copyright © 2019 State Representative Bob Rommel, All rights reserved.


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