2021 Hurricane Season Information

The time to prepare for our next hurricane is now. Below you will find some local resources and preparedness tips. Our office is always here to help, but please ensure you are closely monitoring local news during storms for the latest updates.

 

Latest on Tropical Storm Elsa

Our office is closely tracking Tropical Storm Elsa's path as it moves towards the United States and Gulf of Mexico.

As of Sunday morning, Elsa has slowed down as it heads towards Cuba and it is now heading west-northwest at 14mph with maximum sustained winds of 65mph. On Saturday, Governor DeSantis issued a state of emergency for 15 counties, including, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

As the storm develops and moves closer to our communities, please monitor local updartes and make sure you're prepared for potential severe weather effects.

 

How to Prepare

It is important to start preparing for potential impacts of the storm now instead of waiting until the storm is already in our area. Here are some things to do now:

  • Make sure you have all of the items on your disaster preparedness list. This includes items like additional supplies of medications, food, and bottled water.
  • Especially for those in coastal areas, make sure you know your evacuation zones, routes and maps should you need to leave the area.
  • Make a pet plan so you don't have to leave your pets and animals behind.
  • Have a place to go should you need to evacuate. Make sure any vehicles are filled up with gas beforehand.

 

County-Specific Information

 

Sarasota County

Emergency Services Website

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

Charlotte County

Emergency Services Website

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

Lee County

Emergency Services Website

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

Glades County

Emergency Services Website

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

Polk County

Emergency Services Website

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

DeSoto County

Emergency Services Website

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

Highlands County

Emergency Services Website

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

Okeechobee County

Emergency Services Website

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

Hardee County

Emergency Services Website

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

General Resources

 

National Hurricane Center

Florida Division of Emergency Management

American Red Cross

National Weather Service Preparedness

FEMA Disaster Assistance