If you stay home during a hurricane you should take the following precautions in addition to those mentioned on the "Before the Storm" page as the storm approaches:
- Stay away from windows and doors, even if they are covered.
- Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, hallway or basement if available. If you live in a two story home, choose a room on the first floor.
- Close all interior doors and brace exterior doors if possible.
- Lie on the floor under a table, or another sturdy object. Some protection is afforded by covering with a mattress during the height of the storm.
- If the eye of the storm passes over, it will be calm for a short period of time.<
- REMAIN INDOORS! As soon as the eye passes over, winds will increase rapidly to hurricane force from the opposite direction.
- Remain calm. It may take several hours for the storm to pass.
Listed below are safety tips for power outages and use of generators during loss of power....
Whether a power outage in your home is caused by grid failure or severe weather, you can take the following steps to prepare and respond.
- Include power outages in your family disaster plan.
- Identify alternate means of transportation and routes to home, school or work.
- Keep extra cash on hand.
- Automatic teller machines and banks use electricity too.
- Keep a supply of nonperishable foods, medicine, baby supplies.
- Keep a supply of pet food.
- Have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand.
- Avoid opening the fridge or freezer.
- Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than 4-6 hours.
- Have one or more coolers for cold food storage.
- Have an emergency power supply for anyone dependent on medical equipment requiring electricity.
- Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand.
- Don't use candles, they pose a fire hazard.
- Connect only individual appliances to portable generators.
- Never plug a generator into wall outlets.
- Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.
- Don't plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home's electrical system.
- Be careful at traffic lights, they may be out.
- Turn off any electrical equipment that was in use prior to the power.
- Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.
- Check on elderly neighbors, friends or relatives who may need assistance if weather is severe during the outage.
- During a power outage, don't call 9-1-1 for information.
- 9-1-1 is for true emergencies only.
- For information use your battery powered radio.
- Keep your car fuel tank at least half full.
- Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
- When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand.
|American Red Cross||(941) 379-9300|
|Animal Services||(941) 861-9500|
|Catholic Charities||(941) 359.3909|
|Evacuation Information||(941) 861-5000|
|Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)||(800) 525-0321|
|Florida Department of Elder Affairs||(850) 414-2000|
|Florida Department of Insurance||(877) 693-5236|
|Florida Highway Patrol||(800) 483-5912|
|Florida Power & Light||(800) 468-8243|
|Friendship Volunteer Center||(941) 955-2122|
|Manatee County Emergency Management||(941) 748-4501|
|National Flood Insurance Program||(888) 225-5353|
|National Hurricane Center|
|National Weather Service|
|NOAA Weather Radio||FREQ 162.40 MHz|
|Venice||FIPS code 012115|
|Salvation Army||(941) 954-4673|
|Sarasota County Call Center||(941) 861-5000|
|Sarasota County Emergency Management
|Small Business Administration||(800) 488-5323|
|Sheriff's Department||(941) 861-5800|
|Special Needs Registry||(941) 861-5000|
|Suncoast Communities Blood Banks||1-877-97-BLOOD (25663)|
|TDD-Deaf Communications||(941) 861-1833|
DO NOT CALL 911 FOR HURRICANE INFORMATION
The Town of Longboat Key assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the following information. The data has been complied from numerous sources to assist you, as best we can, to obtain useful information and keep you safe in the event of weather or other emergency situations. The sources used are believed to provide the most up-to-date facts to meet this goal.
In the event of a community emergency, Sarasota County and Manatee County each have twenty-one (21) emergency shelters for residents and visitors available as a last resort. Become familiar with the shelter information provided and make sure everyone in your household knows the following shelter facts:
- Shelters are opened on an "as-needed" basis.
- Shelter openings may vary with each emergency.
- Pet friendly shelters require vaccination records for dogs and cats
- Never go to a shelter unless local officials have announced it opened.
- Current shelter information is available from local radio and television stations, the Sarasota County Call Center at (941) 861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net or Manatee County Emergency Operations at (941) 749-3500 or the website at www.mymanatee.org.
Emergency Phone Numbers
- Sarasota County Department of Emergency Management: (941) 861-5000
- Sarasota County Special Needs Registration: (941) 861-5000
- Manatee County Emergency Management: (941) 748-4501
- Manatee County Special Needs Registration: (941) 748-4501
- Emergency Information Center: (941) 748-4501
- Deaf Communications for TDD Messages: (941) 742-5802
- Red Cross Manatee Chapter: (941) 792-8686
- Animal Services: (941) 749-7103
During actual hurricane operations, please restrict calls to your emergency management office to those that are absolutely necessary (for emergency assistance or information).
Please DO NOT dial 911 for hurricane information. This line is designated for life or death emergencies
The following is a list of the main radio and television stations in the area that may provide information during a weather emergency or other disaster event.
- SNN Channel 6: (941) 361-4627
- WWSB Channel 7: (941) 923-6397
- WFLA Channel 8: (813) 228-8888
- WTVT Fox 13: (813) 876-1313
- WFTS Channel 28: 1-877-833-2828
- WSTP Channel 10: (727) 577-1010
- WDDV-92.1: (941) 955-8187
- WCTQ-106.5: (941)-388-3936
- WTZB-105.9: (941) 552-4800
- WSRZ-107.9: (941)-552-4800
- WLSS-930 AM: (941)-363-0930
- WTVT Channel 13: (813)-876-1313
- WFTS Channel 28: (813)-354-2800
- WWSB Channel 7 (mysuncoast.com): (941)-552-0777
- WBSV Channel 62: (941)-397-0062
- WFLA Channel 8: (813)-228-8888
- BAY NEWS 9: (727)-329-2400
- WCTQ-106.5: (941)-388-3936
- WJIS-88.1: (941)-753-0401
- WFLA-970 AM: (813)-228-8888
- WWPR-1490 AM: (941)-761-8843
- Call in line: (941) 745-1490
Portable electric generators offer great benefits when outages affect your home. Below are guidelines for safely connecting and operating portable generators.
Don't connect your generator directly to your home's wiring.
Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home's wiring can 'backfeed' onto the power lines connected to your home.
Our portable electric generator safety tips can help you avoid personal injury and expensive damage.
Utility transformers can then "step-up" or increase this backfeed to thousands of volts—enough to kill a utility lineman making outage repairs a long way from your house. You could also cause expensive damage to utility equipment and your generator.
The only safe way to connect a portable electric generator to your existing wiring is to have a licensed electrical contractor install a transfer switch. The transfer switch transfers power from the utility power lines to the power coming from your generator.
Never plug a portable electric generator into a regular household outlet.
Plugging a generator into a regular household outlet can energize "dead" power lines and injure neighbors or utility workers. Connect individual appliances that have their outdoor-rated power cords directly to the receptacle outlet of the generator, or connect these cord-connected appliances to the generator with the appropriate outdoor-rated power cord having a sufficient wire gauge to handle the electrical load.
Don't overload the generator.
Do not operate more appliances and equipment than the output rating of the generator. Overloading your generator can seriously damage your valuable appliances and electronics. Prioritize your needs. A portable electric generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment.
Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage.
Just like your automobile, a portable generator uses an internal combustion engine that emits deadly carbon monoxide. Be sure to place the generator where exhaust fumes will not enter the house. Only operate it outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home, and protected from direct exposure to rain and snow, preferably under a canopy, open shed or carport.
Use the proper power cords.
Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load. Overloaded cords can cause fires or equipment damage. Don't use extension cords with exposed wires or worn shielding. Make sure the cords from the generator don't present a tripping hazard. Don't run cords under rugs where heat might build up or cord damage may go unnoticed.
Read and adhere to the manufacturer's instructions for safe operation.
Don't cut corners when it comes to safety. Carefully read and observe all instructions in your portable electric generator's owner manual.
To prevent electrical shock, make sure your generator is properly grounded.
Consult your manufacturer's manual for correct grounding procedures.
Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it's running.
Gasoline (and other flammable liquids) should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. They should not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is in the garage. The vapor from gasoline can travel invisibly along the ground and be ignited by pilot lights or electric arcs caused by turning on the lights. Avoid spilling fuel on hot components. Put out all flames or cigarettes when handling gasoline. Always have a fully charged, approved fire extinguisher located near the generator. Never attempt to refuel a portable generator while it's running.
Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting down your generator.
Avoid getting burned.
Many generator parts are hot enough to burn you during operation.
Keep children away from portable electric generators at all times.
Going To An Evacuation Shelter? Here are some things you should know about going to a hurricane evacuation shelter.
Hurricane evacuation shelters are provided for public use in the event a hurricane evacuation becomes necessary and if you have no other place to go. It is recommended that other arrangements be made with a friend or relative that lives in a well constructed home, out of the evacuation area, and properly protected to withstand hurricane force winds. You will probably be more comfortable, certainly in a less crowded environment and among friends. Remember, alcohol, weapons and pets are not permitted in public shelters.
Many churches will provide shelter for members and businesses should consider sheltering employees and families if possible.
Buildings used for evacuation shelters are normally public schools that are staffed by Red Cross volunteers and U.S. Navy personnel. Shelters are always crowded, usually uncomfortable when the power goes off because there is no ventilation, long lines to use restrooms and to get food, and very noisy making it difficult to rest or sleep. Keep in mind you may have to stay in the shelter for several days.
If you go to a public shelter, you will need to take the following items:
- A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
- Toiletries and personal items.
- Blankets or sleeping bags.
- Identification and any important papers.
- Games or toys for children; books for adults.
- Special items for infants or elderly family members.
- Any special dietary needs and non-perishable foods for snacks.
- Battery operated radio, flashlights and plenty of spare batteries.
- Prescription medications or any over-the-counter medications you normally take.