The 2021 hurricane season officially ends today, November 30, but Sarasota County Emergency Management encourages residents to stay alert and prepare early for the 2022 hurricane season, especially because weather systems Severe events that occur in winter and early spring can cause tornadoes, lightning, high winds and severe thunderstorms.

This year, Fred and Elsa brought tropical storms to Sarasota County, Elsa causing the declaration of a local state of emergency.

To prepare for the next hurricane season, the county recommends taking the following steps:

  • Create, review and agree on a plan for you and your family in the event of an emergency.
  • Take inventory and check the expiration dates of foods in your emergency preparedness kits. Consider donating non-perishable items that have not yet expired.
  • Add disinfectant, disinfectant and masks to emergency preparedness kits.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts.
  • Keep up to date with yard work, such as pruning trees and repairing sheds or fences, to help prevent potential damage during a storm.
  • Install hurricane windows and doors or purchase hurricane shutters to toughen up and protect your home or business.
  • If you or someone you care about needs to use or need to be transported to a medical evacuation center, update or add your information to the online medical dependent application or individual registration forms. at charge for transport.
  • If you have sandbags, be sure to reuse them or dispose of them properly if they have come in contact with flood water.
Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes