Hurricane Preparedness Week: Making an evacuation plan

National Hurricane Week

SARASOTA (WWSB) - We are less than a month away from the official start of hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, but it’s never too early to be ready.

The National Weather Service has declared this week - May 5 through May 11- as National Hurricane Preparedness Week. For the next six days, officials will address six different storm issues.

“If you figure this out during the stress of traffic and storm, you may miss something, but if you develop a plan ahead of time, like now where we are one month out before hurricane season, you’ll know exactly what to do to be safe," Ed McCrane, the Emergency Management Chief for Sarasota County, explained.

The first one on the list – determining your risk and knowing when to evacuate.

“There are so many things running through our minds on a daily basis. If you wait until the last minute to prepare for a hurricane’s arrival, it might be too late to get the things you need," McCrane continued.

Monday’s focus - develop an evacuation plan, so you’ll know how to get out of town if the need arises.

"People just need to get to a safe location. If a hurricane is coming, emergency managers like to say run from the water, hide from the wind."

This is especially important if you live on a barrier island or in a mobile home park, and for those that live in areas like the City of Venice where there are no hurricane shelters, the county now has additional plans in place.

“This year we have the transportation policy that has been put in place by the county’s emergency management staff, and that plan allows for people who cannot drive to the shelter. We have means to transport them there," Deputy Chief Frank Giddens, from the Venice Fire Department, said.

Every day this week, we’ll be bringing you the steps to ensure you’re ready for Hurricane Season.

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