CITY OF VENICE
Hurricane Season is from June 1 - Nov. 30. Please keep
this information handy throughout the season. And please
join us for the annual Hurricane Information Seminar, Friday,
May 11, from 8 a.m. - noon. The agenda is at the end of this
To have a speaker talk to your organization about hurri-
cane preparedness, contact Interim Fire Chief Shawn Carvey,
For more information about this publication, contact
Marketing and Communications Officer Pam Johnson, (941)
486-2626, ext. 24005.
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Hurricane season: Be Prepared
Hurricane season in South- frame homes could sustain major well.
west Florida is June 1 - Nov. 30. roof and siding damage. Failure of
The following summarizes aluminum, screened-in swimming Category 4: 131-155 mph
information in the Saffir-Simpson pool enclosures will be common. winds. (Up to 18 -foot storm
Hurricane Scale. For more infor- There will be a substantial per- surge.) Catastrophic damage will
mation, see: centage of roof and siding damage occur. There will be extensive
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/sshws.s to apartment buildings and indus- damage to roofing materials, win-
html trial buildings. Masonry walls that dows and doors, with complete
are not reinforced can collapse. failure of roofs on many small res-
Category 1: 74-95 mph winds; Windows in high-rise buildings can idences and even well-built struc-
(Expect up to 5-foot storm surge) be broken by flying debris. Falling tures. Other conditions listed
There is danger of injury to people and broken glass will pose a signif- above will exist. Most of the
and animals due to flying debris. icant danger even after the storm. affected area will be uninhabitable
Damage is likely to be primarily to Commercial signage, fences, and for weeks or months.
landscaping, older mobile homes. canopies will be damaged or
Unprotected windows, porches, destroyed. Many shallowly rooted Category 5: 156 mph and over
screens and sheds are vulnerable. trees will be snapped or uprooted. winds. Catastrophic damage will
Power losses are expected. Many roads will be blocked. Power occur including all the conditions
outages may last up to several listed above. (More than 18-foot
Category 2: 96-110 mph weeks. Potable water could storm surge) Extensive damage to
winds. (8-foot storm surge expect- become problematic if filtration windows and doors, complete fail-
ed.) Extremely dangerous winds systems fail. ure of roofs on many residences
will cause extensive damage. and industrial buildings. Extensive
There is a substantial risk of Category 3: 111-130 mph winds. shattering of glass in windows and
injury or death to people and ani- (Up to 12-foot storm surge) Storm doors. Some complete building
mals due to flying and falling will result in devastating damage failures. Small buildings will be
debris. Mobile homes can be with high risk of injury or death to overturned or blown away.
destroyed and poorly constructed people and animals. Newer
frame homes may lose their roofs. mobile homes will sustain severe This information is provided by
Unprotected windows will have a damage while older mobile homes the National Weather Center.
high probability of being broken will be destroyed. Other condi-
by flying debris. Well-constructed tions listed above may occur, as
Tie down, clean up and prepare for strong winds
Everyone should secure all outdoor belongings. It’s part of being a good neighbor.
Loose patio furniture, bird feeders, garden ornaments, tools, toys and other items left in the yard
can be blown into windows and through doors during hurricanes. When something penetrates a building,
it can cause total collapse of the structure.
Put all loose items indoors. The home you save may be your own.
Builders: A city ordinance requires building contractors to secure all construction materials and
equipment within 24 hours of the issuance of a hurricane watch. Penalties for not doing so include possi-
ble fines, jail time and license review.
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The city’s annual Hurricane Preparation TV: Sarasota County Emergency Management on
Seminar takes place May 11, from 8 a.m. - noon in government access TV Comcast Channel 19 and
Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave. Verizon Channel 32, SNN Comcast Channel 6, and
Meteorologist Bob Harrigan will be among the ABC Channel 7.
speakers. (See agenda on Page 9.) The Internet:
Department of Community Affairs:
CODE RED, a computer software system, can call www.dca.state.fl.us
every city resident with an emergency message in Division of Emergency Management:
less than four hours. If your phone rings during hur- www.floridadisaster.org
ricane season, it could be the city with recorded City’s Web site:
information about emergency conditions, shelters www.venicegov.com.
or other items of interest. County’s Web site:
To update information to be assured of receiv- www.scgov.net
ing such calls, go to the city’s Web site: Facebook: Go to
www.venicegov.com; click on Emergency Notifica- http://www.facebook.com/CityofVeniceFlorida and
tion System, just below the Code Red icon on the hit the “like” button so you will receive our mes-
lower right side of the screen. Then fill out the form sages.
and submit. Venice Public Library, 300 S. Nokomis Ave., for
For more information, contact Marketing and information about hurricane preparation.
Communications Officer Pam Johnson, 486-2626, The city receives NOAA weather radio signals which
Ext. 24005. provide storm warnings. These special radios may
be purchased at telecommunications stores.
RADIO: WENG 1530 AM, ClearChannel 1230 AM.
An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected some-
where within the specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparation activities become difficult once winds
reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of trop-
ical-storm force winds.
An announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the
specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparation activities become difficult once winds reach tropical
storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force
Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center
2012 Hurricane Names
Alberto Gordon Michael Tony
Beryl Helene Nadine Valerie
Chris Isaac Oscar William
Debby Joyce Patty
Ernesto Kirk Rafael
Florence Leslie Sandy
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What the city will be doing
When a hurricane watch is Keep the flow. The stormwater Recovery. Once the storm has
announced, the city immediately crews inspect outlets to make cer- passed, the first effort toward
initiates its hurricane plan. tain all are flowing. recovery will center around
Decision makers meet. Emer- Emergency declared. The city health, safety and welfare. The
gency services begin communicat- clerk prepares a declaration of police and fire departments will
ing with the county’s emergency emergency for the mayor or city begin making assessments of
management department, while manager to sign. This declaration damage, initiate search and rescue
everyone keeps a close eye on the is imperative if the city is to operations, look for downed wires
hurricane track. receive reimbursement from and inoperative traffic signals.
If the hurricane continues to Federal Emergency Management Public works crews will begin
threaten Southwest Florida, other Agency in case there are damages clearing roads, the most critical
activities begin. to public property. being those leading to the hospi-
Pick up and tie down. Public Batten down the hatches. As tal.
Works personnel start to tie down the watch turns to a warning, the The utilities employees will
and collect any city owned items, building inspectors check to be check to be certain lift stations are
such as cigarette containers, trash sure all construction materials in functioning and water pipes are
cans and street furniture, includ- the city have been secured. flowing. Generators will keep lift
ing benches in parks and at the NPODS ready to go. The city’s stations pumping. It is not unusual
jetty. The Solid Waste Division will representatives to the Neighbor- for tree roots to pull up pipes as
collect trash until winds are too hood Points of Distribution are they topple over in the wind.
high for the activity to be safe, prepared to distribute water soon Florida Power and Light will
usually about 24 hours before the after a catastrophic landfall. immediately begin to restore
storm is expected to arrive. EOC activation. The city’s rep- power to critical facilities such as
At that time, residents who resentatives to the county’s hospitals, fire stations, water and
have left garbage and recycling on Emergency Operations Center will sewer plants and police stations.
the curb should bring them inside report for duty with sleeping bags The City of Venice will make
so they do not get blown around and other necessities that will every effort to get back to busi-
and cause damage. enable them to work there for ness as usual as soon as possible.
The landfill will be closed. several days if necessary. If City Hall is not usable, it is
Fuel up. The Utilities Other critical personnel will possible the employees will relo-
Department begins its emergency report to Fire Station 3 to perform cate to a reinforced building, such
preparations, provisioning fuel for their duties throughout the storm as the Venice Community Center.
generators and staging both and during the post storm activi- Storm debris will be collected
equipment and employees. All ties. in the order of need for human
departments fill gas tanks of all On your own. When winds health and safety. The cleanup
city vehicles. reach 45 mph, emergency services could take several weeks or longer
More decisions. The Public can no longer respond due to the depending on the intensity of
Safety Advisory Group works with danger of high winds turning over damage.
the American Red Cross to deter- fire trucks and other equipment. The city’s goal is to complete
mine which shelters will open and This ensures manpower and the recovery process as quickly as
when. Firefighters and police offi- equipment will be available imme- possible within the city’s financial
cers help evacuate people with diately after the storm for search constraints. It is essential that all
special needs, and make sure the and rescue and other emergency residents help by taking care of
mobile home residents are aware responses. their personal property.
that they should evacuate.
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Secure your property
The following are suggestions for making property the most hurricane resistant it can be:
• Cover windows with wood boards, hurricane shutters, or replace old windows with hurricane resist-
ant windows. When wind forces from hurricanes break windows, the resulting updraft can lift the roof off
the structure. The opening also admits water from the storm, and broken glass can create a hazard.
• Either purchase professionally made hurricane reinforcement for the garage door, or reinforce it with
wood 2 x 4s.
• Pick up all loose items in the yard and bring them inside. In 80 mph winds, even small items can
become dangerous projectiles.
• Do not put garbage on the curb for collection. Once winds reach a certain level, the county landfill
will close and it will not be safe for trucks to operate. Garbage cans and bags left outside then become haz-
ards in the wind.
Protect yourself with flood insurance
The City of Venice is an active erage for flood and wind. waterproof container.
participant in the National Flood The National Flood Insurance Before you leave, enact your
Insurance Program Community Program offers flood insurance pet plan, board up windows and
Rating System. This allows city coverage to city residents. glass doors, anchor loose yard
residents a discount on flood A 30-day waiting period prior objects or bring them inside and
insurance purchased through the to the beginning of coverage is lock your doors.
National Flood Insurance required. The integrity of the stormwa-
Program. As you prepare for hurricane ter drainage system must be pro-
Property in Venice located season, contact your insurance tected to ensure proper func-
along low lying and coastal agent to review your insurance tioning during severe weather.
regions can be vulnerable to coverage and information It is illegal to obstruct ditch-
flooding. regarding the National Flood es, swales or other drainage
Please contact the city’s Insurance Program. structures.
Planning and Zoning Department In the event you evacuate If you notice someone block-
at 486-2626, Ext. 28004 or stop during a storm, remember to ing a stormwater runoff struc-
by City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., take your important documenta- ture, please report it to the city
to learn if your property is locat- tion, including your insurance engineer at 486-2626, Ext.
ed in a flood zone. policies, insurance carrier con- 25003.
Standard homeowner insur- tact information, and pictures of
ance policies do not include cov- your home and contents, in a
Did you know? If a storm takes down street signs and landmarks, it can be difficult for everyone, including
emergency services, to find their way through the city. That is why street names are painted on curbs at
several major intersections.
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Where What you’ll need to take
Going to a shelter should be your last choice of options for deal-
you’ll go ing with a hurricane. A better option is leaving the state when the
storm starts to enter the Gulf of Mexico and is predicted to come
toward the Florida west coast. If you can’t do that and you live in an
In the event a hurricane area that is not prone to flooding, fortifying your home and staying
warrants evacuation, the there is another option. If you must leave your home and go to a
American Red Cross will open shelter, here are some things you will want to take with you:
shelters as needed and as • Pillows, blankets, air mattresses and sleeping bags.
deemed serviceable. The open- • Extra clothing, shoes, eyewear, personal hygiene items such as
ings will be announced by local toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, towels and
media, as will those that are to soap.
be used if you bring your pets. • Important papers (especially those proving residency) in
Do not go to a shelter until the waterproof containers.
announcement has been made The Venice Police Department will carefully monitor people
on television or radio. The fol- who are allowed to go into devastated areas. Unless you can prove
lowing are possible Red Cross residency, you may not be allowed to return to your home immedi-
emergency shelters in this area: ately due to the need for security.
• Pine View School, 501 Old • Bottled water and non-perishable food with manual or bat-
Venice Road, Osprey, pet friend- tery operated can opener.
ly; • Rolls of quarters.
• Venice Community Center, • Medications.
326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice; You may want to put important papers, medications and other
• Garden Elementary items which are easily damaged by water inside a plastic container,
School, 700 Center Road, such as a sealed plastic bag.
• Glenallen Elementary
School, 7050 Glenallen Blvd., Numbers to have in an emergency:
North Port; • Venice Police Department
• North Port High School, Non-emergency: (941) 486-2444
6400 W. Price Blvd., North Port, Immediate Emergency Only: 911
• Heron Creek Middle • Venice Fire Department
School, 6501 W. Price Blvd. Non-emergency: (941) 480-3030
North Port, pet friendly; Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• Taylor Ranch Elementary Immediate Emergency Only: 911
School, 2500 Taylor Ranch Road,
Venice. • To report a water or sewer emergency: (941) 486-2770
Alcoholic beverages and
weapons are not permitted at • To report a power outage:
these shelters. Florida Power and Light: 1-800-4-OUTAGE (468-8243)
If you have special health
considerations and are not able • For non-emergency city information, City Hall:
to evacuate by yourself, register (941) 486-2626, Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
with Sarasota County Special • Other non-emergency information: 211
Needs at 861-5000. • Sarasota County Call Center: (941) 861-5000
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After the storm subsides
After the storm, it is possible electric and phone What items go in which piles?
services may not be available for several weeks. • Yard waste
Fuel may not be available and transportation of gro- Tree branches, leaves and logs.
ceries and other necessities may not be possible • Spoiled food or contaminated recyclables,
right away. The following items will be helpful to such as wet cardboard and paper, should be placed
have: in cans or plastic bags and placed on the curb.
• Cash, rolls of quarters • Structural debris and bulky waste
• Two weeks worth of bottled water and non- Building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, fur-
perishable food along with a manual can opener. niture, mattressees and plumbing materials.
Plan on a gallon of water per person per day, plus a • Appliances
gallon of water per pet per day. Refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, air con-
• A flashlight for each member of the family, as ditioners, stoves, water heaters and dishwashers.
well as extra batteries. Remove all contents, such as food, clothes or
• First-aid book and first-aid kit. dishes and remove doors from the appliances.
• A cooler for food and another for ice. • Electronics
• Plastic tarp for temporary roof or window Televisions, computers, radios, steros, DVD
repair. players, telephones and other devices.
• Plastic garbage bags. • Houshold Hazardous Waste
• Mops, buckets, towels and disinfectant. Oil, batteries, pesticides, oil-based paints and
• Items for infants, children and pets. stains, cleaning supplies, lawn chemicals and com-
Remember: Among the greatest dangers after
the storm are downed power lines. Do not walk
near or drive over any wires lying on the ground. You can help emergency services by:
Do not allow children (or adults) to play in • Being prepared to be independent for sever-
stormwater runoff after an event, as the water al days.
may be contaminated or harbor vermin.
• Making sure you have medications you nor-
Cleaning up mally take and using them as prescribed.
To help the city clean up the waste after a • Refraining from swimming or surfing in the
storm, please do the following: gulf waters due to rip tides.
• Separate garbage, construction debris, vege-
tation, household hazardous waste, white goods • Refraining from driving on roads until they
and electronics and place them in seaprate piles at have been cleared of downed wires and
the curb. debris.
• Refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers
must have doors removed. • Moving over and allowing emergency vehi-
• Keep all debris for collection close to the road, cles to pass. If you come up on an emergency
just as you do during regular collections, and do not vehicle stopped on the road, move into the
pile anything against trees or poles, or under wires. next lane if safe to do so. If it is not safe to
change lanes, slow down as you go by. This is
not just courtesy, it’s the law.
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Do you have a pet plan?
Whether you stay at home or go to a pet friendly
shelter, here are a few tips to help your furry friends
weather the storm:
• Have a pet carrier and a kennel available. Your
pet should be comfortable staying in the kennel for a
few days. Do not leave your pet outside during or after the storm.
• Be sure your pet has current vaccinations and a collar with license and
rabies tags, as well as an identification tag.
• Prepare an easily cleaned area away from windows to keep pets during the
• During the storm, separate pets from each other, even if they are friendly and accustomed to being
• Some public shelters allow pets; they will be placed in a kennel area away from the general public.
Bring your pet’s food, water, medicine, clean-up bags and be prepared to care for your pet while at the shel-
ter. The pet-friendly shelters will be announced at the time they are opened.
• Stock up on pet food, newspapers, cat litter, plastic bags, disinfectant and other supplies for use after
the storm. You may be without electricity for several weeks, and gasoline and grocery supplies may be
Home, sweet home: Make it strong
There are several things you can do to make your home more capable of surviving hurricane force winds:
• Anchor the roof: If built before 1994, a gabled roof should be braced at the ends with horizontal and
vertical beams. Wood sheathing should be behind the stucco of the triangular gable end walls.
• Brace entry and garage doors with foot and head bolts with a minimum 1-inch bolt throw length. The
failure of the entry or garage door causes about 80 percent of residential hurricane damage.It may be worth
the investment to purchase hurricane resistant doors.
• Protect windows with high impact shutters or boards. Pick up anything outside that can be blown
through a window in high winds.
• Have a safe room - preferably one in the center of the home without windows or glass doors. It can be a
bathroom, hallway or closet.
• For more ideas about protecting your property see www.flash.org or www.mysafeflorida.org.
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Your Hurricane Check List
Get Ready In May • Have a tarp and a hurricane has two parts.
• Begin stocking up on bottled other emergency equip- Often when the eye passes
water, canned goods, medications ment on hand. over, it is very calm and
or any other items that might be • If you are concerned sometimes people think
difficult to obtain for a week or two that your home is in a the storm is over.
after a storm. flood-prone area, store
You should plan to have one sandbags or bags filled Do not go out on the
gallon of bottled water per person with garden mulch to place around streets immediately after a storm,
per day to last about two weeks. your house before the storm. The because:
You’ll also want to have a hand mulch can be used later in the gar- • there may be contaminated
or battery operated can opener. den. flood waters;
Other items to stock up on When a hurricane watch is • there may be pot holes or live
include large heavy-duty garbage announced for this area: electrical wires under flood waters
bags, paper towels, toilet paper, • Watch television, listen to which cannot be seen;
sanitary wipes, first aid supplies, radio and check weather informa- • most traffic signals will not
bleach and liquid dish soap; mos- tion sites on the Internet for infor- function;
quito repellent; plastic eating uten- mation. • emergency services need the
sils and paper cups and plates. Sarasota County Emergency roads as clear as possible to
• If you have a barbecue grill, Management broadcasts on respond to the number of calls
stock up on charcoal and matches. Comcast Channel 19 and Verizon they will get;
• Go over your hurricane Channel 32. • snakes, rats and other vermin
preparation and evacuation plan Other local area television sta- will be displaced from their usual
with your family. Let out-of-town tions that provide information habitat and try to share yours.
relatives know your plan and include ABC 7 on Comcast and
where you will be during the Verizon Channel 7 and SNN Here are some other tips:
storm. Comcast Channel 6. • Do not swim or surf in the gulf
• If you plan to stay in a shelter, • Begin collecting all loose waters because there will probably
drive to the various shelters so that items from your yard and porch, be dangerous rip tide currents.
hours before an impending storm, including lanais and pool cages. • Plan for being in heat without
when the American Red Cross Even small items picked up by air conditioning for an extended
announces which shelters will be strong winds can break a window amount of time.
open, you can confidently and eas- or lodge in a roof or other part of a • Invite your neighbors over for
ily get there. structure making it vulnerable to a barbecue. Pool the food you have
• Purchase battery operated failure during a hurricane. in your freezers so it is not left to
radio, television, flashlights and • Place shutters or plywood spoil.
other items that will add to your over your windows.
comfort if you are without electric- • Make sure your vehicle’s gas
ity for a week or two. Be sure to tank is full.
have spare batteries for these • Fill the bathtub with water.
items. • Fill an ice chest or cooler with
• Have your insurance and ice.
other important papers in a safe, • Charge cell phone batteries.
waterproof container that you can
take with you if you leave your During the storm:
home. • Most importantly, remember
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