It’s easy to forget things when a hurricane is coming. Here are some reminders.
- Plan where you will evacuate in advance, and tell friends or family in other states.
- Register special needs residents in advance for county transportation to evacuation shelters.
- Check your insurance policies – wind, flood, and liability – to make sure they are in effect.
- Locate the evacuation level of your home or business.
- Anna Maria Island residents should obtain or locate their re-entry tags from city halls before evacuating.
- Consider buying a generator; ethanol-free gas to power generators is available at marinas.
- Stock up on sandbags. Anna Maria has a location on the west end of Bayfront Park. When a storm approaches, nylon bags will be available; bring a shovel. Bradenton Beach has no room for sandbags at this time. Residents may go to G.T. Bray Park on 59th Street West in Bradenton. Holmes Beach has an area on the southeast end of city hall, near the old butterfly garden, for people to fill sandbags.
- Vacation rental agents should provide a hurricane guide in each rental unit during hurricane season.
- Bridges to Anna Maria Island may be closed as a hurricane approaches and water and electricity may be shut off, so evacuate when ordered.
- Turn off water, electric and gas mains when you leave to avoid broken pipes.
- Bring medicines, cash – both paper and coins for vending machines – and disaster kits to shelters.
- Research how to turn your cell phone into a wi-fi hotspot before you lose cell service.
- Research how to extend battery life on your cell phone before the battery goes dead, or buy a spare battery pack for your phone; remember, you can also charge your phone in your car.