You'll need five to seven days worth of provisions, according to Cape Coral Fire Chief Bill Van Helden, in order to make it through the time it will take to restore power and bring certain elements back on line.
said it also is important to add a tarp to that hurricane emergency kit, which could come in handy if roof damage occurs and it takes a while to get contractors out to plug any holes.
Mold damage could be spared with the use of a tarp, he
said, as mold can cost as much to fix as the roof itself.
"Doing a temporary covering can help save you a lot of headaches in the long run," Van Helden
The city is also facing some new challenges regarding the storm surge threat from hurricanes.
said the storm surge from a Category 2 storm was previously considered a threat to half of the city, but the elevations have been adjusted and a Category 2 storm surge would now be considered a threat to two thirds of the city.
A Category 3 storm surge would now encompass the entire city, according to Van Helden
"But that's a worst, worst, worst case scenario," Van Helden
City emergency responders start to gear up about five days before the storm is predicted to make landfall, and as the storm evolves, so does the potential response from the city, according to Van Helden
also stays in constant contact with the county's emergency operation center during the storm, utilizing a liaison that stays in Lee's EOC during the storm.
That role previously fell on Assistant City Manager Carl Schwing, but since Schwing is set to leave the city for the top administrative post on Bonita Springs, Van Helden said Parks and Recreation Director Steve Pohlman has accepted the role.
"He (Pohlman) understands a great deal about how we operate in the city," Van Helden
With the flood elevations changing, so will the number of Red Cross shelters in the city, and the county, but Van Helden
said the details of those changes are still being worked out as the county has the final say.
stressed the importance of being ready for anything during hurricane season and that a full list from the All Hazards Guide can be found on the county's website.
"You need food and water for five to seven days.
You need to make sure you have medication, diapers, basic things to get your family through," he