In light of the National Weather Service’s most recent update on the potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, it’s never too early to prepare for hurricane season.

The Foundation remains vigilant in preparing the necessary supplies and protocols and will communicate any changes or closures due to inclement weather.

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Hurricane season starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30, and making a hurricane plan ahead of time and stocking up on vital supplies will go a long way toward helping you and your loved ones stay safe in a storm.

Your Collier County Sheriff’s Office offers these basic tips to help you before, during and after a storm:

BEFORE A STORM

Stock up on essential supplies and secure all important documents in an accessible location. Use CCSO’s suggested supply list and make sure to include anything else that may be important for you and your family.

Make sure to take advantage of the 2020 Florida hurricane tax holiday from Friday, May 29, through Thursday, June 4. Necessities such as batteries, flashlights, tarps and portable generators under $750 can be purchased without applying the 7 percent county sales tax.

Click here to review a full listing of eligible items.

Develop a family disaster plan that meets the specific needs of your family by visiting www.floridadisaster.org.

Don’t forget to also develop a pet disaster plan by micro-chipping your pet, keeping current on vaccinations and determining how to keep your pet safe during the storm. Contact Collier County Domestic Animal Services at 239-252-PETS (7387) for more information.

CCSO and Naples Police Department have implemented the Smart911 database that allows citizens to create a secure safety profile of vital personal and household information, including medications, medical conditions and even photographs of each member of the household. Information about family pets can also be entered. The safety profile will be displayed to 911 call-takers immediately when that citizen places an emergency call. This safety profile provides much richer information than is currently available on incoming calls and can contain the specific details that first responders need in order to save lives.

Smart911 is free and 100 percent private and secure. Safety profiles can be created by visiting www.smart911.com.

Click here to view a video on hurricane preparedness.