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Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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Hurricane Ian

The Charlotte County Emergency Management Office is actively monitoring Hurricane Ian in the Atlantic and maintaining communication with local, state, and federal agencies.

Use the links on this page to Know Your (evacuation) Zone, review your plans and preparedness using the Disaster Guide, and stay informed.

All four shelters are open.

Charlotte County Emergency Management has issued evacuation orders for all of Zone A-Red and Zone B-Orange areas as well as residents in any zone living in mobile homes and trailers. This includes those living on the barrier islands of Don Pedro Island, Knight Island (Palm Island), Little Gasparilla Island, Gasparilla Island, and Manasota Key. Find Your Zone

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Winds: Bridges and Emergency/First Response Rescues
The Florida Department of Transportation works with Florida Highway Patrol and the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office to monitor wind conditions at bridges. When wind exceeds sustained speeds (not gusts) of specified levels, usually 40 mph, the US41 and I-75 bridges in Charlotte Harbor are closed. Also when winds hit that mark, first responders such as the Sheriff's Office and Fire & EMS suspend mobile services.

Charlotte County does not provide sandbags or sandbag materials. Residents who want to use sandbags should make their own arrangements by patronizing a local building supply. Residents also may use bags of potting soil in lieu of sandbags, which can be used later for new plantings.

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