FNG, Lake O region helpers assisting in Panhandle

Relief efforts are continuing by many state, regional and local agencies and, of course, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as residents of Florida’s Panhandle try to recover from the blow that Hurricane Michael dealt to the largely rural area. Quite a bit of assistance and many urgently needed items have been collected and sent upstate […]

Glades County, firm aid Michael survivors

MOORE HAVEN — The Glades County Public Safety Department, in coordination with J.J. Taylor Distributing out of Fort Myers, sent tarps, cases of hand sanitizer and bug spray to Panama City for Hurricane Michael survivors. The Glades County Road Department helped Bobby Edwards of J.J. Taylor Distributing load a tractor-trailer full of tarps, and the […]

Still struggling from Hurricane Irma?

Hendry and Glades County residents who are still struggling with recovery from Hurricane Irma can visit one of the Walk-In Centers listed here: • Doyle Conner Building, 900 U.S. 27, Moore Haven, 33471 – Monday, Oct. 1, from 1 to 6 p.m. – Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 7 p.m. • Florida B. Thomas […]

Learn how to prep for a power outage during a storm

GAINESVILLE — It’s easy to take things like electricity, wi-fi and cell service for granted — until a hurricane blows through and knocks out these modern conveniences, sometimes for days at a time. This was the case last year when Hurricane Irma left more than 6.5 million Floridians without power, according to the National Weather […]

Is your boat prepared for a hurricane?

GAINESVILLE — When a hurricane is on the horizon, boat owners need to do more than batten down the hatches to get ready, according to an expert with the University of Florida. Hurricane season started June 1, but boaters in the sunshine state can take steps now to make sure their vessels don’t end up […]

It’s hurricane season; do you have an evacuation plan?

Last year, millions of Floridians spent many hours in their cars, stuck in traffic as they evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma. Preparing an evacuation plan now may help you save time and money later this summer if an evacuation is ordered. Don’t wait till a storm is forecast to start getting ready. Take action […]

Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is June 1-7

The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, begins Friday, June 1, and extends through Thursday, June 7, 2018. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not […]