Marco Island, November 21, 2019: - Marco Island Center for the Arts will be celebrating the season of joy-filled merriment and heartwarming memories as the public is invited to attend a Victorian Holiday Tea on Friday, December 13, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. The program carries on the legacy of the Holiday Tea created by former Art Center Board Member and presenter extraordinaire, Jackie Pierce. There is no charge to attend but reservations are necessary.  Seating is very limited.
























The 6th annual Festival of Trees is almost here.
The Trees will be on display December 3 - 5, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Become a Tree Decorator!!! We need 3 ft or smaller trees that are skillfully decorated by Island residents, businesses, organizations and kids, of course.
For a registration form and more details call 239-394-4221 or go to

1010 Winterberry / M - F / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm /





























































Our packaging event at Marco Island Charter Middle School is only a week away!

Volunteers will package 250,000 meals to feed the needy in our community.

These meals stay right here in Collier County and many within the Marco Island and surrounding community.


You have supported Meals of Hope all year and we still need your help.





You can register at or, if you have a group of 10-12, use the attached list, give your team a name and email to me.


Thank you for all you have done and what you will do on Nov. 16.







Knights of Columbus will host a Nearly Diamond Tribute Concert at the San Marco Parish Center on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.  There will be a cash bar prior to the performance and during intermission.  The tribute band will play Neil Diamond’s songs including his greatest hits, such as Sweet Caroline, America, and Solitary Man.  Ticket cost is $35 each.  You may purchase tickets at the Parish office or contact John DeRosa at 239-272-0816 or Joe Swaja at 239-269-7033.  For more information visit our website at










































 Soccer registration is OPEN!

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The Census Bureau is looking for many local residents to work in Marco Island.

The Census Bureau is committed to hiring census takers to work in their own communities.

These jobs pay $17-$24 per hour and are flexible in terms of days/hours.

Applicants must be 18 or older, a US citizen, have a SS number and an email account.

 the direct link to apply is  People can apply in Spanish or English.
















































On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the Knights of Columbus San Marco Council #6344 will host a Spaghetti Dinner in the San Marco Parish Center from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  The event will benefit The Daily Bread Food Pantry.  The cost will be $12 per person with $5 for children under 12.  Credit cards accepted.  Dinner includes spaghetti with marinara sauce, meatballs, Italian sausage, salad, Italian bread, and dessert with beverages and cash bar.  Take out is also available.  This event is open to the public and everyone is invited.  Come join us for an evening of fun.  For more information, contact 239-389-5633 or visit our website at




































































Marco Island, October 4, 2019: - Marco Island Center for the Arts invites the public to view the Rush Galleryexhibition “Day of the Dead” which was created by the students at the Marco Island Charter Middle School(MICMS)under the direction of Art Teacher Gigi Garraty.  MICMS has never before exhibited at the Art









The 2020 edition of the Glamour Puss fundraising calendar is filled with photos of beautiful and adorable cats and kittens chosen through the online photo contest benefiting For the Love of Cats.  Calendars are 11”x 10” folded and printed in full color on glossy paper with 37 winning photos, the Glamour Puss Calendars contain advertising from trusted local businesses and a wonderful thumbnail collection of almost 60 other photos from the “Glamour Puss” online photo contest.  The calendars will be available for sale until January 31, 2020 or while supplies last. Calendars may be purchased for $15 at the Farmers Market in Veterans Park on Marco Island most Wednesdays 7:30 am to 1 pm starting November13, 2019. The calendars may also be purchased online at A $5 S&H charge in included per shipping location no matter the quantity of calendars.  For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..










































November 3

December 8


Left Bank Art Fest

Sunday 10-4

Outside on the green at the Marco Island YMCA

JURIED ARTISTS Including photography, paintings, ceramics, wood, metal, jewelry, sculptures, and more

Free parking and free entry 





































MARCO ISLAND, FLORIDA – America’s Boating Club – Marco Island(ABClub – MI) today announced its boating education program for the 2019-20 Season.

“If you want to be a better, safer boat operator, America’s Boating Club has a course for you,” said Tom Morr, Commander of ABClub – MI.  “We teach the knowledge and skills to make operators, regardless of their watercraft type, confident and capable boaters.”

“America’s Boating Course is the basic building block for safe boating,” according to Patricia Cavanagh, the Boating Club’s Education Officer.  “It is required (for anyone born after January 1, 1988) to obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card to operate a vessel of ten horsepower or more in Florida and covers the core concepts important to safe boat operation,” said Cavanagh.


America’s Boating Course meets for five 2.25 hour sessions over two and a half weeks.  It will begin on October 21, 2019 and will be offerred again beginning on December 2nd, January 6th, February 3rd and March 9th.































































 GIRLS ON THE RUN!!! Tommie Barfield Elementary NEEDS COACHES! YOU DONT HAVE TO BE PARENT- ANY ADULT CAN COACH! TBE didn’t have coaches last season either - -there are so many girls who miss running! – Please help! Email or call Melissa below!

Head and Assistant Coaches mentor our girls twice a week after school from either 3-4:30 or 4-5:30pm. Coaches will attend one Coach training session.
***College and High School Coaches can earn service learning hours for their time Coaching equaling up to 40 hours per season.
Sign up to be a Coach here:
For more information on Substitute Coaching or being a Coach this Fall please contact: Collier/Lee County: Program Coordinator, Melissa Pares at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 239-450-5501.
















































































































5th Annual Disco Dave Memorial Golf Tournament

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM

The Rookery At Marco Golf Club

You like In Memory of " Disco" Dave Bierbrauer
























 Marco Island Woman’s Club awards scholarships to graduating high school students, who live on Marco Island, and supports various local nonprofit organizations.  The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, For more information call President Sue Ellen Welch at at 781-635-5240 or go to  





Marco Island Center for the Artshas partnered with Logiscool to offer classes for youth in coding, programming languages and technologies this summer in the Art Center’s Digital Media Lab.  Having children learn coding at a young age helps them with communication, creativity, math and writing. Logiscool students learn algorithmic thinking by playing games relevant to their age group, using their new programming skills!  Classes are $200 per student and space is limited.  To register call the Art Center at 239-394-4221 or go to  
































 Stolen Vessel Warning!!

Boater owners can reduce the risk of theft by the following methods include:

·       Move the boat lift’s electrical power shut-off inside your house.

·       Secure the boat to the lift.

·       Secure the lift to the dock.

·       Install an alarm system on your dock.

·       Install a GPS enable alarm system on your boat.

·       Installing covert fuel cut-off or ignition / battery switches.

·       Exterior lighting that shines on your vessel and dock.

·       Remove the keys from your boat when on the lift.

·       Removing all valuables to include GPS, Radar, and Radios.

·       Report all and any suspicious activity. 






America’s Boating Club – Marco Island helps people gain the knowledge, confidence and skills to be better boaters, Burson said.

For more details about the Club’s courses, please visit or call Tom Ryan at 239/887-1556.












Who was Barron Collier?


Read about the amazing man who bought over 1 million acres of South Florida land and had a county named after him.

 Besides completing the Tamiami Trail across the swamp and developing Everglades City, he also owned a group of resort hotels which attracted the rich and famous to Useppa, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Boca Grande, Lakeland, Bradenton, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, and to the most renown one, the Everglades Rod & Gun Club. But that’s not all -- he operated a telephone service, published newspapers, and provided transportation on ships and buses.

 And, he was a big player during the Roaring Twenties in New York City where he hobnobbed with important people and reduced traffic accidents with his “Aunty J. Walker” campaign. He had grown up in Memphis and made his fortune in streetcar advertising which he used to promote charitable causes such as the Boy Scouts.

 A new book EVERGLADES ENTREPRENEUR by local historian Marya Repko summarizes it all in her flowing prose illustrated by a plethora of old photos. To order online, see­ or for more information, call the author at (239) 695-2905.















































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Convinced you have a “book in you” waiting to get out?  Want to write your memoir, family history, poetry, short stories, or a novel?  Questions about publishing and marketing?  Marco Island Writers, Inc., can help you with that.  We offer inspiration, guidance, workshops, and lots of resources.  Our motto is “Writers helping writers.”  Check us out on the MI Chamber blog, or at our website for further information.  Join us at our monthly meeting, the 2nd Wednesday of every month (except September 2016), at MI Center for the Arts, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., 1010 Winterberry Drive.  First visit is free of charge – come check us out. 













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Here are a few current fundraisers/events/drives
1. October Sunday Funday FUNdraiser Halloween-themed Party
2-5pm Sunday, October 13th
Crabby Lady Restaurant
123 Bayshore Way, Goodland
No tickets necessary - all are welcome 
Live Music by Billy J & The Big Easy
Pop-up Boutique by Ocean Soul Ohana
Raffle Prizes - Teeshirts - Baseball Hats - Koozies - Family-Friendly Fun
** Please bring a little bit of cash for raffles **
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Small donations can make big impact when everyone participates. $5 can turn into $5k when 1000 people contribute. $5 = $50k when 10,000 care.

Do you have $5 for Freeport?

Donations can be made on our website 
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Every year we collect gift cards for families in Collier County. Not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving with turkey and stuffing, so gift cards allow them to celebrate in the manner they're accustomed to.

If you'd like to participate, here's how you can.

Nominate a Family:
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell us about a family in need in Collier County. To respect their privacy, please don't nominate them here on the page.
Please include how many people are living in the home and how many of them are children. Please only send us the name of the head of the household and tell us why you think they should be nominated.
Include their phone number and street address with zip code.

Donate Gift Cards:
Purchase in $50 denominations from Publix, Walmart or Winn-Dixie and mail to PO Box 1909 Marco Island 34146





MIAAOR is a donation location for Bahamas Support.
140 Waterway Drive, Marco Island

Please check the list below and look around your house and office to see if you have anything you could donate for our Bahamas Support.
Personal Hygiene Items (Soap, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toilet Paper)

Clothing (Socks and Underwear For All Ages (new))

Baby Items (Diapers, Wipes, Liquid Baby Formula)

Food Items (High protein non-perishable items with pull back lids: beans, canned meats, nuts, canned soups andpastas, pre-cooked rice packages, MRE (Meals Ready To Eat), shelf stable milk)

Supplies (Batteries, Flashlights, Water Filtration Systems, Marine Radios, Walki Talkies with Batteries to fit, Matches, Chain Saws, Solar Lights, Solar Phone Chargers, Tents, Tarps, Generators, Cots, Blankets, Portable Stoves and Butane

Containers, Bleach, Large Plastic Bins with Tops)
First Aid (First Aid Kits, Immodium, Electrolytes













 Call 305-643-2501 or 211

 Send a check payable to Operation Helping Hands, c/o United Way of Miami-Dade, P.O. Box #459007, Miami, FL 33245-9007

All of the funds raised through Operation Helping Hands will go directly to help people affected by Hurricane Dorian.











Statement from our American Red Cross

"Given the level of damage and destruction, we would strongly encourage monetary donations rather than supplies unless you have a solid contact already in place in the Bahamas. Often after a disaster, supplies and donations of things can become a secondary disaster. We are hearing that the biggest need is shelter as so many homes/buildings were destroyed or heavily damaged. I am also hearing that there may be evacuations to the East Coast of Florida (Miami/Broward) because the conditions are so dire."






 Dax Ivy Salon will be collecting donations and all tips made. 100% of the donations and tips will be going to the Marco Patriots. They are a local hurricane response team who travel where ever they need to help those left with very little to nothing. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful organization! Thank you and prayers for the people of the Bahamas ???#bahamas #helpthebahamas








Sat 9 AM 
Naples, FL








Marco Island Location:

Affordable Landscaping

941 Windward Drive

Accepting Emergency Disaster Relief Supplies


(Budweiser is providing water)

Suggested items:

small generators / construction repair tools / chainsaws / tarps / medical supplies / diapers / baby food / formula / diaper rash cream / infant-children’s Motrin / Ensure / adult diapers

(we have the ability to purchase food and cleaning supplies in bulk at wholesale pricing)

Financial Donations: If you prefer to donate funds we can accept checks made out to Marco Patriots - please write Bahamas Relief in the memo portion and mail to: PO Box 1909 Marco Island, FL 34146 or drop off to Affordable Landscaping.

Donations may be dropped off during business hours 8am-4pm.














Affordable Landscaping Service & Design, LLC  Our offices located at 941 Windward Dr, Marco Island, FL will be a drop off point to collect donations to help our friends and neighbors in the Bahamas. As we all know the hurricane left destruction and devastation behind so now it is a time when we can truly make a difference. We will be taking items in our trucks on Friday to the east coast because first freight with 14 containers leaves on Saturday. I hope you find it within your heart to help! Thank you and God Bless!






Capri Community Inc. (CCI)
Hurricane Relief Efforts, The Bahamas

The CCI Board would like to ask our fellow Capriers and Marco Island residents to assist us in collecting supplies for our friends in the Bahamas.

The Bahamas sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian. This has caused catastrophic destruction throughout the Abacos and Grand Bahama. Reports of deaths and complete obliteration of cities within these islands is trickling in. We want to do what we can to help this beautiful paradise cope with such devastation.

We are currently collecting medical supplies, tents, tarps, water, protein bars, beef jerky, food that will not spoil, cloths and flip flops. We will update our list as needs arise.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this critical issue in the Bahamas.

We will collect donations/supplies at the Isles of Capri Community Center, 338 Capri Blvd., Naples, Florida 34113. Volunteers are needed at the community center for the hours shown below. Please contact Joyce Beatty, President CCI at 814-403-5366.

The hours are as follows: Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Friday, September 6, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Monday, September 9, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tuesday through Friday September 10-14, 2019


(same hours as shown above).







While we wait for the air and water to get clearance to begin shipping these supplies over, we need to begin staging them in a warehouse and will need large transportation vehicles to assist in moving these items. If today is any indication of what is to come this week, we are going to need to move fast to free up space to receive more donations this week.

Message us if you have any of the following:

Large Warehouse that you can open access for us to stage items.

Access to an airport hangar where we can sort items and get them ready to load on the planes.

Large trucks or moving trucks you are willing to use to assist in transporting or if a moving truck, even let us store on the truck until the weekend when we learn more about where and when these items can be shipped out to the Bahamas.

Thank you everyone.***

Previous updates:

Full donation list of current needs in the comments and below. We will have a graphic available to share shortly!

We will begin accepting donations tomorrow (TUESDAY September 3rd) at 8:00am. Our address is 13240 Tamiami Trail North Suite 205 Naples, FL 34110. Between 8am and 4pm this week.

We will need Rubbermaid style totes and containers with lids to organize and ship these donations.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help us accept and organize the donations, please message us to schedule shifts. Venue Naples will begin accepting donations Tuesday morning and throughout this week .***

We are turning Venue Naples into a dropoff center for donations to the Bahamas in the wake of this storm. We have secured a fleet of boats/yachts from Stokes Marine and Stilwell Enterprises Inc. , over 10 private planes to help us transport everything over once the storm passes (thank Gary Price and Preston & Bruce L Scheiner)

Jerry Nestico has volunteered to start donation pickups from your home or business this week as well. NAPLES INFINITI and Hothouse Music and Productions (Jeremy Robertson, Corey Easterbrook) have also offered to donate vehicles and trailers to help us transport it all when ready. National Chemicals Inc.. for offering to donate pallets of disinfecting cleaner concentrate (over 28,000 gallons worth!)

Many other local businesses offering remote dropoff locations to collect and transport to us in ft myers and Estero. Thank you to Clive Daniel Home, Fort Myers Brewing Company, Tacos & Tequila Cantina, The Village School, Collier County Sheriff's Office, Kava Culture Kava Bar, ARTISAN EATERY, Norman Love Confections (Daniels Pkwy Location) True Fashionistas Designer Resale, CYCLEBAR, Athleta (Waterside Shops), and Master Touch Installations Inc. offering additional dropoff locations.

Together we can make a difference. Please share this message and let’s come together to help anyone in need.

Prayers to anyone in the path of this storm. #venuenaples#prayerstothebahamas #donate #hurricanedorian #abacostrong#bahamasstrong

****Full Donation Drop Off List Venue Naples, 13240 Tamiami Trail N Suite 205 Naples, FL 34110

*Building & Construction Materials 
Rubbermaid Totes/Tubs to Place Cleaned Household Items out of the Water / Mud
Trash Bags 
Leather Work Gloves, 
Paracord Ropes

*Non Perishable Food
Boxed Milk

*Medical Needs/Personal Hygiene/Toiletries
Personal Care Kits with Toothbrushes
Feminine Hygiene Products 
First Aid Supplies 
Hand Sanitizer 
Advil, Tylenol, Motrin 
Hydrogen Peroxide

*Baby Supplies
Baby Wipes
Baby Formula

*Survival Supplies
Mosquito Nets/Bug Repellent 
Emergency/Solar Power Lamps & Lanterns
Coolers - for Ice and Medicine
Air Mattresses
Paper Supplies 
Box Fans, 
Candles and Matches 
Pet supplies and food

*Clothing in Various Sizes
Bed Sheets, Blankets,

*Cleaning Supplies
Mops, Pails, Bleach, Simple Green, Disinfectants,


***If you would rather send monetary donations, please make payable to SWFL Community Foundation and send to our address and we will be sure to get receipts to you.













Disaster Preparedness - Hurricanes / Floods

If you choose to stay while under mandatory evacuation, understand that there will be no official assistance available until wind speeds drop beneath 45 miles per hour. Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below.

If your location is under a mandatory evacuation, locate a shelter and leave the area. Hurricanes are unpredictable and can increase intensity quickly. The jump from a category 3 storm to a category 4 or 5 is very possible and can be catastrophic. Evacuation maps for your area can be found online. Please heed the warnings of local authorities.

Should you choose to stay, or are unable to evacuate, understand that there will be no official assistance available until wind speeds drop beneath 45 miles per hour. Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least SEVEN DAYS. To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit into easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or duffel bags.


The Basics

Things to Have On Hand:

• Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least seven days, for drinking and sanitation Food - at least a seven day supply of non-perishable food requiring minimal preparation water or cooking.

• Shelf-stable (no refrigeration necessary) canned meals, canned protein, MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), granola bars, protein bars trail mix, etc.

• Manual can opener

• Ice

• Extra batteries / external battery for cell phone

• Handwritten list of important phone numbers

• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

• Flashlights + lots of batteries - at least one per person including children

• Battery operated fan

• Battery operated lanterns or candles - no wax candles or propane lanterns inside the house

• Cash (small denominations)

• Credit card

• Identification for re-entry to your neighborhood

• Bleach + eyedropper or water purification tablets


Things to Do:

• Turn Freezer to highest setting

• Organize the freezer so you know where things are to minimize having the door open too long.

• Stuff every available space with water bottles to extend freezer life and cold water to drink

• Place cell phones / laptops / chargers in Ziplock bags

• Know the full address / phone number where you’re staying if not at home

• Place original records & financial documents in Ziplock bags - including all insurance documents - keep these with you at all times Place valuables in Ziplock bags - keep these with you at all times

• Fill all vehicles with gasoline and check tire pressure

• Fill coolers with ice. *Note that washing machines and dishwashers make good makeshift coolers with drainage.

• Fill Ziplock bags with water and freeze - keep in freezer

• Unplug / surge protect computers and cover electronics in water-tight plastic • • • • Remove clothing / shoes from the floors

• Secure outdoor furniture and remove debris / projectiles - if no room indoors, outdoor furniture can be stored in the pool.

• Have a family meeting and have an emergency evacuation plan

• Alert family / friends of your location

• Sign up for CODE RED

• Download the CODE RED app

• Download the suggested apps below


First Aid

Things to Have on Hand:

• First aid kit, alcohol, bandages and Super Glue

• Prescription and non-prescription medications (refill prescriptions if running low)

• Extra eyeglasses / contact lenses / solution

• Anti-bacterial hand gel

• Wipes

• Additional necessary items for the elderly and disabled

• If you are oxygen or insulin dependent, you must have a generator and enough medication for at least seven days


Things to Do

• Know your blood type - if you are RH negative and especially if you could be pregnant, write it on your arm if you don’t wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. You cannot receive RH+ blood.

• If you have a medical condition and don’t wear a Medic-Alert bracelet, write it on your arm

• Write your social security # on your arm

• If anyone in your household is in need of care that relies on electricity, PLEASE move them to a shelter or hospital. DO NOT keep them in your home

• Know where the closest set of AED (Automated External Defibrillator) paddles are located i.e.: Fire Department / School

• Download PulsePoint AED app on your smartphone to find the closest one to you. Please get familiar with this app

• Take the CPR course before hurricane season approaches



Things to Have on Hand:

• Floatation Devices - Life Jackets for each person

• Whistle or air horn to signal for help

• Spray paint to write “HELP” OR “SAFE”

• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air

• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

• Local printed maps

• Sunblock

• Bug spray

• Fire extinguisher


Things to Do:

• Tape emergency phone numbers and Emergency Alert System call letters to your refrigerator / TV / radio - save them to your phone

• Download suggested apps below to your Smartphone

• Secure safe shelter and seek higher ground.

• If a mandatory evacuation is issued, PLEASE follow the instructions of authorities and leave.

• Do not seek shelter inside of stairwells in high rise buildings


Hygiene / Sanitation

Things to Have on Hand:

• Moist towelettes or baby wipes

• Garbage bags and plastic ties

• Large Ziplock bags

• Pitcher to use to flush toilets (or gallon jugs)

• Anti-bacterial hand gel

• Toilet paper

• 5-gallon bucket with lid

• Feminine hygiene items

• Adult diapers

• Disinfectant wipes

• Paper plates, towels and utensils


Things to Do:

• Fill bathtub with water to flush toilets



Things to Have on Hand:

• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

• Plywood to cover windows if you don’t have shutters

• Hammer drill

• TapCons

• Duct Tape

• Plastic sheeting

• Sandbags to place in front of doors in flood zones and to hold down tarps

• Large and medium sized tarps or 8mil contractor plastic sheeting

• Utility knife with extra blades

• Shovel

• Broom

• Squeegee


Things to Do:

Place an extra set of keys in waterproof container


Babies / Children - Keeping small children in an area under mandatory evacuation or a potential storm surge zone is very dangerous. DO NOT DO IT.

Things to Have on Hand:

• Diapers

• Wipes

• Diaper rash cream

• Powdered baby formula

• Extra bottled water

• Baby food Snacks

• Games / toys / books

• Comfort / care items

• Juice boxes

• Life jackets for every child


Things to Do:

• Secure a safe area for children. Preferably one that is category 5 sound, tornado-proof and above 10-15ft storm surge level.

• Bring coloring books, games, puzzles and comfort items

• Teach children about storm safety and how to ‘Shelter in Place’

• Instruct children about a sound evacuation plan

• Ensure children know their parents phone number and how to dial 911

• Create a meeting place if you are separated

• Get CPR certified

• Alert family / friends about current location and alternate location

• Clothing / Bedding


Things to Have on Hand:

• 2-3 complete changes of clothing per person in ZiplocK bags

• 7 pair of undergarments in ZiplocK bags

• Sturdy (waterproof if possible) footwear

• Sleeping bag (or 2 blankets) per person

• Pillows


Pets / Livestock

Things to Have on Hand:

• Water

• Food

• Medication

• Medical records

• Bedding

• One crate per animal

• Floatation devices for each animal

• Toys

• Collars with updated info + contact information


Things to Do:

• If you have multiple and/or exotic pets or if your pet will be difficult to transport in case of emergency PLEASE make arrangements for them ahead of time and DO NOT keep them in the house with you.

• Ensure that each animal is up to date on shots and keep medical records with you • Take pictures of your pets

• Make sure that each animal has owner contact information on their collar or is chipped.

• If you are unable to house horses, cows and other livestock in the case of immediate danger in the state of Florida, please contact Florida Agricultural Center & Horse Park and make reservations by calling 352-307-6699. Also, visit to find an online database of locations and facilities for the temporary relocation of horses. Check your state if not a Florida resident.

• Register your pet for shelter. DAS opens pre-registration for the shelter at the start of hurricane season every year, and it suspends it once a hurricane warning has been issued. Pet owners can register at DAS, 7610 Davis Blvd., East Naples, or online at For information, call 239-252-7387 (PETS) Check your community if not a Florida resident.

• Make a list of pet-friendly hotels by visiting or • Feral cat colonies should be left alone, according to a blog post from the Humane Society of Naples. Feral cats are adept at protecting themselves during a storm by following their instincts to seek shelter and higher ground


Survival Tools and Equipment

Things to Have on Hand:

• Generator

• Gasoline

• Propane

• BBQ grill + charcoal or camping stove

• Canoe / kayak / paddles

• Small boat

• Air boat

• Jet ski

• Coolers

• Lanterns

• Lighters

• Utility knife

• Machete

• Ax

• Chain saw with gas/oil mix


• Satellite Phone

• Flares


Things to Do:

• If you are staying off-grid, please let someone know your address / mile marker

• DO NOT store gasoline inside your home or garage. Place it outside, away from the sun. Use a rope to tie the storage containers together and secure them.


Other Items

Games, books, magazines, puzzles


Helpful Websites / Contact Information

Emergency Phone Numbers

Police / Fire / Ambulance 911 Big

Cypress National Preserve Emergency Dispatch 1-844-677-0911

Disaster Assistance FEMA English / Spanish Region IV (770) 220.5220 #1 Salvation Army (239) 775.9447

American Red Cross (954) 596.6868

Our Daily Bread Food Pantry Marco (239) 394.1646 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Hurricane Center

Marco Island Boat US (800) 391.4869

Boil Water Notices City of Marco Island Twitter @CityofMarcoISL (239) 389-5000

Dry Flood proofing

Emergency Permitting

Fire Chief, Michael Murphy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marco Island CodeRed

Marco Island Fire Rescue - Non-Emergency 239-389-5047 Twitter @MarcoIslandFire Marco

Marco Patriots Facebook Marco Patriots Zello Channel

Marco Urgent Care (239) 624-8540

Physicians Regional (239) 354-6501

Police: (239) 389-5050 Non-Emergency

Tracy Frazzano, Chief of Police, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Report A Power Outage - LCEC (800) 599-2356 or (239) 656-2300

Report A Water Or Sewer Main Break (239) 394-3168

SeaTow (800) 4- SEATOW Secure Your Boat page 12

Storm Surge Map page 3

Teco Gas (239) 690.5508

US Coast Guard Auxiliary - Marco (239) 641.1179