Gather hurricane supplies

Hurricane season is here (June 1 through Nov. 30.) All residents and visitors are encouraged to get prepared by creating a family hurricane plan and assembling a hurricane supply kit. These preparedness steps are the keys to safely weathering a storm, or any other disaster. This eight-week shopping guide identifies the basic items required to […]

NOAA predicts near-normal 2019 hurricane season

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is predicting that a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. This outlook forecasts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season and a 30% chance of a below-normal season. The hurricane season officially extends from June […]

PBC Emergency Management Operation gives advice for older adults

People who are elderly, frail, or disabled (either mentally or physically) may need special assistance from family members, friends or social service agencies. Excessive stress and anxiety can contribute to increased episodes of illness, particularly for persons with heart disease and other conditions. • If an older adult lives in a nursing home, adult congregate […]

Disaster preparedness sales tax holiday begins May 31

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association celebrating more than 80 years of supporting Florida’s retail industry, reminds consumers that May 31 through June 6, is the state’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. During this time period, shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on eligible items and supplies […]

Hendry County hustles to be hurricane-ready

CLEWISTON — The Hendry County commissioners discussed some of the provisions for the looming hurricane season at their meeting May 14, specifically regarding their approximately 40 emergency backup generators located at facilities county wide. A request for proposals had been issued and the submissions opened April 12 as staff took a proactive stance on their […]

Hurricane preparedness seminar informs seniors

PAHOKEE — The Glades Technical Advisory Committee hosted a pre-hurricane season workshop last week at the city’s waterfront marina, geared toward helping to make sure senior citizens are as ready and as well-informed as possible about preparations that will help lessen the impact of the next big storm. The event drew several dozen people, among […]

Supplies collected for hurricane victims

OKEECHOBEE — As east coast residents watched the National Hurricane Center reports for news of Hurricane Florence and prayed for loved ones in the storm’s path, an Okeechobee man decided to do something about it. Wade Hunt, of Painting and Pressure Cleaning By Big Lake, said he and two of his employees were talking about […]

Lake Okeechobee area still recovering from Irma

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY — Although the “picking up the pieces” part of Hurricane Irma cleanup has been over for a good nine months now, the “putting the pieces back together again” part is still ongoing in many places as Florida marks one year this week since the massive storm made multiple landfalls in the state. When […]

1928 Hurricane memorial set for Friday; annual event recalls hundreds of lives lost

PAHOKEE — The City of Pahokee invites the public to join in its annual commemorative ceremony to honor and remember the lives lost in the Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928. This year, the 90th anniversary of that deadly storm, the event is set for 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 14, at Port Mayaca Memorial […]

Disaster 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 Governor 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 […]