|Tips for a firewise home: http://www.floridaforestservice.com/publications/fire_pdfs/firewise_after_storms.pdf
1. At least 30 feet of defensible space around structures. Priority should be given to choosing plants with a high
moisture content. Locate flowers, hedges, etc. away from your house.
3. Keep a shovel, rake & ladder in a readily accessible location and 50-100 feet of garden hosed attached
to an outside faucet.
4. MAKE SURE YOUR HOME ADDRESS IS CLEARLY VISIBLE at the street on a non-combustible sign so
emergency responders can quickly locate your home in an emergency.
5. Keep tree limbs at least 15 feet away from chimney outlets.
6. Replace wood or shake roofs with fire-retardant shingles, metal or tile.
If you are planning an outdoor burn, make sure you are aware of fire laws. NEVER light a fire outdoors until
you are sure it is legal and always use good judgment concerning weather and other conditions that can
influence a fire. Contact the local Division of Forestry office for current rules and regulations. Our local
forestry office is:
Myakka River District/Florida Division of Forestry
4723 53rd Avenue E.
Bradenton, FL 34203
Ph: (941) 751-7627
Manager: Duane Weis (e-mail: email@example.com)
(Obtained from The Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Forestry website, www.fl-
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7. Use automatic timers in your home to turn on lights and a radio at different intervals to make your home
8. Turn down the ringer on your phone as an unanswered phone is a telltale sign you are not at home.
9. Don’t announce your absence on your answering machine message.
10. Leave your blinds and window coverings positioned as you normally do.
11. Be sure to close and lock your garage, gates and outbuildings.
12. Have your valuables engraved with your driver’s license number and, if possible, make a video of the
contents of your home and keep it in a safe deposit box along with a list of your valuables.
13. Ask your neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway.
14. File a travel itinerary with your neighbor or a relative including emergency contact information and
estimated times of departure and return.
*Obtained from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department website
|Security and Community Awareness: Member: Dale Ream: 915-5811
| Disaster Preparedness Are you ready?
The Hurricane season is upon us. It is important to have some kind of
plan to implement, in case of a disaster situation. The Sarasota County
has an extensive disaster website full of information. Everyone in
Florida should be aware of these websites and the services available,
in case a disaster hits the area. Enclosed is the link to the emergency
services/emergency-management4420 “The best time to prepare for a
storm is now. Assemble your emergency kit with enough supplies for
three days or more. Not sure what to pack? Check the Hurricane
Preparedness page for more info:” https://www.scgov.
management/evacuation-centers Myakka Valley Ranches Improvement
Association is very concerned in having an emergency plan in case that
the community is involved in a disaster. The plan is different this year
and the changes are based on the experiences from prior hurricanes.
There will no longer be a hierarchy of captains, commanders, etc.
Instead, everyone who is available is asked to help out. New, more
powerful radios have been bought and are presently stored at Frank
DiCicco’s home. Anyone holding on to the old radios, please return
them to any Board member. The general plan which is subject to
revision, is as follows. In case of an approaching hurricane, please tune
to the weather/news to follow its path. There is also a Facebook page
that contains emergency information: Myakka-Westwood Incident
Response Team. The radios will be at Frank DiCicco’s home and the
meeting point will be there. In case that Frank is out of town, the radios/
meeting point will be notified through e-mail. Board members will also
be notified so they will know the procedure/rallying point. After the
hurricane, if it hits the area, the meeting point will be at Frank’s or
designated area. The persons meeting there will access damages and
teams will be organized depending on need/priorities. Enclosed, is the
list of members who are interested in helping out. If you have any
comments or questions, please feel free to email any Board member
with your request or come to any of the Board meetings to personally
address your concerns. Please see page two for more information.
Based on the experiences from Hurricane Irma in 2017, some
changes were implemented in the current Emergency
Rather than have a chain of command that might/might not be
available, the new approach will consist of available volunteers
who will meet in a specific noted location to organize. This or
these locations will be made known before the event. • There
will be a phone tree available to all volunteers so they can call
or be aware of who is involved. • There will be an attempt to
collect and distribute literature and web links to educate the
MVR residents regarding emergency preparedness. • There
will be a series of articles posted in TNT so residents know
what to do. • New and better radios will be distributed at the
specific site to those volunteers who are present and go the
prearrange locations. Residents will be encouraged to buy
their own radios (more information TBA). • The board’s priority
will be to clear the roads.
Procedures: After the event, volunteers will go to the
prearranged locations at the first light. Make teams
(1chainsaw/2helpers), radio communicator, scouts. There will
be a strongbox with radios/instructions and those will be
handed out to the radio communicator. Deploy to sectors. DO
NOT CUT POWERLINES!!! Teams will report to the group by
radio. If the road cannot be cleared, check homes/residents
beyond for emergencies. If the Bridge is out, determine
Tools: 8 Radios 2 strongboxes Laminated cards with
instructions in the strongboxes. First Aid kit strongbox