Tips for a firewise home:
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.
    2.        Keep roof and gutters free of accumulated leaves and debris.
    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:
    (Obtained from The Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Forestry website, www.fl-
    MVRIA TIP LINE PH#: (941) 724-MVIA (6842)
    More security tips:
    7.        Use automatic timers in your home to turn on lights and a radio at different intervals to make your home
    seem occupied.
    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.  

    MVRIA Emergency Preparedness February 2018

    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
    alternate routes.  

    Tools: 8 Radios 2 strongboxes Laminated cards with
    instructions in the strongboxes.  First Aid kit strongbox

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