Operation Storm Watch

Welcome to our “Operation Storm Watch” page’ WENG Radio has created this page to guide you through the 2024 hurricane season in Sarasota and Charlotte County, Florida.  At WENG, we understand the vital role that local radio plays in times of crisis, serving as a lifeline for our community when communication is paramount. From timely weather updates and evacuation notices to expert insights and community resources, our station stands ready to be your constant companion throughout the impending storms. Join us as we navigate the challenges of the upcoming hurricane season together, ensuring that you have the information and support you need to weather any storm.

Sarasota County, Florida

Emergency Management officials recommend updating emergency plans, ensuring contact information is current, refreshing disaster supply kits and checking in on neighbors if possible, especially those new to the area.

A crucial part of a preparedness plan is purchasing flood insurance as homeowners’ and renters’ insurance may not cover flood damage. Learn more about flood insurance floodsmart.gov/find.

For information about how to prepare for hurricane season and available resources such as the disaster preparedness guide, visit scgov.net/beprepared.

Know Your Risk and Your Home: Evacuation plans are crucial in knowing where to go if a home is not safe and should include knowing when to evacuate. According to Sarasota County Emergency Management officials, there may be risk for storm surge even if water can’t be seen from home.

Check and memorize your hurricane evacuation level. Enter your address in the map online at scgov.net/beprepared to learn your level.

Manufactured homes, RVs, boats and homes that are not able to withstand strong winds or heavy rains are not safe during a hurricane. Mobile homes, boats and RVs are always in evacuation level A, regardless of where they are in the county.

Be Prepared: Create an evacuation plan, a communications plan, and a disaster kit that fits the specific needs of a household, including pets, for up to 10 days.

Learn more about sales tax holidays for select disaster preparedness and home hardening supplies at floridarevenue.com.

Residents in low-lying areas, barrier islands manufactured homes and boats should prepare an evacuation plan and know where they will go in the event they need to leave their home.

Those not in an evacuation level with homes built to code after 2002 may be more comfortable sheltering in place, but should still be prepared for power outages or flooding.

Have a well-supplied disaster kit as resources and support may not be available within the first week of a storm.

Those with qualifying medical needs should complete the Medically Dependent online application. Online applications will stop being accepted at 48 hours prior to expected impact of a storm.

Those who need transportation to an evacuation center should fill out the online form. The registration process will close when a storm’s landfall is expected within 72 hours.

Keep vehicle’s gas tanks at least half full throughout hurricane season to ensure having enough fuel to evacuate to avoid gas shortages and waiting in long lines before a storm. Electric vehicles should be moved away from homes.

Stay Informed: Sign up for Alert Sarasota County or the Sarasota County emergency newsletter to stay informed in the event of an emergency on scgov.net.

Monitor local media and Sarasota County social media accounts for important preparedness information. Follow directions of local officials and have a flashlight and battery-operated or hand-crank radio available in the event the power goes out.

For more information on how to prepare for hurricane season, visit scgov.net/beprepared or call 311 in Sarasota County.

Charlotte County, Florida

Alert Charlotte Emergency Alert Program

Get alerted about emergencies by signing up for Alert Charlotte. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

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You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.

Sign up or Login on Alert Charlotte.

If we can’t REACH you, we can’t ALERT you!

re is a link to complete information regarding Hurricane safety and preparation for Charlotte County.

https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/departments/public-safety/emergency-management/index.stml

Know Your Zone

​Evacuation Zones are not based solely on the elevation of your residence. The Zones are determined using data provided by the National Hurricane Center, elevation, and evacuation routes. Storm surge does no correlate with the category of the storm.

Do not base your decision to remain in your residence on storm category. Your decision should be based on the recommendations of the Office of Emergency Management. Know where you will evacuate to in advance and leave well before the storm. Since Charlotte County has very low elevation and is surrounded by water, it may not be possible to open any shelters in the County so make plans to evacuate to another area.

There are five Evacuation Zones:
  • A – Red
  • B – Orange
  • C – Yellow
  • D – Green
  • E – Purple

https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/departments/public-safety/emergency-management/know-your-zone.stml

In addition to the Charlotte County Emergency Management website, there are several ways to get information from the Office of Emergency Management:

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National Weather Service

National FEMA Alerts for Smartphones. Short text messages to alert you of imminent threats, amber alerts, and presidential alerts. You will be alerted no matter where you are in the nation. If you are near a cell tower that is being alerted, you will get it on your cell. Additional information on Wireless Emergency Alerts.

Weather Radio: This valuable device can save your life by alerting you of approaching hazardous weather. They can be bought locally and programmed for Charlotte County alerts only if you chose. Charlotte County FIPS code is 012015. This service is provided by the National Weather Service. The alert is tested every Wednesday.

Local Radio Stations

  • WCCF AM 1580
  • WENG AM 1530, FM 98.1, FM 107.5
  • WIKX FM 92.9
  • WBCG FM 98.9
  • WCVU FM 104.9
  • WINK FM 96.9
  • WCKT FM 100.9

Go to www.ontheradio.net​ for more information.

Local TV Stations

Over the air stations (antenna):
  • Wink 11.1
  • WBBH 20.1
  • WZVN 26.1
  • WWSB 40.1
  • WFTX 36.1

Charlotte County TV (CC-TV) on Comcast Channels 20 & 97.

Or you can stream CC-TV live from your computer.

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