• Video: View from the Naples Daily News building
    Video: View from the Naples Daily News building
  • Watch it: Gov. Rick Scott on Hurricane Irma as storm approaches Marco Island.
    Watch it: Gov. Rick Scott on Hurricane Irma as storm approaches Marco Island.
  • Hurricane Irma: View from Vanderbilt Beach
    Hurricane Irma: View from Vanderbilt Beach
  • Hurricane Irma: Neighborhood off Bonita Beach Road
    Hurricane Irma: Neighborhood off Bonita Beach Road
  • Video: Hurricane Irma update from Station 72
    Video: Hurricane Irma update from Station 72
  • Hurricane Irma video: View from Immokalee, Florida on Sept 10
    Hurricane Irma video: View from Immokalee, Florida on Sept 10
  • Hurricane Irma video: National Guard arrives in Collier County
    Hurricane Irma video: National Guard arrives in Collier County
  • Drone video: Evacuees arrive at Florida shelter
    Drone video: Evacuees arrive at Florida shelter
  • Evacuees seek shelter at Germain Arena
    Evacuees seek shelter at Germain Arena
  • Hurricane Irma video: Resident living in retirement facility evacuated
    Hurricane Irma video: Resident living in retirement facility evacuated
  • Hurricane Irma: A mile of patience at evacuation center
    Hurricane Irma: A mile of patience at evacuation center
  • Hurricane Irma video: People wait in line at shelter in Immokalee, Florida
    Hurricane Irma video: People wait in line at shelter in Immokalee, Florida
  • Hurricane Irma video: Long wait at Germain Arena shelter in Estero
    Hurricane Irma video: Long wait at Germain Arena shelter in Estero
  • Watch it: Gov. Rick Scott discusses Hurricane Irma. (Sept. 8)
    Watch it: Gov. Rick Scott discusses Hurricane Irma. (Sept. 8)
  • Mandatory evacuations announced for Collier
    Mandatory evacuations announced for Collier
  • Fort Myers Beach prepared, not panicked for Hurricane Irma
    Fort Myers Beach prepared, not panicked for Hurricane Irma
  • Video: Scene from Lely HS hurricane shelter
    Video: Scene from Lely HS hurricane shelter
  • Hurricane Irma: Free sand and wood at south Fort Myers store
    Hurricane Irma: Free sand and wood at south Fort Myers store
  • Video: Hurricane Irma update for Friday night
    Video: Hurricane Irma update for Friday night
  • Fort Myers families flock to shelters ahead of Hurricane Irma
    Fort Myers families flock to shelters ahead of Hurricane Irma
  • Video: Scene at Lely High School
    Video: Scene at Lely High School
  • Video: Line for hurricane shelter in Collier
    Video: Line for hurricane shelter in Collier
  • Video: Sept. 8 updates during Hurricane Irma
    Video: Sept. 8 updates during Hurricane Irma
  • Video: Marco Island issues mandatory evacuation
    Video: Marco Island issues mandatory evacuation
  • Florida Highway Patrol escorts fuel trucks across state
    Florida Highway Patrol escorts fuel trucks across state
  • Hurricane Irma: Largest evacuation in history taking place
    Hurricane Irma: Largest evacuation in history taking place
  • Video: Hurricane coverage plans
    Video: Hurricane coverage plans
  • Hurricane Irma: How to charge cell phone in an emergency
    Hurricane Irma: How to charge cell phone in an emergency
  • Hurricane Irma: Storm before the big storm
    Hurricane Irma: Storm before the big storm
  • Hurricane Irma: Thursday afternoon update from a RaceTrac in Fort Myers
    Hurricane Irma: Thursday afternoon update from a RaceTrac in Fort Myers
  • Hurricane Irma: Line at Grill and Fill in Naples
    Hurricane Irma: Line at Grill and Fill in Naples
  • Hurricane Irma: Bonita Springs news conference on Thursday, Sept 7
    Hurricane Irma: Bonita Springs news conference on Thursday, Sept 7
  • Governor Rick Scott speaks on Hurricane Irma
    Governor Rick Scott speaks on Hurricane Irma
  • Irma: Supplies dwindle as shoppers stock up
    Irma: Supplies dwindle as shoppers stock up
  • Video: Collier County Commission declares a state of emergency
    Video: Collier County Commission declares a state of emergency
  • Video: Lowe's off Airport-Pulling receives more wood
    Video: Lowe's off Airport-Pulling receives more wood
  • Video: Long line at Sam's Club
    Video: Long line at Sam's Club
  • Video: Crews install aluminum siding at Naples City Hall
    Video: Crews install aluminum siding at Naples City Hall
  • Video: Water shipment gone in about 10 minutes
    Video: Water shipment gone in about 10 minutes
  • Hurricane Irma: No water at Publix frustrates customers
    Hurricane Irma: No water at Publix frustrates customers
  • Fort Myers has sand but bring your own bags
    Fort Myers has sand but bring your own bags
  • Hurricane Irma: Lines at Costco gas station in Naples
    Hurricane Irma: Lines at Costco gas station in Naples
  • Hurricane Irma: The scene at Sam's Club in North Naples
    Hurricane Irma: The scene at Sam's Club in North Naples
  • Hurricane Irma: The scene at Lowes in Naples
    Hurricane Irma: The scene at Lowes in Naples
  • Preparing for Hurricane Irma: Scene at Home Depot
    Preparing for Hurricane Irma: Scene at Home Depot
  • Preparations for Hurricane Irma are underway
    Preparations for Hurricane Irma are underway
  • Hurricane Irma shelters open and get busy
    Hurricane Irma shelters open and get busy
  • Hurricane Irma: Downtown Fort Myers readies
    Hurricane Irma: Downtown Fort Myers readies
  • Hurricane Irma: Fort Myers Beach under mandatory evacuation
    Hurricane Irma: Fort Myers Beach under mandatory evacuation
  • Hurricane Irma - Tropical Trailer Park
    Hurricane Irma - Tropical Trailer Park
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UPDATE:The City of Marco Island declared a state of emergency on Wednesday evening.  

The City of Marco Island has issued a voluntary evacuation recommendation. By leaving early, Marco Island citizens can avoid what is expected to be a large scale evacuation of southwest Florida.

The city recommends that residents and visitors utilize the additional time to evacuate in advance of significant traffic delays as well as major damage to property.

Collier County has issued a similar recommendation. Enact your plan now.

More: Southwest Florida gas stations prepare for lines as Irma nears

More: Hurricane Irma: Families race to grocery, hardware stores for emergency supplies

More: It's too late to get flood insurance for Hurricane Irma

More: Collier, Lee schools to close Thursday, Friday ahead of Hurricane Irma

Additional information:

  • The city is actively preparing for Hurricane Irma.  We are working with our local, county and state partners to ensure safety in the upcoming storm.
  • Monitor trusted weather sources (National Weather Service, Collier Emergency management, TV, and Radio).
  • Monitor City of Marco Island website and Twitter accounts (Police Fire, City).  A new section of the city’s website is will be deployed today.
  • Sign up for Code Red (Link is on Marco Island City website).
  • No re-entry stickers are required for residents or visitors. Carry an ID, tax bill, vehicle registration or other documents that links you to the island.
  • Businesses should create letters listing employees and employees should carry an ID.
  • Bridges will not be closed unless they incur structural damage.
  • City water and sewer services should be available throughout but the facilities are exposed to weather and could be damaged.  Some lines could be closed if damaged or to prevent damage.
  • There will not be any evacuation shelters on Marco Island.
  • If you have the ability to evacuate early, we recommend doing so as soon as practical as roadways will become congested and hotels will fill quickly.  No off island shelters have been established at this time.
  • When evacuating please remember to take important documents, prescription medicine, and other important supplies.
  • The City of Marco Island is not providing sand bags to citizens.

More: Collier County Sheriff Rambosk: 'Do not wait' to leave before Hurricane Irma

More: Hurricane Irma: Gov. Rick Scott urges Floridians to 'prepare for the worst'

Special needs:

Collier County Emergency Management in collaboration with the State of Florida maintains a “Special Needs Registry”. In the event of a hurricane, Collier County along with the Collier County Health Department will strive to provide special medical sheltering and/or transportation to a special needs shelter. If you prefer to submit your registration on-line, please visit snr.floridadisaster.org and select “Collier County” in the drop down menu along with your preferred language to begin.

Pet shelters:

Please go the Collier County Domestic Animal website for additional information.

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