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

The scene at Aldi in North Naples on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in advance of Hurricane Irma.

With Hurricane Irma potentially headed toward Florida, Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk on Tuesday called for residents to consider leaving the county for safety reasons.

"If you are planning to leave, please do it now," Rambosk said in a statement on Facebook. "Do not wait."

The sheriff urged residents to leave as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk

According to the Sheriff's Office, you should consider leaving if:

  • You live in a low-lying or flood-prone area.
  • You live in a manufactured home or your home is not rated to withstand at least Category 3 hurricane winds.
  • You are concerned with the structural integrity of your home.
  • You are elderly or have health concerns or special needs.
  • You don’t want to go to a public shelter, which will have limited space.
  • You have no urgent reason to stay.

Residents who plan to leave should:

  • Fill up your vehicle with fuel.
  • Pack important medications and papers.
  • Make plans for your pets.
  • Know where you will go.
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