|Published:||Aug 26, 2012 6:10 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 26, 2012 8:01 PM EDT|
PINE ISLAND, Fla. - Preparations on Pine Island. Residents don't need to evacuate, but that didn't stop many from stocking up on sandbags and supplies.
As Isaac moves closer to southwest Florida, many residents we spoke say they remember exactly what Hurricane Charley did here, and are making preparations to be safe rather than sorry.
One sandbag at a time, Charlie Boucherle is lowering his risk of flooding.
"These storms are unpredictable, we've learned that the hard way, I guess," he said.
He's one of many taking advantage of the free 2000 sandbags sitting outside the Pine Island Matlacha Fire District, while inside, Bokeelia resident Hoyt Richberg is one of many who signed up for hurricane handtags. "The motorhome, we dont want to get that flooded, so we're going to leave if we have to...to protect it," he said.
The handtags make it easier for residents to get back on the island if law enforcement decide it's necessary for people to leave.
For those stay, Luretta Sims, owner of Capt'n Con's Fish House says she's not letting Isaac blow away business.
"We're open, we're going to stay right here," she said.
The restaurant along with the entire section of Bokeelia took a hit with Hurricane Charley, but Sims says she wont this storm dampen her mood.
"If we dont have a parking lot, roll up your pants and wade on in!" she said.
If you didn't get a hurricane handtag, and you live on the islands, don't worry. In the case of an evacuation, you will be able to get back on by showing your driver's license.
The hurricane handtags simply speed up the process of people returning home.