Hurricane Irma Emergency

September 2017

Friday, September 15 – 12:30 PM

LWFC is reaching out to Immokalee

In the wake of Hurricane Irma we learned that our neighbors in Immokalee have been hit hard by Irma and some of it’s residents have been without food and other essentials for days. State Representative Byron Donalds has approached us to see what help we could provide.

Living Word Family Church is receiving donations to take to Immokalee on a daily basis. We are in need of:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Canned pasta meals
  • Baby Food
  • Kids Snacks
  • Pedicure Baby Formula
  • Electrolyte drinks
  • Granola bars
  • Animal crackers
  • “Cheez-it”s
  • Cooked rice

Please note; We can’t receive any items other than non-perishable and pre-packaged items.

We will be receiving donations at the Church (10190 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL 34120) during the following times:

Friday, September 15, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

We will post further updates on this outreach frequently.

Friday, September 8 – 10:40 AM

Services Cancelled Sunday

We have decided to go ahead and cancel all services on Sunday, September 10th. This includes all NaplesKids and The Difference Youth services as well as Growth Track.

Church Office Hours

At this point, the church offices will be closed Friday, September 8th through Monday, September 11th.

No Shelter at Church

Living Word Family Church is not currently an approved shelter. Updates will be available on our website. A list of the approved shelters in the community is below.

Collier County Emergency Operations Center

  • The Collier County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) fully activated at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, in response to Hurricane Irma.
  • The Collier County Information Hotline also opened at 8 a.m. and will remain active 24-hours a day until the EOC deactivates. Residents with questions may call the Hotline at (239) 252-8444 (within Collier County residents may dial 311).

Evacuation Notices:

  • Mandatory evacuations will go into place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, for Goodland, Everglades City and Chokoloskee. Hurricane Irma has the potential to induce dangerous and damaging storm surge in those areas.
  • Residents of mobile homes throughout Collier County, especially those east of Collier Boulevard (S.R. and C.R. 951), are strongly advised to evacuate to a hardened structure or to an emergency shelter.

Community Shelter Locations

Those who plan to use emergency shelters should take any necessary medications, cell phone chargers, toiletries, favorite snacks and anything else they need to be comfortable.

  • A special needs only shelter will open at Palmetto Ridge High School, 1655 Victory Lane, Naples, Florida 34120, at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, for electrically dependent or bed ridden pre-registered clients who require nursing care. A family member or caregiver is asked to accompany the special needs person at the shelter.
  • General population shelters will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at the following locations. (Note: lunch will not be served)
  • Immokalee High School, 701 Immokalee Drive, Immokalee, Florida 34142 (no pets)
  • Immokalee Middle School 401 N. 9th St., Immokalee, Florida 34142 (pets allowed)
  • Cypress Palm Middle School, 4255 18th Ave. NE, Naples, Florida 34120 (pets allowed)
  • North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, Florida 34109 (pets allowed – please note that due to preregistration, this shelter is full and will not accept anyone who is not already registered)
  • Gulf Coast High School, 7878 Shark Way, Naples, Florida 34119 (no pets)
  • Oak Ridge Middle School, 14975 Collier Blvd., Naples, Florida 34119 (no pets)
  • Lely High School, 1 Lely High School Blvd., Naples, Florida 34113 (no pets)

Note the shelters at Immokalee Middle, Cypress Palm and North Collier Regional Park will be pet friendly for vaccinated and crated dogs and cats only. Pet owners must bring their vaccination records, the appropriate size kennel for their animals, food and water for a minimum of three days, bowls and all supplies including waste bags and litter. When taking pets outside, they must remain leashed, and pet owners are responsible for picking up pet waste. There must be a family member or care taker of the pet present in the shelter always.

Collier Area Transit

To facilitate transportation to and from the county’s emergency shelters, Collier Area Transit fares will be waived beginning Friday, Sept. 8, until the emergency shelters close. Buses with routes close to open shelters will deviate to take residents who need a ride to the shelter.

Wednesday, September 6 – 9:30 PM

Video Update by Pastor Paul on the Hurricane Irma Impacts on Living Word Family Church.

Living Word Family Church

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Sunday: 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 AM
Wednesday: 7:00 PM

10910 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL, 34120