Chief's Corner


Chief – David Howard

Greetings from your Iona McGregor Fire District,

As our peak tourist season ends and our summer weather arrives; it leads us into Hurricane Season. This timeframe of potentially increased weather events lasts from June 1st through November 30th each and every year. While we anticipate its arrival and are quite often aware of activity in the tropics, many are often ill prepared for such an incident. Additionally, when our area goes years and years without any significant weather occurrences, we often become complacent about hurricane preparation!

The men and women of the Iona McGregor Fire District urge every citizen within our boundaries and beyond to make preparations for and be aware during Hurricane Season.

Here are some suggestions:

The Fire District strongly urges you to prepare a hurricane kit with batteries, flashlights, canned food, a manual can opener, enough water for 3 days per person, copies of important documents, a list of medications, names of family members, insurance information, games for children, baby supplies, insulin supplies, a grill or small propane cooker, propane, pet supplies, and any other important items related to your personal survival. Additionally, consider the use of a weather radio that will alert you to any pending weather related situations.

Candles are not a suggested light source as they can easily cause a fire.

If you use a generator, please keep it OUTSIDE and at least 20 feet from any opening into the home.  Install a carbon monoxide detector at the opening to the home where the generator is kept.

If an evacuation is ordered or advised, we highly suggest that you leave. The storm's track will determine which way you should travel.  Leave your home secure, take important documents with you, and leave a number where you can be reached in a sealed baggie on the refrigerator.  Let neighbors know where you are going.  Make arrangements to take your pets with you, but most importantly travel safe and travel prepared!

If you choose to stay and bunker down for the storm, it's important for you to know that the Fire District will close our doors once the winds reach 45 mph.  We will take emergency calls and write them down.  Once the winds decrease under 45 mph and we deem it safe for our firefighters to go out, the calls we received will be prioritized by emergent importance and our crews will respond accordingly. It's also important for you to prepare your home and be prepared as there may not be utilities for a couple days to a couple weeks depending on the severity of the storm.  It's important for you to be very prepared to be on your own for a while before help can arrive.  Having a generator will help, flashlights, food that can be eaten without being heated and other items as part of a Storm Preparation Kit (see Public Education page) will make things easier on you and your family if such a storm comes our way.

We will continue to be here when you need us, but your personal preparation reduces that need and potentially saves your life and that of your familiy's. Let us all meet in the best of times and avoid meeting in the worst possible moment!

Yours in Safety,

David Howard

Fire Chief