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City designated ‘Storm Ready’ by National Weather Service

By Staff | Jul 14, 2009

The City of Sanibel will be officially recognized as Storm Ready by the National Weather Service on Tuesday, July 21 during the City Council’s regular meeting at 9 a.m. in MacKenzie Hall.

Sanibel is just the eighth community in the State of Florida to receive this designation. As part of the city’s storm readiness, Sanibel has 21 trained HAM radio operators and 34 trained Skywarn storm spotters.

Storm Ready is a program sponsored by the National Weather Service to recognize cities, counties and communities that enhance their hazardous weather action plan and demonstrate “readiness” before, during, and after severe weather events.

To be designated as Storm Ready the City of Sanibel was required to meet the following criteria:

Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center

Have redundant communications systems to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public

Create a system that monitors local weather conditions

Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars

Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

The City of Sanibel Police Department continues to evaluate and modify our weather and emergency action plan in respect to training, weather monitoring, warning reception, and local warning dissemination. These factors among others, define a Storm Ready community in the National Weather Service Program. As of July 10, there were 1,476 sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam designated as Storm Ready.

Captiva was designated a “Storm Ready” community in 2008.

All Sanibel residents, property owners and business owners are reminded that now is the time to obtain your 2009 Hurricane Re-Entry Pass from the Sanibel Police Department, located at 800 Dunlop Road. Please call 472-3111 if you have any questions.

Source: City of Sanibel