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Hurricane committee gets ready for 2010

By Staff | Jan 21, 2010

The Captiva Hurricane Preparation and Response Committee held a meeting last week to make plans for 2010, including the structural safety inspection team and Captiva’s StormReady status.

Captiva Island Fire Control District chief Jay Halverson expressed his hopes for the SSI team in the coming year and his interest in recruiting additional volunteers to assist with administrative tasks in the event of an emergency.

Captivans interested in volunteering for the SSI team are required to have had a physical and should contact the fire department, 472-9494.

“Even if you’re not a certified fire fighter, we need people that can direct traffic or get information out or answer phones,” Halverson said.

The committee hopes to have an SSI training session sometime during season.

Committee member Doris Holzheimer also mentioned that the homeowners’ letter for 2010 needs to be updated. The homeowner letter is essential for Captiva property owners because if owners happen to be off-island in the event of a hurricane and want their property to be checked after the storm has passed, the letter will allow a person, as identified in the letter, to be permitted onto the property to check for damage.

Because so few residents send in their letters each year, the committee also discussed contacting local real estate agents through committee member Sherrill Sims and Captiva homeowners associations through member Nathalie Pyle.

Holzheimer and committee member Phyllis Gibson also informed the committee about their recent trip to Ruskin to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility of the National Weather Service in Ruskin, Fla., as part of the committee’s efforts to renew Captiva’s StormReady status that expires on Nov. 13.

Member Beth Oden is currently updating the committee’s Web site, www.MyCaptiva.info, based on suggestions from Holzheimer’s and Gibson’s trip. Pyle also thought it would be helpful to add a link to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation marine laboratory’s RECON to the Web site.

In addition, the committee discussed making the site more specific in instructions on how to prepare for a storm.

As another requirement for renewing Captiva’s StormReady status, a special SkyWarn training session, taught by Daniel Noah of the Ruskin National Weather Service, will be held on Monday, Feb. 8 from 10 to noon at ‘Tween Waters Inn, 15951 Captiva Drive.

All Captivans – and visitors too – that are interested in learning more about weather safety can participate in the SkyWarn training.

Basic training will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and the advanced training will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. People who attended a basic SkyWarn training in the past eligible for Advanced Skywarn training.

People interested in participating in the SkyWarn training are asked to register in advance at the Captiva Fire Department by calling 472-9494.

For more information about the Captiva Hurricane Preparation and Response Committee, visit www.MyCaptiva.info.