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City of Sanibel hurricane seminar set for 2017 season

By Staff | May 22, 2017

The City of Sanibel will sponsor the 2017 Hurricane Seminar in an effort to educate residents, property owners, business owners, and island workers.

The seminar is free and reservations are not required. It’s important that everyone receives the current information by either attending the seminar, or watching the seminar video that will be on the city website a few weeks afterwards. Main topics being covered are the 2017 hurricane predictions, family hurricane planning, the use of social media in emergencies, and City of Sanibel building codes.

The seminar will be held at the BIG Arts Center, 900 Dunlop Road, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, May 26.

Featured speakers:

* Dave Roberts, the City of Sanibel’s weather consultant, will provide weather related information on hurricane formation, dangers associated with different categories of hurricanes, and the dangers of storm surge.

* Jim Bjostad, Lee County Emergency Management Program manager, will explain the county’s responsibilities, review family hurricane planning, and discuss the role of social media in emergency management.

*Maggie Goldsmith, F.I.S.H. director of operations and grants, will discuss special needs issues on Sanibel.

* Harold Law, City of Sanibel building official, will review city building codes.

* Lt. Buikema, Sanibel Emergency Management director, will lead the seminar and discuss city plans.

* Sanibel Chief of Police William Dalton will be in attendance and available to residents, businesses and the community for any other discussions.

For questions contact Buikema at (239) 472- 3111.