City to conduct hurricane drill Saturday
The City of Sanibel has begun preparing for this year’s upcoming hurricane season. On Saturday, June 10, the city will conduct hurricane exercises in the Beachview subdivision to test emergency measures that would occur both before and after the landfall of a major storm. Exercise participants will be wearing fluorescent green T-shirts. The exercise will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at noon.
There will be a high police presence in the Beachview neighborhood on Saturday. Police Chief William Dalton stated, “We will be testing our capacity to conduct a post evacuation order, as well as post door-to-door check of every resident on Sanibel. Additionally, we will be testing our capacity to conduct damage assessments of residences after a storm with our structural safety inspectors.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an above average hurricane season this year. The Sanibel Police Department reminds all residents that it is important to be prepared to evacuate in the event of a major storm. For more information on Sanibel Hurricane Preparedness call the Sanibel Police Department at (239) 472-3111.
The City of Sanibel is requesting that all residents, property owners, business owners, property managers and their essential personnel keep the current Hurricane Re-Entry Hangtag Passes (purple and tan), that were issued for the 2016 hurricane season. For those who did not obtain a 2016 pass, applications are still available at the Sanibel Police Department, 800 Dunlop Road, or from the City of Sanibel’s Emergency Management webpage.