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UPDATE: Sanibel hurricane seminar postponed

By Staff | May 8, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The American Red Cross' Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle.


The city of Sanibel’s Hurricane Seminar scheduled for May 10 has been postponed due to the passing of Sanibel Police Officer Anthony Neri.

Details on the rescheduling of the seminar will be released at a later time, officials reported on May 7.

For more information contact City Manager Judie Zimomra at judie.zimomra@mysanibel.com.



The city of Sanibel will host its annual Hurricane Seminar on May 10 at 11 a.m. at The Community House, with an opportunity to view an American Red Cross response vehicle from 10 to 11 a.m.

The city hosts the informative event to help educate its residents and businesses and the island’s workers about the coming storm season in preparation for it; it is free and open to the public.

This year’s featured speakers and topics will include:

– Dave Roberts, the city of Sanibel’s weather consultant, will provide information on hurricane formation, the categories of tropical systems and dangers of storm surge

– Lee Mayfield, director of Lee County Public Safety and Emergency Management, will explain the county’s responsibilities in dealing with tropical storm systems

– Sandra Tapfumaneyi, operations chief for Lee County Emergency Management, will discuss family emergency planning

– F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe will discuss special needs issues

– Community Services Director Keith Williams will discuss the city’s post-storm recovery plan

– Harold Law, Sanibel building official, will review city building codes

– Police Chief William Dalton will lead the seminar and review the city’s storm plans

Prior to the start of this year’s seminar, the American Red Cross will have its Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle on display for attendees to see and become familiar with.

The American Red Cross has a history of providing help and comfort to people following disasters, including Sanibel after hurricanes. In 1898, Clara Barton used a wagon as an ambulance for her work on the battlefield. In 1984, the organization began to standardize its disaster response vehicles around an ambulance design. Fast forward to 2019, the next generation of response vehicles are now in use.

The new vehicles help provide safe, reliable transportation to volunteers as they work to provide the community with essential relief items. Some enhancements include improved service, rearview cameras, wider windows for improved communication and engagement between workers and the community, higher fuel efficiency, and reduced maintenance costs.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.