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Storm seminar, vehicle display rescheduled for June

By Staff | May 17, 2019

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

The city of Sanibel will host its annual Hurricane Seminar on June 14 at 1 p.m. at The Community House, with an opportunity to view an American Red Cross response vehicle from noon to 1 p.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

– Sandra Tapfumaneyi, operations chief for Lee County Emergency Management, will discuss family emergency planning and explain the county’s responsibilities in dealing with tropical storm systems

– 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 the seminar, the Fort Myers American Red Cross office will have its Next Generation Emergency Response Vehicle on display for attendees to see and become familiar with.

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.

A volunteer will be on hand to discuss the vehicle’s purpose and answer questions.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.