County introduces systems to help residents prepare, stay informed
Lee County Emergency Management recently released two new systems to receive notifications in emergency situations. System number one is AlertLee, which is an emergency notification system the public can sign-up for to receive alerts pertaining to emergency situations. System number two is LeePrepares, which is an application the public can download on an Apple or Android devices to assist individuals and families in preparing for and recovering from all types of disasters that may occur.
The city of Sanibel reported that it encourages all residents, property owners, business owners and island workers to download both the LeePrepares App and sign-up for the notifications from AlertLee.
The AlertLee system is Lee County’s mass communication system. The free system allows the county to send out rapid emergency notifications through different communication mediums, such as phone calls, text, e-mail and social media. AlertLee is administered through Lee County Emergency Management. Citizens are alerted in situations pertaining to natural and man-made emergencies. AlertLee replaces CodeRed as the official emergency notification system to notify citizens of emergency information. Those who were previously registered in CodeRed will need to complete a new registration for the county’s new AlertLee system.
For more information, visit member.everbridge.net/index/453003085614948#/login for the official AlertLee website and www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/alerts for Lee County’s Notifications and Resources Page.
– How it will be used
Per Lee County, the AlertLee system will be used in emergency situations such as severe weather, missing persons, evacuation notices, fire or floods and active shooter situations.
– To sign up for AlertLee
When people register for the AlertLee system, they will be given the opportunity to register for Sanibel specific alerts issued by Lee County emergency managers. To sign up for the alerts, visit alertlee.com.
– To verify registration
People can receive a verification e-mail and/or text message on their devices to verify whether they are signed up for the AlertLee system. To do so:
– Go to AlertLee.com
– Select the “Log in” tab and select “Sanibel”
– Sign-in to your AlertLee account
– In the “My Profile” section under “Home,” you will be given the option to select “Send Test Notification”
– Check devices to see if notification was sent
The application assists individuals and families with preparing for and recovering from all types of disasters that may occur. The LeePrepares app includes the following sections: notifications, find my evacuation zone and active evacuations, shelter information, preparedness tools, after the disaster, AlertLee and local weather.
– To download the application
The free application is available to download for both Android and Apple devices in the App stores.
Those who previously downloaded the LeeAlert App on their mobile devices do not need to download the LeePrepares app. Simply go to the app store or Google Play and update the LeeAlert app and the app will automatically change to LeePrepares.
– Shelter information
The application includes a section that lists all of the shelter locations. It will provide notifications once the application is activated.
For more information, contact the Sanibel Police Department at 239-472-3111.
For additional information, call Lee County Emergency Management at 239-533-0622.