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City outlines storm season emergency tools, information

By Staff | Aug 7, 2019

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The city of Sanibel reported that the hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin – Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico – runs from June through November. A storm can occur anytime, however the busiest period is mid-August to mid-October.

– AlertLee: This new emergency notification system is replacing CodeRed. Both the city and county use this tool to send targeted emergency alerts. You can receive alerts on multiple devices in your home and/or on your cell phones. Even if you were enrolled in the old system, to continue receiving alerts you must sign up for AlertLee. Go to the city’s website mysanibel.com and visit the “Quick Links” tab.

– Hurricane Reentry Pass: Our reentry pass easily identifies who and when persons are authorized to return after an evacuation. The reentry pass program is all about safety and security, therefore getting a pass requires a short application and specific documentation. The passes are issued all year-long: do not wait until a storm threatens to get one. The city is using the purple residential and tan commercial 2016 passes for 2019. People already issued those do not need to apply. Visit mysanibel.com/emergency-management.

– Family Emergency Plan: Completing this pre-formatted plan makes it your family’s emergency plan. Following it will provide safety and improve your quality-of-life during the event. The plan is on the county’s website at leeeoc.com.

– Special Needs Program: Provides shelter from a tropical system to those who live in a home that isn’t safe from storm surge or wind, and who have no other safe place to go. It can also provide transportation to a shelter if needed. The program is available to Lee County residents at no cost, but you must pre-register every year. Registration is suspended when the county enters the five-day forecast cone of a storm, so do it now. The Sanibel Police Department urges the islands residents to register via F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captiva at 239-472-4775 or directly with the county at leeeoc.com.

– Lee County All Hazards Guide: A great resource on a variety of topics like preparations, shelters, emergency contacts and more. View it at leeeoc.com or get a hardcopy at the following Sanibel locations: City Hall, Sanibel Recreation Center, Sanibel Public Library and The Community House.

– Flood Hazards: The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists the entire city of Sanibel as a Special Flood Hazard Area. Floods kill almost 200 people a year in the United States and 50 percent of those are vehicle related. Remember: Turn Around – Don’t Drown.

For information, visit mysanibel.com/emergency-management.