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Sanibel, Lee County provide storm updates

By Staff | Aug 29, 2019

At about 9 a.m. today, the city of Sanibel reported that it continues to closely monitor the forecasts for Hurricane Dorian and prepare accordingly.

All Sanibel residents, visitors and businesses are urged to do likewise.

The city reported at the time that Dorian was forecasted to strike the east coast of central Florida on Sept. 2 or Sept. 3 and very slowly move westward toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Based upon the current forecast, all residents, business owners and visitors should:

– Be certain to have a five- to seven-day supply of water and non-perishable food on hand that can be prepared without refrigeration or power.

– All vehicles should be topped with fuel.

– Have adequate cash on hand for five to seven days.

– Refill all prescriptions and have all required medications and medical supplies on hand.

– Removed or take indoors anything on your property that could become a potential projectile in high winds.

The city reported that further updates will be issued as forecasts warrant.

In addition, Lee County provided the following information at about 11:30 a.m. today:

– Lee County Emergency Management staff are actively monitoring Dorian.

– Timing and impacts to Southwest Florida remain unknown at this time.

– The Lee County Emergency Operations Center is not activated.

– County government offices remain open with normal operating hours.

– Visit www.leeeoc.com for complete information about preparing for storm events.

– The updated All Hazards Guide can be viewed at www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/plan/ahg

– Residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertLee, a new notification tool Lee County launched in June, at www.alertlee.com. For more information, as well as the mobile phone app, visit www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/alerts.

– People are also encouraged to download the LeePrepares app on their mobile device. Residents should sign up now so they will be alerted to possible life-saving information during the next hurricane. Having accurate and timely information should be a part of any hurricane plan. Information provided could include hurricane warnings (wind), storm surge warnings (water) and evacuation orders. The LeePrepares app contains preparedness tools to include a family emergency plan, evacuation zone and shelter information and links to various social media sources.

– Lee County DOT crews have prepared drainage systems on the county-maintained roadway network for a heavy rain event. This includes prepping roadway ditches and swales as well as DOT-maintained drainage canals.

– Lee County Natural Resources and DOT both have worked in the last 23 months since Hurricane Irma to clear drainage areas that were impacted by the storm as well as others that were not impacted but were in need of clearing. After the initial post-storm removal of known waterway impediments, the county moved on to conduct flood assessments by watershed areas to identify impediments to storm flow and take care of those that could be handled in the short term.