UPDATE: City declares local state of emergency
In a special meeting today, the Sanibel City Council voted 4-0 to approve an emergency proclamation and resolution declaring a state of local emergency for the city; Vice Mayor Mick Denham had an excused absence. According to the document, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 26 counties in Florida on Aug. 28; DeSantis amended his declaration on Aug. 29 to include all 67 counties in the state. The document also notes that Lee County announced today its intent to declare a state of emergency.
At about 9 a.m. today, the city of Sanibel reported that it continues to closely monitor the forecasts and prepare in the event of impacts from Hurricane Dorian.
All residents, business owners and visitors are encouraged to do the same.
As predicted, Dorian continues to slow down and strengthen. At that time, there was consistency in the prediction models expecting Dorian to enter the state of Florida followed by a curvature to the west. The location where Dorian will enter the state and where the storm will make the curvature to the west remains unknown.
At 2 p.m. today, the Sanibel City Council will meet to receive a briefing from city staff on the status of preparations. The meeting can be heard live at www.mysanibel.com under “Agenda & Minutes.”
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge will close as of Aug. 31 to prepare for the storm.
The Sanibel Recreation Center will be open on Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At this time, 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.