September brings peak of hurricane season
The hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin (Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) is June 1 to Nov. 30. A storm can occur anytime, however the busiest period is mid-August to mid-October.
• 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. We are still using the purple (residential) and tan (commercial) 2016 passes for 2020. People already issued those passes do not need to apply. For more information, visit mysanibel.com/emergency-management.
• 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 on your cell phones. Even if you were enrolled in the old system, to continue receiving alerts you must sign up for alertLee. Visit mysanibel.com and check the “Quick Links” on the right side.
• 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: The program provides shelter from a tropical storm or hurricane for those who live in a home or area that is not safe from storm surge or wind, and who have no other safe place to go. It also provides transportation to a shelter for those who do not have a way to get there. The program is available to Lee County residents at no cost, but you must pre-register every year. Application processing stops when the county enters the five-day forecast cone of a storm, so submit one now. Island residents can contact F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captive at 239-472-4775 or you can register directly with the county at leeeoc.com.
• Lee County All Hazards Guide: A resource on a variety of topics like preparations, shelters, emergency contacts and more. View it at leeeoc.com or get a hard copy at the following locations: Sanibel Police Department, Sanibel Recreation Center, Sanibel Public Library and The Community House.
• Flood Hazards: The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists the entire city as a Special Flood Hazard Area. Floods kill almost 200 people a year in the United States — 50 percent of those are vehicle related. Remember: Turn Around — Don’t Drown!
For more information, visit mysanibel.com/emergency-management.