Fire officials offer islands guidance as Eta rolls through
As Tropical Storm Eta moves along the coastline bringing strong rains and winds, the Sanibel and Captiva fire districts are advising locals and visitors on what to do and what not to do.
Sanibel Fire and Rescue District Fire Chief William Briscoe reminded the public to stay inside during these hazardous conditions.
“We are asking residents of Sanibel to stay calm, stay inside and stay off the roads,” he said. “Winds are still causing debris along roadways, and the fewer cars on the road will help with our emergency response.”
Briscoe noted that the current conditions will continue until Eta is well to the island’s north.
“Emergency personnel are ready for all emergencies,” he said. “Hurricane preparedness is a part of our emergency training – we will get through this together.”
In the case of an emergency, dial 911.
At the Captiva Island Fire Control District, Fire Chief Jeff Pawul advised locals and visitors to stay away from downed powerlines, to avoid driving into flood waters and to heed warnings.
“We are experiencing very high tides and localized flooding as with any storm event,” he said.
“We have not issued any further warnings or evacuations for the islands,” Pawul added.