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Sanibel fire district covers evacuation orders

By SFD - | Jul 30, 2021

The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District reported that evacuating one’s home can be a scary situation.

In an emergency evacuation, it is important to leave the building or area safely and as quickly as possible. When one is ordered, it is because life-threatening conditions are or will be present.

Residents and visitors need to be aware of how and when to evacuate.

The following is a list of various evacuations:

– Fire alarm: Fire alarms are a good indicator of a potential fire in a building or the surrounding area. If you are able to visibly see or hear an alarm, you should quickly leave the area.

– Evacuation alert: If an evacuation alert has been issued, the district encourages those in the area to consider planning or packing, in the event an evacuation becomes necessary.

– Evacuation warning: This means there is a high possibility an evacuation will be ordered.

– Mandatory evacuation order: Individuals of the affected area will be asked to leave within a specified time period. Evacuation orders are swiftly and carefully determined by highly qualified leadership.

“Fire alarms are the first level of defense when it comes to evacuating,” Division Chief of Fire Prevention Larry Williams said. “When firefighters are dispatched to the fire alarm, if residents have evacuated the building, crews are able to focus on locating the cause of the alarm activation.”

The public is encouraged to follow all orders as it could mean the difference in life or death.

“On July 7, 2021, at 7:10 a.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire at Pointe Santo de Sanibel Condos. Crews worked together and were able to quickly extinguish the fire with no injuries,” Deputy Chief Kevin Barbot said. “During the incident, we witnessed residents unwilling to evacuate the building. This is highly concerning because the safety of those residents are now in jeopardy.”

For more information on evacuations, visit https://www.ready.gov/evacuation.

For questions on fire alarms, contact Williams at LWilliams@SanibelFire.com.