Lee County can be a paradise, but along with our year-round sun and warm weather comes the annual threat of hurricanes. According to top forecasters, an above-average 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted.
Each year, the F.I.S.H. of Sanibel hurricane committee volunteer team meets with individuals to provide and review important information, evacuation routes, and emergency plans. They work very closely with the city of Sanibel, Sanibel Police and Lee County Emergency Management to ensure island residents are as prepared as possible in the event of an emergency.
Anyone who has not created a family emergency plan, now is the time to get started. Set aside a closet or an area in your home for storm preparedness storage. There, you can keep items you will need in case disaster strikes, or if you have to evacuate. A hurricane's high winds can cause power outages that last for days, even weeks. Don't forget to stock up on flashlights and batteries.
Hurricane Committee members Helma Reynolds, Sally Ennis, Executive Director, Maggi Finer and Sharon Thomas met to discuss client preparation for TS Isaac in 2012.
If you or someone you know would like to receive the FISH Hurricane Preparedness packet, contact Maggie Goldsmith at FISH. Packets are available at the Walk-In Center after May 5, 2013.