provided to The Santiva Chronicle
SanCap Citizens for a Resilient Future, in collaboration with the City of Sanibel, will hold the third community conversation on emerging from Hurricane Ian from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 22 at BIG Arts, 900 Dunlop Rd. No registration is required and the event will be streamed live on Facebook.
In this program, several of the professionals who led the Sanibel, Captiva, and Lee County emergency response to Hurricane Ian will be part of the panel. From the leader of the Lee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to the individuals who first set foot on the islands to rescue and assist hurricane survivors, panelists bring a wealth of experience and insight to this important discussion. With the 2023 hurricane season approaching, this evening’s panel will shed light on the key lessons learned from Hurricane Ian.
Audience members will gain insight into the planning and response approaches that were effective in addressing the impacts of this unprecedented storm event, as well as the key learnings that will inform future planning for hurricane response management. Panelists will also share the lessons they would like community members to take forward as part of their personal planning for future storms.
To set the stage for the night’s discussion, the program hosts will provide an update on the newly formed coalition group known as the SanCap Citizens for a Resilient Future. They will discuss next steps for community involvement, report back on the results of the community survey taken in their first event in March, gather additional community feedback, and preview the mission and goals of the group going forward.
Bob Moore, Co-founder, Sanibel-Captiva Renewable Energy Working Group
Carrie Schuman, Ph.D., Coastal Resilience Manager, SCCF
Dana Souza, Sanibel City Manager
Benjamin Abes, Public Safety Director, Lee County
Kevin Barbot, Fire Chief, Sanibel Fire & Rescue District
William Dalton, Police Chief, City of Sanibel
Maria Espinoza, Executive Director, F.I.S.H. of SanCap
Scott Krawczuk, Deputy Director, Department of Public Works, City of Sanibel
Mike Sawicki, Lieutenant, Lee County Deputy Sheriff