F.I.S.H. Spotlights Hurricane Preparedness Program

provided to Santiva Chronicle

Every year F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP works with experts from the City of Sanibel, Lee County Emergency Management Coordinator Debbie Quimby and others to discuss and plan for hurricane season, which is from June 1 to Nov. 30. From that collaboration, FISH develops their Hurricane Resource Packet that is available to anyone who requests it.

FISH’s Hurricane Resource Packet provides detailed information on where to go, what to do, and how to prepare in the event of an approaching storm. FISH and a team of volunteers verify evacuation routes, flood zones, hotels with generators and more in order to update the packet.

“The safety of our neighbors is of utmost importance,” said FISH Hurricane Committee Chair Sharon Thomas. “We want to make sure everyone has reliable information on hand in case a storm approaches. Just knowing what to pack and where to go can help alleviate stress and confusion during an emergency.”

Throughout hurricane season, FISH maintains a list of those most vulnerable such as elderly, those with health and medical conditions, and those who are alone. If a storm is approaching, FISH staff, committee members and volunteers will connect with those on their list to confirm evacuation. Anyone who would like to become part of that list can contact Anthony Morales at FISH, 239-472-0404.

FISH stresses the importance of making an evacuation plan, gathering emergency supplies, creating lists of contacts and medicine, and more. Additionally, it is more important now than ever to frequently check in with local officials or FISH to ensure you have the most up to date information as things may change due to COVID-19.

To receive a Hurricane Resource Packet, contact the Walk-In Center at 239-472-0404 or email anthony@fishofsancap.org. Phone calls may be arranged for those who would like more detailed discussion on how to prepare during hurricane season.

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