One Month Until Hurricane Season, Be Prepared

SC Staff Report | photo by SC Associate Publisher Chuck Larsen

It’s one month until hurricane season and the City of Sanibel reminds residents and businesses to finish any preparations. The city is still using the 2016 purple hurricane reentry pass for residents and the 2016 tan pass for businesses. Anyone with those passes need not to reapply.

The reentry pass easily identifies who and when persons are authorized to return after an evacuation. The pass program is all about safety and security, says the city, therefore getting a pass requires a short application and specific documentation. Commercial and residential applications are available at the city’s website,

Completing a pre-formated family emergency plan makes it your family’s emergency plan. Following it will provide safety and improve your quality-of-life during the event. The plan is available on the county’s website,

AlertLee is an emergency notification system that replaced CodeRed in July 2019. Both the city and county use this tool to send targeted emergency alerts. Alerts can be received on multiple devices, including smartphones. Sign up at the city’s website,

The special needs program provides shelter from a tropical storm or hurricane for those who live in a home or area that is unsafe from storm surge or wind, and who have no other safe place to go. It also provides transportation to a shelter. The program is available to Lee County residents at no cost, but pre-registration is required. The application process ceases when the county enters a five-day forecast cone of a storm, so submit an application now.

Sanibel and Captiva residents should contact FISH of SanCap at 239-472-4775 to pre-register for the special needs program.

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