Lee County Emergency Management has many free tools to help residents prepare for hurricanes and other emergency situations including:
The LeePrepares app is a mobile app (available in Google Play and the App Store) that assists individuals and families with preparing for and recovering from all types of disasters that may affect the community.
AlertLee is an emergency notification system that allows registered users to receive telephone, text, and/or email alerts related to natural or man-made emergencies.
The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is proud to partner with America’s Boating Club Cape Coral to offer a “Hurricanes and Boats” seminar.
This FREE event will be on Wednesday, May 19 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Cape Coral Yacht Club Ballroom, located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway. The seminar is open to all boat owners in Lee County and advanced registration is not required.
The “Hurricanes and Boats” seminar, which is part of America’s Boating Club’s new boater education series, will cover things that boaters need to plan for in order to protect their boats before the start of hurricane season.
Topics will include a look at the most important items to consider based on the type of boat and where it is normally kept, as well as what equipment and supplies are needed when a hurricane strikes. Presenters will also discuss having the right insurance coverage and how to receive assistance if one’s boat is kept in a marina.
Members of America’s Boating Club Cape Coral will be on hand to answer questions after the seminar and volunteers will be available to schedule complimentary vessel safety checks to ensure a boat has all the required safety equipment on board.
America’s Boating Club Cape Coral has been an active part of the Cape Coral Community since 1964. They have classrooms where they teach a variety of boating classes including America’s Boating Course. Graduates of the class earn a State of Florida Boater’s Education I.D. Card. In addition, members participate in a variety of social and community service activities, including a life jacket loaner program.
For more information about America’s Boating Club Cape Coral, visit www.ccaps.org.
For more information on the Cape Coral Yacht Club and upcoming Cape Coral Parks and Recreation activities, visit www.CapeParks.com.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down in Cape Coral with winds of about 95 miles per hour around 7 a.m.
There are no reports of injuries. At least a dozen homes were damaged (ranging from minor to significant damage) in the area surrounding the 1900 block of NW 26th Avenue.
The Cape Coral Fire Department has checked on residents in the area and the Police Department and other partner agencies are working in this area to assess damage and assisting with traffic issues and downed power lines.
Cape Coral Emergency Management is continuing to actively monitor Hurricane Dorian. The Cape Coral EOC has activated to a Level III. A Level III activation is a partial activation that involves enhanced monitoring of the storm, which has the potential for escalation. While Lee County has declared a local state of emergency, the City of Cape Coral has not declared a local state of emergency. We are prepared to do so, if necessary.
“We are prepared as a City. I urge our residents to also be prepared,” said Mayor Joe Coviello. “I recommend that the community be informed, be ready and be calm.”
Pulmonary Consultants of Southwest Florida has partnered with Lee County Emergency Management by offering applications to patients for the Special Needs Program — a backup hurricane evacuation plan that assigns individuals to one of three types of shelters.
“Pulmonary Consultants knows that people with lung disease or other conditions need a backup plan of action to survive in the event of a hurricane or another major weather event. Our participation in this local initiative is my team’s way of giving patients one less thing to worry about, even after they exit our exam rooms,” said Medical Director Joseph Daley, M.D., FCCP.
The three-page application, along with two pages of shelter types and a hurricane evacuation checklist, is now available at the front desk of the Pulmonary Consultants’ Cape Coral office and its website — FloridaSleepDoctors.com. Patients can either request that Pulmonary Consultants submit the application on their behalf or work directly with Lee County Emergency Management.
Applicants must include their contact, caregiver and pet information, as well as their shelter preference, need for Lee County transportation, recommended care and accompanying medical equipment. Anyone who does not require transportation via Lee County Emergency Management is responsible for the cost of his or her own transportation.
After individuals submit their application to Lee County Emergency Management, the Department of Health will determine which shelter best aligns with their needs, as well as has the space to accommodate them. The options they offer are Emergency Public Shelter for self-sufficient applicants, Special Care Shelter for individuals who require assistance with activities of daily living and Hospitals for those whose physicians require them to be in a skilled nursing facility. All shelters will only be open for the duration of the emergency.
Applications must be submitted for processing before the five-day forecast cone and should only be considered a backup evacuation plan. Applicants and their caregivers are subject to a background screen. Applicants are encouraged to bring at least a two-week supply of medication in original containers to their assigned shelter and must provide vaccination records, supplies, medications, a collar/leash, and a crate for their cat or dog.
To obtain a Lee County Special Needs Program application, visit Pulmonary Consultants at 1031 SE 9th Place, Unit 2, in Cape Coral any time between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the practice’s partnership with Lee County Emergency Management, call (239) 574-2644.