(239) 390-8000 ~ 21500 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero, Florida 33928

Estero Fire Rescue – Hurricane Irma

Update #1

Date: September 6, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm – Evening edition

Good afternoon Estero!

As everyone is busy preparing for Hurricane Irma, we know that there is so much information going around and it may be hard to keep it all straight. Here is the first of many updates to help keep you on track and informed. Please keep in mind that this information is as we know it right now and it may change as the storm changes:

Latest forecast:

As always, stay tuned to local news for the latest forecast. The latest forecast shows Irma with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. Although it has taken a modest eastern shift, we remain strongly in the cone of possible impact.

· NBC2 http://www.nbc-2.com/

· ABC7 http://www.abc-7.com/

· Fox4 http://www.fox4now.com/

· WINK TV http://www.winknews.com/

Help Line:

The United Way 211 Help Line is activated for those with questions. Although call takers are receiving many inquiries, the United Way 211 line is responding to all calls.

Alerts:

· LeeAlert – If you have not yet done so, download the Lee County app LeeAlert for the latest information on everything from evacuations, shelters and links to the Lee County Emergency Operations media sites.

· CodeRED – CodeRED is a FREE Lee County service by which residents and businesses are notified via telephone, text, and/or email regarding emergencies or critical protective actions required to safeguard life and property.

Sand and Sandbags:

· Estero Fire has no sand or sand bags, however other locations do have sand. Bring your own shovel and your own bags as many locations are out of bags. You can used pillow cases, garbage bags or even rolled tarps.

· Sand Location as of Wednesday afternoon:

o 5850 BUCKINGHAM RD., LEHIGH

o 12345 PALM BEACH BLVD., FORT MYERS

o 2660 STYLES RD., ALVA

o 5700 PINE ISLAND RD., BOKEELIA

o 17350 NALLE RD., NORTH FORT MYERS

o 11901 REGIONAL LN., FORT MYERS

o 1280 BARRETT RD. NORTH FORT MYERS

o 2900 TRAIL DAIRY CIR., NORTH FORT MYERS FD

o 8013 SANIBEL BLVD., FORT MYERS

o 27701 BONITA GRANDE DR., BONITA SPRINGS

o 1000 JOEL BLVD., LEHIGH

o 3102 16TH ST SW., LEHIGH

o TROPICAL SHORES WAY ST., FORT MYERS

o 750 DUNLOP RD., SANIBEL

o 8860 DANIELS PARKWAY., FORT MYERS

o 360 EAST RAILROAD AVE., BOCA GRANDE

o 6061 SOUTH POINTE BLVD., FORT MYERS

Shelters:

· No shelters are open. Decisions about which general-population shelters may open at which dates and times will be announced. We anticipate that announcement Thursday.As a reminder, not all shelters are open for every storm and the openings are based on storm characteristics, such as location as well as storm surge and wind strength.

· A call-down of the Special Needs Registry is currently being completed today to determine evacuation support requirements for our Special Needs clients. Per the Lee County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the Lee County Special Needs Registry closes once we are included in the five-day storm cone. Information about a special needs shelter will be available soon.

· Once opened, a list of shelters will be sent to all media channels so stay tuned for the latest information

· Residents should continue to prepare by having a family disaster/evacuation plan, making sure their disaster supply kits are ready and stay informed so they are ready to act when those evacuation orders are given.

Trash pick-up:

Message from Lee County – Garbage, yard waste and recycling collections are one day later than usual for the remainder of the week due to the Labor Day holiday. Collections normally scheduled for Friday will take place on Saturday unless changes to Hurricane Irma’s projected path make collection conditions unsafe.

Some homes are still cleaning up from the flooding last weekend. Bulky items can be set at the curb next to regular garbage, but construction debris must be contained in heavy mil bags or cans or in bundles weighing less than 50 pounds.

In order to get debris off the street as quickly as possible, please remember to prepare debris and yard waste in accordance with county ordinance before it is set out for collection:

· Garbage must be placed in a 40-gallon can or heavy mil plastic bag each weighing no more than 50 pounds. If you have a larger county-provided container for automated garbage collection, you may use that as well.

· Yard waste that cannot be placed inside a container must be tied in bundles no longer than 6 feet and no heavier than 50 pounds.

· Palm fronds may be stacked neatly at the curb in piles no heavier than 50 pounds. If more than 50 pounds, fronds must be tied in bundles no heavier than 50 pounds.

For more information, please visit www.leegov.com/solidwaste<http://www.leegov.com/solidwaste>.

Traffic

· FHP reports that traffic on I-75 is heavier than normal but still moving very well.

· Please be patient in traffic and drive defensively.

· Follow Lee County Sheriff’s office on their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sheriffleefl/) or their website at http://www.sheriffleefl.org/.

Schools:

· All after school activities, including clubs, athletics and school-based after school care programs on Wednesday, September 6th are cancelled.

· Schools will be closed on Thursday, September 7th and Friday, September 8th.

· The school district will be working closely with Lee County EOC to monitor the movement and potential impact of Irma. A decision on whether to close schools on Monday will be made as the week progresses.

· Follow www.leeschools.net for more information

· Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schooldistrictofleecounty/

Evacuations:

Mandatory evacuations have not been issued although many people have chosen to leave the area. If you decide to leave:

· Please secure your home and bring in anything that can be blown around.

· Take your pets with you – do not leave them behind.

· Take paperwork with you concerning your insurance as well as contacts for family and friends.

· Bring at least two forms of identification with you for your return. To protect properties, only residents may be allowed back into neighborhoods and you want to be able to prove you live there.

· Take your time. Traffic will be heavy so leave as soon as possible and remember to pack lots of patience.

Price Gouging:

Price Gouging Hotline 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (66-7226)

State law prohibits extreme increase in the price of essential commodities, such as food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency. The amount cannot grossly exceed the average price for those items during the 30 days before the declaration of the state of emergency unless the seller can justify an increase in the costs. If you suspect price gouging, report this to the Attorney General’s price Gouging hotline.

For more information, visit the Florida Attorney General’s website at http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/5D2710E379EAD6BC85256F03006AA2C5?OpenDocument

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ~ John 15:13

Susan M. Lindenmuth, MS, CDM

Public Relations Manager

Estero Fire Rescue

Chair, Region 6 Joint Media Information, Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF)

DEM Region 6 Coordinator, Florida Association of Public Information Officers (www.fapio.org)

21500 Three Oaks Parkway

Estero, FL 33928

Ph: (239) 390-8000

Fax: (239) 390-8020

Cell: (239) 691-4123

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www.esterofire.org