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

Hurricane Irma

Update #3

Date: September 7, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm – Afternoon edition

(New or updated information shown in red)

Lee County Website: www.leegov.com

Latest forecast:

As always, stay tuned to local news for the latest forecast. The latest forecast shows Irma remains a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph with an expected turn Saturday night. Southwest Florida continues to stay strongly in the cone so make sure to follow local news for the latest updates. Next media storm update at 11:00am.

· NBC2 http://www.nbc-2.com/

· ABC7 http://www.abc-7.com/

· Fox4 http://www.fox4now.com/

· WINK TV http://www.winknews.com/

· National Weather http://www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=tbw

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. Additional number: 239-433-3900

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:

· Sand Location as of Wednesday afternoon:5850 BUCKINGHAM RD., LEHIGH
12345 PALM BEACH BLVD., FORT MYERS
2660 STYLES RD., ALVA
5700 PINE ISLAND RD., BOKEELIA
17350 NALLE RD., NORTH FORT MYERS
11901 REGIONAL LN., FORT MYERS
1280 BARRETT RD. NORTH FORT MYERS
2900 TRAIL DAIRY CIR., NORTH FORT MYERS FD
8013 SANIBEL BLVD., FORT MYERS
27701 BONITA GRANDE DR., BONITA SPRINGS
1000 JOEL BLVD., LEHIGH
3102 16TH ST SW., LEHIGH
TROPICAL SHORES WAY ST., FORT MYERS
750 DUNLOP RD., SANIBEL
8860 DANIELS PARKWAY., FORT MYERS
360 EAST RAILROAD AVE., BOCA GRANDE
6061 SOUTH POINTE BLVD., FORT MYERS

o 5850 BUCKINGHAM RD., LEHIGH

o No Longer Available: 12345 PALM BEACH BLVD., FORT MYERS

o New Location: 10721 PALM BEACH BLVD, FORT MYERS – Crossroads Baptist Church

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.Lee County should be determining later today which shelters will be opened throughout the county based on the latest information from the weather center.

· 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:

Fort Myers, FL, Sept. 7, 2017 – Friday, Sept. 8, will be the last day for all regularly scheduled garbage, yard waste, bulky waste and recycling collections. There will be no collections Saturday.

Residents are reminded to remove anything outside their homes that could become a projectile during the storm including garbage cans, lids and recycle carts. Store them inside.

Regular household collections will begin as regularly scheduled as soon as possible after the storm.

For solid waste collection questions, call 239-533-8000.

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

Traffic

· From LCSO – Get errands done as soon as possible so that when the winds begin to increase, you will not be on the road. This is estimated to be Saturday evening but stay tuned to local media for updates as the storm approaches.

· From FHP – Governor’s office has set up transportation hotline: 800-955-5504

· Please note that once winds reach 40 mph, county equipment as well as emergency response will cease until the storm has passed and winds reduce to a safe level. This is to provide safety to the responding personnel.

· Tolls – at this time, tolls have not been suspended within Lee County as they are utilized going into Cape Coral and onto the barrier islands – this will not affect evacuations from those areas. However, this will be monitored for re-entry 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:

· Lee County 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

Pets:

· If you evacuate, do not leave pets behind – take them with you

· Take supplies for pets including food, water, vaccination records, medication

· A secure crate helps your pet feel safe and is a must if you are going to be reporting to a pet approved shelter. Many hotels require them as well.

· Should your pet get separated from you, a microchipped pet is much more likely to be reunited with their family. Contact your vet for microchipping. Please make sure you register your microchipped pet.

Boats:

· From the US Coast Guard – know the limitations of your anchor and moorings when securing your vessel. Allow for rope length to adjust for water rise and fall when securing your vessel.

· Personnel and equipment have been prepositioned to respond quickly to needs after the storm passes

· Please do NOT call for help on social media

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

lindenmuth

www.esterofire.org