FROM LEE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 – 11:30 a.m. UPDATE / DORIAN
Lee County Emergency Management update:
The Emergency Operations Center remains partially activated, which means about a dozen key agencies are at the EOC, monitoring and planning. No evacuation orders are in place; no shelters are open.
Emergency Management will continue to monitor Dorian.
• There is a reduced chance of surge threat and tropical-force winds at this time.
• Staff looks for consistency in the forecasted track updates.
• If the forecasted track changes, the county continues to have ample staff at EOC if we need to act.
The State of Local Emergency, which was declared Friday and spans seven days, remains in effect.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office update:
The Sheriff’s Office is in constant communication with Emergency Management and other partnering agencies. Resources – both equipment and personnel – remain ready.
LCSO asks residents to continue to monitor local media outlets for updates and continue to take preparation steps for not only this potential event but also the remainder of the 2019 hurricane season.
Lee County School District update:
The district will announce no later than noon Monday if school will be canceled Tuesday.
Lee County Transit update:
LeeTran is monitoring Hurricane Dorian and will continue to provide fixed bus route and paratransit services. Remember there is no LeeTran service on Labor Day.
Lee County Solid Waste update:
Solid Waste asks that in an abundance of caution, residents do not place yard waste roadside this weekend. Remember due to Labor Day there are no collections Monday.
The county previously announced that trash pickup on Tuesday, Sept. 3, would be suspended. As we continue to monitor the forecasted track, we will update residents about collection of yard waste, recycling and trash.
211 Hotline update:
The United Way 211 hotline is active.
United Way 211 is a free, non-emergency helpline for referral to health and social services that provide food, housing, child care, veterans services, and more in our community.
United Way 211 exists to help people navigate their way through the maze of human and social services agencies.
United Way 211 plays an important role during storms and other natural disasters. It operates the Storm Hotline as part of the Emergency Operations Center in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.
United Way 211 Vice President Linda Hafner has led the local United Way 211 team through Hurricane Charley and Hurricane Irma.
United Way 211 operators, who began taking calls when the EOC partially activated Friday, fielded calls about both general and special needs shelters, sandbags and general preparedness.
United Way is committed to assisting the community before, during, and after the storm. Remember that the height of hurricane season is Sept. 10 but the season runs through Nov. 30.
To echo Emergency Management, make sure you have a family emergency plan and that you keep your supply kit stocked.