City highlights emergency tools, information for storm season
March 13, 2019


The city of Sanibel recently reported on the following in advance of hurricane season:

- Hurricane re-entry pass: The re-entry pass easily identifies who and when persons are authorized to return after an evacuation. The re-entry pass program is about safety and security, therefore getting a pass requires a short application and specific documentation. The passes are issued all year-long. Do not wait until a storm threatens to get one. Visit

In addition, the city will use the 2016 purple (residential) and tan (commercial) passes for the 2019 season. People already issued those passes do not need to apply.

- Family emergency plan: Completing the pre-formatted plan makes it a family's emergency plan. Following it will provide safety and improve quality-of-life during an event. The plan is on the county website at

- CodeRED: Both the city and county use the popular tool to send targeted emergency alerts. Receive alerts on multiple phones such as a home and/or cell. Sign-up for the free service at (in the Quick Links on the right side).

- Special needs program: The program provides shelter from a tropical storm or hurricane for those who live in a home and/or area that is not safe from storm surge or wind, and who have no other safe place to go. It also provides transportation to a shelter for those who do not have a way to get there. The program is available to Lee County residents at no cost, but people must pre-register every year. Application processing stops when the county enters the five-day forecast cone of a storm. To register, residents can contact F.I.S.H of Sanible-Captiva at 239-472-4775 or visit online at

- All Hazards Guide, additional information and tips: A great resource on a variety of topics like preparations, shelters, contacts and more is the All Hazards Guide page at

- Flood hazards: The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists the entire city as a Special Flood Hazard Area. Floods kill almost 200 people a year in the United States, of which 50 percent are vehicle related. Remember, "Turn Around - Don't Drown!"

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