F.I.S.H. Program Spotlight: Hurricane Preparedness Seminar
Please join F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP for their second annual Hurricane Preparedness Seminar scheduled for Thursday, June 20 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. Experts Lance S. Henninger, Sanibel Emergency Management; Debbie Quimby, Lee County Emergency Management Coordinator and Kathy Y. Monroe, Program Director, FISH of SANCAP will provide information and stress the importance of making an evacuation plan, gathering emergency supplies, creating lists of contacts and medicine, and more. This seminar is open to the community and will include a question and answer period as well as the opportunity to pick up the FISH Hurricane Preparedness Resource Packet.
“We learned so much from our last major storm, Hurricane Irma, and would like to share that with the community. We would also like to provide our Hurricane Preparedness Resource Packet, updated annually, to anyone in the community and discuss how FISH can help before, during and after a storm through our Hurricane Program,” states Kathy Y. Monroe, FISH Program Director.
The FISH Hurricane Resource Packet provides detailed information on where to go, what to do, and how to prepare in the event of an approaching storm. Each year, FISH and a team of volunteers verify evacuation routes, flood zones, hotels with generators and more to update the packet. Packets may be picked up at the FISH June 20 seminar, the FISH Walk-In Center or mailed to individual homes by request. “The safety of our neighbors is of utmost importance. We want to make sure everyone has reliable information on hand in case we get a storm. Just knowing what to pack and where to go can help alleviate stress and confusion during an emergency situation,” states Program Director Kathy Y. Monroe.
The FISH Hurricane Program is a collaborative effort between FISH, City officials and emergency management teams to assist our neighbors. FISH maintains a list of those most vulnerable such as elderly, those with health and medical conditions, and those who are alone. “The list, our ‘Active List’, contains detailed information about health conditions, out-of-state contacts, and the individual’s emergency plan. Our volunteers can visit with folks at their home, if requested, to discuss plans. FISH shares information gathered, with the individual’s consent, with officials and out-of-state family members should a storm become a concern for our area,” states Monroe.
When a storm is approaching, FISH staff, committee members and volunteers gather at the FISH Walk-In Center to connect with those on the ‘Active List’, confirming evacuation plans and making sure supplies are on hand. FISH relays this information to out-of-state relatives, giving peace of mind that their loved one(s) is prepared. Should the islands be evacuated, FISH will, to the extent possible, track those on the ‘Active List’ until their return to Sanibel and Captiva.
FISH Hurricane Resource Packets are available at the Walk-In Center, 2430-B Periwinkle Way, Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Home visits may be arranged for those who would like more detailed discussion on how to prepare during hurricane season. If you, or someone you know, would like additional information on the FISH Hurricane Program and/or the FISH Hurricane Preparedness Resource Packet, please contact Kathy Y. Monroe or Anthony Morales at (239) 472-4775.