F.I.S.H. Program Spotlight: Hurricane Preparedness
Annually, F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP works with experts from the City of Sanibel; Debbie Quimby, Lee County Emergency Management Coordinator and others to discuss and plan for hurricane season which begins June 1 – November 30. From that collaboration, FISH develops their Hurricane Resource Packet, available to anyone who requests it.
FISH’s 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 in order to update the packet. “The safety of our neighbors is of utmost importance. We want to make sure everyone has reliable information on hand in case a storm approaches. Just knowing what to pack and where to go can help alleviate stress and confusion during an emergency,” states Sharon Thomas, Hurricane Committee Chair.
Throughout hurricane season, FISH maintains a list of those most vulnerable such as elderly, those with health and medical conditions, and those who are alone. If a storm is approaching, FISH staff, committee members and volunteers will connect with those on their list to confirm evacuation. If you would like to become part of that list, please contact Anthony Morales at FISH, 239-472-0404.
FISH stresses the importance of making an evacuation plan, gathering emergency supplies, creating lists of contacts and medicine, and more. Additionally, it is more important now than ever to frequently check in with local officials or FISH to ensure you have the most up to date information as things may change due to COVID-19. To receive a Hurricane Resource Packet, please contact the Walk-In Center at 239-472-0404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone calls may be arranged for those who would like more detailed discussion on how to prepare during hurricane season.