hurricaneAs we head into the peak season for hurricanes, everyone should review their hurricane preparation plans.

There are a number of things you may do to prepare as this peak season starts.

The Village website has a webpage which includes all the information you should need to help you prepare your family and pet plan including an emergency supply list, emergency shelters and evacuation information at https://estero-fl.gov/hurricane-season-june-1-november-30/.

There also is an explanation of what to expect when it rains as well as everything you need to know about flood protection on the Village website at https://estero-fl.gov/flood-insurance-is-important-for-all/.

FEMA recommends flood insurance coverage as the best protection against the unpredictable and significant financial losses a flooding event can cause.

Emergency NotificationsLee County Emergency Management has two new tools to help residents prepare for and be aware of hurricanes and other emergency situations – the LeePrepares app and the AlertLee system.

LeePrepares (Replaces LeeAlert app)

The LeePrepares app – available in Google Play and the App Store – will assist individuals and families with preparing for and recovering from all types of disasters that may affect the community…

Features include:

  • GPS functionality for locating the user’s Evacuation Zone;
  • Real time information from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on shelter openings, with mapping/directions and hurricane evacuations;
  • Current Emergency (EOC) Activation Level;
  • Recovery information on re-entry, curfews, points of distribution, and coping with disasters;
  • Sign-up for AlertLee emergency notification system (see below).
  • Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Links to Special Needs registration for those with special medical needs, and/or transportation needs during an evacuation;
  • Family Disaster Plan and Emergency Supply List;
  • American Sign Language Disaster Preparedness Videos;
  • Current local weather and hazardous weather outlooks.

AlertLee (Replaces CodeRed)

AlertLee is an emergency notification system that allows registered users to receive telephone, text, and/or email alerts related to natural or man-made emergencies.

The AlertLee system will be used when an emergency arises, such as severe weather situations, missing persons, evacuation notices, boil water notices, fire or floods and active shooter situations.

You may sign up on the Village website homepage slide here https://estero-fl.gov/.

The AlertLee system already includes published, listed landline telephones, but not cell phones or VOIP numbers. To be certain to receive alerts, it is important to register and update the information if it changes. The information will be used only for AlertLee notifications.  Registration takes only 2 – 3 minutes.

There is no charge to register or receive system alerts.