City - News

Posted on: September 5, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update #2

City of Fort Myers, Florida - City of Palms

FORT MYERS, FL (September 5, 2017) – The City of Fort Myers is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irma as it approaches the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.  Hurricane Irma is currently a dangerous Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.  At the present time, the City of Fort Myers is located within the five-day forecast cone.

Fort Myers City leaders are mobilizing to ensure the City’s ability to respond to a potential Southwest Florida landfall.  The City of Fort Myers Emergency Operations Center is currently coordinating with Lee County Emergency Management in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.  Additionally, the State of Florida and the Lee County Board of County Commissioners have declared statewide and countywide states of emergency.

While it is still too early to determine the impact that Hurricane Irma could make in Fort Myers, residents are advised to prepare for a possible landfall by making sure that every household has an emergency plan and necessary supplies.  Citizens should stay alert to forecast changes and monitor local media for storm updates.

Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for Code Red, an emergency community notification service.  A link to Code Red’s signup page can be found at www.cityftmyers.com.  Additionally, smartphone users can download the Code Red mobile application through iTunes or Google Play.  A direct link to the Code Red signup page can also be found here: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/35B9EAD73F60.

A number of online resources can help residents monitor the storm and create a hurricane plan and supply list:

Up-to-date hurricane forecasts and advisories: 

nhc.noaa.gov

Preparing a hurricane plan and supply list:

www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hurricane/plan.shtml

www.floridadisaster.org/getaplan

www.ready.gov/hurricanes

hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists

Find your flood zone and storm surge hazard:

http://www.cityftmyers.com/176/Flood-Information

Residents with questions or who need information are encouraged to call the 2-1-1 Help Line by dialing 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900.  United Way 2-1-1 staff will assist by providing information from the Lee County Operations Center.  The 2-1-1 Help Line is operational 24 hours a day.  The City Call Center is also open for those who need assistance: 239-321-8100.  Residents are asked to reserve use of 9-1-1 for life safety emergencies only.

The City will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma and issue more updates as the storm approaches Florida.

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