FORT MYERS, FL (Aug. 30, 2019) – Fort Myers Mayor Randall P. Henderson and city council members declared a state of local emergency for the City of Fort Myers today due to the progression and magnitude of Hurricane Dorian.
Depending on the severity and duration of the storm, tropical storm force winds and rain could cause damage to public utilities, communications systems, streets and roads, public drainage systems, and commercial and residential buildings. The state of local emergency proclamation activates municipal disaster emergency plans and provides the city with authority to distribute supplies, equipment and materials, and utilize facilities where needed.
Sandbag fill locations have been set up for city residents at the following locations beginning at 2:00 p.m. today. Residents should bring their own shovel. There is a 10-sandbag limit per household.
Solid Waste pickup schedule:
The city’s last regularly scheduled Solid Waste pickup will be on Saturday, August 31. There will be no collection of trash, yard waste or recycling on Monday and Tuesday. The city will make an announcement related to collections in advance of Wednesday.
Important phone numbers:
While it is still too early to determine the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian in Fort Myers, residents can prepare for hurricane conditions by making sure that every household has an emergency plan and necessary supplies. Citizens should stay alert to changes in the forecast and monitor local media for storm updates.
Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for AlertLee, an emergency notification service (http://alertlee.com/). In addition, smartphone users can download the LeePrepares mobile application. Residents should sign up now to receive updates on potentially life-saving information that can include hurricane warnings (wind), storm surge warnings (water) and evacuation orders.
The city continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian and will issue more updates as the storm approaches Southwest Florida.