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Hurricane Season is Back, Are You Ready?

Hurricane season is here, again, and it’s important to be prepared.

To kick off the official start of the season, Lee County Emergency Management hosted an event Friday for media. Twelve stations were set up throughout the Lee County Emergency Operations Center in Fort Myers showcasing different aspects of how to prepare for a hurricane.

“We want to maximize the attention we’re getting from the Irma year to really encourage people to prepare throughout our community. The better you prepare, the better your outcomes are going to be and the quicker you and your family and business will recover,” said Lee Mayfield, Emergency Management Director.

“What I’m asking you to do this year is take all the lessons you’ve learned from last year’s experience and start to plan how you would handle it if happens this year, what you’d do differently,” said Brian Hammond, Lee County Commissioner District 4.

Hammond also emphasized not relying on a shelter and make it your last resort. Also, find out if you are in a flood or evacuation zone. The Emergency Management staff recommended everyone to download the LeeAlert App on their mobile device. The app is a great tool to find out the latest information on shelters and finding your evacuation zone.

Here’s a list of what you need to start prepping now:

Emergency Supply Kit – Officials suggest preparing a kit to last you 5 -7 days.

Additional reporting by Allyssa Dickert