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STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY: Based mostly on the elevated depth of the storm and its present forecasted observe and potential storm surge and rainfall, Monday morning Lee County executed a State of Native Emergency.

A State of Native Emergency helps municipalities and counties put together for and reply to conditions corresponding to hurricanes. A SOLE helps with governmental procurement processes, helps the group obtain funds for restoration, and allows the power of presidency to make choices in response to the emergency that may be subsequently ratified.

The SOLE is posted together with different Hurricane Ian info at www.leegov.com/storm.

Employees are evaluating storm surge fashions and flood fashions right now. As operational choices are made, they are going to be shared with native media, social media and on-line. We proceed to coordinate with our Emergency Operations Heart companions in addition to our state companions. Lee County Pure Assets and Division of Transportation workers are all through the county this morning monitoring and adjusting in anticipation of heavy rainfall later this week.

The general public and media are invited to hitch us for a Fb Stay occasion at 3 p.m. in the present day. Go to https://www.facebook.com/leecountyflbocc

Along with updates from the Lee Board of County Commissioners and county workers, we may have updates from the College District of Lee County, the Lee County Sheriff’s Workplace and the Lee County Port Authority.

County operations and workplace hours Monday are regular

SAND BAGS: For sand baggage, go to your native fireplace division’s Fb pages and web sites as they’re updating the general public on availability and places.

FORT MYERS: Wednesday’s assembly of the Metropolis of Fort Myers Group Redevelopment Company Board of Commissioners has been cancelled as a result of impending climate occasion. Please contact the CRA Workplace for help if wanted.

PET HELP: In preparation for Hurricane Ian, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter is providing free wire crates and carriers to maintain your pets secure inside your own home or if it’s worthwhile to evacuate. CCAS can be providing free cat and pet food to these in want. Crates/carriers and meals will likely be obtainable as follows:

Monday, September twenty sixth from Midday to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday September twenty seventh from 9:00 a.m. to Midday.

The shelter is situated at 325 SW 2nd Avenue, Cape Coral, FL 33991 (between the Wm. Austin Youth Heart and Sunsplash). Please come to the SIDE DOOR ENTRANCE (towards Sunsplash) to the door marked “DONATIONS.”

Provides are restricted and will likely be provided on a primary come, first served foundation.

SANIBEL: Metropolis workers have opened weirs that handle stormwater ranges at Tarpon Bay and Seashore Highway to decrease the present ranges of water within the jap and western swimming pools of the Sanibel Slough.


PARKS: Charlotte County workers are securing and making ready parks prematurely of Hurricane Ian. Employees are flipping over picnic tables and securing trash cans, locking all park restrooms and eradicating flags.

McGuire Park splash pad is at the moment closed.

LIBRARIES, POOLS, PROGRAMS: In preparation for Hurricane Ian, Charlotte County Libraries, Recreation Facilities, swimming pools, and all applications will likely be closing at 4 p.m. Monday and will likely be closed Tuesday.

TRASH: Charlotte County mini-transfer amenities and the landfill will function on regular schedules on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Curbside assortment will happen as scheduled.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, mini-transfer amenities and the landfill will likely be closed. Curbside assortment won’t happen Wednesday. Curbside assortment will resume Thursday, Sept. 29 for Wednesday pick-ups, Friday for Thursday pick-ups and Saturday for Friday pick-ups.

PRICE GOUGING: Beneath Florida regulation, it’s unlawful to cost unconscionable costs for items or companies following a declared state of emergency. This statute covers any important commodities and companies, which means any good or service that’s required to be used as a direct results of the emergency. These in violation face a second diploma misdemeanor.

In case you are a sufferer of worth gouging you possibly can name the Sheriff’s Workplace at 941-639-2101 or file a grievance with the Legal professional Basic’s Workplace by calling their hotline at 1-866-966-7226 or on-line right here.

For extra info go to: https://ccsoblog.org/2022/09/26/price-gouging-during-state-of-emergency-second-degree-misdemeanor-2/


The Florida Division of Well being in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is urging the general public to be aware of potential points with sewage.

Following a storm, chances are you’ll expertise issues with the operation of your sewage system. When you’ve got a septic system that runs by a dosing pump, it won’t work with out electrical energy. You must cease utilizing water in your house as a lot as potential till the electrical energy comes again on.

With out the pump working, the septic tank will fill and will trigger backup of sewage in your house.

For extra info, please contact your county well being division or go to www.floridahealth.gov or www.FloridaDisaster.org.


Metropolis of Sarasota: In preparation and response to Hurricane Ian, the Metropolis of Sarasota has declared a neighborhood state of emergency.

The declaration supplies the Metropolis with extra flexibility concerning expenditures and allocating sources, which can be crucial with storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico breaching parts of Ben Franklin Drive, extra localized road flooding, and the potential for wind harm attributable to robust wind gusts and tornadoes.

Metropolis management is monitoring the storm intently and coordinating with the Sarasota County emergency administration crew and group companions to make determinations, together with potential evacuations.

Storm preparations are underway with crews clearing storm water drains, positioning cellular turbines in key areas to make sure continuity of utilities companies, notifying building contractors to safe websites and building cranes and eradicating potential projectiles from parks.

Keep tuned to Metropolis of Sarasota social media channels and native information media for updates.


EVACUATION ORDERS: Following the up to date forecast of Hurricane Ian, public security officers are saying plans for evacuations, starting with a MANDATORY Zone A evacuation and VOLUNTARY Zone B evacuation, efficient at 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 27.

Manatee County’s Emergency Operations Heart will even transfer to a Degree One activation at 8 a.m., Tuesday.

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