To the Residents and Visitors of Southwest Florida,
The 2017 Hurricane Season was one for the record books, especially for us here in Lee County. Hurricane Irma made landfall in early September and left a trail of flooding and wind damage in its wake. Fortunately, we don't experience these types of large-scale disaster often, but here in beautiful SW FL we know to prepare for them. Irma was a great reminder that preparedness works, and that there are simple things we can do today that will allow us to recover more quickly.
As we know, hurricanes are not the only disasters we can and should prepare for. This All Hazard Guide will walk you through how to best prepare for all types of disasters we could face here in Lee County. Whether it be natural or manmade hazards, use the information in these pages to better prepare your family, your home and your business.
Create a simple Family Emergency Plan at www.leeeoc.com, build a Disaster Supply Kit for when you might have to evacuate or shelter at home, and know where to go to get potentially lifesaving information before and after a disaster. This guide will help you do all of these things and more.
Responding to and recovering from a disaster is truly a whole community effort. At Lee County Public Safety we ask that you and your family do your part by creating a "Culture of Preparedness" at home, and share this information with your friends and neighbors. By planning ahead, you can be sure that your stress level will be lower, outcomes better and that you will recover more quickly.
Thank you and stay safe,
Lee Mayfield, Director
Lee County Emergency Management