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Lee County Prepares for Hurricane Season

Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma

If a pandemic wasn’t enough to worry about, now hurricane season is approaching too. Lee County Director of Public Safety for Emergency Management Lee Mayfield wants to remind people that despite the presence of COVID-19 in our community, it is time to prepare for the Atlantic storm season, which starts June 1. Much of that preparation is the same as it would be any other year.

"Have that family hurricane plan," Mayfield said. "Talk through what you would do if you were ordered to evacuate. Have your hurricane supply kit. Download our apps, AlertLee and LeePrepares."

Although the county does plan to have shelters open for evacuation, this year because of the coronavirus, they encourage people to look for alternative housing.

"We want to reinforce that if you are ordered to evacuate, we want you to stay with a friend or family, or hotel outside the evacuation zone, and really come to our hurricane shelters if you have no other options. One thing we are reinforcing this year is, if you’re not in a storm surge evacuation zone, or you live in a well-built home, you can and should consider staying at home for the next hurricane," said Mayfield.

For more information, see the hurricane preparation guide at leegov.com.