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UPDATE #16 - The Final Update

DATE: Tuesday September 12, 2017
TIME: 1800

Good evening Cape Coral,

We know that it has been a trying couple of days.  The recovery is underway and it will be some time before things get “back to normal.” Now that the storm has passed, our focus shifts to recovery.  We anticipate this process will take Cape Coral about two months.  Longer, in other areas of the county and state.

Throughout the storm we have been providing updates at the City’s dedicated hurricane website, www.capecoral.net/hurricane.  We made a point to have unified messaging across all of the City’s social media platforms so that no matter where you follow us, you would get complete, consistent, and accurate information.

As of 7:00pm this evening, the Cape Coral Emergency Operations Center is transitioning from a Level I to a Level II, partial, activation.

As the transition to more normal operations begins, our messaging will mirror this. Instead of Police, Fire/Emergency Management, and the City all providing the same messages specific to Hurricane Irma, department specific messaging will resume. Of course, if there is information pertinent to all departments, that will be shared across all platforms.

For continued information on the City’s recovery from the effects of Hurricane Irma, and for general City services and information, please visit the City’s website at www.capecoral.net. This includes information on solid waste, electric, water, etc. You can also follow the City on Facebook at CapeCoralGov or, if you have questions, call 3-1-1 from 7:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Cape Coral Fire or Emergency Management related information can be found on their website at www.capecoral.net/fire or on Facebook at CapeCoralFD. Cape Coral Police related information can be found on their website at www.capecops.com or on Facebook at CapePD.

Below is the final update from Cape Coral Emergency Management regarding Hurricane Irma.

BOIL WATER NOTICE:
THERE IS NO CITY-WIDE BOIL-WATER NOTICE at this time.  There MAY be localized notices due to water main breaks.  To see if you are affected by a localized notice, look for the temporary street signs in your neighborhood or visit HERE.
 

CURFEW:
A number of stores are coming back online with power, and we want to help our citizens resupply and get what they need. Therefore, for the City of Cape Coral, the curfew hours have been changed to 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM, effective TONIGHT. Of course, we are still urging caution to anyone driving out there. Many intersections still don't have power. If a traffic light is out, treat it as a 4-way stop.

ALCOHOL BAN:
At 4:00 PM, the local (City) state of emergency expired. Therefore, the temporary ban on the sale of alcoholic spirits has ended. Remember, drink responsibly.

OPEN BUSINESSES:
Cape Coral's Economic Development Office is compiling a list of open businesses. If your business is open, please post it to the Cape Coral Economic Development Office Facebook Page or email to ecodev@capecoral.net using the subject BUSINESS OPEN.

TRASH COLLECTION:
Normal trash collection service began today. There is no recycling or horticulture collection yet. For the normal service schedule please visit: https://wasteprousa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/trash-schedule.pdf

POST STORM SAFETY INFORMATION:
As with the flood a couple of weeks ago, there will be standing water. Please don't play in it! This water can contain sewage, human waste, yard chemicals, dead animals, sharp debris from the storm...all things you don't want to wade in or get cut by.

If you've lost power (most of us have) and have no A/C, please stay hydrated. It's hot and sticky out there...it comes with the Florida living (like hurricanes).

We are reiterating generator safety. One of the most significant risks from generator use is carbon monoxide, or CO, poisoning. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that is a byproduct of combustion. The exhaust from generators contains this gas, and keeping the exhaust away from the home and any ventilation in to the home is imperative. Never use a portable electric generator indoors or in an attached garage.

Residents should run generators in a well-ventilated, dry area away from intakes into the home and protected from rain; an ideal spot would be under a canopy away from the home or in an open, freestanding shed. Install carbon monoxide alarms inside your home as a protection against the gas emitted from generators. Lee County EMS has transported 21 patients with suspected CO poisoning since the storm has passed. If you would like to request a check of your generator exhaust, please call (239) 574-3223. If you are experiencing CO poisoning symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Symptoms include: 

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be especially dangerous for people who are sleeping or intoxicated. People may have irreversible brain damage or even be killed before anyone realizes there's a problem.

Also, don't refuel a hot generator (gas can ignite) and don't operate a generator in wet conditions to avoid electrocution.


PRICE GOUGING:
State law prohibits extreme increase in the price of essential commodities, such as food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency.  The amount cannot grossly exceed the average price for those items during the 30 days before the declaration of the state of emergency unless the seller can justify an increase in the costs.  If you suspect price gouging, report this to the Attorney General’s price Gouging hotline 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (66-7226).


DISASTER ASSISTANCE:
Survivors with losses due to Hurricane Irma in Charlotte, Collier, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties may now register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to state and federal officials.

Individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.


TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS: 
Debris crews are actively clearing roadways. Give yourself extra time as your "usual" route may be blocked.

Generators are being placed at some key intersections throughout the city to power traffic lights. Other intersections are being modified to not allow for left-turns. If there is no signal or officer at the intersection and the light is out, PLEASE TREAT THE INTERSECTION AS A 4-WAY STOP. 

Midpoint Bridge and Cape Coral Bridge are cleared for traffic. Tolls are still suspended at this time.

Due to flooding, Burnt Store Rd. is detoured to Old Burnt Store Rd. between Gulfstream and Durden.


UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS:
In the event of a natural disaster, remember that all repair work performed on your home or business should be completed by a licensed professional. Contractors travel from out of state to a disaster area and take advantage of the large amount of repair work to be done. Remember that even if they are licensed in another state to perform construction services, they must also obtain a state license from DBPR to perform those services on your home or business. Unlicensed activity occurs when a person who is not licensed by the state performs or offers to perform a job or service that requires licensure in one of the professions regulated by the Division of RegulationDivision of Real Estate and Division of Certified Public Accounting. During a declared State of Emergency, the penalty for unlicensed construction activity becomes a third-degree felony.

Visit http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/os/communications_office/HurricaneGuide.html for steps to follow to prevent becoming the victim of an unlicensed activity scam after a natural disaster.


POWER:
Damage assessment has begun and crews are compiling the list of infrastructure that needs repair. LCEC begins by restoring power to essential services such as hospitals, traffic signals, shelters, communication centers and law enforcement. Next, power is restored to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time by repairing main circuits. Then feeders will be repaired to power up neighborhoods. Finally, individual services or services that need to be reconnected after repair to the customer’s damaged electrical system are restored.

As of noon today, there are still 32,897 customers without power. Visit www.lcec.net/reliability/storm-center/hurricane-updates for more information.

Treat all downed powerlines as live! Call these in to LCEC at (239) 656-2300. Please only call 911 to report a downed powerline if it is threatening life safety.

WELFARE CHECKS AND 3-1-1 INFORMATION LINE:
We know that many people will want welfare check on friends and family.  Please call (239) 574-3223  (the non-emergency dispatch line) for welfare check requests.  Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 as they need to be available for emergency calls. We have initiated welfare checks, but please be aware that it may take 24-48 hours for us to complete all of the requests.

3-1-1 is still available for residents who have general or Hurricane Irma related questions. Call takers will be available until 7:00pm this evening, and then will resume normal hours (7:30am – 4:30pm) beginning tomorrow.


CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:

City Hall will reopen for regular business tomorrow.

Lee County and Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools are closed through the week. Classes will resume on Monday, September 18.

The Chief Judge of the 20th Circuit has extended the closure of all courthouses through Friday, September 15. The courthouses are expected to reopen on Monday, September 18, subject to a further assessment of damages. This includes Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, and Glades counties.

Lee County government offices will respond Thursday (9/14).


SHELTERS:
Lee County Emergency Management provided four shelter locations last night for people who remained in shelters post-Irma and for people who may have incurred Hurricane Irma damage to their homes and need a place to stay temporarily. 

Open shelters include:
  • Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
  • Alico Arena, Florida Gulf Coast University campus
  • North Fort Myers Rec Center (new), 2000 N. Recreation Way, North Fort Myers
  • Dunbar Middle School (new), 4750 Winkler Ave. Extension, Fort Myers

Previously opened shelters (except for Germain and Alico) closed last night. Decisions about how long the shelters will remain open will be made in tandem with Emergency Management recovery efforts this week.

All shelters are pet friendly. Please bring a crate for your animal or a leash.





UPDATE #15 - Lunchtime Update

DATE: Tuesday September 12, 2017
TIME: 1300

BOIL WATER NOTICE:
THERE IS NO CITY-WIDE BOIL-WATER NOTICE at this time.  There MAY be localized notices due to water main breaks.  To see if you are affected by a localized notice, look for the temporary street signs in your neighborhood or visit HERE.

CURFEW:
With the onset of Hurricane Irma, Lee County (Including the City of Cape Coral) enacted a curfew from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM daily. The curfew remains in effect until further notice.

The curfew aids in the maintenance of public order by reducing the number of people out on public roadways after dark. This decreases the likelihood of traffic crashes and other accidents that might require emergency response and tax first responder resources. The curfew also reduces the likelihood of criminal activity, helping to preserve life-safety and protect property. The curfew prohibits all non-essential pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Only those providing essential services like as police, fire, EMS and utility emergency repairs should be on the roadways after 8:00 PM.

Officers are not looking to lock people up for no good reason. If you aren't looting and you explain your situation, you should be fine. That said, the curfew gives them the ability to detain and investigate anyone out on the road after the proscribed time.

OPEN BUSINESSES:
Cape Coral's Economic Development Office is compiling a list of open businesses. If your business is open, please post it to the Cape Coral Economic Development Office Facebook Page.


TRASH COLLECTION:
Starting today, regular solid waste will be picked up according to the normal service day. No recycling or horticulture yet. If your regularly scheduled pickup day is Tuesday, household garbage will be picked up today.  For the normal service schedule please visit: https://wasteprousa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/trash-schedule.pdf

POST STORM SAFETY INFORMATION:
Don't return to your neighborhoods immediately after the storm. There will be many dangers that first responders, public works, and debris management workers will have to assess and clear.  We understand the urge to rush back and check the damage to your homes, but please have patience. Damage assessment and repair has already begun, and we will keep you updated on the safety and status of our roadways and bridges.

As with the flood a couple of weeks ago, there will be standing water. Please don't play in it! This water can contain sewage, human waste, yard chemicals, dead animals, sharp debris from the storm...all things you don't want to wade in or get cut by.

If you've lost power (most of us have) and have no A/C, please stay hydrated. It's hot and sticky out there...it comes with the Florida living (like hurricanes).

We are reiterating generator safety. One of the most significant risks from generator use is carbon monoxide, or CO, poisoning. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that is a byproduct of combustion. The exhaust from generators contains this gas, and keeping the exhaust away from the home and any ventilation in to the home is imperative. Never use a portable electric generator indoors or in an attached garage.

Residents should run generators in a well-ventilated, dry area away from intakes into the home and protected from rain; an ideal spot would be under a canopy away from the home or in an open, freestanding shed. Install carbon monoxide alarms inside your home as a protection against the gas emitted from generators. Lee County EMS has transported 21 patients with suspected CO poisoning since the storm has passed. If you would like to request a check of your generator exhaust, please call (239) 574-3223. If you are experiencing CO poisoning symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. Symptoms include:

  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be especially dangerous for people who are sleeping or intoxicated. People may have irreversible brain damage or even be killed before anyone realizes there's a problem.

Also, don't refuel a hot generator (gas can ignite) and don't operate a generator in wet conditions to avoid electrocution.

TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS: 
Debris crews are actively clearing roadways. Give yourself extra time as your "usual" route may be blocked.

Generators are being placed at some key intersections throughout the city to power traffic lights. Other intersections are being modified to not allow for left-turns. If there is no signal or officer at the intersection and the light is out, PLEASE TREAT THE INTERSECTION AS A 4-WAY STOP. 

Midpoint Bridge and Cape Coral Bridge are cleared for traffic. Tolls are still suspended at this time.

Due to flooding, Burnt Store Rd. is detoured to Old Burnt Store Rd. between Gulfstream and Durden.


POWER:
Damage assessment has begun and crews are compiling the list of infrastructure that needs repair. LCEC begins by restoring power to essential services such as hospitals, traffic signals, shelters, communication centers and law enforcement. Next, power is restored to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time by repairing main circuits. Then feeders will be repaired to power up neighborhoods. Finally, individual services or services that need to be reconnected after repair to the customer’s damaged electrical system are restored.

As of 5:00 this morning, power has been restored to 82,216 Cape Coral customers.  There are still 40,121 customers without power. Since then, more reports of power restoration have been received so those numbers will likely change (for the better) with this evening’s update.

Visit www.lcec.net/reliability/storm-center/hurricane-updates for more information.

Treat all downed powerlines as live! Call these in to LCEC at (239) 656-2300. Please only call 911 to report a downed powerline if it is threatening life safety.

WELFARE CHECKS/3-1-1 INFORMATION LINE:
We know that many people will want welfare check on friends and family.  Please call (239) 574-3223  (the non-emergency dispatch line) for welfare check requests.  Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 as they need to be available for emergency calls. We have initiated welfare checks, but please be aware that it may take 24-48 hours for us to complete all of the requests.

3-1-1 is still available for residents who have general or Hurricane Irma related questions. Call takers will be available until 7:00pm this evening, and then will resume normal hours (7:30am – 4:30pm) beginning tomorrow.


CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:

City Hall will reopen for regular business on Wednesday (9/13).

Lee County and Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools are closed through the week. Classes will resume on Monday, September 18.

The Chief Judge of the 20th Circuit has extended the closure of all courthouses through Friday, September 15. The courthouses are expected to reopen on Monday, September 18, subject to a further assessment of damages. This includes Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, and Glades counties.

Lee County government offices are closed today and Wednesday (9/13).


SHELTERS:
Lee County Emergency Management provided four shelter locations last night for people who remained in shelters post-Irma and for people who may have incurred Hurricane Irma damage to their homes and need a place to stay temporarily. 

Open shelters include:
  • Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
  • Alico Arena, Florida Gulf Coast University campus
  • North Fort Myers Rec Center (new), 2000 N. Recreation Way, North Fort Myers
  • Dunbar Middle School (new), 4750 Winkler Ave. Extension, Fort Myers

Previously opened shelters (except for Germain and Alico) closed last night. Decisions about how long the shelters will remain open will be made in tandem with Emergency Management recovery efforts this week.

All shelters are pet friendly. Please bring a crate for your animal or a leash.




UPDATE #14 - Evening Update


DATE: Monday September 11, 2017
TIME: 1800

There is NO city-wide boil water notice for Cape Coral.

Please see below message to the community from Unified Command.

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CURFEW:
A county-wide curfew (Cape Coral included) is still in effect from 8pm - 7am, until further notice. The curfew is meant to protect you from dangers that may not be evident during the daylight.


TRASH COLLECTION:
Waste Pro trash collection will begin tomorrow. If your regularly scheduled collection day is Tuesday, you can put your trash bin out for pick up. They will ONLY be collecting trash. Do not put out horticulture or recycling for collection. They are still short-staffed as they wait for their employees who evacuated to return. They will do their best to make the entire route tomorrow, but if they don’t, please bring your bin back up, off the curb. An update on collection for the rest of the week will be provided tomorrow.

POST STORM SAFETY INFORMATION:
Don't return to your neighborhoods immediately after the storm. There will be many dangers that first responders, public works, and debris management workers will have to assess and clear.  We understand the urge to rush back and check the damage to your homes, but please have patience. Damage assessment and repair has already begun, and we will keep you updated on the safety and status of our roadways and bridges.

As with the flood a couple of weeks ago, there will be standing water. Please don't play in it! This water can contain sewage, human waste, yard chemicals, dead animals, sharp debris from the storm...all things you don't want to wade in or get cut by.

We are reiterating generator safety. Run your generator OUTSIDE, away from windows, NOT under an overhang or in the garage where deadly fumes can reach you. Don't refuel a hot generator (gas can ignite) and don't operate a generator in wet conditions to avoid electrocution.

If you've lost power (most of us have) and have no A/C, please stay hydrated. It's hot and sticky out there...it comes with the Florida living (like hurricanes).

TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:
Debris crews are actively clearing roadways. Give yourself extra time as your "usual" route may be blocked.

Don't drive through standing water, as even only a small amount can sweep your car away. Initial reports have our flooding much, much better than had been anticipated, but there's still a lot of water out there.

Generators are being placed at some key intersections throughout the city to power traffic lights. Other intersections are being modified to not allow for left-turns. If there is no signal or officer at the intersection and the light is out, PLEASE TREAT THE INTERSECTION AS A 4-WAY STOP.

Midpoint Bridge and Cape Coral Bridge are cleared for traffic.

Due to flooding, Burnt Store Rd. is detoured to Old Burnt Store Rd. between Gulfstream and Durden.

POWER:
About half of the city remains without power, including traffic signals.

Treat all downed powerlines as live! Call these in to LCEC at (239) 656-2300. Please only call 911 to report a downed powerline if it is threatening life safety.

Damage assessment has begun and crews are compiling the list of infrastructure that needs repair. LCEC begins by restoring power to essential services such as hospitals, traffic signals, shelters, communication centers and law enforcement. Next, power is restored to the greatest number of customers in the least amount of time by repairing main circuits. Then feeders will be repaired to power up neighborhoods. Finally, individual services or services that need to be reconnected after repair to the customer’s damaged electrical system are restored.

Visit www.lcec.net/reliability/storm-center/hurricane-updates for more information.


WELFARE CHECK:
We know that many people will want welfare check on friends and family.  Please call (239) 573-3000 for welfare check requests.  Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 as they need to be available for emergency calls. We have initiated welfare checks, but please be aware that it may take 24-48 hours for us to complete all of the requests.


CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
Today’s special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.

City Hall is closed tomorrow (9/12). It will reopen for regular business on Wednesday (9/13).

Lee County and Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools are closed through the week. Classes will resume on Monday, September 18.

The Primary Election scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled. Early Voting has been rescheduled to September 21, 22, and 23, and the Primary Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26.

The Chief Judge of the 20th Circuit has extended the closure of all courthouses through Friday, September 15. The courthouses are expected to reopen on Monday, September 18, subject to a further assessment of damages. This includes Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, and Glades counties.

Lee County government offices are closed tomorrow and Wednesday (9/13).


SHELTERS:

Lee County Emergency Management is providing shelter at four locations tonight (Monday) for people who remained in shelters today post-Irma and for people who may have incurred Hurricane Irma damage to their homes and need a place to stay temporarily. 

Open shelters tonight include:

  • Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero
  • Alico Arena, Florida Gulf Coast University campus
  • North Fort Myers Rec Center (new), 2000 N. Recreation Way, North Fort Myers
  • Dunbar Middle School (new), 4750 Winkler Ave. Extension, Fort Myers

Previously opened shelters (except for Germain and Alico) will close tonight. The four shelters open now will take evacuees beginning at 6 p.m.

People who are in one of the existing shelters that are now closing and need transportation to a new shelter will not have to find their own rides; LeeTran will provide them. Those who can drive to shelters are encouraged to do so.

All people staying at one of these four shelters Monday night will have to register at the door, even if they stayed in a Lee County shelter during the weekend. (The people who have remained in Alico and Germain today will simply complete another registration form.)

Decisions about how long the shelters will remain open will be made in tandem with Emergency Management recovery efforts this week.

All shelters are pet friendly. Please bring a crate for your animal or a leash.



UPDATE #13 - Late Morning Update


DATE: Monday September 11, 2017
TIME: 1130


EMERGENCY SERVICES HAVE RESUMED AND ARE OPERATING NORMALLY.
There is NO city-wide boil water notice for Cape Coral.

CURFEW:
A county-wide curfew (Cape Coral included) is still in effect from 8pm - 7am, until further notice. The curfew is meant to protect you from dangers that may not be evident during the daylight.


POST STORM SAFETY INFORMATION:
Don't return to your neighborhoods immediately after the storm. There will be many dangers that first responders, public works, and debris management workers will have to assess and clear.  We understand the urge to rush back and check the damage to your homes, but please have patience. Damage assessment and repair has already begun, and we will keep you updated on the safety and status of our roadways and bridges.

As with the flood a couple of weeks ago, there will be standing water. Please don't play in it! This water can contain sewage, human waste, yard chemicals, dead animals, sharp debris from the storm...all things you don't want to wade in or get cut by.

We are reiterating generator safety. Run your generator OUTSIDE, away from windows, NOT under an overhang or in the garage where deadly fumes can reach you. Don't refuel a hot generator (gas can ignite) and don't operate a generator in wet conditions to avoid electrocution.

If you've lost power (most of us have) and have no A/C, please stay hydrated. It's hot and sticky out there...it comes with the Florida living (like hurricanes).


TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:
Debris crews are actively clearing roadways. Give yourself extra time as your "usual" route may be blocked.

Don't drive through standing water, as even only a small amount can sweep your car away. Initial reports have our flooding much, much better than had been anticipated, but there's still a lot of water out there.

Generators are being placed at some key intersections throughout the city to power traffic lights. Other intersections are being modified to not allow for left-turns. If there is no signal or officer at the intersection and the light is out, PLEASE TREAT THE INTERSECTION AS A 4-WAY STOP.

Midpoint Bridge and Cape Coral Bridge are cleared for traffic.

POWER:
About half of the county remains without power, including traffic signals.

Treat all downed power lines as live! Call these in to LCEC at (239) 656-2300. Please only call 911 to report a downed powerline if it is threatening life safety.

Damage assessment has begun and crews are compiling the list of infrastructure that needs repair.

Visit www.lcec.net/reliability/storm-center/hurricane-updates for more information.

WELFARE CHECK:
We know that many people will want welfare check on friends and family.  Please call (239) 573-3000 for welfare check requests.  Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number for welfare checks, as they need to be available for emergency calls. We have initiated welfare checks, but please be aware that it may take 24-48 hours for us to complete all of the requests.

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
Today’s special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.

City Hall is closed today and tomorrow (9/12). It will reopen for regular business on Wednesday (9/13)

Lee County Schools are closed through the week. Classes will resume on Monday, September 18. The Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools are closed today and Tuesday (9/12).

The Primary Election scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled. Early Voting has been rescheduled to September 21, 22, and 23, and the Primary Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26.

Solid waste collection is suspended for today.

The Chief Judge of the 20th Circuit has extended the closure of all courthouses through Friday, September 15. The courthouses are expected to reopen on Monday, September 18, subject to a further assessment of damages. This includes Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, and Glades counties.

DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING:
Please see menu tab for information.




UPDATE #12 - Evening Update

DATE: Sunday September 10, 2017
TIME: 1930

EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE STILL SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME. We will let the public know as soon as they have resumed. 9-1-1 will still take calls and add them to a queue.  Calls will be triaged and will be responded to once operations have resumed.


CURFEW:
A county-wide curfew (Cape Coral included) is in effect starting TONIGHT from 8pm - 7am, until further notice. The curfew is meant to protect you from dangers that may not be evident during the daylight.


POST STORM SAFETY INFORMATION:
Don't return to your neighborhoods immediately after storm. There will be many dangers that first responders, public works, and debris management workers will have to assess and clear.  This effort starts as soon as it is safe to get these crews on the road. Officials will communicate when it is safe to return to your neighborhoods. Avoid the urge to immediately leave your shelter and return to your neighborhoods.

 
TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:
Tropical storm force winds are still being experienced in Southwest Florida, so driving at this time is NOT advised. 


POWER:

  • Most of the county remains without power (approximately 131,000 subscribers), including traffic signals.
  • As soon as it is safe to work again, the LCEC crews will begin working to restore power.
  • Visit www.lcec.net/reliability/storm-center/hurricane-updates for more information.


WELFARE CHECK:
We know that many people will want welfare check on friends and family.  Once the storm passes, roads are cleared, and immediate life-saving measures are done, THEN we will begin conducting welfare checks.  This may take 24-48 hours AFTER THE STORM PASSES.  Please call (239) 573-3000 for welfare check requests.  Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number for welfare checks, as they need to be available for emergency calls.  


WEATHER:
5pm SundayStorm surge is projected to peak in the area over the next four hours. Flooding will continue to be an issue for the next several days.

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
  • Monday’s (9/11) special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.
  • City Hall is closed Monday (9/11) and Tuesday (9/12).
  • All Parks and Recreation programs through the weekend have been canceled.
  • Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools and Lee County Schools are closed Monday (9/11) and Tuesday (9/12).
  • Early Voting as well as the Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday (9/12) have been canceled. Early Voting has been rescheduled to September 21, 22, and 23, and the Primary Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26.
  • Solid waste collection is suspended for Monday (9/11).

DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING:
Please see menu tab for information.




UPDATE #11 - Late Morning Update

DATE: Sunday September 10, 2017
TIME: 1100

WINDS HAVE REACHED A SUSTAINED 40+MPH. EMERGENCY SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME. We will let the public know as soon as they have resumed. 9-1-1 will still take calls and add them to a queue.  Calls will be triaged and will be responded to once operations have resumed.

WEATHER:

SUNDAY 11AM UPDATE

SHELTERS:
There are still shelters open and accepting evacuees. However, tropical storm force winds are now being experienced in Southwest Florida, so driving at this time is NOT advised. It is recommended that you shelter in place, preferably in an interior room.

Open Shelters:

  • Harns Marsh Middle School, 1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres
  • Mirror Lakes Elementary, 525 Charwood Ave S, Lehigh Acres
  • Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres

Transportation to shelters has been suspended.

TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:
Tropical storm force winds are now being experienced in Southwest Florida, so driving at this time is NOT advised. 


CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:

  • Monday’s (9/11) special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.
  • All Parks and Recreation programs through the weekend have been canceled.
  • Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools and Lee County Schools are closed Monday (9/11) and Tuesday (9/12).
  • Early Voting as well as the Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday (9/12) have been canceled. Early Voting has been rescheduled to September 21, 22, and 23, and the Primary Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26.
  • Solid waste collection is suspended for Monday (9/11)


POWER

  • LCEC does NOT turn the power off intentionally
  • LCEC continues to restore power until it is unsafe to work. At that time, nature takes its course and ,as soon as it is safe to work again, the LCEC crews get to work.
  • In some situations, LCEC is requested to disconnect power for safety reasons. Only at that time will LCEC de-energize the lines.
  • Visit www.lcec.net/reliability/storm-center/hurricane-updates for more information


WELFARE CHECK
We know that many people will want welfare check on friends and family.  Once the storm passes, roads are cleared, and immediate life-saving measures are done, THEN we will begin conducting welfare checks.  This may take 24-48 hours AFTER THE STORM PASSES.  Please call (239) 573-3000 for welfare check requests.  Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number for welfare checks, as they need to be available for emergency calls.  

 


UPDATE #10 - Evening Update

DATE: Saturday, September 9, 2017
TIME: 2100
 

SHELTER INFORMATION:
If you have yet to make it to a shelter, shelter in place as conditions will worsen overnight.

WHAT IS STORM SURGE?
Click the link for storm surge information NOAA Storm Surge Overview: 
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/surge/ 

 

WEATHER: 

update 11 pic


GENERATOR SAFETY:
As Irma approaches and conditions deteriorate, power will start to fail and people will begin to use generators if they have them. Generators can cause DEADLY conditions when improperly used. DO NOT use a generator indoors or where fumes can reach indoor areas; don't refuel a hot generator to avoid igniting fuels; and avoid operating in wet conditions to avoid electrocution risks. Please visit the below links for extensive generator safety tips: 

Safe Generator Use

LCEC Generator Tips


CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSINGS:

  • Lee County Schools are closed Monday 9/11 AND Tuesday 9/12
  • City Hall is closed Monday 9/11
  • Special and Regular City Council Meetings are cancelled for 9/11
  • Cape Coral Charter Schools closed 9/11 AND Tuesday 9/12
  • Early Votiing has been rescheduled to Sept. 21-23
  • Primary Election has been rescheduled to Sept. 26
  • Solid Waste suspended for Monday 9/11 


EVACUATIONS:

  • Zone A
  • Everything west of Chiquita/south of Pine Island Road
  • Mobile Homes
  • Live Aboard Vessels




UPDATE #9.5

DATE: Saturday, September 9, 2017
TIME: 1630

FINAL SHELTER INFORMATION: Area shelters are rapidly filling with only a few remaining (listed below). The final option is to travel east out of the surge area to Palm Beach, Martin and Broward Counties. Please be advised you need to go NOW, before weather conditions become too dangerous to travel. Shelters in the surrounding counties are already at capacity.

Should you choose not to take this option and evacuate now, you will have to shelter in place. Please check www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.htm for the list of shelters, and check the FL 511 website for current traffic conditions should you choose to head inland/east. 

Remaining Lee County shelters:

  • Germain Arena, 11000 Everglades Parkway, Estero
  • Mirror Lakes Elementary, 525 Charwood Ave South, Lehigh Acres
  • NFM Academy for the Arts, 1856 Arts Way, N. Ft. Myers
  • Veterans Park Recreation Center, 49 Homestead Rd, Lehigh Acres




UPDATE #9 - Lunchtime Update

DATE: Saturday September 9, 2017
TIME: 1100


NEW EVACUATIONS:
Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the areas west of Chiquita/south of Pine Island Rd.  These are in addition to the already announced evacuations (see below).  Please leave the area immediately!  Please note there are areas of zone B in Cape Coral that are not under a mandatory evacuation order. 


SHELTERS:
SPACE IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING SHELTERS:

  • East Lee County High School
  • Harns Marsh Middle School
  • Oak Hammock Middle School

THESE SHELTERS OPEN AT 10 A.M.:

  • Ray V. Pottorf Elementary School
  • Germain Arena

THESE SHELTERS ARE FULL:

  • Estero Recreation Center
  • Varsity Lakes Middle School
  • Island Coast High School
  • South Fort Myers High School

http://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/shelters/publicshelters

*Be sure to bring several days of food, water, medications, personal items and bedding.


EVACUATIONS:
Lee County Emergency Management has announced mandatory evacuations for Evacuation Zone A and portions of the Imperial River basin. This includes the barrier islands, all mobile homes and live aboard vessels. Please click the link below for more information related to evacuations and shelters: 
https://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement

Once winds reach 40 mph please remember that emergency services will be suspended. 911 dispatchers will still answer calls and add them to a queue.  Calls will be triaged and responded to when it is safe for public safety personnel to resume operations.


CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
Monday, September 11:

  • City Hall is closed
  • Special and Regular City Council meetings
  • Cape Coral Charter Schools
  • Lee County School District Schools
  • Early voting has been rescheduled to Sept 21-23.
  • Primary Election has been rescheduled to Sept 26.


TRASH COLLECTION:
Please bring all trash bins and bulk items inside to prevent safety issues from flying debris. Until further notice, Lee County Solid Waste is suspending all garbage, recycling and horticulture collections for Monday, September 11.




UPDATE# 8.5

DATE: Friday September 9, 2017
TIME: 7:36 AM


SHELTER UPDATE:
The shelter at Island Coast High School is full. To find an open shelter in Lee County click on the link below:
http://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/shelters/publicshelters




UPDATE# 8 - Evening Briefing

DATE: Friday September 8, 2017
TIME: 1800

Please see below update on Hurricane Irma, particularly in regards to evacuations and shelters.


WEATHER:

 5pm Friday


TRASH COLLECTION:
If any trash is not picked up after 7p.m. today, residents are asked to bring their bins as well as any trash bulk items inside so that they are secure and do not create safety issues. These items can become projectiles, potentially causing injury, property damage, or becoming a road obstruction. 


ALCOHOL SALES:
With the exception of beer, the City is suspending the sale of, or the offer to sell, alcoholic beverages within the City of Cape Coral effective at close of business Friday (9/8)/Saturday (9/9) at 2:00a.m. This includes stores, restaurants, and bars.


EVACUATIONS:
Effective immediately, Lee County Emergency Management has announced mandatory evacuations for Evacuation Zone A and portions of the Imperial River basin between East Terry, Bonita Beach Road and Interstate 75.  These announcements are in preparation for the expected high winds and potential storm surge that may occur along the coastal areas. Please see map below to determine your evacuation area. For Cape Coral, evacuation areas are west of Burnt Store Road, south of Cape Coral Parkway, and east of Del Prado Boulevard up to Viscaya Parkway. Please make any last minute arrangements and leave the area ASAP if you are in any of the evacuation zones.

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Please remember that while you may not be asked to evacuate, once winds reach 40 MPH sustained, emergency services will be suspended.  9-1-1 will still take calls and add them to a queue.  Calls will be triaged and will be responded to once operations have resumed. 


SHELTERS:
The following shelters are open for evacuees as of 9a.m. today:

  • East Lee County High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave., Lehigh Acres – PET FRIENDLY
  • Varsity Lakes Middle School, 801  Gunnery Road., Lehigh Acres                                      
  • Harns Marsh Middle School, 1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres                                 
  • Oak Hammock Middle School,  5321 Tice St., Fort Myers                                              
  • Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy., Cape Coral - THIS SHELTER HAS REACHED ITS CAPACITY
  • South Ft. Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road., Fort Myers – PET FRIENDLY       
  • Estero Rec Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Road., Estero – THIS SHELTER HAS REACHED ITS CAPACITY             

Lee County Emergency Management is preparing to open additional shelters at 10a.m. tomorrow:

  • Ray V. Pottorf Elementary, 4600 Challenger Blvd., Fort Myers
  • Germain Arena, 11000 Everglades Parkway, Estero


LeeTran buses began transporting people to open evacuation shelters as of 9 a.m. this morning. To arrange transportation to a shelter, please call 2-1-1.


Regular transit service will continue to run at this time as well. At this time, all fares have been suspended for both Passport and Fixed Route buses. LeeTran buses will remain running until winds reach approximately 40mph.

East Lee County High School and South Fort Myers High School are the primary pet-friendly shelters in Lee County but, thanks to the efforts of Lee County Domestic Animal Services, all opened Lee County Shelters have pet capacity. You will need a crate or carrier, collar and leash, and up-to-date vaccination records for your pet. Having a recent photo of your pet will be helpful if you get separated. If your pet is not up-to-date on its vaccinations, it will still be allowed at the shelter. However, the County will not be accepting liability if your pet gets sick due to being around other animals and being improperly vaccinated. 

When going to a shelter, please bring 72 hours worth of food and water with you. 


TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:
While there are currently no incidents, there is heavy volume. Please be cautious and patient when on the road. You can check roadways by visiting the FL 511 website or downloading the app.

Drivers should expect delays and allot extra time if you are trying to find and buy fuel. If you are looking for fuel, you can download the mobile app: Gas Buddy or Waze. Both keep real time gas prices along with availability. It's only as good as the information people send it so be sure to report any station that is out, etc.

By order of Governor Rick Scott, tolls have been suspended on State roads at this time, such as the Florida turnpike.  Tolls have also been suspended for Lee County bridges.

Bridges are generally considered unsafe to travel once sustained wind speeds reach 40 MPH. Please do not drive on bridges at that time.
 

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
Monday’s (9/11) special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.
All Parks and Recreation programs through the weekend have been canceled.

Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools and Lee County Schools are closed Monday (9/11).
Early Voting as well as the Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday (9/12) have been canceled.
Early Voting has been rescheduled to September 21, 22, and 23, and the Primary Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26.


BOATING INFORMATION:
The Chiquita Lock will be closed tomorrow (9/9) at noon.
Mandatory evacuations have been put into place for all liveaboard vessels.

Lee County DOT operated draw bridges – Alva, Big Carlos Pass and Matlacha Pass – will be locked down starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The lock down will be complete by noon. The Gasparilla bridge (Boca Grande bridge) was locked down at 9a.m. today. Tolls are waived on the bridge.
Boat owners should take steps now to secure their vessels and be aware of the limitations of their anchor or mooring locations. For more preparation information, please see https://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/plan/mediaresources and click on “Preparing Your Boat.” 

 

UPDATE# 7.5

DATE: Friday September 8, 2017
TIME: 1530


Effective immediately, Lee County Emergency Management has announced mandatory evacuations for Evacuation Zone A and portions of the Imperial River basin between East Terry, Bonita Beach Road and Interstate 75.  These announcements are in preparation for the expected high winds and potential storm surge that may occur along the coastal areas. Please see map below to determine your evacuation area. For Cape Coral, evacuation areas are west of Burnt Store Road, south of Cape Coral Parkway, east of Del Prado Boulevard up to Viscaya Parkway. Please make any last minute arrangements and leave the area ASAP if you are in any of the evacuation zones. 

Evacuation Zones



UPDATE# 7 - Lunchtime Briefing

DATE:  Friday September 8, 2017
TIME: 1230

Good afternoon Cape Coral. There has been inaccurate information disseminated that some of the Cape Coral Fire Stations have sand. There is not sand at any of the fire stations in Cape Coral. Here is link to a news story regarding sandbag locations (http://www.winknews.com/2017/09/06/sandbag-locations-across-swfl/). This is information from yesterday so it is unknown if there is still sand available today.

Please see below very important updates on Hurricane Irma. 


WEATHER:
The projection has the storm shifting more west which will result in a greater impact for our area. Residents should continue to prepare by having a family disaster/evacuation plan, making sure their disaster supply kits are ready and by staying informed.

 Friday 11am


TRASH COLLECTION:
Due to the Labor Day holiday, trash pick up has been delayed for a day. If your regularly scheduled pick up day is Thursday, your trash will be picked up today. If your regularly scheduled trash pickup day is Friday, unfortunately, your trash will not be picked up. Please do not put your bins or any other items at the curb. Residential services have been suspended beginning Saturday. If any trash is not picked up after 7pm on Friday, residents are asked to bring their bins inside so that they are secure and do not create safety issues. 

Residents are asked to not put bulk items curbside at this time.  These items will not be able to be collected prior to the storm making landfall.  These items can become projectiles, potentially causing injury, property damage, or becoming a road obstruction.


ALCOHOL SALES:
With the exception of beer, the City is suspending the sale of, or the offer to sell, alcoholic beverages within the City of Cape Coral effective at close of business Friday (9/8)/Saturday (9/9) at 2:00a.m. This includes stores, restaurants, and bars.


EVACUATIONS:
Lee County has announced evacuations effective this morning. There are no mandatory evacuations for specific areas of Cape Coral. HOWEVER, mobile and manufactured homes and liveaboard vessels throughout Lee County have been issued an evacuation. Mandatory evacuations have also be issued for barrier islands including Bonita Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, and Pine Island.

Please remember that while you may not be asked to evacuate, once winds reach 40 MPH sustained, emergency services will be suspended.  9-1-1 will still take calls and add them to a queue.  Calls will be triaged and will be responded to once operations have resumed.

SHELTERS:
The following shelters are open for evacuees as of 9 a.m.:

  • East Lee County High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave., Lehigh Acres – PET FRIENDLY
  • Varsity Lakes Middle School, 801  Gunnery Road., Lehigh Acres                                      
  • Harns Marsh Middle School, 1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres                                 
  • Oak Hammock Middle School,  5321 Tice St., Fort Myers                                              
  • Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy., Cape Coral                                      
  • South Ft. Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road., Fort Myers – PET FRIENDLY       
  • Estero Rec Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Road., Estero                   

LeeTran buses will begin transporting people to open evacuation shelters as of 9 a.m. this morning. At this time, all fares have been suspended for both Passport and Fixed Route buses.

To be transported to a shelter, all passengers can board the bus at any stop, and then need to exit the bus at a designated Shelter Transfer location. Passengers can also board the bus from dedicated pickup locations on Sanibel Island and Pine Island. From the Shelter Transfer location, another dedicated bus will take passengers to the closest open evacuation shelter.

Regular transit service will continue to run at this time as well. LeeTran buses will remain running until winds reach approximately 40mph.

East Lee County High School and South Fort Myers High School are the primary pet-friendly shelters in Lee County but, thanks to the efforts of Lee County Domestic Animal Services, all opened Lee County Shelters have pet capacity. You will need a crate or carrier, collar and leash, and up-to-date vaccination records for your pet. Having a recent photo of your pet will be helpful if you get separated. If your pet is not up-to-date on its vaccinations, it will still be allowed at the shelter. However, the County will not be accepting liability if your pet gets sick due to being around other animals and being improperly vaccinated. 

TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:
While there are currently no incidents, there is heavy volume. Please be cautious and patient when on the road. You can check roadways by visiting the FL 511 website or downloading the app.

Drivers should expect delays and allot extra time if you are trying to find and buy fuel. If you are looking for fuel, you can download the mobile app: Gas Buddy or Waze. Both keep real time gas prices along with availability. It's only as good as the information people send it so be sure to report any station that is out, etc.

By order of Governor Rick Scott, tolls have been suspended on State roads at this time, such as the Florida turnpike.  Tolls have also been suspended for Lee County bridges.

Bridges are generally considered unsafe to travel once sustained wind speeds reach 40 MPH. Please do not drive on bridges at that time.
 

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
City Hall will be closed today.

Monday’s (9/11) special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.

All Parks and Recreation programs through the weekend have been canceled.

Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools and Lee County Schools are closed today and Monday (9/11).

Early Voting as well as the Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday (9/12) have been canceled. No decision has been made to resume Early Voting at this time.  The Primary Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 26.


BOATING INFORMATION:
The Chiquita Lock will be closed tomorrow (9/9) at noon.

Mandatory evacuations have been put into place for all liveaboard vessels.

Lee County DOT operated draw bridges – Alva, Big Carlos Pass and Matlacha Pass – will be locked down starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The lock down will be complete by noon. The Gasparilla bridge (Boca Grande bridge) was locked down at 9 a.m. today. Tolls are waived on the bridge.

Boat owners should take steps now to secure their vessels and be aware of the limitations of their anchor or mooring locations. For more preparation information, please see https://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/plan/mediaresources and click on “Preparing Your Boat.” 

 

UPDATE #6 - Evening Briefing

DATE:  Thursday September 7, 2017
TIME: 1800

Good evening Cape Coral. Please see updates below…there are many.


TRASH COLLECTION:
Due to the Labor Day holiday, trash pick up has been delayed for a day. If your regularly scheduled pick up day is Thursday, your trash will be picked up tomorrow (Friday). If your regularly scheduled trash pickup day is Friday, unfortunately, your trash will not be picked up. Please do not put your bins or any other items at the curb. Residential services have been suspended beginning Saturday.

Residents are asked to not put bulk items curbside at this time.  These items will not be able to be collected prior to the storm making landfall.  These items can become projectiles, potentially causing injury, property damage, or becoming a road obstruction.


ALCOHOL SALES:
With the exception of beer, the City is suspending the sale of, or the offer to sell, alcoholic beverages within the City of Cape Coral effective at close of business Friday (9/8)/Saturday (9/9) at 2:00a.m.


EVACUATIONS:
Lee County has announced evacuations planned for Friday. There are no mandatory evacuations for specific areas of Cape Coral. HOWEVER, mobile and manufactured homes and liveaboard vessels throughout Lee County will also be issued an evacuation. Mandatory evacuation will also be issued for barrier islands including Bonita Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, and Pine Island.

Please remember that while you may not be asked to evacuate, once winds reach 40 MPH sustained, emergency services will be suspended.  9-1-1 will still take calls and add them to a queue.  Calls will be triaged and will be responded to once operations have resumed. Residents should continue to prepare by having a family disaster/evacuation plan, making sure their disaster supply kits are ready and by staying informed.


SHELTERS:
The following shelters will be open for evacuees beginning 9 a.m. Friday:

East Lee County High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave., Lehigh Acres - PET FRIENDLY  
Varsity Lakes Middle School, 801  Gunnery Road., Lehigh Acres                                      
Harns Marsh Middle School, 1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres                                 
Oak Hammock Middle School,  5321 Tice St., Fort Myers                                              
Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy., Cape Coral                                      
South Ft. Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road., Fort Myers - PET FRIENDLY
Estero Rec Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Road., Estero   
                


TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:
While there are currently no incidents, there is heavy volume. Please be cautious and patient when on the road.

Drivers should expect delays and allot extra time if you are trying to find and buy fuel. If you are looking for fuel, you can download the mobile app: Gas Buddy or Waze. Both keep real time gas prices along with availability. It's only as good as the information people send it so be sure to report any station that is out, etc.

By order of Governor Rick Scott, tolls have been suspended on State roads at this time, such as the Florida turnpike.  Tolls have also been suspended for Lee County bridges.

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday (9/7 & 9/8).

Thursday’s (9/7) first public hearing on the city budget has been canceled.  Re-schedule date is TBD.

Monday’s (9/11) special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.

All Parks and Recreation programs through the weekend have been canceled.

Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools and Lee County Schools are closed Thursday and Friday (9/7 and 9/8).  Cape Coral Charter Schools will also be closed on Monday (9/11).

WEATHER:
Thursday evening




UPDATE #5 - Lunchtime Briefing

DATE:  Thursday September 7, 2017
TIME: 1230

Good afternoon Cape Coral.  While it is still too soon to know exactly the path that Hurricane Irma will take, it is still very important to make necessary preparations. Residents are urged to finish preparing their property for the storm and complete any errands while the weather remains mild. Please see below for new, and a review of previously provided, information.

 

WEATHER:

Thursday lunch

 

CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:

  • City Hall will be closed today and Friday (9/8).
  • Today's first public hearing on the city budget has been canceled.  Re-schedule date is TBD.
  • Monday’s (9/11) special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.
  • All Parks and Recreation programs through the weekend have been canceled.
  • Waste Pro trash pickup will continue through Friday morning.  Residents are asked to not put bulk items curbside at this time.  It is unknown whether or not those items will be able to be collected prior to the storm making landfall.  These items can become projectiles, potentially causing injury, property damage, or becoming a road obstruction.
  • Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools and Lee County Schools are closed today and Friday (9/8).  Cape Coral Charter Schools will also be closed on Monday (9/11).

 

TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:

  • While there are currently no incidents, there is heavy volume. Please be cautious and patient when on the road.
  • Drivers should expect delays and allot extra time if you are trying to find and buy fuel. If you are looking for fuel, you can download the mobile apps Gas Buddy or Waze. Both keep real time gas prices along with availability. It's only as good as the information people send it so be sure to report any station that is out, etc.
  • By order of Governor Rick Scott, tolls have been suspended on State roads at this time, such as the Florida turnpike.  At this time, tolls remain in effect on Lee County bridges.

 

EVACUATIONS:

  • No mandatory evacuations have been ordered at this time. 
  • Please remember that once winds reach 40 MPH sustained, emergency services will be suspended.  9-1-1 will still take calls and add them to a queue.  Calls will be triaged and will be responded to once operations have resumed. 
  • Residents in low-lying and other vulnerable areas are urged to seek safer locations with friends and family.
  • Residents who plan to leave their homes are encouraged to take their pets and necessary supplies with them (see information in "Preparedness and Information Tips" menu tab.


 SHELTERS:

  • No shelters are open at this time. As the storm approaches and more detailed information becomes available from the National Hurricane Center, decisions are expected later today regarding shelter openings and evacuations. The special needs shelter for REGISTERED individuals is expected to open later today.
  • Residents should continue to prepare by having a family disaster/evacuation plan, making sure their disaster supply kits are ready and by staying informed so they are ready to act when those evacuation orders are given.
  • As we get additional information from Lee County, we will provide updates.



UPDATE #4 - Evening Briefing

DATE:  Wednesday September, 2017
TIME: 1649

Good evening Cape Coral.  Preparations are continuing as Irma inches closer to Florida. We have new information on government office closures to share at this time.

 WEATHER:

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CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:

  • City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday (9/7 & 9/8).
  • Thursday’s (9/7) first public hearing on the City budget has been canceled.  Re-schedule date is TBD.
  • Monday’s (9/11) special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.
  • All Parks and Recreation programs through the weekend have been canceled.

TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:
No major incidents to report. Traffic around gas stations continues to be congested.  Drivers should expect delays and allot extra time if you are trying to find and buy fuel. 

EVACUATIONS:
No mandatory evacuations have been ordered at this time. That said, once winds reach 40 MPH sustained, emergency services will be suspended.  9-1-1 will still take calls and add them to a queue.  Calls will be triaged and will be responded to once operations have resumed. Cape Coral City Government is urging residents to voluntarily evacuate ahead of the storm.  Please see the video below:

 


SHELTERS:

  • As a reminder, not all shelters open for every storm and shelter openings are based on storm characteristics like wind and storm surge. No shelters are open at this time.
  • Residents should continue to prepare by having a family disaster/evacuation plan, making sure their disaster supply kits are ready and by staying informed so they are ready to act when those evacuation orders are given.
  • A call-down of the Special Needs Registry is being completed today to determine evacuation support requirements for our Special Needs clients.  Per the Lee County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the Lee County Special Needs Registry closes once we are included in the five-day storm cone. Information about a special needs shelter will be available soon.
  • As we get additional information from Lee County, we will provide updates.

 


UPDATE #3 - Lunchtime Update 

DATE:  Wednesday September 6, 2017
TIME: 1230 

Good afternoon Cape Coral. As we continue with preparations we want to remind our citizens a a few key things: 

  • If you have not already done so, please download the free Ping4alerts! App.  This is the official application used by the City of Cape Coral for real-time, location-based, emergency alerts.  You can learn more and download it atwww.capecops.com/ping4.
  • Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools and Lee County Schools are closed Thursday and Friday (9/7 and 9/8).  Cape Coral Charter Schools will also be closed on Monday (9/11).
  • Waste Pro trash pickup will continue through Friday morning.  Residents are asked to not put bulk items curbside at this time.  It is unknown whether or not those items will be able to be collected prior to the storm making landfall.  These items can become projectiles, potentially causing injury, property damage, or becoming a road obstruction. 

WEATHER: 

1230update

TRAFFIC CONDITIONS/ROADWAYS:

  • No significant traffic issues to report at this time in Cape Coral. 
  • Drivers can expect congestion and delays around gas stations as residents are getting fuel.
  • By order of Governor Rick Scott, tolls have been suspended on State roads at this time, such as the Florida turnpike.  At this time, tolls remain in effect on Lee County bridges.

EVACUATIONS:
Residents planning to evacuate the area should keep an eye on road conditions on the interstate and state roads by checking this website:  www.fl511.com.

SHELTERS:

  • As a reminder, not all shelters open for every storm and shelter openings are based on storm characteristics like wind and storm surge. No shelters are open at this time.
  • Residents should continue to prepare by having a family disaster/evacuation plan, making sure their disaster supply kits are ready and by staying informed so they are ready to act when those evacuation orders are given.
  • A call-down of the Special Needs Registry is being completed today to determine evacuation support requirements for our Special Needs clients.  Per the Lee County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the Lee County Special Needs Registry closes once we are included in the five-day storm cone. Information about a special needs shelter will be available soon.
  • As we get additional information from Lee County, we will provide updates. 

 

UPDATE #2 - September 5, 2017 1800

DECLARATION OF STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY

The City of Cape Coral has declared a State of Local Emergency. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and staff is focusing on ensuring that the community is as prepared as possible. The City of Cape Coral is working closely with Lee County Emergency Management officials and other state and county agencies to closely monitor Hurricane Irma. Official City updates and other safety information will be provided regularly and will be issued from the Fire Department’s Division of Emergency Management. A dedicated website has been created so residents can find all relevant local safety information in one location.  Please visit this website (www.capecoral.net/hurricane) for timely updates. 

Any updates to the Hurricane Irma website will also be posted on the City’s social media sites.  There is a link to the Hurricane Irma website on the City’s main page  (the link can be found by visiting capecoral.net under “Latest City News”).  The City will also rely on our local media to distribute important information. Residents are asked to monitor all public safety messages from our local, county and state partners and we urge everyone to take the necessary precautions in preparation for the approaching storm. 
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National Weather Service Update



UPDATE #1 - September 5, 2017 1100
 

CITY OF CAPE CORAL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS
Sandbags are not provided by the City but there are other actions residents can take to prepare for a hurricane

 The City of Cape Coral does not provide sand or sandbags. Scientific research has proven that sandbags are ineffective at protecting homes from storm surge and that several hundred would be required to protect just one home or business from low level flooding 

There are other actions you can take to prepare you, your family, and your home for an approaching storm. These include: 

  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay.
  • Put together a go-bag including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information (insurance information, identification, etc.)
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads. Water recommendations are one gallon per person per day for three days.
  • Have contact information for your family members and let others know what your plans are.
  • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall. Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Have a plan for your pet. Make sure they have enough food and that you have records of their vaccinations.
  • If you or a family member has special needs and would need assistance getting to a shelter, please register with Lee County by contacting 239-533-0640 or visiting http://bit.ly/2x6zPRa.
  • For more preparedness information please visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes   or http://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/plan/ahg.

 

The City of Cape Coral Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated to a Level 3, enhanced monitoring. Fire Chief Donald K. Cochran reminds residents, “Please remain calm, but do take steps to be prepared. We are keeping a close eye on the storm and will be providing regular updates.” He also recommends residents follow the National Weather Service at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

 

 
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For the latest information visit www.capecoral.net/hurricane.  
Updated safety information and tips can be found under the “Preparedness and Safety Tips” menu tab.

The EOC Emergency Information Center is available for residents who may have questions or are looking for information. Please dial 3-1-1. 

If you have not already done so, please download the free Ping4alerts! App.  This is the official application used by the City of Cape Coral for real-time, location-based, emergency alerts.  You can learn more and download it at www.capecops.com/ping4.