Hurricane Prep, Disaster Tech

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A key part of hurricane preparations is to make sure that you have the right technology to assist you before, during and after a storm. Lee County Emergency Management, the centralized disaster center for all of Lee County, now offers two new technology tools to help residents prepare for hurricanes and other emergency situations this year.

The LeePrepares app, available in Google Play and the App Store, assists individuals and families with preparing for and recovering from all types of disasters that may affect the community. Features include GPS locating of your evacuation zone; real time info from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on shelters and evacuations; recovery info on re-entry, curfews, distribution points; family disaster plan and emergency supply lists; current local weather outlooks and more.

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The LeePrepares app provides real time information from the Lee Emergency Operations Center.

The AlertLee system is an emergency notification system that allows registered users to receive phone, text or email emergency alerts. To sign up, go to www.AlertLee.com

The Town of Fort Myers Beach uses the CodeRed emergency notification system. To sign up or change your settings, use the link on the town’s website at fmbgov.com. Town residents will also find Hurricane Re-Entry Pass info on the website.

Set your Facebook and Twitter accounts to follow the Lee County Emergency Operations Center @LeeEOC  and facebook.com/lcemfl and the Town of Fort Myers Beach – facebook.com/TownofFortMyersBeach/

Emergency Contact Information (ECI) Florida offers a free and easy way to register emergency contacts should law enforcement need to reach someone for you. The system is securely maintained by the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles and can be accessed by law enforcement only in event of an emergency. Floridians with a valid driver’s license or ID card may enter up to two contacts at www.flhsmv.gov/eci or in a local driver’s license office.

Weather apps See for yourself what the weather experts are saying. There are the usual WeatherBug, Dark Sky, Weather Channel and Weather Underground apps, plus the hurricane specific ones: NOAA Now, My Hurricane Tracker and National Hurricane Center to name just a few. Check them out now and become familiar with using them before a storm is heading our way.