I don’t really enjoy talking about hurricanes, because inevitably it leads back to Charley and reminds me of how miserable our island was in the wake of the storm. But, considering that we are on a named storm #2 this season (Hurricane Bud near Mexico), and it’s not even season yet, then I want to do my part by urging everyone to be prepared. When surrounded by modern day conveniences every day, we don’t think about or don’t remember what it’s like to be suddenly cut off. And being suddenly cut off, can bring about serious challenges in completing even the basic tasks. The City of Sanibel has made remarkable strides in the years following Charley to prepare our citizens for any potential disasters. They organize annual seminars and provide lots of useful information to help us best prepare for an emergency situation. An important note for those of us who live and work on the islands: you have to have a 2012 City of Sanibel Hurricane Hangtag Re-Entry Pass in order to be allowed back on the islands should anything happen. In addition, they print a yearly All-Hazards Guide, which includes valuable information for preparation, evacuation and recovery. Of course, none of us want to have to be in one of those emergency situations ever again, but if you’re prepared, you can avoid any additional unpleasantries that often come with being caught with your proverbial pants down. So, please remember to be prepared and contact the City of Sanibel for your guide and re-entry passes.
As always, thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com