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Hurricane seminar to be held at Shell Factory

May 30, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

North Fort Myers residents looking for hurricane preparedness tips will have an opportunity to hear from the experts next Tuesday.

John Patrick, chief meteorologist with ABC-7, and representatives from the Red Cross and Lee County Emergency Management will be among those offering information at a hurricane seminar to be held in the Dolphin Room at the Shell Factory at 10 a.m..

Representatives from StormSmart, Fireservice, and Home Depot will also be there to add to the program and answer questions people may have.

"This is the second time John Patrick has done this. He did an excellent job last year. This seminar will be geared toward out locals," said Chris Forbes of the Shell Factory. "We want to give them information on what they can do in the event of a hurricane."

Speakers will cover topics such as what a hurricane is, when to evacuate, flood damage and storm surge, shelters, how to prepare a hurricane kit, what happens after a hurricane, insurance needs, and how to find relief assistance.

Participants will be provided with a variety of printed materials which will be invaluable in preparing for a hurricane. Hurricane season opens Friday and is in effect until Nov. 30.

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In March, the Shell Factory hosted a similar seminar geared toward winter residents. Robert Van Winkle of NBC-2 was the lead speaker and there was standing room only.

Tuesday's program will provide an emphasis on preparation for the hurricane season and recovery procedures should Lee County experience another hurricane. Additional information will be provided by United Way, Project Hope, and Lee County Crime Prevention,

A representative of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center will provide sign language.

Hurricane-related businesses will have table displays that feature hurricane preparedness items.

Southwest Florida had not been hit by a hurricane since 2005 before Irma made landfall in Marco island last September before blowing through Lee County.

"Everyone was really surprised by Irma, so I think we'll have a good attendance. Everyone will have a lot of information to take home with them," Forbes said. "It wasn't just the wind, but the water. Nobody realized how much flooding Irma caused."

The program is free to the public. Parking is also free. Pre-registration is not required. Participants will be offered free Nature Park passes for the family and door prizes.

For more information, contact Chris Forbes at Christine@ShellFactory.com, or call 246-6364.

 
 

 

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