Hurricane Ian
advisory

For more information about Hurricane Ian and the resources available, please visit the Lee County Hurricane Ian Storm Updates Page as well as their After the Storm page.



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About Storm Debris

Storm debris is collected separately from household garbage. Storm debris assessment is already underway throughout the county collections will begin in the next few days, giving residents time to get storm debris to the curb.

Debris Removal

Click Here to view guidelines so that work crews can quickly and efficiently remove storm debris from your property.
• Most Important – Please set storm debris at the curb away from your normal household trash and recycling; it will be collected and documented separately.
• Place storm debris at the curb in three separate piles: garbage, yard waste and building debris. Federal Emergency Management Agency rules require documentation of the volume and type of debris collected to reimburse the county for storm cleanup.
• Garbage must be placed in a 40-gallon can or heavy mil plastic bag each weighing no more than 50 pounds. If you have a larger county-provided container for automated garbage collection, you may use that as well.
• Yard waste does not need to be bundled after the storm. Place it in piles that can easily be managed by collection personnel with a claw truck.
• To expedite collection, do not place anything beneath low-hanging obstacles like trees or power lines or near things like fire hydrants or mailboxes.
• Food must be removed from any appliance set at the curb. Inedible food should be placed with the garbage.

For private or gated communities-

FEMA regulations require that private or gated communities have a current Right of Entry and Indemnification form on file with the City of Bonita Springs before any disaster debris recovery crews are allowed to enter the community. Click hereto download the form, then email the form to public works- [email protected]

If you are unsure if your community has a current Right of Entry form on file, please have your community association manager or home-owner association president email public works- [email protected] .

Storm recovery status is updated on the city website www.cityofbonitasprings.org. Regular updates can also be found at the City of Bonita Springs Facebook page.

Questions, please visit our Hurricane Ian page.


Update on Curfew

City Wide Curfew: City wide curfew is rescinded.

Bonita Beach Area Curfew: Until further notice the curfew is 7PM-7AM.




Take precautions after the storm has passed. Damage to your home can be extensive. Relief supplies may take several days to arrive. Try to remain calm during this potentially emotional time.

Keep these tips in mind:
• Only call 911 for life-threatening situations.
• Have a valid form of identification if needed for re-entry.
• Call utility companies to report hazards, such as broken glass or water mains, downed power lines, or overturned gas tanks.
• Avoid downed wires and standing water.
• Stay tuned to local media for re-entry information.
• Turn off the main breaker to your house.
• Report suspicious contractors or unfairly high prices to authorities.
• Repair open holes in your roof.
• Photograph and take notes of all damages and make any necessary temporary repairs.
• Be careful around wild & domestic animals. Even if you know an animal it may be frightened or injured & could be dangerous.
• If it is necessary to drive, avoid weakened roads, bridges, or tree limbs that could collapse unexpectedly.
• Ask for a contractor's valid county contractor's license. Do not sign a contract if they are unlicensed or pay for services until the work is complete.

Need Assistance?
If you need help that is non-life threatening or have questions on where to get help to recover from a disaster, contact United Way: Dial 211, call 239-433-2000 or visit their website www.unitedwaylee.org.


Blue Tarps

Operation Blue Roof is currently active in Florida following Hurricane Ian. Operation Blue Roof is a priority mission managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is a free service to homeowners. Parties affected by Hurricane Ian are encouraged to submit a Right-of-Entry application. To learn more about Operation Blue Roof and to apply, visit BlueRoof.us or call 888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258).
The Florida counties that have been identified are Charlotte and Lee. The initial sign up period is set for 21 days and will end on Oct. 23.

More information: https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/3177838/usace-announces-start-of-blue-roof-program-in-response-to-hurricane-ian/fbclid/usace-announces-start-of-blue-roof-program-in-response-to-hurricane-ian/

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Debris Removal Information

The City of Bonita Springs currently has CrowderGulf Disaster Recovery and Debris Management working to cut and toss roadway debris to allow for Emergency Management and Florida Power and Light to be able to get through roadways. We will continue to share information about debris removal in the coming week as it becomes available.

Marine debris can be reported to the state. This can include debris in beach and mangrove areas.

 

Reporting options:

- report via map at myfwc.maps.arcgis.com  

- call the Debris Cleanup Hotline at (850) 961-2002

- email [email protected]

- report online at iandebriscleanup.com  

 

The Florida Division of Emergency Management will receive the requests and they will be assigned to the appropriate contractor for action.

 


Imperial River
The City of Bonita Springs continues to advise residents near rivers and canals to keep an eye on the water levels. There is not a mandatory evacuation at this time, however, should the levels increase, residents in flood-prone areas should take precautions.
Sheet flow, which is a natural phenomenon after a hurricane, can cause rivers and canals to rise. The Imperial River has slowly risen since Hurricane Ian. Residents can access the USGS Daily Data for Florida National Water Information System webpage to check levels of the Imperial River here.

Shelters

Lee County is consolidating its shelter operations as the shelter population shifts during recovery efforts. The remaining shelters still have space for people in need. For more information, please visit leegov.com/storm.
Del Tura Plaza
18900 North Tamiami Trail North Fort Myers, FL







Hurricane Ian Clean up- Separating Your Debris

As you begin to clean up your property, remember to separate your storm debris. Please set storm debris at the curb away from your normal household trash and recycling; it will be collected and documented separately. For more information, visit leegov.com/storm.


Helpful Information

For all Emergences—Call 911

Lee County Emergency Operations Center-
Visit www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement or call 239-533-0622

Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District (NON EMERGENCIES)-
Visit www.bonitafire.org/index.cfm or call 239-949-6200

Lee County Sheriff’s Office (NON EMERGENCIES)-
Visit http://www.sheriffleefl.org/ or call 239-477-1000

City of Bonita Springs, City Hall-
Visit www.cityofbonitasprings.org or call 239-949-6262



Aid and Assistance

Bonita Assistance Office-
Visit www.bonitaassistance.org or call 239-992-3034

Lee County Human and Veteran Services-
Visit www.leegov.com/dhs

Human Services Main Phone 239-533-7930 Veteran Services Main Phone 239-533-8381 Client Information Line 239-533-7900

United Way Lee-
Visit www.unitedwaylee.org or call 239-433-3900

The Salvation Army Lee-
Visit www.salvationarmyflorida.org/locations/#south or Call 239 278-1

Catholic Charities-
For Bonita Springs call 239-390-2928
Lee, Hendry & Glades phone line 239-334-4007 Disaster Recovery phone line 239-322-7835

Red Cross-
Visit www.redcross.org/local/florida/south-florida/
Call 239-278-3401

Department of Health and Human Services-
Disaster Distress Helpline call 1-800-985-5990

CrisisCleanup.org 
1-800-451-1954

To find other local resources-
Visit www.211info.org dial 211 or call 239-433-3900



Information Resources:

Local Public Shelters-
www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/shelters/publi
Alert Lee notifications-
To receive notifications regarding emergencies sign up at http://www. Florida State Emergency Response Team - Visit www.floridadisaster.org or call 850-815 Evacuation Zones Map-
Visit http://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagemen

Flood Zones Map-
https://leegis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html? id=c420767df9b3495b8ecf782a5c3a28ef

Florida State Assistance Information Line - Call 800-342-3557

Local 211 Helpline- Dial 211 or call 239-433-3900

Gas Buddy- To find gas stations visit www.gasbuddy.com Hurricane Readiness Information-
Visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Visit www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane Visit www.cityofbonitasprings.org



Utilities/Waste

FPL (Florida Power and Light) - Visit https://www.fpl.com or call (800) 468-8243

Tampa Electric Peoples Gas- Visit www.peoplesgas.com or call 1-877-832-6747

Bonita Springs Utilities-
Visit www.bsu.us
Call 239-992-0711 or 800-583-1496

Lee County Solid Waste- Visit http://www.leegov.com/solidwaste or call 239-533-8000

Advanced Disposal - Call 239-334-1224



FEMA

Disaster Assistance-
Visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA(3362)

For those with a speech or hearing disability call 1-800-462-7585
For those who use 711 or Video Relay Service call 1-800-621-3362



Notifications & Resources- Lee County

Notifications

During emergencies or larger disasters it is important that residents and visitors stay informed. Lee County Emergency Management has multiple ways for you to get the most updated disaster-related information. Check out the links below and make sure you are prepared when disaster strikes.

AlertLee

AlertLee is Lee County’s mass notification system, provided by Everbridge. The system is capable of delivering rapid emergency notifications via one or a combination of the following methods: phone, text, email and social media. Lee County Emergency Management (LCEM) administers and maintains the AlertLee mass notification system for the purpose of alerting citizens to natural and man-made emergencies.

The AlertLee system will be used when an emergency arises that you should know about. Severe weather situations, missing persons, evacuation notices, boil water notices, fire or floods and active shooter situations are few examples of the type of events that may necessitate an AlertLee notification. Signup at www.AlertLee.com or for more information visit AlertLee frequently asked questions.

LeePrepares

LeePrepares is our FREE app available for iPhones and Androids. This tool assists individuals and families with preparing for and recovering from all types of disasters that may affect the community.
• An interactive map allows users to find their evacuation zone by GPS or address search. The map shows active evacuation areas and open shelters.
• Shelters button shows information about staying in shelters and provides a shelter list.
• Preparedness button provides guidelines for getting ready for an event.
• Sign Up for Alerts from AlertLee or text alerts from Lee County Emergency Management.
• Get Local Weather.
• for iPhone
• for Android

Facebook

Our Facebook pages offers preparedness information and highlight our team in action. You can find it at www.Facebook.com/LeePublicSafety.

Twitter

Our Twitter account is a great place to find timely updates on preparedness and emergency information.
Integrated Public Alert Warning System

Resources
• United Way 2-1-1: A volunteer organization dedicated to improving quality of life
• National Weather Service Tampa Bay:
Provides weather forecasts and warnings
• Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Supports citizens and first responders during large scale disasters
• Southwest Florida Water Management District:
Oversees water resources in southern half of the state
• Department of Homeland Security:
To protect and secure our Nation from threats
• Florida's State Emergency Response Team:
Florida Department of Emergency Management supports Florida during disasters
• Media Resources

Quick links to our All Hazards Guide pages for our media partners