Hurricane & Emergency Preparedness
Hurricanes and other catastrophic events have the potential to cause significant widespread damage to the Town. Citizens can do their part to individually prepare for the impact of a hurricane or other emergency before the crisis occurs.
We encourage the public to have several ways to receive updates and up-to-the minute information during emergencies.
Here are six ways:
- Sign up NOW to receive alerts from the Lee County Emergency Operations Center
- Sign up NOW for alerts from the Town of Fort Myers Beach Code Red system
- Sign up NOW to receive text and/or email alerts as they are posted on the Town of Fort Myers Beach website homepage
- Monitor the Town's Facebook and Twitter social media outlets. The Town's experience has been that Facebook remains the most reliable in an emergency situation when cell and internet service is down. Beach Talk Radio is another Facebook page that the Town will ask to spread messages, and it remained operational after Hurricane Ian in September 2022.
- Monitor local media and their social media outlets. Don't forget radio! WGCU will be a radio station that the Town will use to share messages. After hurricane Ian when power, internet and cell service were down, WGCU was one of the few stations that retained cell service and internet. WGCU is affiliated with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network which is a group of 13 public radio stations that cover nearly all of the State of Florida and exist to continue operating in emergencies.
- Monitor the social media outlets of Lee County, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, and the Fort Myers Beach Fire District
Publications to help yourself get prepared
- Lee County All Hazards Guide
- Fort Myers Beach Fire District emergency preparedness guide
- Town of Fort Myers Beach emergency preparedness plan
- NOAA's Office of Coastal Management Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters
- Lee County Local Mitigation Strategy
- American Red Cross Flood Preparedness Checklist
- American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
Hurricane Re-Entry Passes are now available.
Please read this information carefully as the process has changed from prior years.
CODE RED Emergency Alerts
The Town uses the CODE RED notification system to warn residents, business owners, and property owners of emergencies, like hurricane evacuations or boil water notices. Emergency notifications will be sent three different ways: via a recorded message to a phone line, a text message to a cell phone, and/or a message to an email address. Residents, business owners, and property owners are encouraged to sign up with a home phone number, a cell phone number, and/or an email address.
To sign up for the emergency notification system, use the following link to fill out the registration form.
Download the CODE RED Mobile Alert App: http://ecnetwork.com/mobile/getitnow.html
To be taken off the CODE RED list, use the following link http://ecnetwork.com/mobile/getitnow.html
If you need assistance to sign up, call Town Hall at 239-765-0202.