Emergency Management

Emergency Management

We are currently beginning the 2019 Hurricane Season. The peak begins mid-August and continues through mid-October, accounting for 78% of the tropical storm days, 87% of the category 1 and 2 hurricane days and a whopping 96% of the major category 3, 4 and 5 hurricane days. The National Hurricane Center has predicted a near-average number of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms for the 2019 Atlantic season.

We strongly encourage all residents, business owner and visitors to have a Hurricane plan. A Hurricane plan is vital for everyone who resides on the island. The plan should include an evacuation procedure and the knowledge that you may not be able to return to Captiva for an extended period of time.

The Fire District works in a Unified Command System and is one of ten disaster response geographic zones located in Lee County. Captiva is in the Sanibel/Captiva geographic zone. Agencies in this zone include; Captiva Island Fire Control District, Sanibel Fire and Rescue District, Lee County Emergency Management, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, City of Sanibel, Sanibel Police Department, Island Water Association, and Lee County Electric Cooperative. All of the agencies work within the unified command system with the Fire Chiefs, Public Safety Chief Officers as the Incident Commanders (IC’s). The IC’s work closely with Lee County Emergency Management to determine the need for evacuations, search/rescue and recovery.

Please stay posted to frequent updates on this website in the event a storm is approaching the southwest Florida coast. Also, please contact the Fire District if you need assistance or have questions in regards to your Hurricane Plan.

Hurricanes & Tropical Storms

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale
Hurricane Hazards
Lee County Evacuation Map
Know Your Evacuation Zone
El Niño & La Niña Weather Hazards
Hurricane Tracking Map

Preparing Your Home

How Strong is your House Against the Wind?
Manufactured / Mobile Home Residents
Flooding – Know Your Flood Zone
Wells & Septic Systems
Utility Tips
Preparing your Boat
Generator Safety

Other Hazardous Events

Thunderstorms & Lightning
Heat Emergencies
Cold Weather Recommendations
Hazardous Materials
Terrorism Preparation

Getting Prepared

Preparing Yourself
Recommended Supplies
People with Disabilities & Special Needs
Evacuate or Shelter in Place – What’s the Difference?


General Population Shelters & Pet-Friendly Shelters

Information & Telephone Numbers

Welcome Letter from the Director
Lee County Emergency Information
Resources & Phone Numbers
Social Media & Staying Informed

Clean Up & Recovery

Disaster Recovery
Dealing with Traumatic Events
After the Storm
Roof Repair Tips
Storm Debris Clean up