Storm Ready Community
Mike Blackmore, SWCA Community Patrol Manager, was recognized by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners (Lee County BOCC) on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 for completing the prerequisites for Shadow Wood to be designated as the first StormReady community in Lee County. Shadow Wood has also been recognized as the first gated community in the State of Florida for our communication skills during incliment weather. Mike's concern for the welfare of the residents in The Brooks is appreciated by one and all.
- Establishes a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center. (The Coconut Road Gatehouse at Shadow Wood is our operations center.)
- Has more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings to alert the public. (We have weather alert radios at both Shadow Wood gatehouses; we have Comcast Cable at the Three Oaks gatehouse to monitor TV and a non-cable TV at the Coconut Road Gatehouse. The Shadow Wood Community patrol manager’s gets e-mail weather updates from NOAA weather, TV-20 and Lee County EOC. He also gets weather up dates via his cell phone. The patrol can then send out e-mail messages to all Brooks Communities via phone or e-mail. We also have a flag warning system that is used at all gatehouses within The Brooks.)
- Creates a system that monitors local weather conditions. ( weather alert radios, TV and e-mail notices)
- Promotes the importance of public readiness through community seminars. (Each year in June we have a Hurricane Seminar for all residents of The Brooks at The Brooks Town Center CEC Building.)
- Develops a formal hazardous weather plan , which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. (We have each year submitted a emergency-preparedness plan to Lee County EOC and trained 17 employees and residents of the Brooks as Weather Spotters.)