Knock on wood as you read this:
In the past century and a half, Siesta Key has only been impacted 36 times either directly or indirectly by a hurricane or tropical storm.
This, despite being a barrier island in the hurricane-heavy Gulf of Mexico.
The most recent hurricane damage came with Irma in September of 2017, resulting in downed trees and power outages.
The most recent close call came in 2004 when hurricane Charley pummeled Punta Gorda 40 miles to the south.
Our good luck aside, hurricane season each year is June 1 through November 30 and forecasters predict an active season in 2021.
In fact, Tropical Storm Elsa has recently formed in the Caribbean and Florida’s west coast is in its path. With that in mind, Sarasota County officials are encouraging residents to visit AlertSarasotaCounty.com to download a special app on your mobile device that provides important public safety messages.
You can also register to receive such messages on a landline, by cell phone, by text, or by email.
It is also available via a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf.
For more information, call (941) 861-5000.