LEE COUNTY, Fla.,- Southwest Florida storms can turn deadly with a single lightning strike, but local leaders say it doesn't have to be that way. Talk of lightning detectors in our area is nothing new, and while the option is still on the table leaders say another a more simple approach can save lives now.
"What the most important thing to do right now is get the word out to people if there is a storm."
Southwest Florida leaders say education is the driving force that could save lives during a Florida storm.
"Just like the string ray shuffle, when it roars, go indoors."
That catchy slogan created by Lee County staff, could soon be part of the process to prevent death or injury from lightning.
"This alone will save lives," said Fort Myers Beach Mayor Anita Cerceda.
"It's going to be effective, very efficient and it be done right now," said Lee County Commissioner Larry Kiker.
But what about installing lightning detectors?
"If we come to the conclusion that lightning detectors will save lives, then that is the direction we will go, this isn't a question of money," said Cerceda.
Earlier this month, a lightning strike on Fort Myers Beach killed one man and injured two others, but Lee County Mayors say the danger exists everywhere not just on the beach.
"I think Fort Myers Beach will join with everyone else to discuss what needs to be done because we all need to on the same page with it."
So while the focus is now on education, mayors say they still plan to meet again to talk about the best places to install detectors in their communities.
"In every aspect, technical or financial, or whatever, everyone will have a collective effort," said Kiker.
Commissioner Kiker said he expects to meet again with all five of the mayors sometime in October to review the plans of action they'd think is best to take.