Hurricane preparedness

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If it’s mid- to late August, then we’re heading into the busiest time of the hurricane season. Coastal residents are urged to stay alert from now until at least the end of the season on Nov. 30.

“There had been some notable adjustments that have been made by some of the lead forecasters in our circles,” says Meteorologist Jeff Huffman at the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network – FPREN. That includes NOAA – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Escambia County’s Annual Hurricane Exercise was held Wednesday morning, in preparation for the season that kicks off next month.

The joint was jumping at the Escambia Emergency Operations Center on W Street. About 90 organizations — public safety, first responders, utilities, service groups and private firms — went through their paces testing equipment and reviewing procedures.

The scenario for 2019: Hurricane Smith is bearing down on Florida, with the entire state bracing for wherever and whenever the storm makes landfall, packing whatever.

Photo courtesy of Escambia County Emergency Management

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane is underway. The six month period officially runs from June 1 – November 30. Local and state governments have been working hard to prepare, just last month participating in the annual statewide hurricane season exercise involving response to the fictionalized Category-4 Hurricane Kimo.

Locally, Escambia County took part in the drill.  John Dosh is the county’s Emergency Management Director and he spoke with Sandra Averhart about the exercise, the county’s general readiness, and his message to residents as hurricane season begins.

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 Just ahead of the start to the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean, near-normal conditions are predicted.

“Near-normal” is translated by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as 10 to 16 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes developing from them. Of the hurricanes, one to four are predicted to be major, with sustained winds at 111 miles an hour or higher.

Weather: "People Don't Fear The Water Enough"

May 18, 2016

"People Don't Fear the Water Enough"

The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season is right around the corner and so it’s time to prepare. From the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, meteorologist Jeff Huffman reports, the first consideration should involve your home’s proximity to the water.

It’s not enough to just say you’ll be ready. National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb says you need a plan. And it’s easy.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Gulf Power Company conducted its annual exercise Tuesday, aimed at restoring electricity in the aftermath of a hurricane or other emergency.

The situation room was full at the new Douglas McCrary Training and Storm Center on Pine Forest Rd., working on developments after “Hurricane Sharon.”

“The scenario is, it’s the day after a major hurricane has impacted the Gulf Coast, made landfall in Navarre,’ said Jeff Rogers, External Communications Manager at Gulf Power.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Garrett Walton, the CEO of REBUILD Northwest Florida remembers those days in 2004 when home after home suffered severe damage during Hurricane Ivan. 

The need for blood never stops, even when a hurricane or tropical storm barrels through town.  That’s why OneBlood, the local blood center, is urging all donors to include blood donation as part of their hurricane preparations.