Hurricane season has officially begun. To kick things off, Leon County officials are pairing with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, or FLASH, to set an example of preparation.
Even though Florida is expected to see an average hurricane season this year, county officials warn preparations are just as important. Kevin Peters, Leon County Director of Emergency Management, says Floridians have underestimated hurricane seasons before.
“Tropical storms do not look at calendars before they spin up in the Gulf of Mexico. You can never be too prepared and you can never be prepared too early. We know that this hurricane season may be near normal, but it only takes one to ruin your community. The example is from 1992: a hurricane season that was forecast to be much below normal. It only saw one major hurricane and that major hurricane was Andrew.”
Peters suggests filling a large five gallon bucket with any supplies such as flashlights, batteries, and the 2018 Disaster Survival Guide. The Disaster Survival Guide is available online and at county and city facilities.