Preparations Continue at the Emergency Operations Center

Florida's Emergency Operations Center is watching the hurricane's every move.

With Katrina a couple of days out, it’s still hard to say who will be directly impacted by the hurricane, but the EOC says everyone in the Big Bend should be prepared.

The Emergency Operations Center says Katrina could be a category three or four hurricane capable of causing major damage.

Mike Stone with the Florida Division of Emergency Management says, "Right now Katrina has entered into the Gulf. We know those waters are warm and it's ideal conditions for strengthening."

The EOC says now is not the time to panic. Instead, it's time to watch carefully and have an family emergency plan.

Mike Stone says, "Big Bend residents, folks on the coast and into south Georgia need to watch this storm closely."

But the EOC isn't the only agency in full planning mode. The American Red Cross has already started calling all of its trained volunteers and is still looking for more.

Chris Floyd with the American Red Cross says, "I'm concerned Katrina will intensify. We're gearing up for something large."

Mike Stone adds, "To deal with that uncertainty, what we do is go and plan, so we hope for the best and plan for the worst."

Leon County' s Emergency Operations Center is also on alert and monitoring the storm, and the City of Tallahassee is also prepared for any storm emergency.

The American Red Cross is looking for more volunteers. You can call them at 850-878-6080 for more information.