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Hurricane Season 2006: Emergency Officials Warn You to Be Prepared

Leon County emergency planners are marking the first day of hurricane season with an urgent message to be prepared!

Leon County emergency leaders are bracing for the worst this hurricane season. They're urging people to get a plan.

Bob Goree with the National Weather Service said, "We like to say we hope it will be calm, but we know better. Hope is good, but hoping and not having a plan is dangerous."

And there's concern not enough people are preparing.

Richard Smith, Leon County EOC Director, said, "When we see a new study come out that says 50 percent of Floridians don't think they have a huge problem, that's very concerning."

And Smith is urging people to consider that just because Leon is an inland county doesn't mean it's immune from disaster.

Smith said, "Inland we're going to see extremely high winds, we're going to see trees coming down, we're going to see them taking down power lines and phone lines down."

And that means is there's a possibility you could be isolated for several days.

Smith said, "You need to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for 72 hours after the impact of a storm."

To help you prepare your family for the season, Leon County, in conjunction with the Red Cross, rolled out the revamped 2006 hurricane survival guide. It'll show you step by step on how to prepare and how to get out of town if you're asked to evacuate.

Chief Cindy Dick, Tallahassee Fire Chief, said, "I would ask the community to trust us as emergency planners; we have your best interest at heart, this is what we do."

And now your local emergency planners say it's on you to prepare for whatever the 2006 season has in store.


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