WCTV's First Hurricane Town Hall Meeting

Communities usually band together during the recovering phase of a hurricane, but WCTV’s Pinpoint Weather Team wants to make sure our area communities work together before disaster strikes.

The WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team is making sure everyone is prepared for the 2006 hurricane season. The first stop is a Town Hall meeting in Carrabelle, Florida.

Pastor Ron Barks, a Carrabelle resident, said, "Everybody needs to be involved. I really think that we're all at stake here."

Rob Nucatola, WCTV’s Pinpoint Meteorologist, said, "A lot of times people tell us, ‘I didn't know where I was supposed to go or I didn't know what I was supposed to do. I didn't know I was going to get that information.’ This kind of meeting is a way for us to interact one on one with our people to let them know exactly where they'll get the information and what they can do."

Last year, Hurricane Dennis destroyed parts of Highway 98 and flooded homes and businesses. Meteorologists Mike McCall, Rob Nucatola, and Ray Hawthorne are giving Carrabelle residents the tools needed to soften the next blow.

Mel Kelly, Mayor of the City of Carrabelle, said, "It's something as simple as a bottle of water, some extra food, the battery powered radio. When you know that people aren't making that effort to protect themselves, it's frightening to think that they may be relying on outside resources to help them."

OFC Robert Shelley of the Carrabelle Police Department said, "It gets people together. It gives them an idea of what to expect in the upcoming hurricane season, what our job is, what your job is, and everybody else involved."

The weather team says not only will this help residents build a better hurricane plan, but also better relationships with local government.

Local officials were also present, along with the National Weather Service, Red Cross, and an insurance representative. The next hurricane Town Hall meeting is scheduled for next Friday at 7 p.m. at the Taylor County High School gym in Perry.