Preparedness Stressed as Hurricane Season Approaches

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City of Tallahassee Press Release

Leon County Commission Chairman Nick Maddox, City of Tallahassee Commissioner Gil Ziffer, Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell and other local leaders gathered Friday morning to announce the coming hurricane season, the 2013 Hurricane Survival Guide and to reemphasize the importance of hurricane preparedness.

The news conference, which was held at the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, is an annual gathering of the Capital Area Emergency Management Partners including Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties. The event serves as a platform advising residents to use the Hurricane Survival Guide to be better prepared with a plan during Hurricane Season.

“As many of us have seen, with the recent severe weather and the massive tornado in Oklahoma, natural disasters can cause unimaginable destruction and devastation,” Maddox said. “Hurricanes are one of nature’s most destructive threats.

That’s why having a plan is one of the most important steps you can take to keep you and your family safe. Citizens can take advantage of the Leon County Emergency Information Portal to stay up-to-date with severe weather.”

Commissioner Gil Ziffer echoed Chairman Maddox and other leaders in emphasizing the importance of preparation.

“The recent disaster in Oklahoma reminds us that preparation is vital to recovery efforts,” Commissioner Ziffer said. “Though we do not know if a storm will impact our area this year, the City is constantly preparing and we encourage citizens to prepare themselves and their families for this year’s hurricane season.”

Kevin Peters, Leon County Division of Emergency Management Coordinator, said the 2013 Hurricane Survival Guide will be distributed in newspapers Sunday and other newspapers in surrounding counties within the next two weeks. The guide is specifically designed to help residents develop a family disaster plan.

“Hurricane season officially starts June 1st, which is only eight days away,” Peters said. “While we hope for a quiet season, we’ll prepare to be busy when we have to. It only takes one storm to really change lives. Prepare yourself, your home and your family to survive during nature’s deadliest storms.”

For more information, please contact Katie Sherk, Director of Emergency Services for the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, at (850) 878-6080 or Jon D. Brown, Leon County Director of Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 or Alison Faris, Communications Manager, City of Tallahassee, at (850) 891-8533 or visit and the Leon County Emergency Information Portal at

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