State Hurricane Exercises Seem Haunting in Wake of Oklahoma Tornadoes

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By: Garin Flowers
May 21, 2013

When devastation hits a state in the U.S., no matter how far away, sometimes it feels close to home.

With the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, EMS officials from different states, including Florida, are prepared to help.

"What we've done is communicate with the emergency management folks in Oklahoma, let them know we've got resources available should they need them. There's a system in place for them to request that," said Bryan Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

This week, state emergency officials are simulating disasters with hurricane exercises. It was during an exercise Monday when they found out about the tornado outbreak in Oklahoma.

"The exercise is a great opportunity for us to review our processes and procedures, refresh our acquaintances from other state agencies and federal agencies," Koon said.

When disaster occurs elsewhere, Koon tells us he and his team ask if they're prepared should it happen closer to home.

"We immediately started thinking about what they would be going through in Oklahoma, how we would respond and how potentially we could assist them in their efforts."

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