Hurricane Drill

Imagine when you took your SATs if someone's life hung in the balance. That's exactly the scenario for Florida emergency agencies this week as they drill for disaster.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Hurricane Zane has winds of 100 miles per hour, and it's intensifying as it bears down on the Florida Keys before crossing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Craig Fugate, director of Florida EOC, says, "What if this storm does go through South Florida and now up the West Coast? It could actually cause damage all the way up through Tampa Bay and perhaps come here to Tallahassee."

Don't evacuate just yet. This is just a drill for Florida's Emergency Operations Center. Now, just moments ago down at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, they did issue a hurricane watch for parts of south Florida.

This hurricane drill is a tool for state agencies to get a dry run at a disaster so that emergency workers like Karen Hagan get true-to-life experiences.

"We're going to make sure that shelters are open and staffed. We are going to make sure that people are going to be fed. We're going to make sure that pets are taken care of," says Karen.

This drill will be running all week long with scenarios that will test everybody the system to its limit.

"These exercises give us the training and the teamwork to solve the unknowns, but we end up addressing a lot of these issues in the exercise so there's fewer and fewer unknowns when we go into a real event," adds Craig Fugate.

Hurricane Zane is based on the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, which was one of the deadliest storms in Florida's history.


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