Sequester Could Affect Florida During Hurricane Season

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By: Mike Springer
May 28, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-A major hurricane hasn't hit the Sunshine State in eight years. But cutbacks from the 2013 Sequesters to various agencies could still be disastrous.

"There's real cause for concern here in Florida because we are looking at cuts," said Damien Filer of Progress Florida.

One of the places to be impacted by the Sequester in Tallahassee is the National Weather Service Office. It will go from staffing 18 meteorologist to 14.

"The biggest concern would be if we have a very active hurricane season and we have back-to-back storms or we have multiple storms hitting the state, they would simply not have the manpower to necessary to ensure they have the appropriate coverage in all their field offices to provide us with the most accurate and timely forecast," said Bryan Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

The National Guard is also feeling the pinch. About 1000 of its members are taking unpaid furlough days once a week for up to 22 weeks.

"It could slow down the recovery progress and take Florida a much longer time to get back up on its feet," said Koon.

Koon says Florida's Division of Emergency Management won't be seeing any cuts and should be ready to fully respond to any crisis.



 
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