Hurricane Frances News
THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Jeb Bush, Governor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-REVISED: September 2, 2004, Time: 9:00
State Emergency Managers Urge Floridians to Prepare For Hurricane Frances
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s emergency managers today urge residents and visitors in South Florida and along the East Florida coast to begin preparing now for Hurricane Frances.
"We want Floridians and their families to be prepared well in advance of a storm watch, and that means having a disaster plan in place now,” said State Meteorologist Ben Nelson.
“That plan should include more than having the necessary supplies,” said Craig Fugate, Director of Emergency Management. “Family members all need to know where they are going to meet should disaster strike and they need to evacuate. They should have an out-of-state contact, and they should know the best evacuation routes to follow to leave their community.”
With Hurricane Frances threatening the state, emergency managers are
urging Floridians to do the following things as soon as possible:
Buy a NOAA Weather Radio – Make sure the radio you buy is both electric and battery-powered in case you lose electricity.
Stock Up on Food, Water and Medicines -- Make sure you have enough non-perishable food and water on hand for two weeks. In the event of a catastrophic storm, you could be without power for at least that long. Check your prescription medications and get refills now if needed.
Obtain Supplies to Protect Your Home – Buy and store material like plywood and plastic to secure your home in the event of a storm.
Inspect the Exterior of Your Home -- Check the area around your home
for potential problems. Make sure rain gutters and spouts are cleaned
out. Secure all loose items outside.
Last updated: July 08, 2005
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