FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 28, 2005
State Emergency Operations Center - ESF 14
FEMA-Florida Long Term Recovery Office (407) 858-6207
Officials Again Urge Preparedness as Katrina Intensifies in the Gulf for Second Landfall
ORLANDO, Fla. – As Hurricane Katrina, now a category
5 storm, intensifies and heads for the Gulf Coast, the
State of Florida’s Emergency Operations Center in
Tallahassee remains activated. State, local and federal
officials continue response efforts in areas affected by
Katrina’s first landfall in South Florida, as they urge
residents in the Panhandle to prepare for a second
landfall. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s
Federal Emergency Management Agency supports state and
local officials, and stands ready to provide federal
assistance should it be required.
"With Katrina closely approaching, our thoughts and
prayers are with the residents of our neighboring states
during this difficult time," said Governor Jeb Bush.
"Florida is readying resources statewide to offer
assistance to Louisiana and Mississippi as they prepare
to respond to the impacts of this very dangerous
hurricane. We also stand ready to aid residents along
our state's Gulf Coast as Katrina's impacts are sure to
extend miles from its landfall."
"We urge all residents in the Panhandle to ready for
Katrina's second landfall and heed local evacuation
orders," said Director Craig Fugate of the Florida
Division of Emergency Management. "Now is the time to
activate your family's disaster preparedness plan."
First and foremost, individuals are urged to pay
attention to the latest storm information and follow all
advisories issued by local emergency management
“We continue to work closely with state and local
officials to meet the needs of Floridians, while
supporting FEMA’s ongoing efforts to help states in
Katrina’s projected path prepare for the worst,” said
FEMA’s Long Term Recovery Director Scott R. Morris.
“Again, we urge residents to follow developments closely
and listen to local officials.”
Following is a list of actions to undertake and
supplies to gather before Katrina’s anticipated landfall
sometime early Friday.
Before a Hurricane Strikes
- Plan a safe evacuation
route and identify safe shelter space within your area.
Those in storm surge zones, in flood zones, or in less
than standard housing should be especially vigilant in
preparing disaster plans. Contact your local American
Red Cross chapter and ask for the community preparedness
- Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
- Flashlight, portable battery-operated radio and extra
- First-aid kit
- Emergency food and water
(including a non-electric can opener)
- Cash and credit cards
- Sturdy shoes and a
change of clothing
- Copies of important papers (bank
statements, insurance records, deeds, etc.)
- Review the
family disaster plan
- Protect your home (roof, windows,
doors, etc.) and trim dead branches from trees.
When a Hurricane Watch or Warning Is Issued
to hurricane progress reports. Follow instructions if
ordered to evacuate.
- Check your emergency supplies.
Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles
and cooking utensils.
- Bring in outdoor objects such as
lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; anchor objects
that cannot be brought inside but that could be
- Secure your home by installing hurricane
shutters or precut plywood.
- Turn the refrigerator and
freezer to the coldest settings if not instructed by
officials to turn off utilities.
- Fuel your car. Review
evacuation routes and gather your disaster supply kit.
Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof
If Evacuation Is Necessary
- If officials order
evacuation, leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded
roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
- Secure your
home. Unplug appliances and turn off electricity and the
main water valve. If time permits, elevate furniture to
protect it from flooding or move it to a higher floor.
Take your pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm,
For more information on emergency preparedness,
please visit www.floridadisaster.org or
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