Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15 through 21, with hurricane season right around the door on June 1. Both Orange County and the City of Orlando issued news releases this week reminding residents to be prepared in the case of a hurricane this year.
The last major hurricanes of note happened over a decade ago, but both news releases make a point that we can’t know the next time it will happen, so being prepared is always the best course of action.
County officials talked up the free Hurricane Expo, which will take place June 4. Ron Plummer, the manager of the Orange County Office of Emergency Management, is quoted as talking about the importance of being prepared.
“Our job is to make sure everyone is ready, and that includes both residents and the various agencies we work with that provide the logistical support needed during disaster situations,” he is quoted as saying in a news release.
The county advises residents to put together an emergency kit, which could include items such as non-perishable food, enough water to last at least three days, first-aid kit, flashlights, battery-operated radio, waterproof container for cash and valuable documents, a cooler and ice packs and recreational items such as books and games.
They also recommend batteries for flashlights, radio and other items. And the county suggests families have escape routes, in case they are needed.
The county also recommends that residents stay connected with them on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. There are also downloadable apps such as OFCL Alert, which provides critical information such as shelter locations, evacuation routes and water and ice distribution routes, and OCFL 311, which allows users to pinpoint specific problems that may be encountered before, during or after the storm.
There’s also the county’s newest app, OCFL News, which provides citizens with breaking news about their government.
All three can be found at ocfl.net/apps.
The City of Orlando also issued a news release Monday, which quoted Mayor Buddy Dyer warning residents and local businesses to be prepared in the case of a hurricane by stocking hurricane supplies and have plans to leave in the event of an emergency.
“It is our goal at the City of Orlando to protect our residents and businesses, to prevent loss of life and to minimize damage caused by hurricanes,” he is quoted as saying.