Florida Broadcasters Launch Hurricane Preparedness Campaign

Public service announcements running this weekend on TV have blunt warnings: not preparing for a hurricane, or fleeing from them, can be deadly.

The 2006 hurricane season begins Thursday, and Florida Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate is reminding Floridians to be ready.

“Get a Plan!” is the theme of the $2 million public awareness program the state is conducting with the Florida Association of Broadcasters.

It also includes radio ads, billboards and an Internet Web site that helps people draw up hurricane plans.

Fugate, a husky, bearded man, does most of the hammering in the TV spots.

In one, he urges people to take their pets when they evacuate, noting many shelters now have animal facilities.

Some people have refused to evacuate in the past because they didn't want to leave pets behind.