Hurricane Survival

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

Hurricane season is about two months away and experts are predicting another above average season. They say the last two seasons should have served notice about the importance of being prepared long before a hurricane threatens our area.

Battery operated flashlights, a propane stove and first aid kit are great for a camping trip, but they can also help you survive a major disaster.

Jackson County's extension office will host a hurricane survival seminar Thursday night. Emergency officials will show folks everything they need to have a properly stocked emergency preparedness kit.

Doug Mayo, Ag Ext. Agent, says, "You don't have to worry about going to the store and getting it all when everybody's scrambling; have it ready and all you need to add is your food."

You'll also get lessons on how to put together a home inventory kit.

Joan Elmore, of the UF Ext. Office, says, “What people forget is that they really need to have a home inventory of what's in their home and yes, it does take a little time, but each person that comes will receive this guide and this guide will help them when they have to work with the insurance companies.

Just like individuals and families, emergency officials have to prepare for hurricanes too. With that in mind, Jackson County has bought a new mobile command center to use in the event of a disaster.

Rodney Endreasen, Jackson County Emergency Director, says, “One of the biggest things that the command center has is inner operability of communications. In other words, we can speak to anyone anywhere at any time with it, regardless what type of radio or communication system they have.”

Over 100 people are expected to come Thursday to learn how to prepare for survival, before, during and after the storm.

Newschannel 7's Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly will also be speaking at Thursday night's hurricane survival seminar. It's schedule to begin at 6 o'clock at the Ag Extension Conference Center in Marianna.


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