Area Leaders Announce Beginning of Hurricane Season
Stress Emergency Preparedness
May 23, 2014
Representatives from Leon County Government, the City of Tallahassee, the Leon County
Sheriff's Office, the Capital Area Chapter American Red Cross, the National Weather Service-
Tallahassee office, area emergency management and other emergency response agencies
gathered Friday morning to announce the coming hurricane season, the 2014 Hurricane
Survival Guide and to re-emphasize the importance of hurricane preparedness.
The news conference, which was held at the Public Safety Complex - a joint effort of Leon
County and the City of Tallahassee and the new home for public safety professionals from a
variety of our key agencies and operations, is an annual gathering of the Capital Area
Emergency Management Partners including Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty,
Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties. The event serves as a platform advising residents to use
the Hurricane Survival Guide to be better prepared with a plan during Hurricane Season.
"As many of us have seen, with the recent severe weather across the nation, natural disasters
can cause unimaginable destruction and devastation," said Leon County Commission Chairman
Kristin Dozier. "Hurricanes are one of nature's most destructive threats. That's why having a
plan is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your family and yourself safe.
Citizens can sign up for emergency alerts through the County's website and take advantage of
the Leon County Emergency Information Portal to stay up-to-date with severe weather affecting
Mayor John Marks echoes Chairman Dozier and other leaders in emphasizing the importance of
preparation and response.
"The City plays a vital role in maintaining Tallahassee before, during and after a disaster, and
our employees take this task very seriously," said Mayor Marks. "From the first warning through
the final stages of recovery, citizens can be certain that City employees will be working around
the clock to save lives and restore services."
Kevin Peters, Leon County Emergency Management Director, said the 2014 Hurricane Survival
Guide will be distributed in newspapers Sunday and other newspapers in surrounding counties
within the next two weeks. The guide is specifically designed to help residents develop a family
"Hurricane season officially starts June 1, but as seen with recent storm systems in the
Southeast and throughout the nation, severe weather can happen at any time," said Peters. "We
always hope for a quiet season, but are prepared for whatever weather may come our way.
Since just one storm can change your life, you need to prepare yourself, your home and your
family to survive whatever nature may bring to this community."
For more information, visit www.HaveAHurricanePlan.com and the Leon County Emergency Information Portal at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/EI .
Jon D. Brown, Director of Leon County Community & Media Relations, (850) 606-5300; or Alison Faris, Communications Manager, City of Tallahassee, (850) 891-8533