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Posted on: June 7, 2022

CITY OF BROOKSVILLE PROCLAIMS JUNE AS DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH

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Disaster Preparedness Month is an opportunity to take proactive steps too prepare for emergencies by identifying what type of disasters can occur in the area and planning ahead to act quickly in the face of disaster. 

The City Council encourages citizens to prepare and update an emergency kit by considering household needs including medical and pet needs as well as stocking up on items in the event electric or other services become unavailable.  “It’s imperative to have a Disaster Plan in place,” stated City Manager Ron Snowberger, “to avoid panic and frustration and to ensure family, friends and neighbors are safe.” 

James F. Coleman, CEM®, Division Director of Emergency Management of Hernando County, was also present at the meeting, he advised forecasters are calling for an above average 2022 Hurricane Season.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a range of 14 to 21 names storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 would become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher0, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher.  NOA provides these ranges with 70% confidence. Scientists at Colorado State University (CSU) projected nineteen storms and nine hurricanes, four of which are predicted to be Category 3 or higher. 

The Brooksville City Council encourages citizens to visit local shelters, take a first aid class and contact agencies such as Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, or Hernando County Emergency Management to find out more information on disaster preparedness.

The Hurricane Season kicks-off June 1, 2022, and runs through November 30, 2022 and the 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday runs from May 28, 2022, to June 10, 2022. For more information on Disaster Planning please visit https://www.tbrpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hernando-County-Disaster-Planning-Guide-2022.pdf.  A basic disaster supply kit is also available at  https://www.ready.gov/kit .  

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