Emergency officials prepare for hurricane season

Tallahassee, Florida -- State emergency officials say May is a great time for families to prepare for Hurricane season, so they are taking their own advice.

All this week they're conducting a mock hurricane exercise with possible storms on the horizon.

"When I opened the garage door we already had a foot of water in there and the dryer is floating in there, but it's on," says Bob Finch.

For Bob, preparing for hurricane season is important. A storm flooded his Tallahassee home causing more than $30,000 worth of damage.

"The water came of shooting out of the drain. All the ground got saturated at once and when it got saturated it had nowhere else to go and so the rest of it just came here," says Bob.

State officials want to make sure they are prepared for hurricane season, which is less than two weeks away.

Bryan Koon//Emergency Operations Management Director

"It's a four day long exercise that involves all of the counties in the state, about 500 folks will work in the state emergency operations center," says Bryan Koon, Emergency Operations Management Director.

This year's exercise is being modeled after Tropical Storm Fay, a 2008 storm that caused lots of damage here in Florida.

It is the same storm that damaged Finch's home. Also, it caused five deaths in Florida, flooded more than 15,000 homes and caused 93,000 to lose electricity.

"it also made four different landfalls in the state of Florida so if you're looking for a storm that caused a lot of impact in the state, tropical storm Fay was certainly one of those."

Now that you know hurricane season is right around the corner. Here's what emergency officials say you should do:

  • Get your disaster kit
  • Review your plans
  • Watch out for the Hurricane supplies sales tax holiday from May 31 to June 8.

Six years later, Bob's family is doing much better. Leon County created a storm water pond, which helped lower his flood insurance rate.

"Having an airboat come to your front door and having a sheriff deputy saying you got to get out is a real traumatic experience. So I always have what's going on in my daughters' head, I've got to have that in mind when I'm working."

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