TAMPA BAY, Florida -- Just three days away from the start of Hurricane Season, the state agency in charge of managing emergencies has yet to complete a legally-mandated inventory list of state-owned power generators. And it's the eighth year in a row.
In January, state auditors found the Division of Emergency Management had not updated its generator list since Dec. 2006, even though a law requires the agency to maintain a current list with "at a minimum, the location of each generator; the number of generators stored at each specific location; the agency to which each generator belongs; the primary use of the generator by the owner agency; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of persons having the authority to loan the stored generators as authorized by the Division during a declared emergency."
It took the Division of Emergency Management until Feb. 28 to send new surveys out to Florida's 67 counties, and an agency spokesman tells 10 Investigates many of the surveys have not yet been returned.
"Yes, we're behind," said agency spokesman Aaron Gallaher, "but they're wrapping it up very soon."
Gallaher also assures Floridians that the agency has been -- and continues to be -- very capable of responding to emergencies quickly, saying, "this is something we have experience in."