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Gov. Scott: Don't Get Caught Without a Hurricane Plan

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WUSF News

Florida was spared the wrath of Hurricane Arthur, the storm that swept through the Atlantic last week. But Gov. Rick Scott joined local emergency officials in Tampa today to remind Floridians not to get too comfortable.

During the news conference, Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, warned that this could be the calm before the storm - especially for Tampa residents.

"This is one of the more vulnerable areas of the state because of the storm surge potential here, because of the low-lying topography, because of the dense population here," he said. "We're going to be keeping a close eye on this during hurricane season."

Though we are a quarter of the way through hurricane season, Koon said that we aren't in the clear just yet.

"Unfortunately the next four-and-a-half months of the hurricane season are traditionally the busiest four-and-a-half months of the hurricane season as we enter August, September, October," he said. "That's when we're most vulnerable to them as a state and as a nation."

In the case of a disaster, Gov. Scott and the emergency team recommend stocking up on supplies like batteries, flashlights, first aid kits and water, and developing a plan that can keep you and your family sustained for at least 72 hours.