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Disaster Preparedness

September 2022

I want to take this opportunity to thank Commander Butts for letting me serve as the Disaster Preparedness chair for 2022-2023.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov 30 each year with peak season being from mid-August to mid-October. I received the roster of all the posts, out of 300+ only 50 have chair. In order to receive the material for Disaster Preparedness, each post in the state has to send in a chair’s name.

This is the time to check your insurance to make sure it is up to date, also to make sure your familiar with your escape route if deemed necessary. The safety of your family is #1, when your advised to evacuate you should follow the instructions, it’s for your safety.

This is a good time to make sure portable generators, chain saws and any other equipment necessary for cleanup is in good operating condition if the time arises. Also check your hurricane supply kits from previous year and replenish if necessary.

To give you an idea of what this year will be like, early tropical storm forecasts are predicting between 16 and 21 named storms with 6 to 9 hurricanes, 3 to 5 being major hurricanes. In the past we have had storms in mid to late May. The season may be changed to May 15 to Nov 30 due to the climate change and storms starting to develop in late May.

There is a great concern for the population increase in Florida. A lot of the population moving to Florida have never experienced a hurricane which is concerning, therefore those of us who have experienced hurricanes should look out for those who have not and teach them the importance of getting prepared to make the event tolerable.

I would like to do a live stream on Facebook to help educate those who are not familiar with the procedures of hurricanes before, during, and after a storm. I will do my best to keep everyone informed of events to come. I may be reached at 305-968-7979 or disaster@legionmail.org.

Bill Hoppner
Disaster Preparedness
disaster@legionmail.org