Buchanan: Hire Hurricane Fighters!
Above-Normal Amount of Storms Predicted
WASHINGTON – As hurricane season officially begins with a prediction of an above-average number of storms, Congressman Vern Buchanan urged the Trump administration today to quickly fill two key positions that oversee hurricane response efforts.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the two agencies most directly involved in keeping Americans safe from hurricanes, are currently awaiting the appointment of new managers.
“These agencies are critical in keeping Floridians safe,” Buchanan said. “I’m a big proponent of hurricane preparedness and part of being prepared is having key personnel in place. The Trump administration needs to get their NOAA and FEMA chiefs on the job quickly because we don’t know when the next big storm is going to hit.”
Buchanan’s concern is founded in Florida’s vulnerability to storms. The Sunshine State is second only to California for overall risk of natural disasters, with 6.7 million homes listed in the “high or very high” risk categories, according to RealtyTrac, a housing data company. Florida also leads the country with the most homes at risk for hurricanes.
Buchanan also noted that a number of simple steps can make a big difference in surviving a natural disaster.
For basic preparation for a hurricane, FEMA recommends Americans know their local hurricane evacuation routes, make a family emergency communication plan, purchase a portable generator, secure loose rain gutters and downspouts, reinforce roofs, windows and doors and remove any damaged trees and limbs before rainfall.
The hurricane season spans six months, from June 1 through Nov. 30.
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Manatee County Emergency Management
- Sarasota County Emergency Management
- Hillsborough County Emergency Management
- The American Red Cross of Southwest Florida