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Lake Kennedy Center to host annual hurricane seminar

By Staff | May 25, 2010

Do you need to know what it takes to prepare yourself and your home for a hurricane?
If not, a special community hurricane and storm seminar is coming to the Lake Kennedy Senior Center to help answer those questions, featuring speakers and experts from all around the county.
Entering its 20th year, the seminar gathers these different entities educating the public, and provides updated information for those accustomed to storm preparedness.
“I think that people have moved here from other parts of the country that don’t know anything about preparing,” said Terry Felts from the Lake Kennedy Center. “They’ve never been to a seminar and I think it’s time.”
Felts said, too, that people who are used to storm readiness also look forward to new information.
Felts explained that shelter information can change from year to year, and it’s important for people to stay on top of things.
“They all want the new information,” Felts said. “Thing change every year, and people need to know what to do to protect their homes.”
ABC-7 news meteorologist Jim Reif will be in attendance to discuss storms, along with Cape Coral Police Chief Bill Van Helden, Kurt Graf from the Cape Coral Police Department, David Saniter from the Lee County Emergency Programs and representatives of the Florida Department of Financial Services and the American Red Cross.
Colin Downey, spokesperson for the Lee and Hendry Chapters of the American Red Cross, said his organization’s part of the program will focus on what he calls the “1, 2, 3 steps.”
Those steps, Downey said, include making sure you have an up-to-date hurricane kit, making a hurricane plan,and staying informed before and after the storm.
He said Red Cross representatives will walk attendees through those steps, including what’s needed for the kit, items like a gallon of water per person, per day.
“The important part is walking people through what they need in the kit,” Downey said. “People are surprised they need a gallon of water per person, per day. We recommend a minimum of three days of water per person.”
Organizers are asking that people RSVP in advance, and bring along a canned food item to be donated to the Cape Coral Caring Center.
For more information call the Lake Kennedy Senior Center at 574-0575.
The event is free and open to the public.