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Cape Coral Hurricane Seminar set for Thursday

By Staff | May 31, 2018

The annual Cape Coral Hurricane Seminar is scheduled for Thursday evening with a few new components, a Mini Preparedness Expo and two guest speakers.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Cape Coral Emergency Manager Jesse Spearo said of the seminar.

The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the City Council Chambers. The seminar will be live casted and saved to the City’s website for those who cannot make it in person.

Due to the seminar typically filling up with 200 people, sometimes with standing room only, Spearo encourages people to come early and grab a seat.

The line-up of speakers will include personnel from the Cape Coral Police Department to share information about evacuation and re-entry into the city, as well as how to travel during an emergency. The Cape Coral Construction Industry will share information about predatory contractors and things to look out for after disasters, complete with recent examples of people being taken advantage of after Hurricane Irma. Personnel from the city’s building department will also speak in regards to pulling permits after disasters take place.

The keynote speakers include Volunteer Florida Emergency Management Director Ken Skalitzky and Dan Noah from National Weather Service Tampa.

Spearo said Skalitzky will offer information about individual emergency preparedness and how to prepare for this hurricane season. Noah, a leading meteorologist, will share information about the anatomy of hurricanes and how they develop, as well as discussions about the 2017 hurricane season and how Hurricane Irma impacted Southwest Florida. Noah will also share information about the outlook for the 2018 hurricane season.

“We are very excited to have our speakers come and provide the information for us this year,” he said.

Something new this year will take place 30 minutes prior to the seminar, a Mini Preparedness Expo. The expos will feature tables providing information ranging from how to prepare a go disaster kit, how to secure a boat during the hurricane season, as well as individuals from the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

“We will have lots of partners here providing information, handouts and giveaways, to be better prepared for hurricane season,” Spearo said.

This year the Florida Legislature has scheduled the tax free holiday of emergency supplies from June 1 to June 7. Spearo said individuals can purchase a number of things ranging from flashlights to batteries and generators. For more information, visit www.visitfloridarevenue.com/disasterprep or see the poster below.

He said with one storm already impacting and threatening Southwest Florida, he is hopeful that people will be better prepared and informed for this hurricane season.