FEMA: More Active Hurricane Seasons ‘New Normal’, Floridians Need to Get Homes, Insurance, Plans Ready

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15 percent of floridians admitted they lacked an evacuation plan or water supply

Floridians should expect that more active storm seasons are the “new normal” – a reality they must prepare for by hardening their homes, updating their insurance, and getting personal and business plans ready.

(BUSINESS WIRE) — Floridians should expect that more active storm seasons are the “new normal” – a reality they must prepare for by hardening their homes, updating their insurance, and getting personal and business plans ready.

That’s the message from former FEMA Director Craig Fugate in releasing a new survey showing many Floridians are not ready for this threatening new dynamic.

The survey, commissioned by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative, found that 51 percent of Floridians say they were caught unprepared in at least one way leading up to Hurricane Irma, which tore through Florida in September.

That included one in five people who cited a lack of window protections like shutters or boarding (22 percent), batteries or backup power (20 percent), and gasoline (23 percent), while 15 percent admitted they lacked an evacuation plan or water supply.

“After Florida was pummeled by a record-breaking 2017 hurricane season that included a Category 4 hurricane, we cannot stress enough the need to start getting ready now,” said Craig Fugate, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and host of the initiative’s “Get Ready, Florida!” television special. “

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