SPACE COAST DAILY TV: City of Cocoa Hurricane Preparedness Expo Attracts Large Crowd
By Chris Bonanno // June 27, 2019
Hear from City Departments and Brevard County Emergency Management on ways to be prepared
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily’s Chris Bonanno is at the Hurricane Preparedness Expo being held from 4-6 p.m. at Cocoa City Hall, which is located at 65 Stone Street. This event will help residents and business owners learn what they need to stay connected to the latest emergency information and be prepared for an approaching storm.
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – The City of Cocoa saw patrons packing City Hall of Stone Street on Thursday afternoon as it held a hurricane preparedness expo.
A number of public service organizations were present at the event to help educate those in attendance relative to being ready for hurricane season, including Brevard County Emergency Management, the Cocoa Fire Department and 2-1-1 Brevard,
The first 100 families who attended the event were able to visit each table with a bucket provided by the city that they could use to collect items and information from various stations that had been set up at City Hall.
“Then they’re going to visit every table and they’re going to get a little piece of a hurricane kit so by the end of the event they should have a pretty decent hurricane kit,” said the City of Cocoa’s Samantha Senger. “So we have items like sandbags and power banks, document folders, there’s all sorts of stuff that you can put into your hurricane kit.”
Belinda Stewart, communications manager with 2-1-1 Brevard added that was important that residents take precautions well in advance of approaching storms.
“Prepared by definition means getting ready in advance and you can’t wait til the last minute to do anything, and that includes get(ting) information,” Stewart said.
Stewart added that her organization, which per their website provides “information and assistance in times of emotional, financial and community crisis” was helping at the event it much the same way it always does with respect to the threat of hurricanes.
“We try to year-round make sure people understand what the basics are of being ready for a hurricane, what they need in a hurricane kit, what it means when there’s an evacuation ordered, what the county does to protect its citizens by offering shelters and transportation and especially helping our most vulnerable residents, the ones that may need extra help,” Stewart added.
Cocoa Mayor Jake Williams also noted the importance of what the city was doing on Thursday afternoon.
“This is an important event to help communicate with our residents the value of being prepared ahead of a storm,” said Williams, Jr. in a release. “Our citizens and business owners need to know how to get the most up to date information regarding closures, evacuations, debris collection, and more. The City of Cocoa wants all of our residents to be safe and ready if a storm approaches our community.”
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