Tampa Mayor Stresses Hurricane Readiness

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn speaks to reporters about the city's hurricane preparation measures during a press conference on Thursday.
TAMPA (2011-8-18) -

Hurricane season lasts from June through November every year, and with it comes the possibility of city-wide evacuation. At a press conference today, local leaders spoke about what will happen if that time should come.

Tampa hasn't faced one of the deadly storms since Hurricane Charley in 2004, and political leaders are concerned that people will not know how to react when the time comes.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn said that if and when the government calls for an evacuation, people need to listen.

"We’re not playing games. When we say it’s time to go, it’s time to go," said Buckhorn. "We don’t care what your reasons are, we don’t care that you want to protect your pets. We don’t care about your goldfish. We care about you. So when we say it’s time to go, it’s time to go."

Buckhorn added that, in the case of a hurricane, the government will use traditional media as well as Facebook and Twitter to notify as many people as possible. He said that those who don't evacuate would be putting the city's rescue workers in unnecessary danger.

September is typically the most dangerous month of hurricane season.

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