Best of Florida Stories Part 2
This week Larry Elliston shares the stories of Floridians who have helped others move to Florida from overseas and "Dr. Bob" who volunteers his time to offer better healthcare. Plus, we'll meet a man who used his experience in prison to turn his life around and help others after he was released.
As another hurricane season begins, officials don't want residents to be complacent after a few quiet seasons. It only takes one storm to ruin your summer. This week, we'll meet Florida's new emergency manager, debunk some hurricane preparation myths, and check on Galveston, Texas, where they weathered last year's biggest storm.
Listen to Ruben Almaguer explain that hurricane season predictions have one value: they get covered by the media and so they get people thinking about hurricane preparedness. (1:03)
Listen to Almaguer talk about some of his agency’s responsibilities beyond hurricane preparedness and response. (1:07)
Listen to John Simsen describe how Galveston officials elevated the entire city 17 feet after the 1900 hurricane. (1:03)
Listen to Simsen explain how officials in Texas have set up resources along evacuation routes to avoid the kinds of problems faced by evacuees prior to Hurricane Rita in 2005. (1:21)
Listen to Dr. Chris Landsea echo the sentiments of all of our guests that hurricane forecasts are basically useless at the local level. He notes that it just takes one hurricane making landfall in your community to make it a busy season and points to Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina as examples. (1:20)
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