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Floridians Not Worried About Hurricanes

June 1st, 2009 by flanews

Its the first day of hurricane season, but most Floridians arent prepared. The governor and emergency managers are asking people to stock up on food and supplies, but as Whitney Ray tells us, the state legislature decided to kill grants and tax breaks for people who are preparing.

Emergency workers are studying maps and testing the response equipment to make sure the state is prepared for the worst. Now theyre asking people to do their part.

Everyone should have a plan for their own family, for their business, to make sure theyre prepared for any type of event that strikes Florida, said David Halstead, the Deputy Director of the Division of Emergency Management.

But a recent poll shows half of the state doesnt have a disaster plan or extra food and supplies. In years past the state gave people a tax break on hurricane supplies, but lawmakers chose not to support the measure this year. They also decided to kill funding for a program helping people strengthen their homes.

The My Safe Florida Home fund runs dry at the end of the month. CFO Alex Sink said even though the state isnt footing the bill for inspections and upgrade, people should still get them done.

They have many good suggestions and sometimes you can even find out that you are qualified for an insurance premium discount you didnt even know about, said Sink.

Governor Charlie Crist said despite the absence of state help people still need to stock up.

I wish that program was still around too, but I think the important thing is for Floridians to be prepared, said Crist.

But being prepared takes money, something the taxpayer and the state are having a hard time finding. The state has set up a website with a list of hurricane supplies and tips on how to strengthen your home. Tonight there is also a new site for kids. It uses animation and stories to better prepare them for a hurricane. You can access those sites www.floridadisaster.org/ and www.kidsgetaplan.com/

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