Mild '06 Hurricane Season Has Some Floridians Again Unprepared

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Public safety officials are worried that an uneventful 2006 hurricane season has lulled residents into complacency.

That has some counties launching public service campaigns and the state urging Floridians to take the upcoming hurricane season seriously.

Florida's deputy emergency management director Ruben Almaguer says they will be prepared even if forecasters say there will be no hurricanes.

But in the aftermath of a major storm, he says, officials will be focused on search and rescue, security and public safety.

Miami-Dade will debut a new hurricane-awareness video this hurricane season that will detail hurricane evacuation zones and survival tips.

Escambia County has a new public awareness campaign titled "The First 72 Are On You." The goal: To encourage residents to stockpile items needed to survive on their own for the first 72 hours after a major storm.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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