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July 21, 2004

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 Wondering if we are going to have another Hurricane Season like 1995? Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say the season outlook for the Atlantic Ocean is 12 to 15 tropical storms, with six to eight systems becoming hurricanes, and two to four of those being major hurricanes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Forecast Officials are urging preparation for hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

Is it possible for a hurricane to strike Okaloosa County again, threatening lives and property? It is important for the citizens of Okaloosa County to become knowledgeable about what to do BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER a hurricane. A Hurricane Preparedness Plan can now be viewed and downloaded as a PDF document on the Sheriff's Office website at A Family Disaster Supplies Kit List, an evacuation map, evacuation routes or safety from each city, and a photo of the new evacuation route bags (for massive evacuation) is included in the preparedness plan.



for more information contact Catherine Dokey, Community Relations Coordinator

(850) 651-7153