Brevard officials: Now is the time to have a plan for hurricane season

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — With the Atlantic hurricane season starting on June 1, Brevard county officials warn residents that now is the time to have a plan in place.

Central Florida residents know all too well that it is only a matter of time before they end up in the “cone of uncertainty.”

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Brevard County has been fortunate in recent hurricane seasons and it has been years since the area has felt the direct impact of a storm.

A recent survey by AAA revealed a large number of people do not have an emergency plan for hurricane season and would ignore evacuation warnings.

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Brevard County’s communications director Don Walker said that with the start of the Atlantic hurricane season this week, there is still a little time to prepare, but not much.

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“We’re always concerned with complacency even when there’s a hurricane in the forecast and we’re in the cone of uncertainty. We worry about giving evacuation orders and not seeing the big rush of evacuees we anticipate,” Walker said.

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Officials said that now is not a bad time to take stock of what supplies you may already have on hand, in anticipation of a potential storm.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.