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    Post Hurricane Practice

    While I agree wholeheartedly with drills of this sort....I wouldn't wanna be on the Interstate when it backs up for miles and miles and.....Hey Stan, wanna take a ride and let us know?
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    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Interstate 4 will be the site of a weekend
    drill to determine how long a one-way evacuation of the Tampa Bay
    area would take if a hurricane was bearing down.
    About 100 National Guardsmen, 125 Florida Highway Patrol
    troopers and 50 to 60 Department of Transportation workers will
    take up posts along the 63 miles of highway from Tampa to Orlando
    on Saturday.
    While trying not to interfere with actual weekend motorists,
    they will simulate coordination and control of traffic as they
    would if a hurricane were approaching the coast.
    The unarmed soldiers, along with Humvees, trucks and other
    equipment, will be stationed at highway ramps, and troopers and DOT
    workers will share space with nearly 3,000 orange traffic cones
    stacked along the freeway shoulders.
    "We're going to have everything we would deploy if we were
    reversing the flow on the interstate," said Marian Pscion,
    spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation.
    Thirty-five lighted message boards will let motorists know
    what's going on. No barricades will be put in place, and the
    freeway will remain open to normal traffic, officials said.
    When Hurricane Floyd moved up the state's east coast in 1999 and
    3 million people fled, the resulting gridlock spawned this unusual
    plan.
    Similar exercises have been conducted on other state highways,
    starting with Interstate 10 between Jacksonville and Tallahassee
    two years ago.
    The evacuation plan is a last resort, to be used only before a
    Category 4 or 5 hurricane makes landfall. A Category 4 has maximum
    sustained winds of 131 to 155 mph; Category 5 winds exceed 155 mph.
    Hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.
    The test will start at 8 a.m. Saturday and is expected to last
    six to eight hours.

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    Gee, this just sounds like the start of construction season on the interstates in Cincinnati, only they use more orange barrels around here.
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    Thumbs up finally scooped you

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    I beat ya on this one....but I posted it on the Emergency Services Training Thread.....
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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    Here are the results of the exercise according to the St. Petersburg Times.

    http://www.sptimes.com/2002/08/18/St..._4_evacu.shtml
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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    The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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