Guard is up Statewide for 2005 Hurricane Season
Get ready for hurricane season
St. Cloud, OUC plan meetings for residents, preach preparation
By Danielle De Pari | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted May 22, 2005
ST. CLOUD -- Even as many residents are still recovering from last year's devastating storms, hurricane season is about to return.
So the city of St. Cloud and the Orlando Utilities Commission have teamed up to make sure residents are aware of what they can do to prepare before the June 1 start of the season.
"Now is the time to do it," OUC Communications Manager Grant Heston said.
Representatives of both entities will meet Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1300 Ninth St., Building A, third floor, to present neighborhood informational sessions.
The sessions are part of OUC's Neighborhood Outreach Program. All city residents were sent postcards informing them of these sessions. At the meetings, residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers and advice.
OUC will distribute its 2005 Hurricane Guide and have a drawing for a battery-powered combination television/CD player/radio.
Heston said OUC is working hard to get every last bit of information out to everyone. Residents are encouraged to bring questions because the most important part of the meeting will be an open question forum.
Preparedness is also on the minds of city officials as they gear up for another season.
"We had such a season last year," said Bill Johnston, assistant fire chief. "We have a whole new reference point on hurricane preparedness. We have done things in the past, but the idea was intangible. Now people have a word picture and know exactly what they need."
Residents may download hurricane tips from OUC's Web site at www.ouc.com and e-mail questions beforehand to neighborhoods@ ouc.com.
Danielle De Pari can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-931-5951.