WUFT News

Florida Division Of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon Cautions New Floridians

By on August 11th, 2014

Florida Division Of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon Cautions New Floridians from WUFT News on Vimeo.

The peak of hurricane season is fast approaching. Florida has not had a hurricane make landfall in almost nine years, the longest such streak since 1851. Since that time, the US Census Bureau estimates the population of Florida has grown by over 1.3 million people.

Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bryan Koon, discusses the challenges with educating new Floridians on hurricane safety.

Many new residents have not experienced a hurricane first hand. Even seasoned hurricane veterans haven’t seen a strike in nearly a decade. Nevertheless, Florida officials urge all residents to remember that hurricane season is just approaching the peak. So far there have only been two named storms, but it only takes one to make landfall in Florida and affect the lives of millions.

 

 

 


This entry was posted in Local. Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Preserving History Through Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Recipe

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park exists as a way to remember Florida history… But the workers there are doing something extra to “preserve” memories. WUFT’s Marie Edinger reports.


CMT’s “Gainesville” docu-series will premiere Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. This “coming of age” show will focus on a group of 20-something year old’s as they try to make it on their own. Photo courtesy of CMT

Gainesville Reality Show Set To Air Aug. 20

Country Music Television’s new docu-series “Gainesville” is set to air back-to-back episodes on Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. Some residents are worried that the show will not accurately portray Gainesville.


Midwife Talks About Life Experiences

Former midwife, Glenn Cameron, gives a glimpse into her years as a midwife in the 70s and the challenges the practice presented.


FDOT Cuts Funding For Active Streets

The FDOT cut funding for Gainesville’s Active Streets event, which offers free pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly activities twice per year. The organization and its supporters are trying to overturn the decision and look for new ways to fund the event.


Amanda Norman and two other Grace Marketplace residents wait outside the kitchen doors as it rains heavily. Norman has lived in Dignity Village for more than two months. photo by Thomas Lynn

The Grace Marketplace Debate Over Improvements

Gainesville’s City Commission approved a $585,525 budget for improvements that will make 10 campus buildings at the Empowerment Center livable. Residents and volunteers look forward to the changes, but some are concerned by the nearby chaos at Dignity Village.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments