Episode 35 takes a look at how COVID-19 is impacting preparations for hurricane season in Florida. Josh Williams talks to University of Florida Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne about prediction for this years hurricane season (01:42). Camron Lunn takes a look at how preparing hurricane kits this year may be a little tougher during a pandemic (08:27). Melissa Feito reached out to emergency management officials to find out how staying at home during a pandemic could turn into sheltering at home during a storm (12:05). Anthony Montalto checked in with universities around the state to see what they are doing to keep their campuses safe from hurricanes while also stopping the spread of COVID-19 (17:25). Taylor Levesque first checks in with businesses to see how they are preparing for the potential double blows of coronavirus and a hurricane (22:03). Then she chats with former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate about how to keep yourself, your employees, and your business safe this hurricane season (25:03). This podcast serves to provide updates on Florida’s response to coronavirus, with a particular focus on north central Florida.
Some mayors, particularly those aligned with the Democratic Party, decried Republican-led preemptions as a power grab against local government's ability to control a potential resurgence of the coronavirus but also restrict their ability to respond to future public health emergencies.