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FEMA Director: Floridians Are "In Denial" About Hurricanes

FEMA Director: Floridians Are

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (970 WFLA) - When it comes to preparing for hurricanes, Floridians don't do a very good job.  And FEMA director Craig Fugate says it's not because of ignorance, but arrogance.

"I think it's in our DNA.  We go through denial.  It's not amnesia.  People remember the storms.  They're just in denial that it can happen to them," said Fugate, a former Florida Emergency Manager who visited Tallahassee Wednesday to take part in a hurricane season update.

The peak of hurricane season is fast approaching.  It's officially September 10th and hurricane season runs through November.

Emergency manager Bryan Koon says the tropics have been really quiet this season, but that doesn't mean we won't be impacted by a big storm in the weeks to come.

That's why he and Fugate are reminding you to keep enough hurricane supplies to sustain you for at least 72 hours and know your evacuation route ahead of time, in case you're ordered to get out of harm's way.


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