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Hurricane Prep Program May 8

Do you really know what to do before, during and after a hurricane?

The Westchase Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is sponsoring a Hurricane Preparedness Program at the May 8, 2018 Voting Members (VMs) Meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center on Countryway Boulevard.

“I was in New Tampa with friends to ride out the storm,” said GAC Chair Rick Goldstein, “and that Saturday that lone spaghetti line of a possible but not probable Irma track became a reality. We joined 1,500 other people at a local shelter and I remember all of the things I should have done to prepare for a catastrophe and didn’t do. I vowed that would never happen again. I would be better prepared.”

To help the Westchase community be better prepared, Ted Williams, the Senior Program Coordinator of Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management will discuss how to be better prepared for an approaching storm and how to be better prepared for evacuating to a shelter.

“Shelters are of particular interest to me, because having been in one and seeing the problems and, in my opinion, lack of preparedness on the part of shelter management, I want to make sure our community is prepared for what to expect when sheltering,” Goldstein added. “Going to a shelter is not what you might think it is.”

Because of the importance of this program, residents and non-residents are invited.

A special thanks to Hillsborough County for their continued help and support for our community.

By Rick Goldstein, GAC Chair

Editor’s note: June’s WOW will also contain the Westchase map for hurricane storm surge areas to help residents understand their evacuation zones.

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