Osceola Hurricane Preparedness Meetings Begin Monday

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 17, 2007 – Osceola County residents will have the opportunity this week to meet with emergency responders and other officials as part of a community-wide initiative to help individuals and families prepare for this year’s hurricane season.

Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) will host the series of neighborhood meetings designed to inform the public about disaster preparedness and emergency response.

The 60-minute sessions will be packed with helpful tips and information, including details on power restoration, generator safety, tree trimming and debris collection, and county and city planning for emergency response. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

The meetings will feature representatives from KUA, Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, Toho Water Authority and the University of Florida’s IFAS Osceola County Extension.

Those who attend will receive a printed copy of the utility’s 2007 Osceola Hurricane Handbook. The 40-page guide includes practical tips to prepare for hurricanes and floods, plus helpful Osceola County telephone numbers, a disaster supplies checklist and a hurricane tracking chart.

All residents are encouraged to attend, especially those who are new to the area or inexperienced in dealing with hurricanes.

Refreshments will be served and those who attend can register for a door prize.

2007 Meeting Dates

Monday, June 18 – 7 p.m.
Kissimmee Civic Center
201 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee

Tuesday, June 19 – 7 p.m.
KUA Administrative Offices
1701 W. Carroll St., Kissimmee

Thursday, June 21 – 10 a.m.
KUA Administrative Offices
1701 W. Carroll St., Kissimmee

Tuesday, June 26 – 7 p.m.**
Robert Guevara Community Center
501 Florida Parkway, Kissimmee

Thursday, June 28 – 7 p.m.
Good Samaritan Village Community Center
1421 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee

**Spanish only

Residents wishing to have a representative speak about hurricane preparedness to their organization or homeowners association can schedule it through the utility at (407) 933-9838 or by email at pr@kua.com.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836
cgent@kua.com