Free Hurricane Guides Available

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 15, 2007 – As Tropical Storm Dean churns its way through the central Atlantic, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) is offering free copies of its 2007 hurricane handbook to help residents prepare for the storm.

The popular guide, which is offered annually to residents, was developed by the utility to help individuals and families prepare for the potentially devastating effects of hurricanes, tropical storms and other natural disasters.

The 40-page handbook provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through the important steps of creating a family disaster plan. Other topics covered include emergency shelters, evacuation routes, generator safety and power outage restoration.

The guide also includes helpful telephone numbers, a disaster supplies checklist and a hurricane tracking chart.

The handbook can be downloaded in English and Spanish from KUA’s website at

Printed copies of the handbook are available in the lobby of KUA’s customer service center, located at 1701 W. Carroll Street in Kissimmee.

To receive a mailed copy of the handbook, residents should contact KUA corporate communications at (407) 933-9838 or by e-mail at

Founded in 1901, KUA ( 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