KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 1, 2009 – To assist residents in preparing for hurricane season, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) will host the 2009 Osceola Hurricane Preparedness Expo from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 1 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Residents who attend the expo can learn ways to protect their home and loved ones from a potential disaster. The expo will feature presentations from emergency responders on power restoration, generator safety, tree trimming, debris collection, and county and city disaster response. The format will also provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions.
More than 20 exhibitors are expected to participate, including representatives from KUA, Osceola County Emergency Management, City of Kissimmee, Toho Water Authority, Osceola County Council on Aging, University of Florida’s IFAS Osceola County Extension, South Florida Water Management District, American Red Cross, Florida Division of Emergency Management and the local club of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Emergency response vehicles will also be on display.
Those who attend will receive a printed copy of the utility’s 2009 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 will be eligible for several door prizes.
The Kissimmee Civic Center is located at 201 E. Dakin Ave. in downtown Kissimmee.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent