MAY 24, 2006 -- You can count down the days until the start of the 2006 hurricane season. But the possibility of tropical weather hitting our area is not the only thing we should fear this season. The other is FEMA.
FEMA is the federal agency that continues to garner a lot of attention because of its inept work following Hurricane Katrina, and there is great concern that FEMA is nowhere near ready for the season ahead of us that forecasters are predicting to be very active.
Just two weeks ago, key leaders in Congress said that FEMA, in its current form, should be disbanded and re-established from the ground up. We'll let Congress and the President decide whether that's the right solution, but what this means for you and me is we need to take our own steps to prepare for this hurricane season and make sure our families' lives and property are safe.
WECT will help you in that effort with the information in our Hurricane Survival Guide, in the Hurricane Center on our website, and at our Hurricane Expo at Westfield Independence on Sunday, June 4. But all that information will only be effective if you put it into action. If you haven't already done so, you need to make this year the year you create a hurricane plan for your family.