With the 2012 Hurricane Season coming to a close, this is an opportunity for all of us to look back and realize how fortunate we really are. When you think about the fact that there were 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes that occurred this season, it truly could have had a greater impact on our county.
However, when I think of our residents who were impacted by both Tropical Storm Debby and Tropical Storm Isaac, I doubt many of them would consider themselves lucky. The bottom line is, Hillsborough County is vulnerable to significant impacts, and we need to be prepared.
As we leave this hurricane season, we need to continue to fight against complacency. We must be cognizant of the fact that we are now heading into both the spring tornado season and wildfire season. Remaining vigilant is our only option.
The most important lesson to take away from this hurricane season is that preparedness is key. We need to continue to ensure that our residents and businesses embrace a “Culture of Preparedness.” Embracing this philosophy will help them be prepared to survive and maintain on their own for at least (3) three to (5) five days following any disaster.