With hurricane season just weeks away, Florida preparedness and response professionals will gather Monday for the 36andAnnual Governor’s Hurricane Conference.
Governor Ron DeSantis was invited to join more than 1,600 first responders, volunteers, FEMA representatives and medical professionals.
Throughout the week-long conference, attendees will participate in a series of training sessions and workshops to deepen their knowledge of natural and man-made disaster preparedness, response and recovery, highlighting focus on hurricanes.
Walton County Emergency Management Director and conference attendee Jeff Goldberg said bringing everyone together for the conference each year proves invaluable during hurricane season.
“Being able to sit down, talk to each other, understand what we’re doing, can help our partner and our partner agencies, solve some of these problems, exchange some best practices. Plus, we help each other,” Goldberg said. .
Various discussions will take place on how to connect capacities for stronger communities through leveraging partnerships, staff and resources for effective responses.
Goldberg said one of the important takeaways from the conference was to help the community understand the importance of an evacuation.
“When we tell you to evacuate, it’s not because we flipped a coin. It’s because there’s a process at play. When we call for an evacuation for example, it’s something which worries us,” Goldberg said. “And when we take those protective measures, we think about it, we look at all the data, and then we make our decision.”
The conference will take place during the week of May 8-13.
More information on the 36andThe Governor’s Annual Hurricane Lecture can be found here.
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