Tornado Recovery Costs Tallahassee Area Over $50M, Leaders Encourage Hurricane Season Prep (WTXL)

Tornado Recovery Costs Tallahassee Area Over $50M, Leaders Encourage Hurricane Season Prep

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024 Catastrophe Legislation & Regulation Property Risk Management

In the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that struck Tallahassee on May 10, local leaders are urging residents to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. The tornadoes caused significant damage, with recovery costs already exceeding $50 million, a figure expected to rise as efforts continue.

Mayor John Dailey emphasized the city’s collaboration with the White House and FEMA to secure reimbursement for storm-related activities and develop individual assistance packages. "That’s where we can be the most impactful as a community and a government," said Dailey, highlighting the importance of working with FEMA.

Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters stressed the necessity of having a reliable method to receive severe weather warnings. "The recent tornado tested our plans, proving we can do the things we need to do," said Peters.

City and County leaders, along with various agencies and partners, convened on Friday to discuss preparation strategies for the upcoming hurricane season. Mayor Dailey mentioned that the City is completing an after-action report to evaluate their response to the recent severe weather. "What worked well, what were our challenges, what do we need to recreate, how do we move forward," Dailey stated.

Residents like Rachel Boatwright, who suffered damage from the tornado, are also taking steps to prepare for future storms. "We are looking at having some of the trees trimmed or even removed," said Boatwright, reflecting the anxiety and precaution felt by many in the community.

Tallahassee officials encourage all residents to utilize available resources to prepare for hurricane season, emphasizing that proactive measures can significantly mitigate the impact of severe weather.

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