Several years of little hurricane activity affecting south Florida, could cause a lot of complacency among people. That's the fear of many emergency managers, on the day when the government comes out with a prediction for a very active hurricane season in the Atlantic basin.
"We do worry about complacency after a couple of very light years," said Gerald Campbell of Lee Co. Emergency operations. "We want people to keep preparing. We could be hit at any time, and it only takes one hit to change lives forever."
The weather experts for the federal government released predictions on Thursday. They say: The Atlantic could have as many as 23 named storms this year. That would be second most in history. There were 28 in 2005.
"It does sound threatening. But we want to focus on having a family disaster plan and a survival kit, at all times," said Campbell.
The dire warnings fall on deaf ears for people like 28-yr. old Daniel White of East Ft. Myers.
"I went through Andrew in Miami years ago, and I have not seen anything like that here on the west coast," he told WINK. "I think they over-play these predictions. I believe they like to get people worked up. But I have no extra money to buy supplies. So if it comes, I will just hunker down and try to hold on."