Published: Aug 23, 2012 1:18 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2012 7:36 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Southwest Florida's largest city is preparing for the storm. Thursday morning, Cape Coral workers were busy putting up storm curtains around city buildings.

The City Council Chambers are completely surrounded by storm curtains. City workers were busy putting up the curtains Thursday morning. The curtains block flying debris. The city bought them after Hurricane Charley for about $70,000.

Also Thursday morning, city leaders and emergency responders were in a meeting to discuss a plan of action and to make sure everyone is on the same page. City spokeswoman Connie Barron said it's better to be safe than sorry.

City leaders will meet once again Friday morning, as they  monitor the storm, keeping a close eye on its direction and speed.

Meanwhile, they are urging Cape Coral residents to also get prepared.