CAPE CORAL, Fla. - June 1st marks the first day of hurricane season, and southwest Florida's largest city is preparing to keep you safe in case of a disaster. Only WINK cameras were inside Cape Coral's Emergency Operations Center
You could call it a meeting of the minds. Fire Chief Tim Hayes talked to other leaders, first responders, volunteers and LCEC about planning and preparing for a monster storm.
"We're going to actually look at our emergency plans, we're going to talk about evacuation zones," said Chief Hayes.
He says Cape Coral is one of the most difficult cities to evacuate, in the nation, because of its canals and its location. It's just another reason he says meetings like this one are crucial.
It's also about education.
City manager John Szerlag says he's working with the chief to clear up confusion about storm surge. He wants to use streets, or some kind of fixed point to tell people exactly how much water they can expect if a storm surge is predicted.
"I think it's important for the public obviously to have a clear understanding of hazards that are in front of them, and also not to panic some people. If we're calling for a two foot storm surge, some people may think their house will be flooded by 2 feet. That may not be the case," Szerlag said.
If you'd like to learn more about preparing for a storm, WINK-TV chief meteorologist Jim Farrell will be speaking at a hurricane seminar in Cape Coral. That's happening Thursday June 6th, in city council chambers, starting at 6:30 p.m.