LEE COUNTY, Fla. - With the region not seeing a major storm for almost ten-years now, emergency management officials are concerned people are growing too complacent.
"Not only do we sometimes have complacency with those that have been here a while, but also many other who have never been through a storm at all," says Lee County Public Safety Director Rob Farmer.
Hurricanes are deadly and cause hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage, "Half of the people that live here today in Lee county alone, which is about 650,000 weren't here for the last storm," says Farmer.
Over 300,000 people who have never experienced a storm in southwest Florida. The last thing county officials want is for those residents to not know what hit them. Stocking up on batteries, water, canned goods, and radios are a start. Howvever, there's more that's needed.
While the emergency command center may be empty now, its a well oiled machine when a storm is headed our way. When officials send out warnings and advice, its not a drill.
"When we provide hurricane evacuation warnings and mandations its gong to be for a reason," says farmer.
Starting May 31st there will be a 9 day tax free holiday for hurricane preparedness items. A full list of what qualifies as tax free and what does not is avaible on the Florida Department of Revenue's website.