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Leon County evaluates response to Irma

Posted at 5:44 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 14:44:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It's been more than a week since Hurricane Irma made its way through Leon County. This afternoon, officials evaluated the county's response in a special report to commissioners.

The county said responding to Irma was guided by what was learned from Hermine, which brought out 110 findings and 80 recommendations to enhance safety plans.

The Leon County Emergency Operations Center was open for a total of 160 hours.

Emergency Management Director Kevin Peters says communication was consistent and efficient before, during and after the storm.

"I think the response from everybody -- from the citizens to the responders -- was incredible," said Peters. "It showed -- a lot of citizens, they bought supplies. We were going through our plans and making all of our checks, and I think everybody showed this time that we're all better prepared. We're all paying attention, and that's going to help us in the future."

County and city staff completed preliminary damage assessments last week to support a request for FEMA assistance.