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Big Bend families prepare for hurricane season

Disaster Prep Workshop
Posted at 4:09 AM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 04:09:32-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With hurricane season less than two months away, city leaders want to make sure you're taking the steps now to be ready in case disaster strikes.

They're hosting a series of workshops to help you do just that. WTXL spoke to a Tallahassee family, who shares what they learned during Hurricane Michael 6 months ago.

"My daughter lived in Panama City and she didn't have that many hours to prepare and it really is important to be able to be mobile and get out in an instant if you need to evacuate," said Cristina Ziegmont.

Christina says her daughter still hasn't been able to return home five months later and she knows firsthand why early preparations make a big difference.

"A lot of people in Panama City didn't have that preparation of diapers, I mean a basic thing, but they didn't think ahead. You have to focus on the basics but then you have to think outward too. Think according to your family, if you have an elderly or if you have a child," said Ziegmont.

It's never too early to start getting prepared and that's why people say they wanted to come to this disaster workshop. City leaders encourage you to build your bucket so it's one less thing to stress about in an emergency.

Many at Tallahassee's PREP workshop saying they want to be more informed. They're serious after experiencing a hurricane's aftermath.

"I was actually in a city where there was a lot of flooding and you couldn't drink the water and we had no electricity. I definitely don't look forward to any repeats," Jane Carnell.

The city will hold four more workshops before hurricane season starts on June 1.

The next will be April 29 at St. Peter's Anglican Church.