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Leon County making preparations ahead of Dorian

Posted at 5:18 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 17:18:17-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. — It's been ten months since Hurricane Michael hit the Florida coastline.

And as Dorian draws closer, Leon County is implementing lessons learned right now.

Messer Park is one of the sandbag locations available in Tallahassee this week. People behind me are getting prepared for the storm.

As for what's different this time around, Leon County is working to take on a leadership role, acting as a sort of 'older brother' to surrounding counties.

After Hurricane Michael, county leaders decided they needed to better coordinate volunteer resources here locally and distribute resources to other counties in the Big Bend area.

Kevin Peters, the emergency management director for Leon County, says by having many resources like food and supplies in Leon County, it is only right to serve as many people they can in the Big Bend.

"A lot of the resources in this region are based out the Leon County area so it does give us the opportunity to take a leadership role in that coordination process, to make sure that all of the points of connection between the service providers and emergency managers in our region," said Peters.

Some of the resources come from organizations, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, as well as Second Harvest of the Big Bend. Another lesson learned was to have generators for traffic lights on hand.

Peters tells us those will not roll out until there are power outages within Leon County.