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CK and county given praise in hurricane exercise

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

At 55 miles per hour, the wind is strong enough to tear down power lines, tree branches and material from homes and businesses. The debris is blocking access along key roads into the city. Homes have flooded. Power and utilities are out. People are taking shelter in schools. Looters have hit several homes, and emergency workers— police, fire and EMS—even if they could get inside the city, are not allowed to be out in such high winds.
This was the scenario presented at the Cedar Key Visitor's Center May 24 as part of a hurricane tabletop exercise.
About 30 people, representing more than 10 different agencies, gathered to come up with a plan in such an event.
“I think this is one of the best exercises we've done for hurricane preparedness," said Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson during a critique at the end of the exercise.
“It was very organized," he said, though adding he would like to have had more time to go through some of the issues.


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