Above-Average Year for Hurricane Activity Predicted
KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 18, 12:00 noon – Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida’s sixth largest community-owned electric utility, is offering free copies of its 2005 Osceola Hurricane Handbook.
The popular guides, which are offered annually to Osceola County residents, are developed by the utility to help individuals and families prepare for the potentially devastating effects of hurricanes, tropical storms or other natural disasters.
The 36-page guide is packed with important information on hurricanes and floods, plus helpful phone numbers, a disaster supplies checklist and a hurricane tracking chart. The handbook can be downloaded from KUA’s website at www.kua.com/hurricane.
Printed copies of the handbook will be available beginning June 6 in the lobby of KUA’s customer service center, located at 1701 W. Carroll Street in Kissimmee. To receive a mailed copy of the handbook, residents should contact KUA at (407) 933-7777, extension 6-1118, or by e-mail at [email protected].
Although it’s too soon to predict where and when a storm may hit land, KUA still cautions the public to be prepared. To further assist in this effort, the utility will host a series of special hurricane preparedness workshops in the coming weeks.
On May 16, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its prediction for the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, warning of “above normal levels of activity.” The NOAA anticipates 12 to 15 tropical storms, seven to nine of which will be hurricanes, including three to five “major” (category 3 or higher) hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116