KUA Kicks off Hurricane Preparedness Meetings

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The meetings are part of a community-wide initiative by Kissimmee Utility Authority to help residents prepare for this year's hurricane season. Using lessons learned from the 2004 hurricane season, the 60-minute sessions are packed with helpful tips and information, including details on power restoration procedures and priorities.

Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) hosted its first in a series of neighborhood hurricane preparedness meetings June 7 in Buenaventura Lakes with nearly 70 residents in attendance.

The meetings are part of a community-wide initiative by the utility to help residents prepare for this year's hurricane season. Using lessons learned from the 2004 hurricane season, the 60-minute sessions are packed with helpful tips and information, including details on power restoration procedures and priorities.

Tuesday's meeting was conducted in both English and Spanish and included a presentation by Osceola County's public information office. Special guests included Sen. Gary Siplin (D-Orlando) and Rep. John Quinones (R-Kissimmee) as well as Osceola County commissioners Paul Owen and Ken Smith.

Residents who attend one of the meetings will receive a free copy of the utility's 2005 Osceola Hurricane Handbook. The 36-page guide includes practical tips to prepare for hurricanes and floods, plus helpful Osceola County telephone numbers, a disaster supplies checklist and a hurricane tracking chart.

KUA has distributed over 34,000 handbooks since it was released on May 18.

In exit surveys conducted after the June 7 meeting, 98 percent of participants found the meeting informative and worthwhile. Ninety-six percent of the participants said they intend to use the utility's hurricane guide to help them prepare for this year's storm season.

2005 Meeting Dates:

Thursday, June 16

KUA Administrative Offices

1701 W. Carroll St.

Tuesday, June 21

Good Samaritan Village Community Center

1421 Hoeger Circle

Thursday, June 23

Kissimmee Civic Center

201 E. Dakin Ave.

All meetings begin promptly at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and those who attend can register to win a battery-operated emergency lantern with built-in 5" black/white TV and AM/FM radio.

Founded in 1901, KUA (http://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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