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Pinellas County gearing up for hurricane season, tests communications devices

  • 4 mths ago

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla — It's hurricane preparedness week. In Pinellas County, leaders are gearing up by running through a hurricane simulation exercise all week long. 

The simulation, named Hurricane Amaranth, is scheduled to make its simulated landfall on Friday as a category 2 storm. The exercise puts the county through worst-case scenarios of losing power and cell service.

“It’s extremely important because we need to be able to make sure we can communicate with all of our responders out there, with our different communities," Cathie Perkins, the emergency management director, said. "One of the things that we saw after hurricane Andrew was that you weren’t hearing anything from the communities from South Dade. It wasn’t because they were OK, it was because they had no communications to be able to relay information.“

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