JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayor Lenny Curry says he and Emergency Preparedness Director Steve Woodard have been preparing for Hurricane Season for the past few months.
“We have a great plan and ready to implement that if we need to,” Woodard said.
The current track with Tropical Storm Isaias has Jacksonville in the cone of concern, but Woodard does not believe they will need to open the 29 shelters they have available. The current track shows Jacksonville will start seeing effects from Isaias starting Sunday.
Local hospitals are a key part of the city’s emergency plan for any tropical storms/hurricane preparedness. The six city-run testing sites will remain open over the weekend while the state-run COVID-19 testing sites are closed from Friday to approximately Wednesday.
Curry wanted to remind people to prepare for the storm, but continue to be safe.
“I recognize people are scared, they’re tired, they’re mentally strained, they’re financially strained. So let’s prepare for this season and practice the safe social distancing, wear masks, and let’s just take care of one another,” Curry said.