JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Saturday is the official start of the 2013 hurricane season.
This year has already seen many natural disasters around the United States including wild fires, tornadoes, and flooding.
As the hurricane season ramps up, the City of Jacksonville has gone to great lengths again this year to provide residents and local businesses with information and instructions to prepare for, survive through, and recover from emergencies and natural disasters including hurricanes. First Coast News is a proud partner of this JaxReady initiative.
The JaxReady partnership with the City of Jacksonville for 2013 disaster preparedness includes:
• Broadcast partner First Coast News on WTLV (NBC 12), WJXX (ABC 25) and online at firstcoastnews.com.
• Times-Union Media, publishers of the Florida Times-Union and Jackonville.com.
• The American Red Cross.
• WJCT (89.9 FM) - the local home of NPR and PBS.
On-line emergency preparedness information and guides can be found by clicking on these links:
First Coast News.com
The JaxReady initiative also includes a printed publication that will be provided in the Sunday, June 2, edition of the Florid Times-Union. First Coast News will be hosting a JaxReady initiative at the Jacksonville Suns game on Sunday night with News, Weather and Sports staff personally handing out copies of the JaxReady publication at the game. FCN Meteorologist Steve Smith will be throwing out the first pitch. $1 from every ticket price will be donated to The Red Cross.
The JaxReady printed publication will also be made available at government buildings starting Monday, June 3, including:
• Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office (105 East Monroe St.)
• Duval County Tax Collectors Office (10 Locations)
• Jacksonville Public Libraries (21 Locations)
• Senior Centers (19 Locations)
• JEA (Downtown Lobby)
• American Red Cross of Northeast Florida
Online and printed JaxReady guides include instructions for preparedness, contact information including social media, web site and telephone information for JaxReady partners, emergency responders and utility companies. Evacuation maps and educational information on the categories of hurricanes are also included.
The First Coast News Weather Team led by Chief Meteorologist Tim Deegan will be following predictions, trends and weather patterns closely, using the 2-Minute Advantage to be First for You this hurricane season.
The City of Jacksonville and the JaxReady team, including First Coast News, encourage all residents to be vigilant, informed and prepared for the 2013 hurricane season. Be ready. Be JaxReady!