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Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:02

Florida County Officials Take Heat over Irma Response

(TNS) — Re-entry after a Category 4 disaster like Hurricane Irma can affect public safety in the form of homes being looted and also hinder efforts to restore utilities, said Monroe County Emergency Management Director Marty Senterfitt.

Senterfitt stood his ground on the mandatory evacuation order that was in place before the Sept. 10 Category 4 storm hammered Big Pine Key and other spots in the Florida Keys. Those who survived unscathed were lucky, he suggested.

"That's like putting a gun to your head and when you win you say, 'I'm smart,' " Senterfitt told a crowd of more than 100 Lower Keys residents at a two-hour meeting Monday night at Keys Community Church.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/Florida-County-Officials-Take-Heat-over-Irma-Response.html