Emergency managers worry many not taking Tropical Storm Isaac seriously

5:47 PM, Aug 23, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Florida -- Emergency managers across the Tampa Bay area are urging residents to take time now to prepare your family for Tropical Storm Isaac.

While some are getting ready, they're worried many are not.

"We see some people getting a little careless in their preparations.  We want everybody to start preparing early," said Willie Puz, a spokesperson for Hillsborough County.

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Emergency managers say by now you should at least have enough supplies, like canned foods, bottled water, and batteries, for your family and pets to survive for 72 hours.

They say a plan for where to go if an evacuation is ordered should also be developed.

"We worry that people don't take it seriously and that they're going to get hurt," Puz said.

Robyn Smith and her family aren't waiting.

They spent Thursday putting sandbags together to surround their home and business.

"Being in Florida you just never know which way the storm is going to go.  So we want to protect our children and our home," Smith explained.

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On Thursday morning, 10 News spent an hour inside a South Tampa Lowe's store, and saw only one person grab anything off the hurricane supply display.

That's the type of thing emergency managers are concerned about.

"Prepare for the worst and hope for the best," Puz said.

It's advice they would like to see more people follow.