Attendance up 25 percent at Governor’s Hurricane Conference

About 2,000 emergency managers, hurricane experts and municipal leaders from 30 states are meeting this week at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for the 32nd annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference.

After 2017’s hyperactive hurricane season, attendance is about 25 percent higher than the previous year, and includes representatives from 62 Florida counties and 12 countries.

It also drew high-profile attendees. FEMA Administrator Brock Long , National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham and Gov. Rick Scott spoke during this morning’s general sesssion.

The theme of the conference is messaging.

“Here’s the deal, we could make a perfect forecast, but if people don’t understand it, it doesn’t count,” Graham said. “We have to talk about the cone and communicate that we can still get impacts hundreds of miles away.”

Hurricane Irma, which made landfall near Cudjoe Key as a Category four storm, was the first major hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November.

Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose all spun simultaneously in September 2017.

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