PVCA to Host “Understanding Hurricanes & Evacuation Planning”
Each year, the beginning of September marks the start of the peak of the hurricane season which continues through the month of October. As all local residents are painfully aware we’ve been visited recently by two significant storms, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Irma in 2017. While neither of these storms made a direct hit on the First Coast, both did tremendous damage to area homes, businesses and property.
On Monday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m., the Palm Valley Community Association (PVCA) will host a special presentation by Jeffrey Alexander, Deputy Director of Emergency Management for St. Johns County, called “Understanding Hurricanes & Evacuation Planning.” The presentation, to be held at the Palm Valley Community Center at 148 Canal Boulevard in Palm Valley, is intended to educate the public on the significant impact of these recent storms and prepare the community with important information should we be threatened by a hurricane this year.
Mr. Alexander has led numerous statewide and regional emergency management initiatives. He served as the Logistics/Plan Chief during Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne in 2004 and as Logistics Chief in Mississippi and South Florida counties during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. More recently Mr. Alexander served as the Operations/Logistics Chief for St. Johns County during both Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. Currently he is serving as a member of the National Hurricane Program Technology Modernization Committee, working to modernize evacuation studies and to develop national hurricane evacuation planning guidance.
The Palm Valley Community Association, founded in 1948, is one of the oldest, continually operating community associations in all of North Florida. The PVCA works to represent the common interests and shared views of all members in the greater Northeastern St. Johns County area. The meetings are open to the public and everyone is cordially invited to attend.