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Governor’s Hurricane Conference underway in West Palm Beach

Melissa Pinke
Dr. Melissa Pinke, right, stands near a mannequin head wearing a pink respirator in her Code Pinke Crisis Planning booth, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Governor’s Hurricane Conference in West Palm Beach, Fla. The week-long conference featured workshops and presentations in emergency preparedness, meteorology and disaster recovery. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

As we near the start of hurricane season on June 1st, National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham addressed the Governor’s Hurricane Conference in West Palm Beach yesterday.

He says we have had more major hurricanes in the past few years than we have endured since the 1960’s.

He said that during the last two hurricane seasons, there were 51 storms in the Atlantic and 16 hurricanes have made landfall in the U.S. since 2017. Seven of those were major category three or stronger.

The FEMA Administrator says hurricanes are blowing up the country’s budget and we are numb to the costs.

FEMA’s Deeanne Criswell spoke Wednesday at the Governor’s Hurricane Conference at the Palm Beach County convention center.

She says the billions of dollars that we spent after hurricanes Irma, Michael and Andrew could have built Disney’s Epcot Center 100 times over.


Criswell says we have become “numb” to these costs and calls on the Biden Administration to make mitigation a priority.

For a list of the keynote speakers and to register to attend the Governor’s Hurricane Conference here.

The Governor’s Hurricane Conference is the most comprehensive, affordable and largest hurricane conference in the nation.