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MEDIA ADVISORY

February 14, 2007

Cathy Schroeder
(850) 245-0413

Just Read, Florida! Celebrates Hazardous Awareness Week (Ocala)

OCALA - In recognition of Hazardous Weather Awareness Week, local officials tomorrow will read to students at Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts School in Ocala. There will also be a tour of emergency vehicles on the campus.

The schedule for tomorrow’s event includes:

8:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Emergency Vehicle Tours located at the Southside Parking Lot

Attending Vehicles:
Ocala Fire Department Fire Truck
Ambulance
County Fire, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Hazardous Materials vehicle
Marion County Public School Bus to illustrate evacuation of handicapped citizens
Marion County Public School Technical Services Truck and 200KW generator
Florida Highway Patrol standard vehicle
National Guard Hummer High Wheel vehicle
State Emergency Command Vehicle

8:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Lecture by the National Weather Service located in the cafeteria
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Guest Readers located in the classrooms

Attending Guest Readers:

  • Randy Ewers, Mayor, City of Ocala
  • James Yancey, Marion County Public Schools Superintendent
  • Judi Zanetti, Marion County School Board Member
  • Chris Sandy, Director of Curriculum
  • Dan Gentry, Ocala Fire Department Chief
  • Chief Samuel Williams, Ocala Police Department
  • Captain Chip Wildy, Director of Marion County Emergency Management
  • Major Tom Wilder, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Chief of Staff
  • Steve Huffstutler, Emergency Management Coordinator for Marion County Public Schools
  • Steve Leilich, Operations Director, Early Learning Coalition for Marion County

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Media availability located in the media center
The event will take place at:

Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts School
401 N.W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Ocala, Florida