In the wake of Hurricane Hermine, an unofficial task force led by former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp plans to look into how Florida communities can better bounce back after a big storm.
He plans a press conference 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Florida Press Center.
“This private-sector task force is not about reviewing what went right and wrong when Hurricane Hermine hit Tallahassee,” Bishop said in a press release. “It’s about how our community can be better prepared for the next hurricane or natural disaster, and how we can share these lessons with others across our state and nation.”
City officials were criticized as neighborhoods and businesses went days without power after the storm, while the city held off on accepting offers of help from other utilities.
Utilities director Rob McGarrah last week explained to city commissioners he had “reached a saturation point” of how much outside help he could manage safely. “…When I bring mutual aid crews in, I’ve got to have my people with them, to help do that coordination and (give) a situational awareness to where everybody else is working,” he said.
The task force also includes:
— Sam Bell, who was the city’s electric utility director and then an assistant city manager in the 1990s after having been a Florida Power & Light executive.
— Colleen Castille, secretary of the former Florida Department of Community Affairs, past head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and a veteran of the state’s Emergency Operations Center.
— John McEachern, former city president of Georgia Federal Bank and a regional vice president for GE Capital.
— Tom Napier, a retired Leon County Clerk of Courts employee, former advisory board director for ProBank, and State Board of Administration Pension Advisory Board member.
— Victoria Zepp, chair of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet technology workgroup on interagency data and information sharing, and former executive director of Florida TaxWatch’s Center for Competitive Florida.
Barry Moline, longtime director of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, “will provide technical and operational information to the task force,” the press release said. The task force’s recommendations will be finalized by Oct. 7.