Although projections from the NationalHurricaneCenter now show Tropical Storm Isaac moving further west before making landfall in the Gulf of Mexico next week, Florida officials still are not taking any chances. In preparation for the storm, state and local officials are advising residents to stay alert and prepared, and readying the city of Tampa for the Republican National Convention, which is set to kick off on Monday.
Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management says “we’ve been in the planning process for the republican national convention for the last year-and-a-half. We’ve had a number of meetings to coordinate this process to gather law enforcement agencies from around the state to help out with that effort in Tampa. So we’ve got a good plan going into next week.”
Koon added that the Emergency Operation Center will be up for the duration of the convention “irrespective of the tropical storm and eventually hurricane Isaac.”