Hurricane Ian update; Florida insurance companies; 25 million sparks; Hurricane food storage; whats good wednesday

Hurricane Ian intensified has a extremely dangerous Category 4 storm this morning as it approached the Gulf Coast of Florida. Residents emptied grocery store shelves, closed windows and fled to evacuation shelters. Listeners can download Florida Storms for free application to get the latest updates on Ian.

Guest: Megan BorowskiFlorida Public Radio Emergency Network and Florida Storms meteorologist.

Florida insurance companies

Concerns grow more and more in florida rickety property insurance market and whether or not it can handle claims as the storms become more destructive. As insurance adjusters sound the alarm about Ian and the upcoming storms, the issue is becoming increasingly urgent for millions of homeowners across the state.

Guest: Marc Friedlandernational insurance expert

25 million sparks

Jacksonville native and local author Andrew Leon Hanna knows a lot about the refugee crisis as it continues unabated around the world. He is a first-generation Egyptian-American lawyer, entrepreneur, and author who recently moved to River City. Earlier this week he hosted a book signing event for his book 25 million sparkswhich deals with the crisis of refugees and refugee entrepreneurs.

Hurricane Food Storage

Food Safety Specialist keith schneider spoke to us to share tips for safe storage of food and water before and during a power outage. He is with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

whats good wednesday

  • River City Pride Festival is due to take place at Riverside this weekend. We spoke with Karrissa Wade of River City Pride, who discussed the festival events. Depending on weather conditions, River City Pride plans to hold a series of fun events this weekend, including the Pride Parade. For more information and updates, visit River City Pride’s website.
  • Cumberland Island National Coast turns 50 on October 23. To commemorate this milestone, the park will host a series of events throughout the year, with a launch event scheduled for this Sunday – weather permitting – in conjunction with the Sainte-Marie Seafood Festival. This will include a full day of diverse, family-friendly activities and programs. The celebration will begin with a Cumberland Island-themed parade at 10:00 a.m.
  • I’m A Star Foundation teenage influencers, Duval County Public Schools and JaxParks collected a total of 30,161 water bottles to send to Jackson, Mississippi. The city is still struggling with water quality issues, weeks after a treatment plant failed. Betty Burney, Executive Director of the I’m A Star Foundation, has set an internal goal of raising 3,000 bottles. She and her students are delighted to have surpassed this goal by 10 times.
  • Jewelry designer Elizabeth Sarah and visual artist Philip BennettWalker have outgrown their current gallery space in Jacksonville Beach. Now they are moving to a bigger space in Atlantic Beach. Elizabeth, Philip and their team members invite the public to join them in celebrating the grand opening of their new gallery. Their grand opening night will include a reception with entertainers, live music, hors d’oeuvres, libations, a raffle worth over $500, and plenty of opportunities to support a local small business by buying some of their unique pieces. Weather permitting, this event is scheduled for Saturday from 5-9 p.m. at the Shoppes of A1A North, 1249 Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach.
  • This week, students in the Twin Lakes Academy College News and Podcast Club joined us in the studio. Their talk on Monday gave the students the opportunity to be the ones to ask all the questions about broadcasting, journalism and current affairs.
  • There’s a huge giveaway this week. Those who have not yet seen the Beyond Van Gogh immersive exhibition have a chance to get a pair of free tickets from First Coast Connect. Emails sent to [email protected] will be included in the gift. Listeners can put Van Gogh in the subject line for a chance to win. A winner will be chosen at random.