Rich Jones, WOKV, Jan. 17, 2018

 (AP) – Florida’s first major hurricane in 12 years has spawned 78 recommendations from lawmakers seeking to improve the state’s readiness before the next big one.

The 21-member House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness approved its final report Tuesday. It says strengthening the power grid, better management of shelters and increased care for seniors should be the top priorities.

The committee was formed by Speaker Richard Corcoran after Hurricane Irma caused widespread damage from the Florida Keys to Jacksonville. The first major storm to hit Florida since Wilma in 2005, Irma knocked out power to much of the state, affecting millions, including a South Florida nursing home where 12 people died after electricity and air conditioning went out.

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