Hurricane Irma: How Gatorland staff gets ready for storm

There could be raccoons in the conference center if Hurricane Irma strikes Central Florida.

It’s part of the emergency plan for Gatorland staff to move their animals to safety. Park director Mike Hileman said Gatorland might move into full-blown hurricane mode today and Friday.

That means, possums, raccoons and other small mammals will get crated and placed in a large staff conference room inside a concrete building at the front of the park.

The place where they normally hold meetings, “In these circumstances, it becomes our shelter,” Hileman said.

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