Hurricane Irma Update 9.8.17

Hurricane Irma Update 9.8.17

Irma 9.8.17. 1 pmKeep an eye on the storm, FWB. Another slight westward shift of the cone. As you know, we can’t predict the future, and we’re no replacement for trained meteorologists; we just want to see our people prepared. Below we’ll be sharing some useful information and resources; whether or not we see a major impact from Irma, you may want to hold on to some of these links for future reference. Feel free to share your (verified) info links in the comments. If there’s something we’ve missed, we’ll add it in future updates!

*Sandbag Stations*
City of Fort Walton Beach: City Maintenance Yard at 116 Hollywood Boulevard SW (setup is in progress, will be available beginning afternoon of Friday, Sep.8; open while supplies last) Bring a shovel or scoop. Please call (850)833-9513.

Okaloosa County has two locations providing sand and sandbags:
Crestview: Goodwin Avenue behind the Public Works building
Fort Walton Beach: 84 Ready Avenue
*Alert Okaloosa Emergency Notification System*
Alert Okaloosa / Everbridge Registration
The Okaloosa County Emergency Alerting System, Everbridge, allows citizens to receive notifications concerning severe weather, road closures, missing persons, etc.
This system allows citizens to register at the following website: http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/alert

 

*Yard Waste Dos and Don’ts from Your City Sanitation Division:*
-Do not cut down trees or do any major yard work.
-Do not begin construction projects that produce debris.
-Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the normal collection process and there is not enough equipment or manpower to collect the additional material once a storm makes landfall.
-Do not place materials at the curb or take materials to the landfill or transfer facility during a Watch or Warning period. Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for the storm.

 

*Okaloosa County Shelters Open for Irma Evacuees*
At the request of the State of Florida Emergency Operations Center, Okaloosa County Public Safety will be opening two shelters for evacuees from South Florida. The two shelters will be opened at Riverside Elementary School and Shoal River Middle School on Redstone Avenue in Crestview. The Shoal River Middle School will open at 4:00 p.m. for evacuees from the Florida Peninsula only, as tropical conditions are not currently expected in Okaloosa County. The Riverside Elementary School shelter will open when the Shoal River Middle School shelter reaches 75% capacity.
The Florida Highway Patrol will be directing evacuees to these shelters via digital signage along Interstate 10.

Okaloosa County Public Safety will work hand in hand with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Okaloosa County School District, Okaloosa County Health Department, the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, and the Red Cross to prepare and operate the shelters for evacuees. More information will be provided when it becomes available.

 

*Other Links & Resources*

Emergency planning, shelters, evacuation zones: http://www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/ps/emergency-management

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Irma

Okaloosa County Special Needs Registry: https://snr.floridadisaster.org/Signin?client=okaloosa

To report a power outage or view local outage map: https://www.gulfpower.com/outages

Florida Gridlock Guide: http://data.tallahassee.com/storm-traffic-camera/