Caution Advisory as TD 9 makes landfall
Holmes County Emergency Management is actively monitoring TD 9, and is regularly and continuously engaging with our state and local partners as this system continues to develop. Right now, the specific track and level of intensity remains uncertain. We encourage our residents to have a plan in place for yourself, your family, and your workplace or business, and be prepared to follow your plan should TD 9 impact our area.
Residents who live in low lying flood prone areas should take all necessary precautions to ensure safety of personal property, livestock and pets.
Residents should have the following:
A family disaster plan
A disaster supply kit that includes:
At least 1 gallon of water daily per person for 3 days.
First Aid Kit on hand to included prescription and non-prescription medications, glasses, dentures, hearing aids, and etc.
Flashlights & Batteries
Battery Operated Radio
Important Documents (in a waterproof container) such as insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers, social security cards, birth certificates, and etc.
Make sure all vehicles have fuel
Pet Care Items
Residents should watch the local news outlets for more updates and advisories and can also find information on the Holmes County EM Website and Facebook page. If residents have any questions or concerns, please contact the Holmes County Emergency Management Office at (850) 547-1112.
Five Things to Do Now Before a Disaster:
Locate where you live and your evacuation zone. http://www.wfrpc.org/pdfs/
- Decide NOW where you would go if ordered to evacuate - a friend or relative's home, a hotel or as a last resort, a public shelter. Remember, if you are going to leave the area or go to a hotel, don't delay. Determine your route, leave early and travel the shortest distance possible. Think tens of miles, not hundreds.
- Purchase a battery-powered NOAA weather radio and a non-electric landline phone. Even though phone service may not be disturbed, a cordless phone will not work during power outages.
- Make sure your street address number is clearly marked on your home.
- Whether you rent or own your home, review your insurance policies with your agent now.
For further information please visit: www.floridadisaster.org
For the kids, please let them visit for interactive fun: www.kidsgetaplan.com
The Holmes County Emergency Management Department provides:
· Effective and orderly governmental control and coordination of emergency operations in emergencies within the scope of Florida Statutes
· Develops and maintains the County’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan providing emergency management planning for the entire county
· Coordinates emergency management activities, services and programs within the county, including but not limited to:
- Training and education on disaster survival
- Assisting local first responders
- Provide disaster assistance to our communities, businesses, residents and visitors
- Provide emergency drills and exercise simulations for training and exercising our resources to enhance our capabilities
- Review and provide technical assistance for Health Care Facilities’ Emergency Operations Plans
· Serves as the liaison to the State Division of Emergency Management and other local emergency management agencies and organizations
Emergency Management Program Basics:
· Develops and implements programs and capabilities aimed at reducing the impact of incident on our communities
· Identifies potential threats and hazards and assesses the risk posed by them
· Plans for risks that cannot be eliminated
· Prescribes the actions required to handle the consequences of events and how to recover from them
The mission of Holmes County Emergency Management is to plan and coordinate actions to prepare, respond, mitigate, and recover from natural or man-made disasters.
The National Preparedness Goal identifies mission areas within which we must build and sustain capabilities. Utilizing a whole community approach, emergency management supports and executes the following mission areas:
- · Prevention: The capabilities necessary to avoid, prevent, or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism. As defined by PPD-8, the term “prevention” refers to preventing imminent threats.
- · Protection: The capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and human-caused or natural disasters.
- · Mitigation: The capabilities necessary to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.
- · Response: The capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.
- · Recovery: The capabilities necessary to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively