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
At 9 AM Tropical Storm Otto is located approximately 260 miles east of Limon, Costa Rica.
•Otto is stationary and a westward drift is expected to begin later today, followed by a faster westward motion on Wednesday.
•On the forecast track, Otto should be approaching the coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica on Thursday.
•Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts. Otto is expected to become a hurricane later today or tonight, with additional strengthening forecast through Thursday.
•Model track guidance has become increasingly confident over the past 24 hours, and most of the models now have Otto tracking westward over the next 48 hours towards Central America.
•Otto is expected to intensify into a hurricane today due to favorable environmental conditions. Once the storm makes landfall expect a sharp decrease in wind speed as the storm gets torn apart by land interaction and strong wind shear.
•No other new tropical cyclones are expected to develop over the next five days.
•Tropical Storm Otto is not expected to have any impacts on Florida
Reddick Mill Road Closure: Construction will begin on the box culvert on Reddick Mill Rd November 14,2016. At that time the road will be closed. A detour plan is attached, which will be set up 11/14. This project will last approximately 120 days (March 2017).