Author: Adrienne Owen

CURFEW IN EFFECT FROM DUSK TO DAWN

A curfew has been implemented for Holmes County from dusk until dawn as a public safety measure.

Holmes County residents are asked to arrive at their destinations by dusk and to not venture out.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has dispatched two teams consisting of PCSO deputies, fire-rescue, and other emergency responders, along with generators, and other resources to assist Holmes County Sheriff’s Office during Hurricane Michael’s aftermath.

These additional deputies will help guard the food and water trucks when they arrive, as well as provide additional neighborhood patrols for citizen safety.

Together, deputies from HCSO and PCSO will be performing extra patrols to checkING both residential and business properties to ensure they are secure.

Residents should continue to dial 911 for emergencies and calls for service

Please note I-10 is now open and will help alleviate congestion on Highway 90.

AS HURRICANE PASSES, NUMEROUS THREATS REMAIN

As the rain tapers and winds die down, residents are advised to be extremely cautious as they survey their homes, vehicles and property.

Do not approach or attempt to clear unstable trees or large branches. The soil is saturated, weakening the root bases of large trees. Many structures are unstable as well.

If you have lost power, turn off all appliances and electronics until power is restored. Officials from Gulf Power and West Florida Electric say it is likely electricity will not be restored for a significant period.Do not approach downed power lines.

A curfew is in place until tomorrow at 6 a.m. Do not leave your home (by foot or vehicle) and attempt to travel local roads until the curfew is lifted.

Emergency crews are currently assessing damage to homes, neighborhoods and local roadways throughout Holmes County. An estimated 70 percent of roads are blocked by trees in the Bonifay area, with reports of numerous downed trees and power lines throughout the rest of the county. Travel at this time is not only illegal, it is virtually impossible.

The temporary suspension of emergency response has ended, and police, fire and EMS are all responding to 911 calls. They are prioritizing response to potentially life threatening emergencies.

For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website – www.holmescountyem.org

CURFEW TONIGHT IN HOLMES COUNTY FROM 4 P.M. TO 6 A.M.

A curfew is in effect for all of Holmes County from 4 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11.
All residents of Holmes County are advised to remain indoors and to avoid traveling on local streets. This applies to pedestrian traffic, vehicular movement, standing or parking. Residents should remain in their homes/shelters until the curfew is lifted.
This curfew does not apply to travel by essential services (police, correctional services, fire, EMS, hospital services, and other appropriate emergency relief personnel), as well as public works/transportation officials, on-duty military, and media.
Any municipality may opt out of this curfew at its discretion.
The purpose of this curfew is to protect the citizens of Holmes County and their property while the impacts of Hurricane Michael are present. It will remain in effect for the times listed above, unless conditions dictate that it be extended.

For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website – www.holmescountyem.org

EXPECT ELECTRICITY TO BE OUT FOR AN EXTENDED TIME; HEED THESE SAFETY TIPS

Residents should expect and prepare for widespread power outages as Hurricane Michael crosses Holmes County, according to officials from Gulf Power and West Florida Electric. Once the power goes out, it will likely not be restored for an extended period of time.
Utility officials stationed at the Holmes County Emergency Operations Center are advising residents to take the following precautions:

Do not approach downed power lines.

Turn off all appliances when electricity is lost, and do not turn them back on until power is restored.

Do not attempt to connect a portable generator to household electric service. Do not try and backfeed a home.

Never operate a generator in an enclosed space (garage, covered porch, below a window, etc.)

For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website – www.holmescountyem.org

HOLMES COUNTY TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS GENERAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE

With area wind speeds now in excess of 45 mph, all Holmes County first responders have been directed to find a safe location to shelter themselves and their vehicles.
Until further notice, first responders with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office are in local shelters and will not respond until the storm passes.
Likewise, emergency response for all fire, EMS and other law enforcement has been suspended with limited exceptions.
Residents experiencing a true emergency should continue to call 911, and units will respond as soon as conditions allow.
Response will be prioritized based on the severity of the emergency.
The Holmes County Citizen Hotline, (850)-547-1112, is open for all non-emergency calls, questions and requests for assistance.
County emergency managers are in constant contact with state officials, and the state has promised to assist Holmes County with any resources it may need to respond to local emergencies.

For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website – www.holmescountyem.org

Latest Hurricane Update from NWS Tallahassee

The latest hurricane update from the National Weather Service Office in Tallahassee:
Hurricane Michael is a solid category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 MPH. Devastating storm surge and winds are expected to continue to unfold through the day and into the overnight hours. Michael is expected to make landfall as a category 4 along the Florida Panhandle Coast sometime in the next few hours. This is an unprecedented event as there are no Category 4 storms on record to have made landfall along the Florida Panhandle coast. There is an increasing threat for tornadoes today as rain bands continue to move onshore. Michael is expected to bring life- threatening storm surge, widespread power outages that will last days to even more than a week in some areas, downed trees that will block access to roads and endanger individuals, structural damage to homes and businesses, isolated flash flooding and the potential for tornadoes. Trees falling on homes will become a dangerous and potentially deadly situation.
Preparations and evacuations should be complete at this time.

For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website – www.holmescountyem.org

Emergency Management Team Coordinating Local Storm Response

The Holmes County Emergency Management Team is busy coordinating local storm response and recovery activities from the Emergency Operations Center in Bonifay.
Sheriff John Tate has advised residents to stay off local roads, as wind speeds are expected to reach hurricane force (sustained 80 mph with higher gusts) within the hour.
Residents are urged to shelter in place, and to not attempt to drive to an evacuation shelter until the wind speeds have died down.

Poplar Springs School Shelter Open For Pets and Special Needs

All three Hurricane Evacuation shelters in Holmes County have space for additional residents.

If you have special needs or wish to bring your pet(s), go to Poplar Springs School, 3726 Atomic Drive, Graceville

General Population Shelters are located at:

Holmes County K8, 140 Blue Devil Dr., Bonifay and New Hope VFD, 1243 Highway 179A, Westville (Pets are not permitted at the General Population Shelters.)

For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website – www.holmescountyem.org