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Palm Coast Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 3 years ago

Flagler County prepares for Tropical Storm Erika, establishes call-in center

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It will go live at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. The number is 386-586-5111.

The following is a news release from the Flagler County Communications Office:

Flagler County Emergency Management officials have been fielding calls about Tropical Storm Erika, and decided to establish a call-in center to answer questions about basic preparedness as the storm continues westward with the potential to make landfall in South Florida.

“The phone has been ringing off the hook,” said Kevin Guthrie, Flagler County’s Public Safety Emergency Manager. “We are bringing in volunteers to field questions, so that (Emergency Management) can monitor the storm.”

The call-in center will go live at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. The call-in center will close at 5 p.m. The number is 386-586-5111. The call-in center will also be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. 

Up-to-date information is also available at flagleremergency.com.

“The National Hurricane Center is only monitoring the storm right now,” Guthrie said. “No warnings or protective actions have been issued.”

Guthrie has been involved in conference calls with Florida Department of Emergency Management since Erika became a named storm. Conference calls locally with senior and elected officials started Wednesday afternoon. 

“People have been calling with the whole gamut of questions from what should I have in my disaster kit, to what can I bring to a shelter and where can I bring my pets,” Guthrie said. 

The Disaster Preparedness Guide – created through a cooperative effort of Flagler County Emergency Services and the cities of Palm Coast and Flagler Beach – is available at all fire stations throughout Flagler County and online at flagleremergency.com. 

It contains information about how to create a disaster plan, how to create a disaster supply kit and how to sign up for CodeRED weather warnings – a free service available to all Flagler County residents and local businesses. 

Sign up for the service by visiting flagleremergency.com and clicking on the CodeRED icon. This information can also be found on palmcoastgov.com and cityofflaglerbeach.com. Those without Internet access can call 386-313-4200, Palm Coast customer service 386-986-2360, or Flagler Beach Customer Service at 386-517-2000, Ext. 243.

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