Residents should make sure they're stocked up on hurricane supplies as the peak of the season approaches, according to emergency officials.
Tropical Storm Isaias continues its path towards Florida, and Flagler County is within the forecast cone.
With the approach of this storm comes the likelihood that Flagler County will see some heavy rainfall and increased rip currents over the weekend and into next week.
“We don’t want anyone to panic, but there is a lot of uncertainty with the forecast for this storm. Anytime there is a tropical system approaching, it is a good idea for residents to ensure they have an ample supply of non-perishable food and bottled water – especially as we approach the peak of hurricane season,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “It’s also a good time to clean up lawn debris, and solidify your destination options should your neighborhood be ordered to evacuate.”
Officials recommend having seven days’ worth of supplies such as food, water and medication. Test flashlights and radios, and be sure to replace outdated batteries. To find additional details on what else should be included in a disaster supply kit, as well as evacuation zone information, and the Disaster Preparedness Guide, visit www.flaglercounty.org/emergency.
At the www.flaglercounty.org/emergency website, residents can sign up for the ALERTFlagler notification system, directly accessible at www.flaglercounty.org/alertflagler. Anyone with special medical needs – such as those who are medically electrically dependent, or who require daily home medical care – should register for the Special Needs Evacuation Assistance Program, which can be accessed at www.flaglercounty.org/special_needs.
In light of COVID-19, Flagler County and its emergency preparedness partners have taken additional steps to protect residents that may be unable to make alternative arrangements and need to seek public shelter in the event of an evacuation order.
Shelters will have separate areas for those who know they have COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Additionally, all evacuees will be required to wear face coverings and undergo entry and daily temperature screenings. Shelter capacities and movement within the shelter will be more restrictive than in previous years.
“We just want people to be aware and prepared,” Lord said. “We will continue to monitor the storm and keep everyone posted about any significant changes via our social media.”
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