In addition to 211,
If they do not have access to the internet, the Citizen Help Lines are their best way to communicate with the
Florida State University Panama City classes are canceled for this afternoon and Friday, and faculty and staff will be released at
Today, in preparation for Tropical Storm Hermine, Governor
As of now, state offices will be closed in the following counties:
A State of Emergency has been declared for parts of Florida's
Big Bend Wildlife Management Area -- These closures will remain in effect until local staff can complete a field inspection after the storm passes to ensure that no damages to spillways or roads have taken place and the public can re-enter safely. Tropical Storm Hermine's associated storm surge is expected to overtake the spillways of the Hickory Mound Impoundment, the Hagen's Cove public recreation area, and selected roads.
Hickory Mound Unit: Closed
Spring Creek Unit: Closed
Tide Swamp Unit: Closed
Andrews Wildlife Management Area -- The Andrews Wildlife Management Area closes at noon
All state offices in 51 counties closed at noon,
All FWC offices located in
Currently, Tropical Storm Hermine continues to move North/Northeast and away from
As part of the local state of emergency, the following actions have been taken:
4. All Walton County Government Offices will remain open on their normal schedules.
6. The beaches of
7. Walton County Public Works has one location open for sandbags at the
WEATHER UPDATE INFORMATION FOLLOWS
(ASTERISK) Tropical force winds are anticipated to enter our area in the late afternoon and early evening. Sustained winds are expected to be between 35 and 45 mph with gusts in excess of 45 mph possible
(ASTERISK) Anticipated rain totals for
(ASTERISK) Storm surge for
Citizen Help Lines -- (850) 892-8392 and (850) 892-8394
For important update, please monitor the
Gulf Islands National Seashore announced today the closure of Fort
When the road reopens, the campground will be first come, first served until the reservation system comes on-line again. Visitors may call the Fort Pickens Road Hotline at 850-934-2656 to get updates about road conditions. Fort
The state of emergency requires some schools to be used as shelter locations.
Therefore, schools will be closed on
Walton County BCC to meet at
For additional information, please contact
The following state park campgrounds have been closed in preparation for the storm:
The following state parks are closed until further notice:
The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from
As Tropical Depression Nine has recently strengthened to become Tropical Storm Hermine and continues on its path toward Florida's coast, I encourage you to prepare today for its arrival tomorrow afternoon. Stock up on storm supplies like bottled water and batteries, and make sure you have copies of your insurance and financial papers readily available. With current concerns about the spread of the Zika virus, I also suggest having mosquito repellent on hand due to the likelihood of excess standing water left behind by the storm.
Many of us have seen several storms come and go during our time as
In advance of the storm's arrival, Governor
A few simple steps can be taken now to help ensure your family is ready. They include:
As the storm moves closer, protect your property. Buy the materials you need to secure your property and minimize your losses. Cover your windows with shutters, siding, or plywood. Move vehicles into a garage or carport when possible. Grills and/or patio furniture should be moved inside as well.
Inventory your household items, including receipts, purchase dates, and serial numbers. Photograph or videotape your possessions. Keep copies of this information and your insurance policies in a safe place and keep the originals in a safe deposit box.
Write down the name, address, and claims-reporting telephone number of your insurance company, which may differ from your agent's contact information. Keep this information in a safe place and make sure you have access to it if you are forced to evacuate your home.
Of course in the event that you do have damage, take photos of the damaged area and notify your insurance company immediately. Document all repair-related conversations and keep track of your paperwork. If you have questions about what is or isn't covered under your policy, now is the time to make sure you understand your policy. Call us at 1-877-693-5236 to talk to one of our insurance experts. They can also provide you with helpful information about storm preparation.
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"This storm is expected to strengthen throughout the day and Floridians should take notice and take steps to prepare," said CFO Atwater. "Whether you're new to Florida or a lifetime resident, we have tools available to help make sure all Florida families are ready."
Experts anticipate that the storm will strengthen into a named tropical storm (Tropical Storm Hermine) before landfall on Thursday. In advance of the storm's arrival, Governor
CFO Atwater encourages residents to review their homeowners', renters', or property insurance policy to ensure an understanding of the available coverage. Consumers can consult the Department's Emergency Financial Preparedness Guide for more information and consumers with questions regarding their insurance policies can call the Department's Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-693-5236.
Additionally, CFO Atwater recommends the following preparatory steps:
--As the storm moves closer, protect your property. Buy the materials you need to secure your property and minimize your losses. Cover your windows with shutters, siding, or plywood. Move vehicles into a garage or carport when possible. Grills and/or patio furniture should be moved inside as well.
--Inventory your household items, including receipts, purchase dates, and serial numbers. Photograph or videotape your possessions. Keep copies of this information and your insurance policies in a safe place and keep the originals in a safe deposit box.
--Write down the name, address, and claims-reporting telephone number of your insurance company, which may differ from your agent's contact information. Keep this information in a safe place and make sure you have access to it if you are forced to evacuate your home.
In the event of storm-related damage, photograph damaged areas and notify your insurance company immediately. Document all repair-related conversations and keep track of all paperwork.
Hurricane season ends
Due to unsettled weather forecasts with projected potential for storm surge,
The blanket permit will be in effect until
Any vehicles used must be 4-wheel drive, licensed and insured, and must remain under 5 miles per hour while traversing the public beach.
For more information, contact the
Effective immediately, all developed recreation sites and the
Camp hosts may remain on site until an evacuation order is in place. However, forest visitors will be advised to leave. The sites will reopen for operations upon completion of a post-storm assessment of the site and facilities, and identified hazards are mitigated.
We ask the public to pay attention to advisories and we appreciate their patience as we prepare for the storm passing through the area.
With a tropical storm predicted to hit Florida on
Stay safe and please remember not to drive through standing water that may be on roads.
For more information contact the
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