Simple steps you can do now in advance of Hurricane Irma
Santa Rosa County Emergency Management is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and there are no actions anticipated before Friday. It is still too early to determine if Irma will impact our area. Meanwhile, there are several easy steps residents can take now to make preparations and reduce stress.
Review, update or make a disaster plan.
Check www.santarosa.fl.gov/KnowYourZone. If you live in a mobile home, or an evacuation zone, know where you will go and how you will get there. Shelters are a last-resort option. You will be much more comfortable with family, friends or a hotel. And don't go far - think in terms of tens of miles, not hundreds.
Santa Rosa County is making limited supplies of sand available at no cost at several locations. Sand bags are available at local home improvement stores for purchase (Hall's Hardware in Milton, Lowe's in Midway and Pace). Bring shovels to fill and load your own bags.
Leisure Street at Citrus Drive in Holley By the Sea
Tiger Point Park in Gulf Breeze
Pace Fire-Rescue in Pace
The corner of Pine Forest Road and Carroll Road in Milton
Actions Taken by the State
Per Governor Scott's office, all tolls have been suspended throughout Florida beginning at 4 p.m. today through the duration of the storm's impacts to the state.
More information is available in our latest all-hazards disaster guide online or at county offices and libraries, local chambers of commerce, and local retailers.
Your best defense in any disaster is a NOAA Weather radio.
Citizens may call (850) 983-INFO (4636) with questions.