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Hurricane Irma impacts

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Waste Pro pick-up: Waste Pro will not be picking up today or tomorrow, due to the storm. Collection will resume Wednesday, Sep. 13th.; collections will be pushed back two days this week.

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Wakulla County Sheriff's Office situation report:

 

A.             State Actions:

§  EOC Activation Level 1 (Full Activation)

 

B.             Wakulla County Administration:

§  Attending Briefings

§  Offices Closed thru 9/12/2017

§  Local State of Emergency now in effect

 

C.            Wakulla County Schools:

§  Attending Briefings

§  Shelter operations

§  Schools Closed thru 9/12/2017

§  Schools Reopen for Students on 9/14/2017, Teachers 9/13/2017

 

D.            Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Emergency Management:

§  Level 2 Activation (Partial)

§  Attending briefings

§  Holding briefings with Stake Holders

§  Running recovery operations

 

E.             Wakulla Public Works Office:

§  Attending Briefings

§  Staffed for response operations

§  Running recovery operations

 

F.             Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office:

§  Attending Briefings

§  Operating extra patrols

§  Staffed for response operations

 

G.            Wakulla Agricultural Extension Service:

§  Monitoring

§  Attending Briefings

 

H.            County Department of Health:

§  Monitoring Health and Safety needs

§  Running recovery operations

 

I.               Wakulla County Fire Rescue

§  Attending Briefings

§  Running Normal operations
 

 

 

J.              SPARC

§  Attending briefings

 

K.            Volunteer Wakulla

§  Running operations

§  Attending briefings

 

L.             Wakulla Transportation

§  Transported Special Needs patients - 17

§  Running other transportation requirements - 9

 

M.           Red Cross

§  Running Shelter operations – Max 317 Sheltered

§  Staffing ESF-6

 

I.               OPERATIONAL PICTURE:

o   Declaration of Emergency:             Declared 9/7/2017

 

o   EOC operation level:                       Level 2 (Partial)

 

o   Evacuations:                                      None

 

o   Shelters:                                            1 Risk Shelter – Max 317 Sheltered

 

o   School Closings:                              Closed thru 9/13/2017

 

o   Government Closings:                     Closed thru 9/12/2017

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Talquin Power Restoration Update:
 
We have assessed damages and outages throughout the service area and have crews in place where they are working diligently to restore power to our TEC members.  Additional mutual aid resources will arrive tomorrow to help us accelerate our restoration process.  Please rest assured that we will continue to work 24/7 until all outages are restored.
 
We expect to have at least 90% of our Members in each county restored by Wednesday night.  Furthermore, we anticipate having at least 98% of our Members in each county restored by Friday night.  We will continue to update everyone on our progress as our restoration continues.  Thank you very much for your patience.

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The Wakulla County Landfill will be accepting green waste/debris (i.e. trees, grass, leaves, seaweed, and vegetation) and food spoilage in response from Hurricane Irma from residents (residents only – not businesses) free of charge beginning today, September 12th – Friday, September 15th from 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. and Saturday, September 16th from 8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.

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Information from Wakulla County EOC about Hurricane Irma impacts at this time....

Current Power Outages:

Duke:1,177 outages reported

Talquin Electric:4,779 outages reported

REMEMBER DO NOT APPROACH DOWNED TREES NEAR POWERLINES CALL THE SHERIFF"S OFFICE 850-926-0800

Roads currently blocked;

Woodville Highway multiple places
Pawnee Trail
US 98, multiple places
Port Leon Dr
Hickory Ave
US 319 near Glendas
Emmett Whaley Road
MLK near Spring Creek Hwy

Damages Reported at this time:
Trees Down: 20 reported
Lines Down: 10 reported
Trees on Structures: 0 reported
Wind Damaged Structures: 0 reported

We expect these numbers to go up as damage assessments come in.

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Wakulla Situation Report from EOC Sept 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM
 
All residents should monitor conditions and take appropriate steps to protect life and property. At this time, based on the current projected path of Hurricane Irma of which slight changes in track will make significant differences, we are expecting Hurricane force winds with Gusts up to Category 2 Hurricane strength, and rainfall of approximately 2 to 6 inches. We now do expect up to 6 feet of surge, but we do not expect any significant flooding from the rivers at this time.
 
Conditions will deteriorate this evening....when conditions deteriorate to the point that emergency workers would be in danger they will be pulled from the highways and responses until conditions are safe enough for them to return.
 
The main impact expected from this storm will be wind damage, mainly trees down. We do expect significant power outages with longer than usual restoration times due to the expected extensive damage to the rest of the state, so there will be fewer crews to handle the restoration.
 
We have a Mandatory Evacuation for those who live in Evacuation Zone A (Coastal Wakulla) (South of Highway 98 Coastal Highway and South of Highway 319, Sopchoppy Highway) and in Mobile Homes, Trailer Parks and other ‘at risk structures’.
 
We have a Shelter for the citizens of Wakulla County at Crawfordville Elementary.
 
Sand bags are available by the Sheriff’s office. There is a 10 bag limit until we run out. The sand bags will be available until 6:00 PM this evening.
 
We will provide updated and additional information on the continued evolving track of Hurricane Irma as this information becomes available. Citizens should monitor media outlets for additional information and any changes in the information available. Please use reliable sources for your information as there is a lot of false information out there.

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From Talquin: Power outages are likely as Hurricane Irma moves into our area.  The possibility of a water outage increases when power is lost.

Talquin has 19 individual water systems throughout the four (4) county service area.  If you lose power, please use potable water sparingly to help prevent loss of water service. If you do lose water service, you will be under a precautionary boil water advisory after service is restored until tests are completed to assure the water is safe to drink.

Talquin will work as quickly and safely as possible to restore service and will issue notices to rescind every boil water advisory.  

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From Talquin Electric: For safety purposes, Sunday morning at approx. 10 am we will begin de-energizing and pulling meters along the coast in Shell Point, Spring Creek, and Live Oak Island - where flooding is expected. These areas are currently under mandatory evacuation. Please remember when you come to standing water…Turn around don't drown.

 

******UPDATE******

An EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for Wakulla County Residents south of U.S. Highway 98 (Coastal Highway) and South U.S. 319 (Sopchoppy Highway) in ZONE A (Red)...the evacuation order is for all residents living in manufactured homes and low lying areas within Wakulla County to include Surf Road.

THIS EVACUATION ORDER IS FOR EVERYBODY IN ZONE A IN THE PICTURE BELOW and those who live in mobile homes or other structures susceptible to damage from high wind speeds.

The Red Cross Shelter in Wakulla County will open at Crawfordville Elementary on Arran Road at 6:00 PM this is not a pet friendly shelter at this time.

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Update from the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office: Per the National Weather Service, our area has a 40-50% chance for tropical storm force winds and a 10%-20 chance of hurricane force winds. Be advised that these percentages have increased since our last update. There is no expectation for widespread flooding at this time. Winds are expected to begin to pick up Sunday, reaching a peak Monday morning, and calming by Monday night.
 
A shelter will be opening in Wakulla County Saturday evening for citizens that wish to seek shelter from the winds and storm. Further details will be released tomorrow morning.
 
Sandbags will continue to be distributed until 6 PM tonight and will re-open tomorrow morning at 8 AM.
 
RIGHT NOW: Wakulla County citizens should focus their attention on preparing for possible wind damage and associated power outages. All residents should monitor conditions and take appropriate steps to protect life and property. Please continue to monitor news outlets for updates. The link below discusses what items you may need to prep. Remember- focus on what you will need if you are without power!

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Wakulla County Schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 11 and 12. Wednesday, Sept. 13, is a planning day for teachers. First possible day back for students will be Thursday, Sept. 14.

 

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Wakulla County Emergency Management is continuing to monitor and track Hurricane Irma. The National Weather Service is forecasting a 30-40% chance for tropical storm force winds in our area by Sunday. It is important to remember that these numbers are constantly being updated and may change as the storm progresses.
 
At the current trajectory, we expect no storm surge in our coastal areas at this time. We will update this information multiple times throughout the day as we receive storm progressions.
 
We will be releasing an update regarding risk shelters for Wakulla County residents this afternoon.
 
Those on the Special Needs Registry are being contacted to assess any needs.
 
As a precautionary measure, sandbags will be released at noon at the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office at 15 Oak St., Crawfordville, FL 32327. THE LIMIT IS 10 BAGS PER HOUSEHOLD. Please remember that there are a limited number of bags available at this point in time.
 
You can find more information about the Special Needs Registry at: https://snr.floridadisaster.org/Signin?client=wakulla
This registry is for those who require daily skilled nursing care, assistance with daily living, or have life-saving medical equipment dependent on electricity.
 
You can sign up for Alert Wakulla, our county’s emergency notification system at: http://www.wcso.org/emergency-management/alert-wakulla/The football between Wakulla High School and Taylor County has been moved to today, Thursday, Sept. 7 in Perry, because of Hurricane Irma.

Superintendent of Schools Bobby Pearce said that Taylor County Schools informed Wakulla on Wednesday afternoon that the game could either be moved to Thursday or it would be cancelled. The game was originally set for Friday night.

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By order of Gov. Rick Scott, all schools in the state are closed on Friday and Monday. Superintendent of Schools Bobby Pearce said that a decision on Tuesday classes will be made later.

THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017 at 5:45 PM AND THE SPECIAL MEETING ON THE FINAL BUDGET WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017 at 6 PM.

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The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office planned 9/11 Memorial Service to honor victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and First Responders has been cancelled because of the storm.

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Media Advisory
 
FDOT Urges Motorists to Use Real-Time Traffic Information Tools to Ease Evacuations: Florida 511, Traffic Counts and Waze
 
Tallahassee - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is urging motorists to use the department’s real-time traffic information tools to ease their evacuation. Traffic can be heavy at times during a hurricane evacuation and we appreciate the public’s patience. The following real- time traffic information tools are available:
 
•           Florida 511 - FDOT’s official source for traffic information is Florida 511, or www.fl511.com. This website provides real-time traffic information on crashes, incidents, construction, congestion, road closures and detours, and other urgent alerts.
•           Traffic Count Information - Real-time evacuation data for Hurricane Irma on state roads. A summary of selected traffic counter data for state roads is available for review at www.fdot.gov/traffic.pdf.  This data is updated hourly.
•           Waze - FDOT and Waze have a data sharing partnership to enhance each partner’s ability to provide needed traffic information to the traveling public. Waze (www.waze.com) is a free navigation app that uses information from millions of drivers to navigate traffic in real-time.
 
www.fdot.gov
 

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In response to Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Corrections cancelled weekend visitation at all correctional institutions for Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10. The cancellation includes all major institutions, work camps, community release centers and annex facilities. The Corrections Department took the step in response to travel restrictions throughout Florida and to ensure staff resources can be maximized for hurricane response, officials said. Department staff are working around the clock to make necessary precautions for inmates in facilities statewide, with water and food supplies being brought in. Evacuation determinations will be made in the best interest of the inmates and public safety, officials said.  In the event of an evacuation, announcements will be made upon completion. Inmate locations will be posted on the website approximately 24 hours after relocation, per standard protocol.
For more information, visit www.dc.state.fl.us.

UPDATE:

UPDATE! FDC Responds to Hurricane Irma, Additional Evacuations Announced
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections is taking proactive steps to ensure the public and individuals entrusted to our custody are secure as Florida prepares to respond to Hurricane Irma.
 
Safety of FDC staff and inmates is paramount. The Department is working around the clock to take necessary precautions for the storm. To make certain adequate necessities are on hand, additional water and food supplies are being stocked.
 
Evacuation determinations are made in the best interest of the inmates and public safety. Small satellite facilities, community work release centers and work camps have been evacuated in an abundance of caution. Inmates have been relocated to the most secure and safe facilities available statewide.
 
The following facilities have been evacuated:
Ft. Myers Work Camp
Martin Work Camp
Atlantic Community Release Center
West Palm Beach Community Release Center
Ft. Pierce Community Release Center
Loxahatchee Road Prison
Opa Locka Work Release Center
Miami North Work Release Center
Turning Point Work Release Center
Bridges of Cocoa
Bridges of Orlando
Kissimmee Community Release Center
Orlando Bridge
The Transition House of Kissimmee
Orlando Community Release Center
Pinellas Community Release Center
Suncoast Community Release Center
Bradenton Bridge
The Transition House of Tarpon
Largo Road Prison
The Transition House of Bartow
Re-Entry Center of Ocala
St. Petersburg Community Release Center
Desoto Annex
Polk C.I. Work Camp
Hernando Correctional Institute
The Transition House of Dinsmore
Jacksonville Bridge
Bridges of Jacksonville
Bridges of Lake City
Bridges of Santa Fe
 
In the event of additional evacuations, announcements will only be made upon completion. Inmate locations will be posted on the website approximately 24-hours after relocation, per standard protocol.

Weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10 is cancelled. For more information about the Department and facilities and programs, please visit www.dc.state.fl.us.
 

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St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge will officially CLOSE AT 5:00 P.M. ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 because of Hurricane Irma.

Gale force winds are expected on Saturday afternoon. Everyone must leave the St. Marks Unit no later than 5:00 p.m. We will clear all visitors from the refuge and close and LOCK the gate. This is for your safety! We do not take this decision lightly. Please help us keep our visitors safe.

The Beginning Birding class scheduled for Sunday, September 10, has been postponed and will be held on Sunday, October 8.

We plan to ascertain damages on Tuesday, September 12, and let you know when we will reopen.

Please everyone be safe while Irma comes to town. May her visit be short and easier than it looks today.

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FYI… Due to Hurricane Irma, Waste Pro will not be collecting on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.  Collection days next week will be pushed back a day as follows:
Monday routes will be run on Tuesday
Tuesday routes will be run on Wednesday
Wednesday routes will be run on Thursday
Thursday routes will be run on Friday
Friday routes will be run on Saturday
 

 

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Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union Branches to be Closed on Monday, September 11, 2017, in Anticipation of Hurricane Irma

Tallahassee, Fla. - Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union branches will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the following four area locations: 11 Preston Circle Crawfordville, FL 32327; 3218 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32303 (drive-thru only); 2906 Kerry Forest Parkway Tallahassee, FL 32309; 1447 Mahan Drive Tallahassee, FL 32308. At this time, Gulf Winds plans to reopen branches on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, pending the team’s safety and any potential storm damage.

You can follow Gulf Winds on Facebook for the most up-to-date information. Members may access their accounts 24/7 with online and mobile banking. For questions, contact Gulf Winds at 800.650.6328. You can also email Gulf Winds at: info@gwfcu.org.

For more information about Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, visit GoGulfWinds.com.

 

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Due to Hurricane Irma, ALL Wakulla County Recreation Programs will be closed Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 – Monday, Sept. 11, 2017; programs will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Thank you!
 

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Due to Hurricane Irma all Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners offices will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017.
 

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Volunteers have set up a Wakulla help line on Zello, a communications ap which works like a walkie-talkie. If you are in Wakulla and need assistance during the storm, contact the Zello channel: WAKULLA HURRICANE IRMA HELPLINE. To get Zello on your phone visit ZELLO.COM. Create a Zello user account. Under channel go to Add Channel and type in the name of the channel. Then just hit add channel. Volunteers say they will be manning the channel to help those in need.