Due to the impacts of Tropical Storm Debby, Governor Rick Scott today signed Executive Order 12-140, declaring a statewide state of emergency. The Executive Order designates Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan W. Koon as the State Coordinating Officer. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at a Level One, full activation.
"Because of the broad impact of Tropical Storm Debby, virtually every county in Florida could be affected. Some communities are already grappling with flooding, wind damage and electrical outages," said Governor Scott. "This executive order allows the State Emergency Response Team to quickly and effectively coordinate the response and ensure needed resources are available. Florida's residents and guests should stay informed of the progress of Tropical Storm Debby and heed all instructions from local officials to keep their family, friends and businesses safe."
The Executive Order directs all state agencies, including the Florida National Guard, to provide any necessary assistance when requested by local governments. The Governor was briefed this morning at the SEOC and will remain informed of the emergency situation due to Tropical Storm Debby. Under Florida law, the Governor has the ultimate responsibility for protecting the public health and safety in emergencies that are beyond the capability of local government to control.
The SEOC in Tallahassee was fully activated Monday afternoon as a result of the potential impacts to the State from Tropical Storm Debby. The SEOC will continue to support requests for assistance from impacted counties.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. To GET A PLAN! visit www.FloridaDisaster.org. For the latest information on the 2012 Hurricane Season, follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/flsert and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.
At their Emergency Meeting on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 10:30am ET, the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency for damages sustained during T.S. Debby. At this time no evacuation orders have been issued and current forecast project the track of the storm heading east. Intermitted rain and wind gusts still continue.
All roads are currently open and visitors are advised to drive with caution. For additional information contact Gulf County Emergency Management at 229-9110 or the Gulf County Sheriff's Office at 227-1115.
Gulf County B.O.C.C. Emergency Meeting and School Closures
Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will hold an Emergency Meeting Monday morning at 10:30 am eastern time, in the Robert M. Moore Administration Building.
Currently, Gulf County Emergency Management has been activated, Level 2.
School Closures: All Head Start School Facilities along with Gulf County Summer Schools will be closed Monday.
UPDATE: According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the Apalachicola Bay Bridge has been re-opened. Officials are continuing to monitor winds at this time.
REVISED MANDANTORY EVACUATION ORDER FRANKLIN COUNTY 06/24/2012 5:00 PM
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER INDICATES THAT ALL PERSONS LIVING IN MOBILE HOMES BE INCLUDED IN THE MANDANTORY EVACUATION, DUE TO POSSIBLE STORM STRENGTHENING AND INCREASED STORM SURGE FOR AN EXTENDE TIME.
AT 4:00 PM EDST THE FRANKLIN COUNTY OPERATIONS CENTER IS ISSUING A MANDATORY EVACUATION FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS: ALLIGATOR POINT,ST GEORGE ISLAND, ANY LOW LYING, FLOOD PRONE AREAS.
WE ARE ASKING AL OTHER RESIDENTS TO REMAIN IN THEIR HOMES AND OFF THE ROADS AND STREETS.
CLOSURE OF FRANKLIN COUNTY OFFICES FOR MONDAY JUNE 25, 2012
ALL FRANKLIN COUNTY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY JUNE 25, 2012
IF YOU HAVE A COURT APPEARANCE PLEASE CONTACT MRS. MAARCIA JOHNSON AT 653.9023 OR 653-5409
A SHELTER FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY RESIDENTS WILL BE OPEN AT
TOLAR ELEMENTERY SCHOOL AT 14757 N W COUNTY RD 12 IN BRISTOL, FL
Gulf Power Information
Gulf Power Company is making preparations for Tropical Storm Debbie and is asking customers to plan for power outages as the storm moves slowly towards Northwest Florida.
"With a direct hit by a strong tropical storm or a category one hurricane, some areas could be without power for several days, depending on the damage," said Jeff Rogers, Corporate Communications supervisor with Gulf Power. "We have storm-tested crews and a comprehensive response plan that we are prepared to put into action, but it does take time to safely put the electric system back together after a severe tropical storm or hurricane."
The utility has already made contact with its sister utilities, Mississippi Power, Alabama Power and Georgia Power, should it need to call on their resources for assistance. Gulf Power will also be in contact with other utilities throughout the Southeast to either provide assistance or receive assistance, depending on where Debbie makes landfall.
Rogers said Gulf Power encourages customers to prepare for the storm as well. "The better prepared our customers are, the easier the restoration process will be for everyone," Rogers said. "We prepare year-round for the unexpected, and we urge everyone to be prepared and have a plan."
One way to help prepare for hurricanes is to visit Gulf Power's Storm Center website, which contains information on how to prepare for hurricane season, along with safety and other storm survival tips. At GulfPower.com, click on the "About Us" tab and scroll to "Storm Center." This page will be prominently featured once a storm enters the Gulf of Mexico.
Customers can also report outages on their mobile phone at www.gulfpower.com .
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative reports scattered outages throughout our service territory due to the high winds and heavy rain from Tropical Storm Debby.
Crews have worked throughout the day to restore power and will continue working throughout the night. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our members. We remind everyone to treat all downed power lines as being energized and to report downed power lines and outages by calling one of our toll-free after-hours outage reporting numbers at 800-333-9392 or 800-568-3667.
The Eastpoint to St. George Island Tap transmission project is scheduled to be completed July 9 – with a switchover of power starting at midnight, and lasting approximately eight hours. We are accelerating the project and will complete the switch over to the new equipment as soon as possible. Because of the planned new work, we will not repair the damaged structures.
Once we get onto the island, it will still take several days to conduct damage assessment and complete the switch over to the new equipment. Any customers that have not evacuated will need to be prepared for multiple days without electricity.