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 Hurricane Matthew Prep for residents: 

Flagler County residents can call the help line at (386)586-5111

You need to be where you need to be by 5pm Thurs. 10/06

 

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Updates:

  • "You need to be where you need to be by 5pm, please pass this along - it's crucial for safety" states Flagler County Emergency Operations.​

  • A MANDATORY evacuation order is now in effect for the barrier island, areas near the Intracoastal, as well as for those living in manufactured homes throughout the county

  • Bunnell Elementary is the designated pet-friendly shelter for Flagler County

  • Rymfire Elementary is the designated special needs shelter.

  • Flagler County officials are requesting the voluntary evacuation of the barrier island, areas near the Intracoastal, as well as for those living in manufactured homes throughout the county this evacuation will become MANDATORY tomorrow 10/06.

  • Flagler County Is under a Hurricane Watch

  • Flagler Schools will be closed Thursday 10/6 and Friday 10/7

  • First Friday Is Cancelled

  • Rymfire Elementary School will open tomorrow as a Special Needs Shelter  

  • Bunnell Elementary will open tomorrow as a Pet friendly Shelter

  • Bridges will close when winds get to 45 mph. So emergency help may not be available once the worst hits.  Evacuations are also underway for residents near tide controlled canals even inland because of the storm surge predicted.

  • As of 5am the National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for Flagler County. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours.

 
 
 

Before a Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Know your surroundings.

  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.

  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.

  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

  • Make plans to secure your property:

  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.

  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.

  • Install a generator for emergencies.

  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.

  • Consider building a safe room.

 
 

What To Do When A Hurricane Is 18-36 Hours From Arriving

  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.

  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.

  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

 

What To Do When A Hurricane Is 6-18 Hours From Arriving

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

 

What To Do When A Hurricane Is 6 Hours From Arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.

  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.

  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

 

During a Hurricane

 

CHECKLIST: NO EVACUATION

  • Protect Windows and Doors and secure the house.

  • Clean Containers for Drinking Water and sinks for storing cleaning water. Plan on three gallons per person, per day for all uses.

  • Check the Disaster Supplies Kit. Make sure to have at least a two-week supply of non-perishable foods. Don’t forget a non-electric can opener. 

  • During the Storm, everyone should stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the home (an interior reinforced room, closet or bathroom on the lower floor) if the storm becomes severe.

  • Wait For Official Word That The Danger Is Over. Don’t be fooled by the storm’s calm “eye.”

  • If Flooding Threatens Your home, electricity should be turned off at the main breaker.

  •  If Your home Loses Power, turn off major appliances, such as the air conditioner and water heater to reduce damage.

 

Flagler County officials have issued a MANDATORY evacuation order for the barrier island, areas near the Intracoastal, as well as for those living in manufactured homes throughout the county. Those choosing to stay will do so at their own risk as emergency personal will not be available to assist them until the evacuation order is cancelled.

IF EVACUATING: SECURING YOUR HOME

  • Stay tuned to the local radio and television stations for emergency broadcasts. If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.

  • Ensure Important Documents, files, back up tapes, emergency contact information, etc., are taken to a safe location.

  • Turn Off electricity, water and gas.

  • Lock windows and doors.

 

After A Hurricane

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.

  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.

  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

RE-ENTRY

  • Be Patient. Access to affected areas will be controlled. You won’t be able to return to your facility until search and rescue operations are complete and safety hazards, such as downed trees and power lines are cleared. It may take up to three days for emergency crews to reach your area. It may take 2-4 weeks before utilities are restored. On barrier islands, it could take much longer.

  • Stay Tuned to Local Radio stations for advice and instructions about emergency medical aid, food and other forms of assistance.  (92.7 FM, 98.7 FM, 100.9 FM, 106.3 FM and 15.50AM)

  •  Security Operations Will Include Checkpoints. It will be critical for you and your employees to have valid identification with your current local address as well as something to prove your employment and need to get back into the area. It is recommended that businesses contact the county emergency management agency and local jurisdiction to determine what specifically would be required.

  • Avoid Driving. Roads will have debris that will puncture tires. Don’t add to the congestion of relief workers, supply trucks, law enforcement, etc.

 

SAFETY CHECKLIST

  • Avoid Downed or Dangling Utility Wires. Metal fences may have been “energized” by fallen wires. Be especially careful when cutting or clearing fallen trees. They may have power lines tangled in them.

  • Beware of Snakes, insects or animals driven to higher ground by floods.

  • Enter Your Facility With Caution. Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry the building.

  • If There Has Been Flooding, have an electrician inspect the office before turning on the breaker.

  • Be Careful With Fire. Do not strike a match until you are sure there are no breaks in gas lines. Avoid candles. Use battery-operated flashlights and lanterns instead.

  • Use Your Telephone Only for Emergencies to keep lines open for emergency communications.

 

GENERATORS

  • Fueled by Gas, generators can run appliances and fans.

  • Sizes range from 750 watts that will run a fan and a light up to 8,000 watts that will practically run a house (except for the air conditioner).

  • If You Have Lost Power, don’t connect a portable generator to the building wiring (this could injure or kill neighbors or electrical crews).

  • Plug equipment, computers, etc., directly into the generator.

  • Place Generator outdoors or in a well ventilated area. Don’t forget to check the oil every time you add gas. Conserve fuel by alternating appliances. For example: Refrigerators can be kept cool by supplying power eight hours a day. Refrigerators require 400 – 1,000 watts.

 

REPAIRS

  • Make Temporary Repairs to correct safety hazards and minimize further damage. This may include covering holes in the roof, wall or windows and debris removal.

  • Recovery – for the purpose of assessment please have a letter naming all essential assessment personnel to be allowed back onto your property.  IDs will be required when those persons are entering back into a disaster area.  They should also have a copy of the letter granting them access permission to your property in their hand at the time of reentry.  This will also be the case for property managers.  Please email letters to situationunit@flaglercounty.org.

  • Protect Yourself From Contactor Fraud. Only hire licensed contractors to do repairs. Check with the local Building Department to ensure the contractor is licensed. If you hire a contractor, don’t pull the permits for them. If the contractor makes this request, it may be an indication that he is not properly licensed.

  • Take Photographs of All Damage before repairs and keep receipts for insurance purposes.

  • After Assessing Damage to Your Facility, contact your local building department for information on required building permits. Permits are always required for any kind of demolition or permanent repairs, reconstruction, roofing, filling, and other types of site development. Report illegal flood plain development to your local building department.

  • Local Ordinances Do Not Permit Dumping in drainage canals or ditches because it causes backups and overflow in the system. Report illegal dumping.

 

WATER PRECAUTIONS

  • Whenever widespread flooding occurs, there is a potential for bacterial contamination. Bacteria, such as shigella and salmonella, can lead to life threatening dehydration for people if untreated by antibiotics. Disinfect any tap water you drink or use for cooking or cleaning. You must purify the tap water until officials notify you of its safety. Bring water to a rolling boil for a full 10 minutes or use chemicals (8 drops of chlorine bleach or iodine per gallon) or water purification tablets as directed. Let the water sit at least 10 minutes before using. Water you saved in clean containers before the storm will be fine for 2-3 weeks. To be sure, add 2 drops of chlorine or iodine per gallon before drinking.

 

CLEAN-UP PRECAUTIONS

  • Call professionals to remove large, uprooted trees, etc.

  • Always use proper safety equipment such as heavy gloves, safety goggles, heavy boots, light colored long-sleeve shirts and long pants.

  • Tie back long hair, and wear a hat and sunscreen.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, rest and ask for help when you need it.

  • Lift with the legs, not with the back.

  • Don’t burn trash.

  • If you can’t identify it, don’t touch it.

  •  Be extremely careful with a chain saw and always heed safety warnings.