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Gadsden County Emergency Operations and Shelter Information

Posted: 1:48 PM, Sep 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-01 13:48:00-04
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Gadsden County activated its Emergency Operations Center this morning at 8am. The following information is in regards to preparedness as this storm should be taken very seriously! Governor Scott has issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency which includes Gadsden County.

We are asking all non-essential personnel and all citizens to be off the roads and in a safe environment by 7 pm today. GADSDEN COUNTY IS UNDER A HURRICANE WARNING and very strong winds are expected!!! Please ensure that your families are in a safe environment that has the ability to sustain very strong winds.

If you are preparing to endure the storm at home, please gather enough provisions for your entire family for at least three days. Food, water, emergency medical supplies and battery powered devices should be amongst the essential items.

We will respond to all emergencies that are safe enough to send personnel. Two additional ambulances for emergency response have been added. No emergency personnel (law enforcement, ambulance or fire) will respond to any emergency where winds are in excess of 45 mph.

COMMISSIONERS:

ERIC F. HINSON District 1 ANTHONY O. VIEGBESIE, PhD District 2 GENE MORGAN District 3 BRENDA A. HOLT District 4 SHERRIE D. TAYLOR District 5

ROBERT M. PRESNELL County Administrator

DAVID J. WEISS County Attorney

GADSDEN COUNTY Board of County Commissioners EDWARD J. BUTLER GADSDEN COUNTY GOVERNMENTAL COMPLEX

Once the storm has passed, we are poised to do what is necessary for a swift recovery. Again, please take this storm and the advisories very seriously and seek shelter immediately in a local shelter if needed.

ALL STATE AND COUNTY OFFICES WILL CLOSE TODAY AT 12PM AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH OUT THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND. ONLY ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL WILL BE AVAILABLE.

Gadsden County has activated shelters and we encourage everyone needing safe shelter to utilize these services. We strongly advise that if you live in a mobile home that you seek safe shelter as soon as possible.

SHELTERS

Gadsden County Shelters will open at 4 pm today. Currently the following shelters will be open:

 East Gadsden High School o Serves Special Needs Patients o Transportation for Special Needs Patients should call (850)875-8672 o ALL SPECIAL NEEDS TRANSPORTATION WILL END AT 7PM

 West Gadsden High School

No pets are allowed at any shelter and security will be on site.

TRANSPORTATION

The Gadsden County School Board will be providing transportation to the shelters. Buses will run at 4pm and 6pm at the following locations:

 HAVANA o Old Havana Elementary – Hwy 27 o Harvey’s Parking Lot – Hwy 27

 QUINCY o Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot – Ben Bostick Road o Rose’s Parking Lot (Old IGA Parking lot) – Hwy 90

 GREENSBORO/CHATTAHOOCHEE/GRETNA o Sawdust Park – Providence Road o Chattahoochee Elementary – Maple Street o Mt. Pleasant Post Office – Hwy 90 o Gretna City Hall – Hwy 90

 MIDWAY o Midway City Hall

SANDBAGS

 Sandbags are being provided at the County pit located at Post Plant Road and Powerline Road  Only 20 bags will be provided per person

9-B East Jefferson Street ٠ P. O. Box 1799٠Quincy, Florida ٠ 32353-1799٠ (850) 875-8650 ٠ (850) 875-8655 FAX www.gadsdencountyfl.gov

Again, we ask that everyone take this storm seriously and consider seeking safe shelter. We are expecting very strong winds that could produce falling debris, down power line and loss of power. All outdoor items should be secured or tied down to prevent from becoming airborne. Do not approach any downed power lines!!! Gadsden County Emergency Operations Center will provide information as it becomes available. For non-emergency’s please call (850)875-8642.

For all emergencies please call 911

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