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Jackson County Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Storm

Jackson County Emergency Operations Center
Posted at 10:43 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 18:25:57-05

JACKSON CO., Fla. (WTXL) - Jackson County has declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.

The Emergency Operations Center there is at activation level two, a partial activation.

Tuesday night, Jackson County Emergency Management Director Rodney Andreasen briefed members of law enforcement, road management crews, dispatch and emergency management on plans for the storm.

He says they have crews on standby and will be ready to respond when the storm hits.

Andreasen says his biggest concern is the strong winds downing trees.

"We're going to monitor the storm and we'll respond as needed, whatever comes up," explains Andreasen. "We don't know what we're going to get. All we know is we may get tornadoes, we know we're going to get a lot of wind, and that is my biggest concern is trees falling down on trailers, because I've seen more people killed that way than anything else. So we're just in that mode to watch what happens."

Tonight they were handing out free weather radios to residents.

Anyone in need of one can go to the Emergency Operations Center on Panhandle Road in Marianna.

As of 10:30pm Tuesday night, schools in Jackson County will be open on Wednesday.