Thursday, October 12, 2017

Apalachicola Celebrates Arbor Day Saturday, October 14, 2017


Apalachicola will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Farmers Market at Scipio Creek Boat Basin from 9:00am-12:00pm. The Apalachicola Tree Committee is partnering with the Farmers Market to highlight the city’s magnificent trees and to offer information on the benefits of urban trees.

Trees play a key role in Apalachicola’s landscape. They contribute aesthetically to the city’s overall appeal and our historic landscape. They also keep us cool and protect us from the wind and soil erosion.

Farmers Market vendors will have tree-related merchandise and the Apalachicola Tree Committee will have a booth with information on the benefits trees provide.  The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) will have free information on Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Ed Duke with FAMU will have a display on tree pruning and give demonstrations on how to properly prune trees. Project Impact will also be there with some tree information and things to sell.

Know of a large and or unusual tree? The Tree Committee is creating a map of special trees for the city. To add a tree to the map, bring a photo of the tree, the location and the measurement of the diameter of the trunk, and we will add it to the city-wide map of large or unique trees.

Mayor Van Johnson will give a speech around 10:30am and there will be a tree planting around 11:00 am to commemorate the day. For more information contact Anita Grove at Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us or (850) 670-7708.

Schedule
9:00 am Farmers Market Booths open
ongoing Ed Duke, FAMU, Pruning Demonstration
ongoing Bay-friendly landscaping techniques
ongoing   Bring Me A Book Franklin 
ongoing Project Impact booth
10:30 am Mayor Van Johnson speaks
11:00 am Plant Community Tree

Monday, September 11, 2017

City Hall to reopen tomorrow after closure due to Hurricane Irma


PUBLIC NOTICE
Apalachicola City Hall will resume normal operating hours from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 12, 2017, after briefly closing due to the potential threat imposed by the approach of Hurricane Irma.

Tropical Storm Irma 9/11/2017 12:00 PM Update from Franklin County Emergency Management


9/11/2017 12:00 PM

Tropical Storm Irma Update

Franklin County Emergency Management is activated to a Level 1 Activation Hurricane Weather Update:
  • The County Law Enforcement has been traveling the county roads in Franklin County to report any downed power lines, trees block road ways, etc.  We are working with the utility Companies to get these taken care of to get the roadways cleared.
  • The current wind speed on the coast is 65 mph with sustained winds of up to 45 mph with higher gusts for inland.
  • Surge amount of 4-6 feet is expected to affect Dog Island, Alligator Point and Ball Point.
  • Isolated river flooding and flash flooding is possible.
  • All Franklin County bridges are open at this time.
  • Alligator Point and Bald Point are still closed pending the 4-6 foot surge.
  • Verizon cell service in Carrabelle can only be by text only at this time, this issue has been reported.  Limited access on AT&T cell service.
We have reports of various power outages in Apalachicola and East Point, please report all power outages to Duke Energy at 1-800-700-8744.

TIPS FOR SAFETY:
PLEASE DO NOT BRING GENERATORS INTO YOUR HOME.
Never plug a generator directly into your home wiring due to “back feed” into utility lines potentially injuring a neighbor or utility worker trying to restore power.   Generators should not be used in partially enclosed areas such as garages.

Office Closures
All Franklin County Schools are Closed Friday 9/8/2017 and Monday 9/11/2017 and Tuesday, 9/12/17 due to the evacuations out of Franklin County.

City of Apalachicola Office, Franklin County Offices, and City of Carrabelle will be CLOSED on Monday 9/11/2017, Tuesday, 9/12/17, County offices will be open.

Evacuations are canceled for all areas of Franklin County with the exception of Alligator Point & Bald Point.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma 9/10/2017 2:30 pm Update from Franklin County Emergency Management


9/10/2017 2:30 update

Hurricane Irma Update
Franklin County Emergency Management is activated to a Level 1 Activation Hurricane Weather Update:
  • Irma’s center wobbling significantly off southwest Florida
  • A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Big Bend Area.
  • Due to proximity to the coast, landfall is possible anywhere from Naples to Big Bend.  No matter where landfall occurs, significant impacts should still be expected locally.
  • Main threat continues to be wind damage and widespread power outages across inland areas, these outages could take up to a week or more to restore.
  • Gusty winds of as high as 40 mph could occur due to the cold front that Irma is being affected by.
  • There is an 8 in 10 chance for hurricane conditions across parts of the southeast Big Bend.
  • The central Big Bend and south central Georgia have a 5 in 10 chance of hurricane conditions.
  • According to the current track, Tropical Storm Force winds can be expected to begin Sunday evening and taper off from south to north beginning Monday afternoon and ending everywhere by midnight. Secure all outdoor items such as chairs, grills, garbage cans and umbrellas that can move in the event of high winds.
  • Rain Amounts of 4-6 inches across Southwest GA, Southwest AL, and western FL panhandle. Amounts of 2-4 inches include south-central GA and the eastern FL Big Bend
  • Surge amount of 4-6 feet is expected to affect Dog Island, Alligator Point and Ball Point.
  • A Storm Surge watch is in effect for the rest of Franklin County.
Office Closures
All Franklin County Schools are Closed Friday 9/8/2017 and Monday 9/11/2017 and Tuesday, 9/12/17 due to the evacuations out of Franklin County.

City of Apalachicola Office, Franklin County Offices, and the City of Carrabelle will be CLOSED on Monday 9/11/2017.

Evacuations-
Franklin County Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation all of Franklin County.

A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for St George Island, the bridge for the island closed to oncoming traffic as of Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 2:00.  No one will be allowed to access the island from the mainland after 2:00 PM.  There will be an officer staged at the East Point side of the island bridge. 

Senator Nelson - weather update and Red Cross information


Senator Nelson urges everyone in the Big Bend and Panhandle to monitor the storm updates and take appropriate precautions while there is still time.  And to all his fellow Floridians, be careful and be safe.


Red Cross Provides Safe Refuge Ahead of Irma

Tallahassee, FL -- The extremely powerful and historic Hurricane Irma is beginning to impact Florida bringing the threat of extreme winds, torrential rain and dangerous flash flooding. The Red Cross is working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners to coordinate response efforts and provide safe refuge to the millions of people forced from their homes under evacuation orders. Saturday night, an estimated 100,000+ people sought refuge in over 500 Red Cross and partner evacuation centers in Florida.

Red Cross evacuation centers are intended to provide immediate protection and save the lives of those in the path of this catastrophic and deadly storm. Evacuation centers will likely not have cots and blankets. Light snacks and water will be available in most situations.

Anyone coming to a hurricane evacuation center should bring their emergency supplies kit with a minimum 3-day supply for each person of the following items:

Water: one gallon per person, per day
Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items
Bedding: pillows and blankets
Medications, medical items and supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

People in the path of this storm need to finalize their preparations and heed the advice of local officials. Listen to local media or NOAA radio for the latest updates. People can also visit www.redcross.org to get up-to-date Hurricane Irma Response Information, learn how to keep their family and home safe during a hurricane, find open shelters or become a volunteer.

The Red Cross is urging people who have not already done so to download the free Red Cross Emergency App which can be found in your App store. The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 Red Cross.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Hurricane Irma 9/10/2017 8:30 am Update from Franklin County Emergency Management


9/10/2017

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Time: 8:30 am

As a precautionary measure, Franklin County is issuing a MANDATORY EVACUATION starting at 10:00 am.  Hurricane Irma’s track has shifted to a more westerly track than originally predicted.  Franklin County can expect power outages and rainfall up to 6 inches.  There will no medical response once the sustained winds reach 45 mph.  The current wind speed is now at 28 mph.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma 9/9/2017 5:15 pm Update from Franklin County Emergency Management


9/9/2017 5:15 update

Hurricane Irma Update 
Franklin County Emergency Management is activated to a Level 1 Activation Hurricane Weather Update:
  • Irma has shifted a little more westward
  • Further Shifts westward in the track could have large changes in the current forecast-
  • A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Big Bend Area.
  • Main Threat is wind damage and widespread power outages, outages could take up to a week or more to restore.
  • According to the current track, Tropical Storm Force winds can be expected to begin Sunday evening and end Monday Night of 9/11/2017. Secure all outdoor items such as chairs, grills, garbage cans and umbrellas that can move in the event of high winds.
  • Rain Amounts of 4-6 inches across Southwest GA, Southwest AL, and western FL panhandle. Amounts of 2-4 inches include south-central GA and the eastern FL Big Bend
  • Surge amount of 4-6 feet is expected to affect Dog Island, Alligator Point and Ball Point.
  • A Storm Surge watch is in affect for the rest of Franklin County.
BE SURE TO MONITOR:
@FranklinEOC on Facebook – Like Our Page for Updates
Alert Franklin – Sign up at www.franklinemergencymanagement.com
Local Radio and TV Stations
WeatherStem- download app on phone or www.weatherstem.com

Office Closures
All Franklin County Schools are Closed Friday 9/8/2017 and Monday 9/11/2017 and Tuesday, 9/12/17 due to the evacuations out of Franklin County.

City of Apalachicola Office, Franklin County Office, and the City of Carrabelle will be CLOSED on Monday 9/11/2017.

Evacuations-

Franklin County Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation for all low-lying areas, mobile homes and Barrier Islands of Franklin County on 9/9/2017. This evacuation remains in effect.

A Mandatory Evacuation has been issued for St George Island, the bridge for the island will be closed to oncoming traffic as of Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 2:00.  No one will be allowed to access the island from the mainland after 2:00 PM.  There will be an officer staged at the East Point side of the island bridge.

SHELTERS-Leon
Lawton Chiles High School Tallahassee 
7200 Lawton Chiles Ln
Tallahassee- Full

Oak Ridge Elementary School
4530 Sheifer Rd 
Tallahassee Fl- Full

Canopy Oaks @12:00-
Springwood
North Woods Baptist Church

West Gadsen
Havana Middle

Calhoun County
Blountstown High School

Jackson County
Marianna High School

Holmes
Bonifay Middle School

Okaloosa
Shoal River Middle School

Escambia
Marie K Young Wedgewood Community Center
Pensacola Bay Center

Walton Co
Southwood Aptest Church-1307 Coy Burgess Loop- Defuniak Springs

Washington
Chipley First Baptist Church

RESIDENTS CAN GO TO WWW.FLORIDADISASTER.ORG and click the shelter link for up to date information

We will send a new update when new information becomes available.

Hurricane Irma Information from Danny Collins at Duke Energy


As Irma’s expected impact on North Florida has increased, I wanted to be sure to reach out to give you the latest information from Duke Energy. We are projecting over one million outages in our Florida service territory with restoration taking a week or more in certain areas. We will be working as quickly and safely as possible until all of our customers are restored. To ensure we have the necessary manpower, we have increased the number of mobilized resources ready to respond (linemen, tree professionals, damage assessment and support personnel) to 8,000. 

It has been falsely reported that Duke Energy is de-energizing electric services to encourage people to evacuate. This is not true and we are not de-energizing services in any area to expedite evacuations. While on occasion Duke Energy may have a need to de-energize electric service in the event of an emergency due to matters of public health and safety, we would only do so in consultation with, or at the direction of, local emergency management officials.

Outbound calls have been placed to customers and messages have been posted on the company’s webpage to inform customers that due to the hurricane, we will be suspending all service orders during the week of September 11 so we can dedicate all resources toward restoring service after the storm. At this time, we expect to return to normal operations the week of September 18; dependent upon the impacts from the storm.  Customers are being advised to contact the customer care center at (800) 700-8744 to reschedule their service order the week of September 18.

At any time, customers without power can report their outage by:
  • Going online at duke-energy.com or by visiting our mobile website at m.duke-energy.com
  • Texting OUT to 57801 (Standard text and data charges may apply)
  • Calling the automated outage-reporting system at (800) 228-8485
For storm or power restoration updates, follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy).

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you need assistance or have questions. And as always, make safety for you and your family the highest priority.

Danny Collins
Government & Community Relations Manager
Duke Energy
Cell: (850) 544-1997 Office: (850) 521-1425

Friday, September 8, 2017

FDOT, FHP Implements Limited Emergency Shoulder Use (ESU) Plan for Hurricane Irma on I-75 at Wildwood to the Georgia State Line

 

There is no contraflow or one-way operation in use on Florida state roadways

Tallahassee - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), working with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), has implemented a limited Emergency Shoulder Use (ESU) plan for Hurricane Irma evacuations on I-75 at Wildwood to the Georgia state line. Motorists should only use the left shoulder when directed by law enforcement and highway signs.
  • There is no contraflow or one-way operation in use on Florida state roadways
  • No other state roadways are currently approved for shoulder use
  • Although there are heavy pockets of evacuation traffic in some areas; traffic is flowing on this section of roadway
  • Law enforcement urges motorists to use caution when driving on the shoulder – right shoulder use is prohibited
  • FDOT has 13 Traffic Management Centers where hundreds of DOT workers are monitoring traffic cameras 24/7 to ensure traffic flows continue and evacuations proceed without interruption.
NOTE: Contraflow blocks essential southbound lanes needed to bring supplies to shelters and families in the southern part of the state. Contraflow also inhibits emergency vehicles from reaching people in need and removes law enforcement from critical life safety tasks.
  

Hurricane Irma 9/8/2017 Update from Franklin County Emergency Management


Franklin County Emergency Management is activated to a level 3 monitoring but will be activated to a Level 2 partial at 8:00 on 9/9/2017.

Hurricane Weather Update:
  • Irma has weakened slightly but remains a strong CAT 4 hurricane. Forecast shifted slightly westward.
  • Further Shifts westward in the track could have large changes in the current forecast 
  • According to the current track, Tropical Storm Force winds (39-73 mph) can be expected late Sunday night- early Monday Morning 9/11/2017.
  • Rain Amounts of 2-4 inches across Southwest GA, Southwest AL, and western FL panhandle. Amounts of 4-6 inches include south-central GA and the eastern FL Big Bend
BE SURE TO MONITOR: