Category: Public Works

AS HURRICANE PASSES, NUMEROUS THREATS REMAIN

As the rain tapers and winds die down, residents are advised to be extremely cautious as they survey their homes, vehicles and property.

Do not approach or attempt to clear unstable trees or large branches. The soil is saturated, weakening the root bases of large trees. Many structures are unstable as well.

If you have lost power, turn off all appliances and electronics until power is restored. Officials from Gulf Power and West Florida Electric say it is likely electricity will not be restored for a significant period.Do not approach downed power lines.

A curfew is in place until tomorrow at 6 a.m. Do not leave your home (by foot or vehicle) and attempt to travel local roads until the curfew is lifted.

Emergency crews are currently assessing damage to homes, neighborhoods and local roadways throughout Holmes County. An estimated 70 percent of roads are blocked by trees in the Bonifay area, with reports of numerous downed trees and power lines throughout the rest of the county. Travel at this time is not only illegal, it is virtually impossible.

The temporary suspension of emergency response has ended, and police, fire and EMS are all responding to 911 calls. They are prioritizing response to potentially life threatening emergencies.

For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website – www.holmescountyem.org

EXPECT ELECTRICITY TO BE OUT FOR AN EXTENDED TIME; HEED THESE SAFETY TIPS

Residents should expect and prepare for widespread power outages as Hurricane Michael crosses Holmes County, according to officials from Gulf Power and West Florida Electric. Once the power goes out, it will likely not be restored for an extended period of time.
Utility officials stationed at the Holmes County Emergency Operations Center are advising residents to take the following precautions:

Do not approach downed power lines.

Turn off all appliances when electricity is lost, and do not turn them back on until power is restored.

Do not attempt to connect a portable generator to household electric service. Do not try and backfeed a home.

Never operate a generator in an enclosed space (garage, covered porch, below a window, etc.)

For the latest Hurricane Michael Emergency Information and Updates
Holmes County Citizen Hotline – (850) 547-1112
Facebook – Holmes County Emergency Management
Website – www.holmescountyem.org

Emergency Management Team Coordinating Local Storm Response

The Holmes County Emergency Management Team is busy coordinating local storm response and recovery activities from the Emergency Operations Center in Bonifay.
Sheriff John Tate has advised residents to stay off local roads, as wind speeds are expected to reach hurricane force (sustained 80 mph with higher gusts) within the hour.
Residents are urged to shelter in place, and to not attempt to drive to an evacuation shelter until the wind speeds have died down.