Okaloosa County has issued a Mandatory Evacuation order for the following evacuation zones:
A local state of emergency has been declared for Walton County. Walton County Commissioners, first responders and school officials met to talk about their course of action. They are preparing for the worse case scenario.
Plans and preparations are being put into place since Walton County is still in that cone of uncertainty. Officials say they want to be ready for anything that heads this way.
“Even if it wobbles to the west, we still can get hit with a category 2 or 3 storm so that’s what we are preparing for,” explained Jeff Goldberg, Emergency Management, Director.
Even though it may seem calm and like a normal day, officials are stressing to the public to begin preparing.
“If we say evacuate and you’re in an evacuation zone, you need to evacuate,” said Goldberg.
“People need to keep in mind that Clyde B Wells Bridge will shut down once sustained winds reach 40 miles per hour,” said Bill Chapman, Walton County Commissioner, Chairman.
Three main tips emergency officials recommended residents do, is fill your prescription medications, create a disaster preparedness kit with food, water radio and batteries and fill your cars with gas.
“Anybody that’s on the south end, whether you are a visitor or a resident, and you decided to leave,, you need to do so before we get to those sustained winds, which will be sometime tomorrow night,” warned Chapman.
Closures for Walton County include: Government offices on Tuesday at Noon through Wednesday; Walton County Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday and tentative for Thursday.
“Be cautious of it and get out. Get safe,” suggested Chapman. “We can put a building back but, we can’t put you back..”