By September 8, 2017 Read More →

Washington County officials meet at EOC to discuss Hurricane Irma ………

Representatives from the Washington County BOCC, School District, Sheriff’s Department and Health Department met with officials from Holmes County at the Washington County Emergency Operations Center this morning to discuss county plans and preparation for Hurricane Irma.


by Kathy Foster


Primary in the discussion was the need for post-Hurricane Irma sheltering in Washington County.


EOC Director Lynne Able, in a telephone call with a representative of the American Red Cross, was told post-hurricane shelters are scheduled to be opened in Walton, Jackson and Santa Rosa counties and if requested, the Red Cross would be interested in opening another shelter in Washington County.


Noting the Red Cross will be setting up 150-200 cots at a location in Jackson County,  Able was told they would also supply cots and blankets if a shelter is opened in Washington County.


Red Cross personnel said they are continuing to monitor Hurricane Irma in part because there is some concern the storm may still move a bit to the West.


Able said while Washington County may need to address post-hurricane shelters,  she said food would be a concern because the sites under consideration won’t have cooking facilities and there will not be a way to shelter animals.




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