Tallahassee, FL -- June 11, 2012 --
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) continues to monitor flooding in the Florida Panhandle and is prepared to provide support as needed.
“State officials maintain a close watch on the flooding situation in the Panhandle and will provide assistance to local officials per their request,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon. “State assessment teams will begin working with Escambia County on Tuesday morning to assist local emergency management teams as they assess flood damages.”
Local teams began damage assessments in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties today. Assessments will determine the type of assistance that may be available to residents and businesses in the affected areas.
Residents and visitors are reminded to follow instructions of local officials and monitor local media for current information. As clean up continues, the following precautions should be taken.
· Turn Around, Don’t Drown: Do not drive onto flooded roadways. Water only inches deep can be next to water that is several feet deep. Also, as little as one foot of moving water can move most cars off the road.
· Avoid downed power lines.
· Use caution when working with equipment during after storm clean-up.
· Rip currents: Always assume rip currents are present even if you don’t see them. Be sure to check the beach warning flag system when at the beach, and do not enter the water if double red flags are flying.
For more information, contact your local county emergency management office. The Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1 and continues through November 30. To GET A PLAN!, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org. For the latest information on the 2012 Hurricane Season, follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/flsert and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.