[UPDATE] Leon County is Closing Some Sandbag Sites

By: Leon County Board of County Commission Release, City of Tallahassee Release Email
By: Leon County Board of County Commission Release, City of Tallahassee Release Email

Leon County, Florida- August 28, 2012

Leon County announces the closure of sandbag operations at the following locations:
 Ranchero Road at Oak Ridge Road (Southside location)
 J. Lee Vause Park, 6024 Old Bainbridge Road
 Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes
 Apalachee Regional Park (in front of the Solid Waste Management Facility), 7550 Apalachee Parkway

Leon County Public Works notes that citizens picked up approximately 6,000 bags between Saturday afternoon and Tuesday morning; 5,000 by Monday morning and 1,000 in the past 24 hours.

Additionally, Leon County Emergency Management has discontinued operations at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Emergency Management and Leon County Public Works continue to closely monitor the current weather conditions related to Tropical Storm Isaac and advise that residents should monitor the latest forecasts as well.

All updates regarding weather-related alerts and any official road closures for County roads can be found at the Leon County Emergency Information Portal (EIP) at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei/. Residents requiring more information or assistance should call Leon County Emergency Management at (850) 488-5921. Families are always encouraged to have an emergency preparedness plan. For assistance with planning, log on to www.HaveAHurricanePlan.com . Additionally, residents can sign up for emergency alerts at the Leon County website at www.LeonCountyFL.gov.

For more information regarding signing up for emergency alerts or using the Emergency Information Portal (EIP), please contact Leon County Community and Media Relations at (850) 606-5300 or cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .

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Leon County, Florida- August 25, 2012

Officials encourage use of Leon County’s Emergency Information Portal and Emergency Alerts Leon County Emergency Management continues to closely monitor the current weather situation related to Tropical Storm Isaac and notes that heavy rainfall is expected over the next few days. As a result, Leon County Emergency Management and Leon County Public Works have made sandbag operations available for residents to use.

Sandbags are now available to the public at the following locations (limit 20 bags):
 Ranchero Road at Oak Ridge Road (Southside location)
 J. Lee Vause Park, 6024 Old Bainbridge Road
 Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes
Also, at 8 p.m. today, sandbags will be available to the public at (limit 20 bags):
 Apalachee Regional Park (in front of the Solid Waste Management Facility), 7550 Apalachee
Parkway
These locations will not be staffed and residents will need to bring their own shovel. Sand, bags and ties will be available for public use. Residents are asked to abide by the “honor system” and take no more than 20 bags.

Property owners who have experienced flooding problems in the past can use sandbags to help protect stormwater from entering their property. A flyer describing the most effective placement of sandbags will also be available at most sites to assist residents as they prepare their homes and/or property for potential flooding.

Leon County Emergency Management advises that residents should monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take the necessary precautions to protect life and property. Drivers should use caution and adhere to any official signage.

Updates on official road closures can be found at the Leon County Emergency Information Portal (EIP) at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei/ . Any and all flood water should be considered to be contaminated. Do not allow children to play in, wade through or swim in flood water.

The National Weather Service also warns that residents should not drive cars through flooded areas and that if they see flood waters to turn around and find another route. Residents are also encouraged not to attempt to walk through floodwaters. The most current road condition information is available on the Leon County EIP at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei/ .

Residents requiring more information or assistance should call Leon County Emergency Management at (850) 488-5921. Families are also encouraged to have an emergency preparedness plan. For assistance with planning, log on to www.HaveAHurricanePlan.com . Additionally, residents can sign up for emergency alerts at the Leon County website at www.LeonCountyFL.gov .

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For more information regarding signing up for emergency alerts or using the Emergency Information Portal (EIP), please contact Leon County Community and Media Relations at (850) 606-5300 or
cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov .

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Tallahassee, Florida- August 25, 2012

If you want to be prepared for the potential of flooding from Tropical Storm Isaac, the City of Tallahassee is here to assist. The City has opened two locations where residents can fill sand bags to take home.

Bags and sand are available in the parking lot of the Messer Field South Softball Complex on the south side of Jackson Bluff Road between Appleyard Drive and Dupree Street, and at Winthrop Park in the parking area alongside Mitchell Avenue, near Betton Road. Citizens need to bring their own shovels, but sand and bags are provided with a suggested limit of 20 bags per household. City crews will monitor the sites and provide additional sand and bags as needed.

“With good weather today, we want to provide this resource to our citizens so that those who have concerns can go ahead and fill sand bags,” said Gabe Menendez, director of Public Works. “This weekend is also the perfect time to get the supplies you might need, review your family’s emergency plan and pick up and store items in your yard that could blow away and cause damage if we get high winds.”

Specific tips from Your Own Utilities include:

Keep a battery-operated cell phone charger handy. Cell phones are most effective for text messaging, rather than calls, and the Internet also offers a fast way to communicating with friends and family.
Identify the places where you can shut off your water and electricity quickly.

Do not turn off your natural gas service at the meter for safety reasons.
Have batteries, flashlights and battery-powered devices ready.
Unplug appliances to prevent lightning damage and remember that lightning can enter the home through cable television and telephone lines as well.

When power resumes, turn on only necessary items. Also, do so one appliance at a time to avoid electric system overload. Clear deck, porch and yard of items that can blow away and cause damage.

Another key area citizens should focus on includes knowing where to go if their home is in an area prone to flooding. This summer has brought a large amount of rainfall to our area and the ground is saturated. Any heavy rains from Isaac could quickly impact those areas prone to flooding. High winds could also cause limbs or entire trees to fall, given the saturated soil.

Should Isaac bring an imminent threat to Tallahassee, the City provides a variety of communications tools to ensure citizens remain informed during emergency situations. These include:

Twitter posts @COTNews – includes power outage updates, major road closures, flooding reports. Traffic/transportation updates and other road closures are available @COTTraffic.
Facebook updates at Facebook.com/COTNews – with all City news releases and storm-related information
Talgov.com – official City website with information about preparation, response and recovery efforts
WCOT (Comcast Cable channel 13) – storm-related information

The City's Emergency Management Team continues monitoring Isaac and will be ready to activate its Area Command facility as soon as conditions warrant. Crews from departments are reviewing supply checklists in anticipation of response and recovery efforts, if needed. For now, all City services remain intact and on schedule.


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