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HURRICANE DORIAN

 

HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATES  
AUGUST 30, 2019


NEWS RELEASES

State of Emergency Declared for the Entire State of Florida

 

GADSDEN COUNTY, FL – Gadsden County is in a current State of Emergency following an Executive Order issued by Governor DeSantis. As Hurricane Dorian intensifies, Gadsden County urges citizens to prepare now.

 

Gadsden County Emergency Management Officials, including law enforcement and emergency medical services, began preparing days ahead in anticipation of hazardous weather expected to impact the area.

 

The Gadsden County sandbag location will be open today, August 30, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Post Plant Pit, 1090 Post Plant Road, Quincy, FL. Citizens are limited to 15 sandbags per household and are required to bring their own shovels. For elderly and special needs citizens, Gadsden County Public Works employees will be on hand to assist. No school or government office closures have been issued at this time.

 

Citizens with a disability or a special need, such as a medical condition, are encouraged to register for the County’s Emergency Management Office Special Needs Registry. The link and additional information can be found online at www.GadsdenCountyFL.gov. The Emergency Management Office maintains a list of residents within Gadsden County who have disabilities or special needs so they can be assisted quickly during an emergency, as well as utilize the County’s Special Needs Shelter.

 

In addition, the County has taken extra safety precautions in multiple areas, including staging in each district and the request for mutual aid crews. Gadsden County has not issued road closures at this time. However, citizens are encouraged to use extreme caution when traveling and driving during hazardous weather.

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SPECIAL NEEDS AND MEDICAL INFORMATION

 

Residents With Special Needs
The time may arise when you will need to evacuate your home to go to a more secure location such as a shelter. If you have a disability or a special need, such as a medical condition, it is vital that you register for the county’s Emergency Management Office Special Needs Registry(https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085619277#/login). The Emergency Management Office maintains a list of residents within Gadsden County who have disabilities or special needs so they can be assisted quickly during an emergency, as well as utilize the county’s Special Needs Shelter.

 

Medical Needs and Medication Supply / Storage
If you take medicine or utilize medical treatment daily, ensure that you have what’s needed to make it on your own for at least one week. This is especially important if you are a dialysis patient. Contact your provider to find out what you should do if you need to evacuate your home, as well as who you should contact if their office is closed on your treatment day(s).
As the holiday weekend approaches, you are encouraged to take this time to check your medication supply. If you do not have at least a 30-day supply of your medications, you should contact your provider or pharmacist immediately to find out what steps you can take to obtain an early refill.

 

Stay Connected
During severe weather and other emergencies, the State Assistance Information Line (SAIL), a toll-free hotline, is activated to provide accurate and up-to-date information on emergency or disaster situations impacting the State of Florida. The SAIL hotline is 1-(800) 342-3557.

 

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