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In this episode of the Freeport Insider podcast we sit down with Jeff Goldberg.  Jeff is the Director of Emergency Management for Walton County FL.

As Jeff says he is the one that gets blamed when something goes wrong lol!

June 1st marked the beginning of Hurricane season and with Michael still impacting much of our neighbors in Bay county I wanted to make sure that everyone in Freeport had the knowledge and resources to be properly prepared for what comes next!

1) Have a plan.
This was where i fell short.  I thought I was prepared but was I?  Your plan should include but not limited to the following.
Know what evacuation zone you are in
Know your evacuation route
Know where the local shelters are located
Establish a family plan, kids, animals all need to be included in your plan
Establish Hurricane meeting places in your home, in your neighborhood, in your town, and out of town.  If the big one happens and you can’t get home where do you meet up?
Important contact numbers, Doctors, Vet, Utilities etc.

For help with your plan check out these links
https://apps.floridadisaster.org/getaplan/
https://floridadisaster.org/family-plan/

2)Build your kit.
Many people suggest 72 hours of supplies, Jeff says to extend that to 5-7days of essentials.  Food, water (1 gallon/person/day), battery/hand crank radio, flashlights, medications, first aid, sensible clothes (flip flops are not the best disaster footwear).

For help with building out your kit check out this link
https://floridadisaster.org/planprepare/disaster-supply-kit/

3)Be informed.
Sign up for local emergency updates at alertwalton.org
Follow the https://www.facebook.com/WaltonCountyEM/ page and make sure you turn on the notifications!

4)Get involved.
Walton County Emergency offers CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) to help better prepare our residents for a wide array of potential threats.
Volunteer to staff shelters.  When the time comes we will need all the help we can get to ensure the best possible outcome.  Please consider volunteering and helping your community.  CERT training is coming to Freeport in July.

Walton County EM is having a Freeport Town Hall Meeting June 13th here is the facebook event link . https://www.facebook.com/events/862908754048681/

  • Thursday, 13 June 2019 from 17:30-19:00
  • Freeport Business Park Board Room – 842 State Highway 20 East Freeport, FL 32439

For other questions please check out the FAQ’s in the link below.  You can also post questions to this podcast and on Freeport Insider page/group and perhaps your question will help others be better prepared also👍

https://www.co.walton.fl.us/1076/Hurricane-Season-Frequently-Asked-Questi
https://floridadisaster.org/

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