The National Weather Service in Tallahassee has issued a
* Flood Warning for the Choctawhatchee River near Caryville (US 90).
* From early Thursday morning, or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 8:00 AM Wednesday the stage was 10.2 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Forecast: Rise above flood stage by Thursday morning and
continue to rise to near 12.2 feet by early Saturday morning. The
river will fall below flood stage by Saturday afternoon.
* Impact: At 12.0 feet: Extensive lowland flooding will occur.
All persons with interest along the river should monitor the latest
forecasts, and be prepared to take necessary precautions to protect
life and property. Do not drive cars through flooded areas. If you
see flood waters: Turn around. Don't drown.
Please report any issues or concerns to Holmes County Emergency Management Office at 547-1112.
Notice is hereby given that the Holmes County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Working Group will hold a public meeting on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 9:00am. The meeting will be held at the Holmes County Emergency Operations Center located at 1001 East Highway 90, Bonifay Florida, 32425.
Five Things to Do Now Before a Disaster:
Locate where you live and your evacuation zone. http://www.wfrpc.org/pdfs/
- Decide NOW where you would go if ordered to evacuate - a friend or relative's home, a hotel or as a last resort, a public shelter. Remember, if you are going to leave the area or go to a hotel, don't delay. Determine your route, leave early and travel the shortest distance possible. Think tens of miles, not hundreds.
- Purchase a battery-powered NOAA weather radio and a non-electric landline phone. Even though phone service may not be disturbed, a cordless phone will not work during power outages.
- Make sure your street address number is clearly marked on your home.
- Whether you rent or own your home, review your insurance policies with your agent now.
For further information please visit: www.floridadisaster.org
For the kids, please let them visit for interactive fun: www.kidsgetaplan.com
The Holmes County Emergency Management Department provides:
· Effective and orderly governmental control and coordination of emergency operations in emergencies within the scope of Florida Statutes
· Develops and maintains the County’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan providing emergency management planning for the entire county
· Coordinates emergency management activities, services and programs within the county, including but not limited to:
- Training and education on disaster survival
- Assisting local first responders
- Provide disaster assistance to our communities, businesses, residents and visitors
- Provide emergency drills and exercise simulations for training and exercising our resources to enhance our capabilities
- Review and provide technical assistance for Health Care Facilities’ Emergency Operations Plans
· Serves as the liaison to the State Division of Emergency Management and other local emergency management agencies and organizations
Emergency Management Program Basics:
· Develops and implements programs and capabilities aimed at reducing the impact of incident on our communities
· Identifies potential threats and hazards and assesses the risk posed by them
· Plans for risks that cannot be eliminated
· Prescribes the actions required to handle the consequences of events and how to recover from them
The mission of Holmes County Emergency Management is to plan and coordinate actions to prepare, respond, mitigate, and recover from natural or man-made disasters.
The National Preparedness Goal identifies mission areas within which we must build and sustain capabilities. Utilizing a whole community approach, emergency management supports and executes the following mission areas:
- · Prevention: The capabilities necessary to avoid, prevent, or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism. As defined by PPD-8, the term “prevention” refers to preventing imminent threats.
- · Protection: The capabilities necessary to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and human-caused or natural disasters.
- · Mitigation: The capabilities necessary to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.
- · Response: The capabilities necessary to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs after an incident has occurred.
- · Recovery: The capabilities necessary to assist communities affected by an incident to recover effectively