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Leon County, Tallahassee Government Friday Irma Update

From Leon County and the City of Tallahassee: Information on local shelters, office and school closures, resource distribution centers, cooling stations and solid waste services

9/8/17 7:00 p.m.:  Leon County offices, libraries and parks will be closed Sunday, Sept. 10; Monday, Sept. 11; and Tuesday, Sept. 12. Also, the Tuesday, Sept. 12, Leon County Board of County Commissioners Meeting, Public Hearing and Crime Statistics Workshop have been canceled.

City of Tallahassee administrative offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12. All youth and adult sports practices and games and the Meadows Soccer Complex have been cancelled today (Friday, Sept. 8) through Tuesday night. The pools, tennis and gymnastics facilities will remain open through Saturday night during normal operating hours and close Sunday through Tuesday night. All Leon County sponsored sports provider activities for Pop Warner, Little League, and Babe Ruth have been canceled Saturday, Sept. 9 through Tuesday night.

Solid waste collection in the City and County will be suspended on Monday, Sept. 11. Residential collection will shift one day (Tuesday through Saturday) next week. Residents are urged to secure their collection bins during the storm.

Additionally, City commercial solid waste customers with dumpsters who typically receive service on Monday will receive service on Sunday (the day prior) this weekend.

For timely weather updates and emergency notifications, visit Leon County's Emergency Information Portal at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/EIP or the City of Tallahassee’s website at Talgov.com . Citizens are also encouraged the download the Leon County Citizens Connect App for up to date emergency information.

You can monitor local weather conditions by following Leon County Government and the City of Tallahassee on Twitter at LeonCounty and COTNews.

In the event of a power outage, reports can be submitted via 891-44968, Talgov.com/Outages or the DigiTally mobile app. Talquin Electric customers can report electric or water outages at www.talquinelectric.com or call 1-888-802-1832.

9/8/17 6:20 p.m.:

  • Shelter Locations:
    • On Friday, the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and Leon County announced the following locations for shelter openings:
      • Northwoods Baptist Church, 3762 Capital Circle NW, is currently open. This shelter is pet-accessible.
      • To accommodate evacuees along I-10, Chiles High School, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane is currently open. This shelter is pet-accessible.
      • A standalone special needs shelter has been established beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, September 9. Individuals on the special needs registry will utilize this shelter. Citizens who may need this resource are directed to call 850-606-3700.
      • Oak Ridge Elementary School, 4530 Shelfer Road, will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 9.
      • Canopy Oaks Elementary School, 3250 Point View Drive, will open at noon Saturday, September 9.
    • Office, School, and University/College Closures:
      • Leon County offices and facilities will be closed through Tuesday, September 12. At this time, City offices and facilities will be closed through Monday, September 11.
      • The Tuesday, September 12 Leon County Board of County Commissioners Meeting, Public Hearing, and Crime Statistics Workshop have been canceled.
      • Leon County Schools will be closed through Tuesday, September 12.
      • All universities and colleges will be closed through Tuesday, September 12.
      • The FSU v. Louisiana-Monroe home football game on September 9 has been canceled.
      • State of Florida offices will be closed through Monday, September 11.
      • The Tallahassee Veterans Affairs Health Care Center will be closed on Monday, September 11.
    • Solid Waste Services:
      • Waste Pro and Marpan will suspend curbside trash pickup services on Monday, September 11, and will resume on Tuesday, September 12, subject to storm event conditions.
      • The Marpan Recycling Center will be closed on Monday, September 11 and will reopen on Tuesday, September 12, subject to storm event conditions.
      • The Apalachee Rural Waste Service Center (RWSC) will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 for RWSC users. All other RWSC locations will remain open according to their normal operation schedule.
      • The Leon County Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12.
    • Distribution Centers:
      • Leon County plans to open Rural Distribution Centers as conditions allow following the storm.
      • These distribution centers will provide the basic necessities including water, sanitary packs, and light food supplies as they are received at the following drive-up locations:
        • Huntington Oaks Community Center
        • Braden Community Center
        • Miccosukee Community Center
        • Woodville Community Center
        • Chaires Community Center
      • Although distribution centers will be opened, families should still plan to have 3-5 days of essential supplies on hand.
    • Comfort Stations:
      • After Hurricane Irma has passed and it has been determined that the roadways are safe and power is available, the Leon County Main Library downtown (200 West Park Avenue) will open as a comfort station.
      • In coordination with local area agencies, the comfort station will offer a place to cool off, assistance and information on storm recovery efforts, charging stations for electronic devices, light snacks and refreshments, public access to computers and Wi-Fi , and more.
      • The City of Tallahassee will open similar comfort stations, which will be listed on the County’s Emergency Information Portal (LeonCountyFL.gov/ei) and the City’s website (www.talgov.com/Irma).

Stay Informed

To stay up-to-date on Leon County preparedness actions, such as sand bag locations, shelter openings and preparedness tips, you have the following resources:

  • Download the Leon County Citizens Connect mobile application - Completely redesigned, the Citizens Connect mobile app puts timely emergency notifications at your fingertips through push notifications on your smartphone or other device. Be the first to know about shelter locations, road closures and service changes by downloading the application on the Apple and Google Play stores.
  • Visit the Leon County Emergency Information Portal - Hosting the same information as the Citizens Connect app, the Emergency Information Portal can be accessed on a desktop or a mobile browser by visiting www.LeonCountyFL.gov/EI .
  • Listen to 88.9 WFSU-FM - Citizens can tune in to 88.9 FM for the most up-to-date information from local public safety officials. Featuring to-the-minute reporting, WFSU, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee remain committed to getting information out on the radio as soon as possible.
  • Call Big Bend 2-1-1 - If you need community information, services and support any day of the year, Big Bend 2-1-1 is reachable by dialing either 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333.
  • Call (850) 606-3700 with questions - Leon County Emergency Management staff is available to answer questions from what you should prepare, act and recover.
  • For updates on City of Tallahassee Utilities and other City services, visit Talgov.com .
  • Insurance Helpline - The Florida Department of Financial Services offers a toll-free Insurance Consumer Helpline to assist Florida's insurance consumers. Insurance Specialists are available to answer questions or concerns regarding insurance coverage and advocate on a consumer's behalf to resolve a dispute with an insurance company. To receive assistance, call 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (693-5236) toll-free, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Price Gouging - During a state of emergency, it is unlawful to sell or lease certain commodities for an amount that grossly exceeds the average price. To report price gouging, call 1-866-966-7226.

Sandbag Locations Leon County and the City of Tallahassee continue sand bag operations at the following locations:

  • Tekesta Park, at Tekesta Drive and Deer Lake Road in Killearn Lakes
  • Apalachee Regional Park (Landfill), 7550 Apalachee Parkway
  • Lee Vause, 6024 Old Bainbridge Road
  • At the intersection of Oak Ridge at Ranchero roads
  • Jack McLean Community Center, 700 Paul Russell Road
  • Winthrop Park, 1601 Mitchell Avenue
  • James Messer Sports Complex, 2830 Jackson Bluff Road
  • Lawrence-Gregory Community Center, 1115 Dade Street

These locations will be staffed to better assist citizens get the resources they need. Sand, bags and ties will be available for public use. Residents are asked to take no more than 15 bags so as to allow others to prepare. Staff will monitor the sites to replenish as needed. Be Prepared Plan now because when disaster strikes it is too late to prepare. Leon County and the City of Tallahassee encourage citizens to put disaster supplies in a waterproof and durable five-gallon bucket. Keep these essential items near an exit door in your home or in your vehicle.

Some important items include a flashlight, medications, nonperishable food and water. You can see a full list of preparedness items at www.HaveAHurricanePlan.com/guide.pdf . The 2017 Disaster Survival Guide can also be picked up at any Leon County public library or City of Tallahassee community center.

Once you and your family have a hurricane preparedness plan in place, check on your neighbors to ensure that they have one, too. Neighborhoods that prepare together create strong support networks that are vital to a speedy recovery. In the event of a major disaster, your neighbors will be your closest resource and support.

Also, while Leon County is not under any watch or warning at this time, it is important to know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch is an announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher) are possible within a specified area. Watches are generally issued 48 hours in advance of a hurricane winds. A warning is that conditions are expected, and these are issued 36 hours in advance.

Prepare your home for strong winds by visually inspecting trees on your property for poor health and reduce the risk to your home by trimming hanging limbs. If you have any questions about your tree's health, contact a Certified Arborist to assist you.

The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering training this week for citizens interested in volunteering during a shelter activation. Learn more by calling 878-6080. Volunteer applications are available at RedCross.org.

Please prepare now before any watches or warnings are issued for Leon County. If you have any questions about how best to prepare, please call Leon County Emergency Management at (850) 606-3700.

For current information about local preparedness and response, please follow or Twitter.com/LeonCounty .