Keep it #local ~ We Are #thankful
(Published on - 9/15/2017 2:06:04 PM)
Our Executives are so #thankful to call Flagler County home, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Flagler County Emergency Services did a spectacular job of keeping us updated before, during and after the storm. They utilized their Facebook page to keep us updated with posts, information from the Flagler Sheriff's Office and live weather reports. Our First Responders worked tirelessly to keep our community safe - we are so grateful for the men and women who risk their lives to protect ours.
Bob Pickering, also known as BP is a technician at Flagler County Emergency Services, where he's served for over 20 years. During Hurricane Irma, he provided live weather updates, specific to Flagler County. His expertise in meteorology has not gone unnoticed, in 2010 he won the Walter J Bennett Public Service Award for his dedication to providing weather safety and information to Flagler County. BP - we can't thank you enough for your up to the minute, accurate reporting!
While lineman from all over the country work hard to restore power to all of Flagler County, you can track estimated power restoration times at http://www.fplmaps.com/ - you can also click the map above. Simply type in your address, confirm with the associated phone number and zip code.
Flagler County opened an Assistance Center Wednesday to help residents obtain information in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
The Center is being opened ahead of a potential FEMA Disaster Center. It will be housed at the Palm Coast Branch Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, and it will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
Residents will be pre-screened for necessary services, and provided counseling. Assistance will be predominantly for families with flooded or damaged houses.
Homes with just a loss of power and potential loss of food are not planned to be accommodated at the Flagler County Assistance Center. Food vouchers/cards will NOT be provided. Most grocery stores are now open. Flagler County will issue information about open food pantries as it becomes available.
“We are doing everything we can to help our residents,” Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey said. “People are already stressed out, and it can be a daunting task to figure out the next step. We are here to offer whatever support we can.”
If your property sustained any damage during Hurricane Irma, it is imperative that you hire a licensed contractor. For an up to date list of local licensed contractors, visit www.athomeinflagler.com and click on "Professionals"
Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager announces classes will resume Monday. All extracurricular activities, athletic practices and competitions are canceled until Monday. This follows damage assessments at our schools and within our community, and the needed additional cleanup time following Hurricane Irma.
Superintendent Tager says, “We want everyone to return to clean, safe schools.” Many of our families are still dealing with power outages and other post-storm issues. We also have concerns about getting our buses and children to their bus stops safely.