Leon County Emergency Management: Hurricane Irma Daily Brief - Monday, Sept. 11

Monday, September 11, 2017 | 

For Monday, September 11

Hurricane Irma has now become Tropical Storm Irma with sustained winds of 30 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 60 mph.

Important Updates

Countywide curfew remains in effect to protect the safety of residents and property. The curfew requires all Leon County residents and visitors to remain indoors during:

  • Monday, September 11 from 9 p.m. to Tuesday, September 12 at 7 a.m.
  • Tuesday, September 12 from 9 p.m. to Wednesday, September 13 at 7 a.m.
  • Shelter Information:
    • Approximately 3,000 residents and visitors sheltered in 11 locations Sunday night.
    • The following shelters remain open for anyone who may need to shelter:
      • Chiles High School (pet-accessible)
      • Oak Ridge Elementary School, 4530 Shelfer Road
      • Canopy Oaks Elementary School, 3250 Point View Drive
      • Rickards High School, 3013 Jim Lee Road (pet-accessible)
      • Lincoln High School
      • SAIL High School
      • Woodville Elementary
      • Leon High School
      • Ft. Braden Elementary School
      • Nims Middle School
      • Florida High School (special needs only, pet-accessible)
    • If you seek shelter today, be safe. Don’t drive on flooded roads.
  • Power Outages
  • Road Closures
    • Crews will be working immediately following the storm to clear roads throughout the County due to downed trees
    •  To access a complete list of road closures, visit http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/ei/road.asp
  • Debris removal contractors arrive today to assist with cut and toss.
  • Solid Waste Services
  • Trash pick-up for Leon County and the City of Tallahassee will not occur on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. Further service changes will be announced in the future.
    • 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 is making preparations to open Rural Distribution Centers, should demand warrant and as conditions allow, following the storm.
      • These distribution centers will provide the basic necessities including water.
      • 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) is being prepared, should demand warrant, to open 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 is prepared to 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).
    • Community Recovery Center (CRC)
      • We are preparing to establish a Community Recovery Center at the Main Library Comfort station if needed following the storm.
      • The CRC will assist citizens with questions and information regarding the recovery process such as resources and assistance available to those affected.
    • Current closures:
      • Leon County offices, parks and libraries will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12.
      • State of Florida offices to close through Tuesday, September 12. 
      • Leon County Schools will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12.
      • Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College will be closed through Friday, September 15.
      • The Tallahassee Veterans Affairs Health Care Center closed on Monday, September 11.

Safety Tips

High winds are expected throughout the next couple days and citizens are encouraged to shelter in place. Below are safety tips to consider as we respond and recover:

  • Generator Use
    • Use generators outdoors and away from windows and doors to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide, a deadly, colorless, odorless gas. Never operate a generator indoors.
    • Make sure the generator is cool when refilling the fuel tank. Store flammable fuel away from fuel burning appliances.
    • Remember that you cannot see or smell CO and portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly.
  • Shelter in Place
    • Do not burn candles.
    • Fill tubs and containers with water.
    • Remain indoors until it is declared safe to travel.

Stay Informed

  • Download the Leon County Citizens Connect mobile application - 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.

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

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


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