Bay County Emergency Operations Center prepares for upcoming weather

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Preparations for upcoming weather are underway at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center.

Emergency officials want to remind our viewers hurricane season has begun and now is the time to prepare for it, if you haven't already.

The chief of emergency services says Bay County is a beautiful place to live, but being so close to the Gulf comes with many hazards. He tells us rip currents are expected to be an issue this week and beach goers should be aware of flag conditions. He says it's also important to remember 'turn around, don't drown', meaning stay off the roads if possible.

"Don't drive or try to walk through moving water. When water covers a road way, we don't know beyond where that water is, if that roadway has been washed out so it's always better to never drive or try to walk through moving water," Chief of Emergency Services Mark Bowen said.

Chief Bowen also says part of your preparation should include registering for a notification system called Alert Bay.

Bay County residents can sign up online to receive alerts regarding storms, floods, fires and more, at the link posted on the top right of this page.