Walton County Officials Learn from Previous Storm for the Future


The week's freezing rain and ice storm brought much panic to Northwest Florida residents.

Walton County Officials also had to figure out how to plan for a weather condition they hardly see.

But now the chaos is over with and now it is time to reflect on the good and bad from this storm.

"We look at an event, whether it is an emergency like this or a planned event of large scale as an opportunity to learn from,” said Russell Beaty, the Director of the Walton County Emergency Management department.

Beaty says there are always things his department can improve on, but he feels with the conditions he was dealt with, the county did well.

Meanwhile, Sheriff's Deputies are also reflecting on their performance during the storm.

"We were lucky that we only had about 29 wrecks that our deputies safely responded too,” said Catherine Rodriguez, Public Information Officer for the Walton County Sheriff’s Department.

But the planning for a potential ice storm in the future is not over with quite yet.

"I have directly emailed everyone involved, to sit down and come up with a list of things that could have gone better, things that went well, and just overall improvements,” said Beaty.

Beaty says he also wants to continue constant communications with the different departments throughout the county, just like they did for this storm.


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