BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The first possible storm since Hurricane Michael has many concerned, but Bay County officials say not to worry.
Bay County officials held a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday to talk about the rain headed our way. (WJHG/WECP)
County officials held a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday to talk about the rain headed our way.
"We don't anticipate this being anything that would require us to do anything at the EOC other than monitor the event and be ready, we don't anticipate having to shelter people or provide any mass care, but we are watching this very closely," said Chief of Bay County Emergency Services Mark Bowen.
They say they've been preparing for the rain.
"The first thing was to make sure we got with Bay District Schools and found out which schools we could still use, what kind of infrastructure do those schools have, do they have a generator or not, can we bring a generator in, but we are at the point where we feel like we can provide at least the same measure of assistance that we did last time," said Chief Bowen.
And they want locals to do the same.
"We know that we're going to have these types of events and so it's best to just get in the habit of being prepared," said Chief Bowen.
They say to have plenty of water and food and to grab sandbags and re-tarp your home if possible.
"We have sand available at Deer Point Dam, the county does not have sandbags available, those are available at your big box stores like Home Depot, Lowe's," said Chief Bowen.
Most importantly, they say they're here for anything the public may need.
"We want people to know that if things do get bad we're going to be able to assist them," said Chief Bowen.
Forecasters say two to four inches of rain are possible throughout the weekend.
Officials say to go to alertbay.org to sign up for notifications regarding things like weather or wildfires.
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