Okaloosa County, Fla. – The Board of Commissioners has declared a Local State of Emergency.

This document is to provide Emergency Management the ability to purchase emergency supplies, to become eligible for FEMA assistance if needed, and other procedural abilities.

Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Alexis Tibbits has closed all Okaloosa County public schools for Tuesday, November 10, in preparation for the possible landfall of Hurricane Ida.

Coastal flooding is expected, with 4 to 6 inches of rain.

Residents should not attempt to drive through water, as it is difficult to determine how deep the water is on flooded roads.

Davidson Middle School in Crestview will open as a shelter today, Monday, at 6:00 p.m. Special needs patients will be accepted at Davidson on a first-come, first-served basis with limited space available.

Shelters should be considered a last resort for those patients and should only be used by those with no family help available or who are living in unsafe structures.

Voluntary evacuation begins immediately. Evacuation includes all coastal areas, all barrier islands, trailer parks, campgrounds and flood-prone areas.

Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the storm and the Citizens Information Line is 311 within the county and 423-4894. Please pay attention to the following instructions:

Sandbags are available at Okaloosa County Public Works, north (Ferndon Blvd.) and south (Ready Avenue) Bring a shovel and help will be provided.

Schools will close on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.

Parks in the south are closed.

Citizens are encouraged to tune into local radio stations and television for updated information on Hurricane Ida and to visit the Okaloosa County Emergency Website at www.okaloosafl.com for information on disaster supply kits, evacuation routes, emergency orders, road closures and other vital local information

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