DeFuniak Springs, Fla – Walton County Commission Chair, Larry Jones, and the Walton County Emergency Response Division declared a State of Emergency at 9:00 a.m. for Walton County to prepare for Tropical Storm Fay.
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now operating at a Level 3 activation. Emergency Response Division director, Ed Baltzley, says this level of activation simply means key emergency personnel know to work with their departments throughout the day to make sure they are ready for any problems which this storm may bring to the area. “Fay poses a flooding threat to our county more than a wind threat,” he says.
“Our Public Works division, along with law enforcement leaders, health department, emergency operations center and transportation officials are all working with their departments right now to make sure Walton County citizens will have necessary services and protection to weather this storm.”
County emergency officials will raise the level of activation to a Level 2 at 6:00 p.m., meaning key emergency personnel will gather back together at the Emergency Operations Center in DeFuniak Springs to monitor the impact of Tropical Storm Fay.
The EOC will function as a command post at the Level 2 activation where leaders of the various divisions and departments will collaborate and make safety decisions on road closures, ambulance and medical services and collectively respond to emergencies as road and river flooding.
Citizens needing information about the storms impact on Walton County can call the 24 hour citizens’ hotline at 892-8392 and 892-8394 beginning at 6:00 p.m. when the Level 2 activation at the EOC is declared.