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HURRICANE IRMA INFORMATION

City of Palm Coast asks residents to separate hurricane debris into 3 piles

Posted 9/21/2017 4:54:00 PM

Palm Coast - Cleanup of debris from Hurricane Irma began this week, and the City of Palm Coast's contractor is planning a big push this Saturday, Sept. 23. Trucks and crews will be out working in numerous areas across the City.

The City asks residents to separate their debris into three piles:

  • Loose vegetative debris - leaves, logs, plants, tree branches, etc.
  • Construction and demolition debris - building materials, asphalt shingles, drywall, lumber, metal, plastics, etc.
  • Bagged vegetative debris - leaves

Debris should be placed on your property near the curb - NOT on the street. Don't pile vegetative debris on your water meter box or your sewer cleanout cap or your PEP tank lid. The City needs access to these systems at all times.

Debris collection will focus first on the loose vegetative debris. Please be patient. It will take more than one pass through Palm Coast before all the debris (whether bagged or loose) is picked up. Simply leave the debris at curbside until it is picked up. This process is expected to take several weeks.

There will be different types of trucks for different types of debris. For example, grapple trucks may only pick up large logs and branches, whereas a back-loader can handle smaller items. So don't worry if a truck passes your pile and doesn't stop to pick it up. Another truck will come - maybe not today, but soon.

Bags of vegetative debris will be picked up during your regular yard trash day during the week. But again, it may take a couple of passes for them to pick up everything.

Commercial businesses and apartments, townhomes, and condominiums are responsible for their own debris cleanup and hauling. Hurricane debris will not be picked up by Waste Pro. Businesses and multi-family residential developments should not place debris at the curb.

The City will be tracking everything so that we can be reimbursed by FEMA.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - garbage and debris collection, water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Flagler County Assistance Center at Hidden Trails on Saturday

Posted 9/21/2017 4:53:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 21, 2017 - Flagler County is opening a one-day Assistance Center September 23 to help residents obtain information in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The Assistance Center will be set up at Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd., Bunnell, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday only.

Multiple agencies will be represented at the Assistance Center to include American Red Cross, Flagler Volunteer Services, and Flagler County Social Services. Pastor Silano and the Grace Tabernacle Food Pantry will be distributing meals. The Rotary Club will provide cleaning supplies, toiletries and mosquito spray. Flagler Schools will identify and work to address hurricane-related needs that students may have.

Residents will be pre-screened for necessary services, and assistance will be predominantly for those with flooded or damaged houses. FEMA will have several representatives on site with workstations to take online applications through disasterassistance.gov.

"We will continue to do everything we can to help our residents, countywide," said Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin. "People have had such a rough time of it with the flooding and loss of power that Irma brought to Flagler County. But the staff and volunteers at our assistance centers do an outstanding job of matching needs with resources."

Those without transportation who need a ride should call Flagler County Transportation Department at 386-313-4100.


Mold Information

Posted 9/18/2017 4:25:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Florida Department of Health

MOLD IN WATER-DAMAGED BUILDINGS

The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) urges the public to take precautionary measures to avoid indoor air quality problems can that occur in storm damaged homes and buildings. Moisture from leaks or flooding can promote mold growth inside buildings.

TO PROTECT AGAINST HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MOLD:

  • Remove standing water from your home or office.
  • Remove wet materials.
  • If mold growth has already occurred, carefully remove or clean the moldy material.
  • Consider using personal protective equipment when cleaning or removing mold, such as gloves, goggles, and mask. An N-95 respirator mask is recommended, available at many hardware stores.
  • Individuals with known mold allergies or asthma should not clean or remove moldy materials.

When using cleaners, make sure you read and follow label instructions carefully and open windows and doors to provide plenty of fresh air.

Do not mix bleach with ammonia cleaners or acids because a dangerous gas will be formed.

For further information, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/indoorair, contact DOH-Flagler at 386-437-7358, or the Department's Radon and Indoor Program at 850-245-4288 or Toll-free at 1-800-543-8279.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: INDOOR MOLD

The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) has a list of Frequently AskedQuestions to address some of the most common questions and concerns about indoor mold.

How can I tell if there is mold in my home?

Indoor mold growth can usually be seen or smelled. Look for visible mold growth as it may look cottony,velvety, rough, or leathery and have different colors like white, gray, brown, black, yellow, or green. Moldoften appears as a staining or fuzzy growth on furniture or building materials, such as walls, ceilings, oranything made of wood or paper. Look for signs of moisture or water damage, such as water leaks, standing water, water stains, and condensation. Check around air handling units, such as air conditioners and furnaces, for standing water. Routinely inspect the evaporator coils, liner surfaces,drain pans, and drain lines. Search areas where you notice mold odors. If you can smell an earthy or musty odor, you may have a mold problem.

Who is most affected by mold?

Infants, children, elderly, individuals with chronic respiratory conditions, and persons with weakened immune systems may be affected sooner and more severely than others. Those with concerns shouldconsult a medical doctor if they feel their health is affected by indoor mold.

What health problems can be caused by mold?

There are four kinds of health problems that come from exposure to mold: allergic illness, irritanteffects, infection, and toxic effects. For people that are sensitive to molds, symptoms may occur such asnasal and sinus irritation or congestion, dry hacking cough, wheezing, skin rashes or burning, or wateryor reddened eyes. People with severe allergies to molds may have more serious reactions, such as hayfever-like symptoms or shortness of breath. People with chronic illnesses or people with immunesystem problems may be more likely to get infections from certain molds, viruses, and bacteria. Molds can also trigger asthma attacks in persons with asthma. Headaches, memory problems, mood swings,nosebleeds, and body aches and pains are sometimes reported in mold complaints. The long-termpresence of indoor mold may eventually become a problem.

How should mold be cleaned?

Mold should be cleaned as soon as it appears. Persons who clean the mold should be free ofsymptoms and allergies. Small areas of mold should be cleaned using detergent/soapy water or acommercial mildew or mold cleaner. Ozone generators do not need be used. Gloves, safety goggles, and an N-95 respirator mask should be worn during cleaning. The cleaned area should then bethoroughly dried. Throw away any sponges or rags used to clean mold. If the mold returns quickly or spreads, it may mean you have an underlying problem, such as a water leak. Any water leaks mustfirst be fixed when solving mold problems. If there is a lot of mold growth, consult the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) booklet, "Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings," at http://www.epa.gov/mold/. If the moldy material is not easily cleanable; such as drywall,carpet padding, and insulation; then removal and replacement may be necessary.

Who should do the cleanup?

One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet, which is less than about a 3-foot by 3-foot patch, in most cases can handled yourself. However, if therehas been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, consult the EPAbooklet referenced above. Although written about schools and commercial buildings, this documentalso helps address mold in other building types. If you have concerns regarding your health beforestarting the cleanup, consult your doctor.

If you choose to hire a contractor, consider someone licensed by the State of Florida. The moldassessor or mold remediator license can be checked by using the "VERIFY A LICENSE" link at http://www.myFloridaLicense.com. Check references and ask the contractor to follow currentrecommendations by EPA, and the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) or other professional or government organizations.

If you think the heating or air conditioning (HVAC) system has been affected, read the EPA's guide"Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?" at https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/should-you-have-air-ducts-your-home-cleaned. Consult a licensed air-conditioning or mechanical contractor for additional information.

Who can I call if I want more information on mold?

For additional information, call DOH-Flagler's Environmental Health Office or the FloridaDepartment of Health's (Department), Radon and Indoor Program. They can provide guidance and advice on prevention, identification of mold problems, investigation techniques, clean-up methods, disaster planning and messaging, health effects including possible hazards of mold exposure, and direct concerned people to appropriate local resources.

Where can I obtain additional information?

More information can be found through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (http://www.cdc.gov/mold/), and the University of Central Florida,Florida Solar Energy Center (http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/consumer/buildings/basics/moldgrowth.htm).

For further information, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/indoorair, contact DOH-Flagler at 386-437-7358, or the Department's Radon and Indoor Program at 850-245-4288 or Toll-free at 1-800-543-8279.


American Red Cross provides meals in 3 locations

Posted 9/15/2017 9:51:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 15, 2017 - The American Red Cross will provide lunch and dinner at three locations for those who are without power starting today through Monday evening.

"The meals will be served at about noon and again at about 5 p.m.," said County Administrator Craig Coffey. "These times are not exact, so please be patient."

The locations of distribution are:

  • Hidden Trails Community Center, 500 meals - 6108 Mahogany Boulevard, Daytona North
  • Espanola Community Center, 200 meals - 3570 County Road 205, Espanola
  • Veterans Park, 500 meals - 105 S. Second Street, Flagler Beach

Check for current information on Flagler County's websitewww.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Debris collection to begin Monday in City of Palm Coast

Posted 9/15/2017 4:37:00 PM

Palm Coast - Palm Coast's regular routes are taking longer than usual due to the increased amount of household garbage following the storm. As pickup of household garbage is a priority, Waste Pro will finish any of Friday's routes that were not picked up on Saturday.

Then, on Monday, collection of storm debris will begin in earnest. Waste Pro will work six days a week until the cleanup is complete.

To expedite debris removal from residences, the City asks residents to help by separating everything at the curb into the following categories:

  • Vegetative Debris - leaves, logs, plants, tree branches, etc.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris - building materials, asphalt shingles, drywall, lumber, metal, plastics, etc.
  • Normal Household Trash - Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with debris as part of this program. You should continue to follow your normal garbage and yard trash schedule for normal garbage and bagged storm debris.

Debris should be placed on your property near the curb - NOT on the street. Don't pile vegetative debris on your water meter box or your sewer cleanout cap or your PEP tank lid. The City may need access to these systems during storm recovery.

Please be patient. It will take more than one pass through Palm Coast before all the debris (whether bagged or loose) is picked up. Simply leave the debris at curbside until it is picked up. This process is expected to take several weeks.

Commercial businesses and apartments, townhomes, and condominiums are responsible for their own debris cleanup and hauling. Hurricane debris will not be picked up by Waste Pro. Businesses and multi-family residential developments should not place debris at the curb.

Other City of Palm Coast updates for Friday, Sept. 15:

Customer Service - Palm Coast Customer Service will continue to take calls for issues related to City services, including garbage and debris collection, water and sewer, streets and drainage. The number is 386-986-2360.

Buyer Beware - The City reminds residents to be cautious when considering contracting with businesses who solicit door-to-door. In Palm Coast, businesses are required to have a Solicitor's Permit to solicit door-to-door, and they must also have a Licensed Business Tax Receipt (business license) to work in the City. Also ask to see a copy of the company's insurance.

There have been reports statewide of fraud surrounding "assignment of benefits" forms. In those cases, a business representative often solicits door-to-door offering a roof inspection. The homeowner is asked to sign a form giving the vendor permission to conduct the roof inspection, but in these fraud cases, that form is actually an "assignment of benefits" in which you sign away your rights to make a claim with your insurance company and, sometimes, agree to pay a large fee for that roof inspection or agree to contract with a specific company for roof repairs. The City of Palm Coast advises homeowners to be very cautious and to read everything before they sign it. Instead, consider contacting your homeowners insurance before hiring any contractors for repairs.

Hurricane Irma insurance resources are available on the Florida Department of Financial Services website atwww.fldfs.com.

For any questions about whether a business has a license to do work in Palm Coast, call the Business Tax Receipts office at 386-986-3766. The City advises using local contractors and businesses with which you're familiar.

Wastewater System Recovery - As the wastewater sewer system continues to be taxed because of the power outage, please limit your water use for showers, flushing, dish-washing. The less water that goes into the wastewater system, the less that has to be pumped out and trucked to the wastewater treatment plant.

If you get power restored and your PEP alarm sounds, there is no need to call Customer Service. Please continue to limit your water use for several hours; it will take a few hours for your PEP tank to pump down and to get back to normal operation.

Contact Us - More information on storm recovery is available on the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com. Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - garbage and debris collection, water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Residents, business owners can apply for Irma assistance through the Small Business Administration

Posted 9/15/2017 2:59:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 15, 2017 - Residents who suffered hurricane-related damages can apply for disaster assistance through the Small Business Administration's Disaster Loan Program.

The program is provided through a partnership between the Small Business Administration and FEMA.

"It is very important that survivors understand how the FEMA and SBA programs work together so that they can utilize the best possible options for them in their recovery," said Adrianne LaNeave, SBA Public Affairs Specialist. "The SBA Disaster Loan Program is available to the homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes that were affected."

Three types of disaster loans are available: Business Physical Disaster Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Home Disaster Loans, which are available to homeowners and renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.

Application deadlines are November 9, 2017 for physical damages and June 11, 2018 for "economic injury" which includes funds to help businesses and non-profits meet "ordinary and necessary" financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster.

Applicants must have an acceptable credit history, must show the ability to repay all loans, and must have collateral.

For more information, contact SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA's Web site at http://www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.                       

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Schools Collecting Food to Help Replenish Food Pantries

Posted 9/15/2017 2:58:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler Schools

We know many of our community members stocked up on non-perishable supplies prior to Hurricane Irma.  Those unused items could desperately be used right now in our food pantries, as they are running very low after supplying our community members after the storm.  The idea is to get food and supplies where it's not needed as much and get it into the hands of those who need it most right now. All Flagler Schools campuses, as well as the Office of Student and Community Engagement inside the Government Services Building (1769 E, Moody Blvd, Bldg 2, Bunnell) will accept non perishable food donations next week. All collections will go to  local Flagler County food pantries which are trying to meet the demand following Hurricane Irma.

"While we understand hurricane season is still upon us, if there are people who can spare a portion of their emergency supplies we would be more than happy to take it and pass it along to our volunteer organizations," says Lynette Shott, Executive Director of Student and Community Engagement for Flagler Schools. "There are many people in need of the essentials right now, and those who run our food pantries would appreciate the help."

Any donations can be made at the front desk of our schools, or sent in with students all next week.


City of Palm Coast offers information on tree removal/pruning & more info

Posted 9/14/2017 5:29:00 PM

Palm Coast - As citizens clean up their yards after the hurricane, the City of Palm Coast has prepared a short Q&A about tree removal and pruning.

Q: Who should I call to remove/prune my tree? A: The City cannot recommend any particular tree service. On the City website, www.palmcoastgov.com, search for "business tax." Select "Tree Surgeons" from the list of business types to find all of the tree services that have their business tax paid and are registered with the City. Those businesses are expected to know Palm Coast's regulations for tree-pruning. The City does not verify the insurance for these vendors, so ask to see a copy of their insurance. If you have not confirmed that they are registered with the City through the City website, also ask to see a copy of their Licensed Business Tax Receipt (business license).

Q: Whose tree is it? A: In this scenario, a neighbor is complaining about a tree from the adjacent property that has branches (either alive and extending onto the roof or broken and hanging) that extend over to his property. It is not the responsibility of the tree owner to prune the branches, but the adjacent property owner is permitted to prune the branches that extend onto his property. The adjacent property owner is not allowed to prune up vertically any branch that extends over the property line as this could harm the tree. They should prune back to a lateral branch or the main trunk if the damage extends that far. This would not require a permit from the City, and the City would not be involved in this type of civil issue.

Q: Who pays for the damage of a tree that fell from one property onto a developed lot? A: This is a legal issue for an attorney or property insurance companies, but generally, if the tree was in good condition and fell onto another property and caused damage, it is not the responsibility of the tree owner to pay for damages or remove the tree from the adjacent property. There may be issues if neglect is cited where the property owner should have known or was made aware of a tree's hazardous condition before it fell. In this case, the tree owner may be responsible. This civil issue is between the neighbors and their insurance companies.

Q: What should I do if a neighbor's tree is still endangering my property? A: Residents whose house is being endangered by a dead, dying or diseased tree from a neighboring property or public right-of-way should call City of Palm Coast Urban Forestry to report the tree issue. An inspector will be sent out to determine the action to be taken. Urban Forestry is at 386-986-3758. Also call Urban Forestry if you have any fallen trees from the public right-of-way that have damaged private property.

Other City of Palm Coast updates for Thursday, Sept. 14:

Debris Pickup Update - Storm debris removal will begin Saturday, Sept. 16. To expedite debris removal from residences, the City asks residents to help by separating everything at the curb into the following categories:

  • Vegetative Debris - leaves, logs, plants, tree branches, etc.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris - building materials, asphalt shingles, drywall, lumber, metal, plastics, etc.
  • Normal Household Trash - Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with debris as part of this program. You should continue to follow your normal garbage and yard trash schedule for normal garbage and bagged storm debris.

Debris should be placed on your property near the curb - NOT on the street. Don't pile vegetative debris on your water meter box or your sewer cleanout cap or your PEP tank lid. The City may need access to these systems during storm recovery.

Please be patient. It will take several passes through Palm Coast before all the debris (whether bagged or loose) is picked up. Simply leave the debris at curbside until it is picked up. This process is expected to take several weeks.

Commercial businesses and apartments, townhomes, and condominiums are responsible for their own debris cleanup and hauling. Hurricane debris will not be picked up by Waste Pro or the City's debris collection contractor. Businesses and multi-family residential developments should not place debris at the curb.

Pet Care After the Storm - Keep your pet safe. As temperatures rise in your home without power, your pets need special attention to keep cool and safe. Here are some ideas:

  • Ensure they have plenty of water. If possible, add ice to the water or create a large bowl of ice and float a smaller bowl of water in the ice to keep it as cool as possible. You can also give your pet ice cubes to lick, chew or play with.
  • If you have rooms with ceramic tile flooring, be sure to allow your pets in those rooms. Tile is cooler than the surrounding air and will help keep your pets cooler.
  • Hose down or spray down you dogs. The evaporating water will help keep them cool. Alternatively, you can purchase a cooling towel or bandana.
  • Take your pets for a ride in the air-conditioned car or to a pet-friendly store for a break from the heat. But never leave your pet in a parked car.
  • Allow your pets to go on the back porch or lanai, as long as they are in the shade. At night, it's often cooler outside than indoors.
  • Consider purchasing a commercially available cooling pad for your pet.

Limit water use - As the wastewater sewer system continues to be taxed because of the power outage, please limit your water use for showers, flushing, dish-washing. The less water that goes into the wastewater system, the less that has to be pumped out and trucked to the wastewater treatment plant.

If you get power restored and your PEP alarm sounds, there is no need to call Customer Service. Please continue to limit your water use for several hours; it will take a few hours for your PEP tank to pump down and to get back to normal operation.

Customer Service hours - Palm Coast Customer Service will continue to take calls tonight for issues related to City services, including water and sewer, streets and drainage. The number is 386-986-2360.

If you have property damage, hire a licensed contractor - All contractors other than for debris removal and landscaping/tree removal are required to have a license. Ask to see the license, and take a photo of it, if possible. Call the Palm Coast Building Division at 386-986-3780 to make sure they have the right license. Also, get a written contract before the work starts.

Permit fees waived for Irma-related damage - Fees will be waived through Nov. 30, 2017, for permits for fences, sheds, soffit/fascia/siding repairs, A/C equipment change-outs, electrical repairs (mast, weather-head, panel, lights), roofing, screen enclosure (aluminum cage) and docks for damage incurred as a result of Hurricane Irma. Information on the permits required, when necessary, and timing for acquiring those permits is available at the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com. It is the City's intent to expedite all hurricane-related permits. Many minor repairs will not need a permit whatsoever. For any clarity, please call the Building Division at 386-986-3780.

More information on storm recovery is available on the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com. The City is also providing information on these social media accounts:

Flagler County Emergency Management is posting storm information at: www.flaglercounty.org/irma.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Information required for disaster assistance

Posted 9/14/2017 4:22:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 14, 2017 - Residents applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance - whether online or at the Flagler County Assistance Center at the Library - will need to have information at the ready.

Applicants should be prepared to provide the following:

  • Social Security Number (one per household)
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposits of funds

Residents can go online to www.disasterassistance.gov.

Those who would like help filling out the information can go to the Flagler County Assistance Center at the Palm Coast Branch Library between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Friday. The Library is located at 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW.

Those without transportation who need a ride should call the Flagler County Transportation Department at 386-313-4100.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Flagler County parks closed due to debris, downed power lines

Posted 9/14/2017 2:26:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 14, 2017 - Flagler County's Park Department has closed all of its parks in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Boat ramps are open.

"Right now all of our parks are closed, as we are clearing debris and we have a few with down power lines," said General Services Director Heidi Petito. "Although our community centers didn't suffer damages, they are without power."

The goal is to have them reopened by the weekend.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


File claims with insurance company, report problems to fraud tip lines

Posted 9/14/2017 11:57:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 14, 2017 - Flagler County residents who sustained damages from Hurricane Irma still need to file claims with their local insurance companies even if they intend to file for FEMA's individual assistance.

"People still need to go through their regular insurance companies, as FEMA provides for needs that are unmet by insurance," said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "Take plenty of pictures. That will help you through this process."

Concerns about insurance representatives should be directed to one of the following numbers:

  • Florida Department of Financial Services, 877-693-5336
  • Fraud Tip Hotline, 800-378-0445
  • Arson Tip Hotline, 877-662-7766
  • Public Assistance Fraud, 866-762-2237
  • Unclaimed Property, 888-258-2253

Additionally, Flagler officials caution residents that use caution when hiring for services and contractors. Contractors must be registered with Contractor Licensing to work in Flagler County. Proof of License and Liability Insurance is required.

For information, call Flagler County's Contractor Licensing Department at 386-313-4076.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Flagler County Education Foundation Comes to Communities

Posted 9/14/2017 11:55:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler Schools

The Flagler County Education Foundation S.T.U.F.F. Bus (Supplying Things U Find Fundamental) has served thousands of Flagler Schools students since 2010. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we're bringing the S.T.U.F.F. Bus to our families because so many are having difficulty coming to us.

Friday, September 15th the Flagler County Education Foundation and Flagler Schools will bring a bus to both Flagler Beach and the west side of Flagler County full of supplies such as toiletries, school supplies and clothing for children. We will have a limited number of jeans in adult sizes as well. These are supplies our S.T.U.F.F. Bus program has been delivering for nearly a decade.

The supplies will be handed out between Noon and 2pm, or until our supplies run out.

Our distribution points are:

  • A and S Hardware
    1044 CR 305, Bunnell
  • Flagler Beach Police Department
    204 S. Flagler Avenue, Flagler Beach

We want to thank the Flagler County Sheriff's Office and the City of Flagler Beach and their Police Department for partnering with us in providing this service to our community.


Remove hurricane shutters, boards to prevent fire hazard

Posted 9/14/2017 10:30:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 14, 2017 - Residents are encouraged to remove their hurricane shutters and boards from windows to prevent fire hazards.

"All residential rooms are required to have two points of egress," said Flagler County Fire Marshal Jerry Smith. "If there is a fire, it is important to make sure you have a way to get out of your home."

Keeping shutters up until the end of the hurricane season can create a fire hazard that has potentially deadly consequences.

"A fire inside a home with shuttered windows may not be visible until it is too late," Flagler County Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito. "It can delay firefighters trying to enter a home that is on fire."

Flagler County firefighters follow a "vent, enter, search" protocol, which means they will enter room-by-room and search them to ensure everyone is out of the burning structure. Shuttered and boarded-up windows can hinder this process.

"We know folks are tired and weary, but please take the time to remove your shutters," Flagler County Deputy Fire Chief Joe King said.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


State, Federal Disaster Loan Programs Activated to Aid Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Posted 9/14/2017 8:07:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Florida SBDC Network
Florida SBDC Network Headquarters (Pensacola, Fla.) - Florida businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma may now apply for various state and federal disaster loan programs.  As a principal responder in the state's Emergency Support Function for Business and Industry, the Florida SBDC Network stands ready to assist businesses with disaster loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges. 
 
State Assistance
 
Today, Governor Scott activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide short-term, interest-free loans to businesses damaged by the storm.
 
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC), the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan helps businesses bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program.
 
Under the program, eligible small businesses in all 67 Florida counties with two to 100 employees may apply for short-term, interest-free loans for $1,000 to $25,000 for 90 or 180-day terms. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to September 4, 2017, and demonstrate economic injury or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Irma. 
 
To Apply for a Bridge Loan
Visit www.floridadisasterloan.org for more information and to apply for the Florida Emergency Bridge Loan program. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2017.
 
Business Damage Assessment Survey
DEO is assessing the damage caused by the storm. Small businesses that have incurred losses due to Hurricane Irma are asked to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey. The survey will help the State Emergency Response Team determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses. To take the survey, please visit www.flvbeoc.org.
 
Federal Assistance
 
Following President Trump's major disaster declaration, impacted businesses may now apply for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
Through the declaration, businesses and nonprofits in Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota and Saint Johns counties in Florida are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Marion, Martin, Nassau, Okeechobee, Pasco, Polk, and Volusia in Florida.
 
Business Physical Disaster Loan Program
Business Physical Disaster Loans are intended to help repair or replace disaster-damaged property. Businesses and nonprofit organizations may apply for up to $2 million to repair or replace property, including real estate, equipment, inventory, machinery, and other business assets.
 
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
Businesses in qualifying adjacent counties may apply for up to $2 million for working capital through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations meet financial obligations and operating expenses through the disaster recovery period.
 
Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations. The SBA customizes loan amounts and terms up to a maximum of 30 years for each applicant.
 
Applicants may also be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages to protect property from future damage, including adding a safe room or storm shelter.
 
To Apply for Physical and Economic Injury Loans
Businesses must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by mobile device at m.fema.gov or call the toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY). Upon registration with FEMA, businesses may apply for a disaster loan a number of ways:
  • Submit an online application at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela;
  • Download an application from www.sba.gov/disaster and submit to a SBA disaster recovery center or mail to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155;
  • Visit a SBA recovery center for one-on-one assistance; or
  • Visit their local Florida SBDC for assistance.
The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is November 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.
 
Florida SBDC Network Stands Ready to Assist
 
The Florida SBDC Network supports disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation through its Business Continuation Services. As part of the network's service offering, the Florida SBDC will also be deploying its Mobile Assistance Centers (MACs) into affected communities to deliver small business owners on-site assistance with loan applications and with other post-disaster challenges. The Florida SBDC is working with state and federal officials to determine the MACs' locations and will release that information soon.
 
"We are saddened to see and hear the stories of damage and loss that individuals and small businesses have suffered due to Hurricane Irma," said Michael Myhre, CEO and Network State Director. "We want our small business owners to know how important they are to our state and that we stand ready to assist them get back on their feet to continue creating jobs and generating wealth for Florida's economy."
 
For questions about the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, the U.S. SBA Physical and Economic Injury Loan Programs, and how the Florida SBDC can help, please contact the Florida SBDC Network at (850) 898-3489 or Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.  The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.
 
About the Florida SBDC Network:
For over forty years, the Florida SBDC Network, the state's principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide emerging and established business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for the state. Since 2011, Florida SBDCs have provided 401,475 hours of consulting to 45,502 client businesses, resulting in 217,849 jobs created, retained and saved; $29.3 billion in sales growth; $2.1 billion in government contract awards; $947.4 million in capital investments; and 3,857 new businesses started. A statewide network of over 40 centers, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network's designated lead host institution. The Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit www.FloridaSBDC.org.

Hurricane debris removal to begin soon in Palm Coast & more information

Posted 9/13/2017 7:05:00 PM

Palm Coast - Storm debris removal will begin in the next few days as arrangements are being made with haulers. To expedite debris removal from residences, the City asks residents to help by separating everything at the curb into the following categories:

  • Vegetative Debris - leaves, logs, plants, tree branches, etc.
  • Construction & Demolition Debris - building materials, asphalt shingles, drywall, lumber, metal, plastics, etc.
  • Normal Household Trash - Normal household trash and bagged debris of any kind will not be picked up with debris as part of this program. You should continue to follow your normal garbage and yard trash schedule for normal garbage and bagged storm debris.

Debris should be placed on your property near the curb - NOT on the street. Don't pile vegetative debris on your water meter box or your sewer cleanout cap or your PEP tank lid. The City may need access to these systems during storm recovery.

Please be patient. It will take several passes through Palm Coast before all the debris (whether bagged or loose) is picked up. Simply leave the debris at curbside until it is picked up. This process is expected to take several weeks.

Commercial businesses and apartments, townhomes, and condominiums are responsible for their own debris cleanup and hauling. Hurricane debris will not be picked up by Waste Pro or the City's debris collection contractor. Businesses and multi-family residential developments should not place debris at the curb.

Other updates for Wednesday, Sept. 13:

Trees endangering property - Residents whose house is being endangered by a dead, dying or diseased tree from a neighboring property or public right-of-way should call City of Palm Coast Urban Forestry to report the tree issue. An inspector will be sent out to determine the action to be taken. Urban Forestry is at 386-986-3758.

Also call Urban Forestry if you have any fallen trees from the public right-of-way that have damaged private property.

Don't play in wet swales - As Palm Coast continues to drain, there is standing water in some swales. That water is stormwater, and it is unsafe to play in it or wade through it. After a heavy rain, stormwater is full of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, oils/greases from roads and dog poo. In areas where manholes were bubbling up on a flooded road, that stormwater might contain a small amount of domestic wastewater (sewage from flushed toilets), as well.

With the pump stations not fully operational (because power is still out to many of them), the City has been pumping out the wastewater from multiple points along the system and trucking that wastewater to the treatment plant. The tanker trucks started operations Monday morning and have continued 24 hours a day since. The City also has added generators at some pump stations to keep them operating. The top goal is preventing floodwaters from entering homes.

Once the system is powered back up and is operating normally, and we are sure floodwaters are no longer threatening homes, the City's efforts will shift toward cleanup. In areas where raw sewage was flowing, the City will use a vac truck to clean the swale and then disinfect the area using lime.

Limit water use - As the wastewater sewer system continues to be taxed because of the power outage, please limit your water use for showers, flushing, dish-washing. The less water that goes into the wastewater system, the less that has to be pumped out and trucked to the wastewater treatment plant.

If you get power restored and your PEP alarm sounds, there is no need to call Customer Service. Please continue to limit your water use for several hours; it will take a few hours for your PEP tank to pump down and to get back to normal operation.

Customer Service hours - Palm Coast Customer Service will continue to take calls tonight for issues related to City services, including water and sewer, streets and drainage. The number is 386-986-2360.

Parks & Recreation facilities and programs - Palm Harbor Golf Club's driving range and chipping and putting practice greens will reopen Friday, Sept. 15. The golf course is still closed for cleanup. All other parks are open, but not all amenities are available depending on park cleanup. The trails are still being cleaned up.

Most Parks & Recreation programs will resume Thursday, Sept. 14. However, Open Gym Basketball and the Big Shots and Racquet Rookies II tennis clinics are canceled for Thursday.

The Lunch N' Lecture scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15, will be held.

If you have property damage, hire a licensed contractor - All contractors other than for debris removal and landscaping/tree removal are required to have a license. Ask to see the license, and take a photo of it, if possible. Call the Palm Coast Building Division at 386-986-3780 to make sure they have the right license. Also, get a written contract before the work starts.

Permit fees waived for Irma-related damage - Fees will be waived through Nov. 30, 2017, for permits for fences, sheds, soffit/fascia/siding repairs, A/C equipment change-outs, electrical repairs (mast, weather-head, panel, lights), roofing, screen enclosure (aluminum cage) and docks for damage incurred as a result of Hurricane Irma. Information on the permits required, when necessary, and timing for acquiring those permits is available at the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com. It is the City's intent to expedite all hurricane-related permits. Many minor repairs will not need a permit whatsoever. For any clarity, please call the Building Division at 386-986-3780.

More information on storm recovery is available on the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com. The City is also providing information on these social media accounts:

Flagler County Emergency Management is posting storm information at: www.flaglercounty.org/irma.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Flagler Schools to Reopen Monday

Posted 9/13/2017 1:47:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler Schools

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager announces classes will resume Monday. All extracurricular activities, athletic practices and competitions are canceled until Monday.

This follows damage assessments at our schools and within our community, and the needed additional cleanup time following Hurricane Irma.

Superintendent Tager says, "We want everyone to return to clean, safe schools."

Many of our families are still dealing with power outages and other post-storm issues. We also have concerns about getting our buses and children to their bus stops safely.

We have lost a total of six days due to the closure before and after Hurricane Irma. Our school calendar for the 2017-18 school year includes three makeup days, November 20, 21, and 22rd. While we do have time built into the schedule to account for lost days, we are still working with the Florida Department of Education and Governor Scott to determine if makeup days will be needed.


Open Beach Access/Dune Crossovers

Posted 9/13/2017 12:10:00 PM - Information Courtesy of City of Flagler Beach

City Staff have conducted an inspection of all City beach access/dune crossover locations. Effective today, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., the following beach access point/dune crossover locations are open for public usage:

North of SR100

South of SR100

North 21st Street

South ADA Access

North 16th Street

South 2nd Street

North 15th Street

South 3rd  Street

North 17th Street

South 4th Street

North 12th Street

South 5th Street

North 8th Street

South 6th Street

North 7th Street

South 7th Street

North 6th Street

South 8th Street

North 5th Street

South 9th Street

North 5th  Street

South 21st Street

North 3rd Street

South 22nd Street

North 2nd Street

South 23rd Street

 

South 24th Street

 

South 25th Street

 

South 27th Street

 

South 28th Street

 

South City Limits/Volusia County line

While the City continues its efforts to repair access point/dunes crossovers, please remember the following:

  • Please utilize dune crossovers only. Do not walk on or across the dunes to prevent further erosion of the dune system. City Ordinance 6-9 prohibits the destruction, harm, molestation, cutting, harvesting, removal or eradication or cause of destruction of any plant life on the Dune areas within the City, east of Highway A1A.
  • To access the beach, please use dune crossovers but use "Caution" due to "Temporary Repairs".

Lifeguards are not scheduled for duty until this weekend; September 16th and 17th. Swimming and surfing is allowed.  By City Ordinance, surfers are not allowed within 150 feet of either side of the Pier.

The Pier will remain closed until further notice. Sections of the Pier will re-opened when it is determined to be structurally safe.

The Pier Bait & Gift Shop is closed until further notice. The public bathrooms at the Pier are open for usage.

City Staff are in the process of returning trash cans at each dune crossover. Please remember to use them.  Leave footprints in the sand, not your trash.

We'd like to sincerely thank our residents and visitors for their patience as we repair and re-open beach access point/dune crossover locations within our City. As a City we're committed to repairing and or replacing all dune crossovers and City Staff continues to work diligently in order to get this task accomplished. When additional beach access point/dune crossovers are re-opened, a Public Service Announcement/Media Release will be issued.


Register for FEMA assistance online

Posted 9/13/2017 11:48:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 13, 2017 - Residents who sustained losses from Hurricane Irma can begin applying for assistance with FEMA online.

"If you have damages, it is a good idea to get this process started," said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "Those who are without power can go to the Flagler County Library in Palm Coast."

To register online, go to www.disasterassistance.gov. Residents can also download the FEMA App by clicking on Disaster Resources.

Those who prefer can register by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free numbers are operational between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.

"Make a phone call, don't take a phone call," said County Administrator Craig Coffey. "FEMA representatives will not call you out of the blue. Do not give out your personal information to anyone who you have not called."

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


City of Palm Coast waives permit fees for repair work related to Hurricane Irma

Posted 9/13/2017 9:21:00 AM

Palm Coast - Fees will be waived through Nov. 30, 2017, for the following permit types for damage incurred as a result of Hurricane Irma. Below is information on the permits required, when necessary, and timing for acquiring those permits. The permit fees for these permit types will be waived until Nov. 30, 2017:

Fences 

  • Replacement fences using same material and installing in the same location may be replaced without first obtaining a permit; however, a permit will need to be obtained within 60 days.
  • For relocated or installation of alternative material or height than originally approved, a permit will be required prior to installation.
  • No permit required for limited repairs/panel replacements, such as for like height and material.

Sheds

  • Shed replacement will require a permit prior to installation. 
  • Shed repairs will not require a permit; sheds must remain in originally approved location.

Soffit/fascia/siding repairs

  • A permit will not be required.

A/C equipment change-outs

  • A permit will be required prior to work.

Electrical repairs (mast, weather-head, panel, lights)

  • A permit will be required.

Roofing

  • Re-roof will require a permit prior to work.
  • Replacement of up to 3 bundles of shingles (100 square feet) will not require a permit.

Screen enclosure (aluminum cage)

  • Screen enclosure replacements will require a permit prior to work.
  • Certified drawings are required unless the enclosure was built under the Florida Building Code 5th Edition (applied for after June 30, 2015).
  • Screen repairs do not require a permit.
  • Swimming pools must meet barrier requirement.

Docks

  • Docks will require a permit prior to work.

All contractors must be licensed, insured and registered with the City of Palm Coast Building Division. 

It is the City's intent to expedite all hurricane-related permits. Many minor repairs will not need a permit whatsoever. For any clarity, please call the Building Division at 386-986-3780.


Some Flagler County offices open Wednesday, remainder open Thursday

Posted 9/13/2017 9:02:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 12, 2017 - Some of Flagler County's offices will open Wednesday and the remainder will re-open on Thursday.

See the list below for available services:

            Wednesday

  • Property Appraiser's Office
  • Tax Collector
  • Flagler County Library - Palm Coast Branch
  • Flagler County Growth Management Department (building permits)

            Thursday

  • All Flagler County Offices
  • Supervisor of Elections

Garbage collection has resumed its regular collection schedule, but is a day behind.

The 7th Judicial Circuit Court will be open Wednesday for First Appearance only. The Flagler County Clerk of Courts has not yet determined when it will re-open.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. Social Media:


Flagler County lifts curfew, beachside open to all

Posted 9/13/2017 8:51:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 13, 2017 - Flagler County officials have lifted the curfew throughout the county, and the beachside is now open to all - no check points.

"We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation," Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "We know this has been inconvenient, but we appreciate the understanding everyone has shown. We needed to keep everyone safe."

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


City of Palm Coast City Hall to open Wednesday morning & more information

Posted 9/12/2017 6:20:00 PM

Palm Coast - Palm Coast City Hall and Palm Coast Utility Office will reopen Wednesday morning, Sept. 13, at 8 a.m., and a special Palm Coast City Council meeting has been called for 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, to discuss Hurricane Irma recovery and other business items.

City Hall is located at 160 Lake Ave. Palm Coast Utility is located at 2 Utility Drive.

Palm Coast Customer Service will continue to be open tonight for any issues related to City services, including water and sewer, streets and drainage. The number is 386-986-2360.

Other updates for Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 12:

Parks & Recreation facility openings - Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool will reopen Wednesday, Sept. 13. The hours are 2-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Palm Coast Tennis Center will reopen Wednesday, Sept. 13, but will close early (at 4 p.m.) Regular hours will resume Thursday. Only court play will be held Wednesday and Thursday. Clinics will resume Friday.

Palm Harbor Golf Club's driving range and chipping and putting practice greens will reopen Friday, Sept. 15. The golf course is still closed for cleanup.

The playgrounds are open at Holland Park, Linear Park and Belle Terre Park. All parks are open, but not all amenities are available depending on park cleanup. The trails are still being cleaned up.

Senior Games schedule changes - The archery, golf croquet and cycling events have been canceled. No decision has yet been made for golf and horseshoes. All three pickleball events have been rescheduled: pickleball doubles will be Sept. 25; pickleball singles will be Sept. 26; and pickleball mixed doubles will be Sept. 27. The scheduled time for ballroom dancing on Sept. 24 has been changed to 1 to 6 p.m. The other events will remain on the original schedule: tennis doubles Sept. 18; tennis singles Sept. 19; tennis mixed doubles Sept. 20; and swimming Sept. 22.

Other Parks & Recreation program - Most Parks & Recreation programs will resume Thursday, Sept. 14. However, Open Gym Basketball is canceled for Thursday. The Big Shots and Racquet Rookies II tennis clinics are canceled for Thursday. No decision has yet been made for this week's Lunch N' Lecture and First Aid & CPR class; those who have signed up will be notified as soon as a decision is made.

Cell Phone Charging Station - the City has set up a charging station for citizens who need to charge their cell phones at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast. The park also has free Wi-Fi. The charging station is located near the bathrooms at the front of the park.

Wastewater Issues - The wastewater sewer system is still being taxed because of power outages and continued flooding in some areas. The City is working on these issues 24 hours a day. The City has tanker trucks pumping out the pump stations to help keep the pipes flowing toward the wastewater plant. We have employee teams taking generators to PEP tanks to pump down individual PEP tanks. Technicians will get to residents as quickly as possible, but we have a high volume of work orders and so we ask residents to be patient.

If sewage backs up in your toilet or shower, you must immediately stop putting water down the drain. So no flushing, no using water in the sink or shower, no laundry. Call Customer Service at 386-986-2360 to report the issue and we will enter a work order that will be addressed as quickly as possible.

For everyone - whether you have power or not - please limit your water use while our entire wastewater system is taxed. This applies to all residents, whether you're on the gravity sewer system or a PEP tank.

If you get power restored and your PEP alarm sounds, there is no need to call Customer Service. Please continue to limit your water use for several hours; it will take a few hours for your PEP tank to pump down and to get back to normal operation.

Garbage and Recycling - Regular garbage and recycling service by Waste Pro will resume Tuesday, Sept. 12. Please be patient as road conditions may hinder Waste Pro's efforts to complete routes.

Debris Removal - With the amount of vegetative yard trash and construction debris generated by Hurricane Irma, it may take several passes through Palm Coast to pick up all the debris. This process is expected to take several weeks.

NOTE: Don't pile vegetative debris on your water meter box or your sewer cleanout cap or your PEP tank lid. All are near the front property corner. The City may need access to these systems during storm recovery.

More information is available on the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com. The City is also providing information throughout the event on these social media accounts:

Flagler County Emergency Management is posting storm information at: www.flaglercounty.org/irma.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Schools Remain Closed

Posted 9/12/2017 6:17:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler Schools

Superintendent of Schools James Tager reiterates all Flagler Schools campuses will remain closed Wednesday.

There are several factors determining when we can resume classes. We continue to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma at our sites and are working with Flagler County to ensure our buses can safely travel throughout the county. Many of our schools sustained some water damage but our custodial and maintenance teams are working to ensure affected areas are clean. Five of our schools were utilized as shelters so those sites must be thoroughly sanitized before our students can return. We also have many of our families as well as Flagler Schools teachers and staff who evacuated the area ahead of the hurricane's arrival.

Superintendent Tager is receiving regular updates and a decision on the schedule for the remainder of the week is expected to be made early Wednesday afternoon. We realize the importance of bringing normalcy to our students following a natural disaster like Hurricane Irma. The Flagler School district is committed to doing that as soon as possible and will continue the work to make sure our campuses are safe for our students prior to their return.


Flagler County Resource Center pantry open special days, hours

Posted 9/12/2017 6:15:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 12, 2017 - The Flagler County Resource Center food pantry will be open additional hours and days because of Hurricane Irma.

"We want to make sure that people who are experiencing true hardships due to Hurricane Irma are able to get food," said Janet Nickels, program manager for the Flagler County Department of Social Services. "We want to make sure those in need are helped."

The Flagler County Resource Center food pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The center is located at 1510 Old Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.

Also, the Grace Tabernacle Food Pantry, 245 Education Way, Palm Coast, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and again from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.                       

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which regularly provides updates during its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Flagler County bus service for Wednesday, 24 hour reservation requirement waived

Posted 9/12/2017 4:38:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 12, 2017 - Flagler County's paratransit bus service returns to normal operation Wednesday, but the 24-hour reservation requirement will be waived for the day.

"The office hasn't been open for residents to make their reservations, and we know there are people who are reliant on our services," said General Services Director Heidi Petito. "We know our regular customers need to get to the store and their medical appointments and we are trying to accommodate everyone."

Also, those who need a ride to the Flagler County Assistance Center because they don't have transportation can call to schedule a ride.  The Assistance Center will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Library. 

The phone number to the Flagler County Transportation Department is 386-313-4100. The normal hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which provides updates regularly throughout its programing. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


FEMA provides 'Individual Assistance' declaration for Flagler County residents

Posted 9/12/2017 3:01:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 12, 2017 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster declaration includes Individual Assistance for Flagler County to assist residents with expenses related to Hurricane Irma.

"This is wonderful news," said Flagler County Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin. "This will help those who sustained damage from the storm."

FEMA's program is called the "Individuals and Households Program (IHP)." It provides up to $33,000 to be used for both housing assistance and other needs, including personal property.

Housing Assistance can be used for the following: temporary housing, including rent money or a temporary housing unit when no rentals are available; repair for damages that are not covered by insurance, "to repair the primary home to a safe and sanitary living or functioning condition," and then the homeowner may apply for a Small Business Administration disaster loan for additional repair assistance; replacement; and, semi-permanent or permanent housing construction, but "this type of assistance occurs only in very unusual situations."

Other Needs Assistance provides grants for uninsured, disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs. This grant money can be used for the following: medical and dental expenses; repair, cleaning or replacement of clothing, furnishings and appliances, specialized tools and protective clothing required for the individual's job, and educational materials; cleanup items; fuel for clean-up; repair or replacing damaged vehicles or money for public transportation; moving and storage expenses; and, the cost of National Flood Insurance Program group flood insurance policy to meet the flood insurance requirements.

There are some conditions and qualifications attached to the Individuals and Households Program, such as the requirement for flood insurance and residency status. Those applying for assistance are responsible for providing the proper documentation for FEMA evaluate eligibility.

Residents can apply online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, which provides regular updates throughout its broadcasts. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Home Needing Repairs? Hire Licensed Contractors

Posted 9/12/2017 2:59:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler Sheriff's Office

As the county begins to assess the damage from Hurricane Irma, Sheriff Rick Staly is reminding residents of the importance of hiring licensed contractors. In Flagler County, all contractors are required to have a license if they are doing anything more than tree or debris removal. Ask to see the license and then verify that it is valid through the City of Palm Coast or the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

"There is a reason that contractor licenses are required when performing these types of services," Sheriff Staly said. "Not only does it ensure that the work is meeting safety standards required by building codes, but it protects the homeowner from shady service or the possibility of getting ripped off. Don't take the best estimate. Do your research to be sure the work is done right."

If anyone has questions about whether a contractor is licensed or whether they need building permits before doing work on their home or business, contact the City of Palm Coast Building Department at 386-986-3780. Or, residents can easily access the state's Department of Business and Professional Regulation website to see if a contractor is licensed. Do this before any money changes hands. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation website is http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/

Unlicensed activity is illegal and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges if an individual is convicted. Residents may report any suspected unlicensed activity by emailing

ULA@myfloridalicense.com or calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1‐866‐532‐1440.


Flagler County opens Flagler County Assistance Center

Posted 9/12/2017 1:45:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 12, 2017 - Flagler County is opening an Assistance Center Wednesday to help residents obtain information in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The Center is being opened ahead of a potential FEMA Disaster Center. It will be housed at the Palm Coast Branch Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, and it will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

Multiple agencies will be represented at the Assistance Center to include United Way, Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, American Red Cross, Flagler County Health Department, Flagler County Human Services, Flagler County Senior Services, Flagler Volunteer Services, Flagler County Homebuilder's Association, Department of Children and Families, and FEMA (once they arrive).

Residents will be pre-screened for necessary services, and provided counseling. Assistance will be predominantly for families with flooded or damaged houses.

Homes with just a loss of power and potential loss of food are not planned to be accommodated at the Flagler County Assistance Center. Food vouchers/cards will NOT be provided. Most grocery stores are now open. Flagler County will issue information about open food pantries as it becomes available.

"We are doing everything we can to help our residents," Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "People are already stressed out, and it can be a daunting task to figure out the next step. We are here to offer whatever support we can."

Those without transportation who need a ride should call Flagler County Transportation Department at 386-313-4100.                       

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


City of Palm Coast opens charging station at Central Park & more news

Posted 9/12/2017 10:56:00 AM

Palm Coast - The City of Palm Coast has set up a charging station for citizens who need to charge their cell phones at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast. The park also has free wifi for people looking for access to wifi to conduct business or check in with family, employers and friends.

Holland Park is open, with power, so bathrooms are functional! Please take your family there and enjoy some outdoor time. (There is no wifi at Holland Park.)

Other updates for Tuesday morning, Sept. 12:

Wastewater Issues - With thousands of residences in Flagler County still without power, wastewater system issues are our No. 1 problem. About 40 percent of our PEP tank homes still have no power.

The wastewater sewer system can't work properly without power - and it's been inundated with stormwater flooding. So we have 12 tanker trucks pumping out the pump stations to help keep the pipes flowing toward the wastewater plant. We have employee teams taking generators to PEP tank homes to pump down individual PEP tanks. Technicians will get to residents as quickly as possible, but we have a high volume of work orders and so we ask residents to be patient.

IF sewage backs up in your toilet or shower, you must immediately stop putting water down the drain. So no flushing, no using water in the sink or shower, no laundry. Call Customer Service at 386-986-2360, and they will put in a work order.

For everyone - whether you have power or not - please limit your water use while our entire wastewater system is taxed. This applies to all residents, whether you're on the gravity sewer system or a PEP tank.

If you get power restored and your PEP alarm sounds, there is no need to call Customer Service. Please continue to limit your water use for several hours; it will take a few hours for your PEP tank to pump down and to get back to normal operation.

Closures - City Hall is still closed; there is no power. Utility Office is closed. Call Customer Service at 386-986-2360 if you need to reach us. We will reopen as soon as we get power. (City employees ARE working at offices with generators, but our work is mainly focused on storm response right now.)

Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, Palm Harbor Golf Club and the Palm Coast Tennis Center are still closed. We hope to reopen the tennis center Thursday -- and also to kick off Senior Games with pickleball singles at 9 a.m. Thursday at Holland Park.

Garbage and Recycling - Regular garbage and recycling service by Waste Pro will resume Tuesday, Sept. 12. Please be patient as road conditions may hinder Waste Pro's efforts to complete routes.

Debris Removal - With the amount of vegetative yard trash and construction debris generated by Hurricane Irma, it may take several passes through Palm Coast to pick up all the debris. This process is expected to take several weeks.

NOTE: Don't pile vegetative debris on your water meter box or your sewer cleanout cap or your PEP tank lid. All are near the front property corner. The City may need access to these systems during storm recovery.

If you have property damage, hire a licensed contractor - All contractors other than for debris removal and landscaping/tree removal are required to have a license. Ask to see the license. Also, get a written estimate and contract before the work starts. Ask to see a copy of a license of any company you consider hiring to perform repairs or check the state website at https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp. To check locally licensed contractors, you may check the Flagler County website at http://flaglercounty.org/index.aspx?NID=633. Once City Hall reopens, the City of Palm Coast Building Division would be pleased to assist you in looking up information and providing advice on how to choose the right contractor. The number is 386-986-3780.

More information is available on the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com. The City is also providing information throughout the event on these social media accounts:

Flagler County Emergency Management is posting storm information at: www.flaglercounty.org/irma. Also tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF at 1550AM and 106.3FM and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. The Flagler County Emergency Operations Center call-in center number is 386-586-5111.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Curfew hours ease beachside, access over bridges limited

Posted 9/12/2017 10:46:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 12, 2017 - Flagler County officials have eased beachside curfew hours, but access over the bridges is still limited to residents, contractors, business owners and employees.

Beachside curfew will go into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Wednesday. The curfew for mainland Flagler County has been lifted.

"We want to ensure the property owners and businesses are able to do what they need to do to get back to normal," said Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey. "The barrier island is still without power and there are still flood waters and other hazards."

Law enforcement officers will continue checkpoints limiting access the coastal areas of Flagler County.

"If your intent is to come in here and capitalize on Hurricane Irma, you are going to lose," said Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughne

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


List of open businesses grows

Posted 9/12/2017 9:04:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 12, 2017 - Flagler County has been updating its list of businesses that are currently open.

The following businesses are open:

Publix, 800 Belle Terre Parkway
Publix, 4950 Belle Terre Parkway
Winn Dixie, 1260 Palm Coast Parkway
Winn Dixie, Flagler Plaza
Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway
Racetrac, State Road 100, NO GAS
Dunkin Donuts, State Road 100
Dennys
Bob Evans
CVS, Palm Coast Parkway
McDonalds, Palm Coast Parkway
McDonalds, Belle Terre Parkway
Focaccia, 85 Cypress Point Parkway
Gospel Gardens, taking names for yard work, 386-586-6947
A1A Burrito Works, Palm Coast Parkway
Tractor Supply Company
ABC Liquor, Palm Coast Parkway
Power restored to Town Center Landings

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


County permitting fees waived

Posted 9/11/2017 8:51:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 11, 2017 - Flagler County will waive some building permit fees in order to fast-track the permitting process for those who have property damage following Hurricane Irma.

The county fees will be waived for permits related to hurricane damage until November 13th.

"We want people to get started on their repairs as quickly as possible," says Building Official Mark Boice. "We're able to make exceptions for certain types of permits or inspection. The work has to be for storm-related damage. We will be open Tuesday morning to issue permits."

Special exceptions will be made for the next 60 days in the following areas:

  • Roofing (one) 1 square of shingles - 10 feet by 10 feet or less - no permit or plan review required
  • Soffit and gutters - no permit required
  • Fence repair or replacement - no permit required if the previous one was issued between 2006 and 2017
  • Electrical repairs - permit required, but a plan review is not required
  • A/C change-out - permit required
  • Aluminum - permits are required

Contractors must be registered with Contract Licensing to work in Flagler County. Proof of License and Liability Insurance is required.

Residents with questions about either permits or inspections are urged to call the Flagler County Building Department at 386-313-4002.                       

Check for current information on Flagler County's websitewww.flaglercounty.org. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Alcohol sales reinstated in Flagler County

Posted 9/11/2017 8:49:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 12, 2017 - Flagler County has rescinded the emergency order suspending the sale of alcohol. The ban on the sale of alcohol included bars and restaurants in addition to liquor stores and grocery stores. Sales may resume at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, September 12th.

"We appreciate our business owners for abiding with the emergency order," said Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey.

The county-wide curfew is still in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice.

Check for current information on Flagler County's websitewww.flaglercounty.org. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


County offices closed until Thursday

Posted 9/11/2017 8:46:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 12, 2017 - Flagler County have suspended administrative office regular services through Wednesday, September 13th due to the effects of Hurricane Irma and the amount of response required by county staff. Decisions beyond Wednesday will be made at a later time.

City offices for Flagler Beach and Bunnell are closed Tuesday, September 12th. They are assessing their abilities to re-open later this week.

Courthouse operations with the 7th Judicial Circuit resume Wednesday September 13th at 8:00 a.m.

The City of Palm Coast has announced power to City Hall and the Utility Offices is out. Once it is restored, they will reopen those facilities.

Flagler School previously announced classes will not resume until Thursday, September 14th.

The Florida Department of Health-Flagler offices reopen Thursday, September 14th.

Check for current information on Flagler County's websitewww.flaglercounty.org. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


City of Palm Coast post-hurricane announcements

Posted 9/11/2017 5:34:00 PM

Palm Coast - As we begin to recover from Hurricane Irma, the City of Palm Coast reminds residents that safety is our No. 1 priority. There are still a lot of downed trees and power lines and debris in roadways, so use extra caution.

City crews worked hard Monday to clean up our streets and to pump down the wastewater sewage system. The stormwater drainage system is draining and was much lower by Monday afternoon. Readings at each of the City's three water treatment plants show Palm Coast received 10-12 inches of rain during the storm.

Power outages continue to be widespread in Palm Coast, though service is being gradually restored. To check the status of your address, go to www.FPL.com and click on "Outages" and then follow with the phone number on your account and zip code.

Additional information for Monday, Sept. 11:

City Offices, Facilities - Power is out at both City Hall and the Utility Office. Both facilities will reopen to the public as soon as power is restored. The City will announce the openings as soon as possible.

Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, Palm Harbor Golf Club and the Palm Coast Tennis Center will remain closed through Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Road Closures - Due to unsafe conditions because of flooding, downed power lines or fallen trees, a number of roadways in Palm Coast are temporarily closed. Do not go around a barricade. Never drive on a flooded roadway. Even with minor flooding on neighborhood roads, vehicles can create a wake that could flood adjacent homes or garages.

Traffic Signals - Many traffic signals in Palm Coast are being temporarily powered by generators. If you approach an intersection in which the traffic signal in not operational, state law requires you to treat the intersection as a four-way stop for all vehicles approaching the intersection.

Garbage and Recycling - Regular garbage and recycling service by Waste Pro will resume Tuesday, Sept. 12. Please be patient as road conditions may hinder Waste Pro's efforts to complete routes.

Debris Removal - With the amount of vegetative yard trash and construction debris generated by Hurricane Irma, it may take several passes through Palm Coast to pick up all the debris. This process is expected to take several weeks.

NOTE: Don't pile vegetative debris on your water meter box or your sewer cleanout cap or your PEP tank lid. All are near the front property corner.

Property Damage - City staff began formal damage assessments Monday. Houses and properties across Palm Coast have downed trees, torn screen enclosures, missing roof shingles, siding damage and fallen fences/sheds.

The biggest loss was a home at 60 Fountain Gate Lane. A tree fell in front of the home during the height of the storm Sunday night about 11:30 p.m., pulling down a power line that ignited. Palm Coast Fire Department spent an hour knocking down the fire before being pulled off to return to the station for the crews' safety during the hurricane. Unfortunately, the fire continued to burn and the house was a total loss. The residents were immediately evacuated to a neighbor's home on Sunday night.

If you have property damage, hire a licensed contractor - All contractors other than for debris removal and landscaping/tree removal are required to have a license. Ask to see the license. Also, get a written estimate and contract before the work starts. Ask to see a copy of a license of any company you consider hiring to perform repairs or check the state website at https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp. To check locally licensed contractors, you may check the Flagler County website at http://flaglercounty.org/index.aspx?NID=633. Once City Hall reopens, the City of Palm Coast Building Division would be pleased to assist you in looking up information and providing advice on how to choose the right contractor. The number is 386-986-3780.

More information is available on the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com. The City is also providing information throughout the event on these social media accounts:

Flagler County Emergency Management is posting storm information at: www.flaglercounty.org/irma. Also tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF at 1550AM and 106.3FM and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. The Flagler County Emergency Operations Center call-in center number is 386-586-5111.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


County begins listing open businesses

Posted 9/11/2017 5:22:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 11, 2017 - Flagler County is putting together a list of opening businesses in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

"It's one of the first steps of the recovery process here in Flagler County," said Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey. "We encourage our business owners to reach out to us so we can let everyone know Flagler County is open for business."

We are specifically monitoring grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and home improvement stores. Please call 386-313-4098 and provide your store name, location, and opening date and time.

We are already aware of the following openings:

  • Winn Dixie, 1260 Palm Coast Parkway SW, Palm Coast
  • Town Center Publix, 800 Belle Terre Pkwy, Palm Coast
  • Beach Village Publix, 414 Beach Village Dr., Flagler Beach

The list can be found on our website and social media accounts.

Check for current information on Flagler County's websitewww.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Conserve sewer capacity

Posted 9/11/2017 5:20:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 11, 2017 - Flagler County officials are asking residents to reduce activities that tax sewer systems, such as laundry and showers.

"We understand that everyone is tired and uncomfortable, but we are asking for the sake of the common courtesy for residents to limit activities that could create problems for our sewer systems," said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "We are working very hard to get everything back to normal."

Damage assessments are under way. There is considerable flooding, power outages and debris throughout the county.

A mandatory curfew is in effect for the barrier island until 7 a.m. There is also a mandatory curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily until further notice. Additionally, alcohol sales have been suspended - including at restaurants, bars and stores.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

  • Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyGovernment
  • Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC
  • Twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov
  • Twitter.com/FlaglerEM
  • Flagler TV Spectrum Channel 492

Releases from the Flagler County Health Department

Posted 9/11/2017 3:29:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County Health Department

PROPER SEWAGE CLEAN UP PROCEDURES

BUNNELL, FLA - Heavy rainfall may result in flood waters that are contaminated. Therefore, the cleaning and disinfecting procedures below are recommended to prevent illness.

How to clean up sewage contaminated items and sewage spills inside your home:

  • Wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and waterproof gloves.
  • Clean hard-surfaced walls and floors, and other household surfaces with soap and water, followed by disinfecting with a solution of 1/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water. Once cleanup is complete, dry out affected items to prevent the growth of mold.
  • Remember to not mix bleach with ammonia cleaners or acids because a dangerous gas will be formed.
  • Wash all linens and clothing in hot water or have them dry cleaned.
  • Discard items that cannot be washed or dry cleaned, such as mattresses, carpeting, wall coverings, and upholstered furniture.

For spills outside your home:

  • Contact your utility or a registered septic tank contractor for clean up.
  • Minor spills requiring immediate attention may be disinfected with regular garden lime. Follow the lime container's label instructions for any personal protective equipment needed.

o    Use lime only outdoors.

o    Sprinkle the lime onto the spill so the spill is dusted mostly white on the surface. To remove solids and thicker residue, use a rake and place it in a trash bag for disposal. Sprinkle lime again on the area.

o    After a day, rake up the thicker residue again and place it in a trash bag for disposal. Use a sprinkler or hose to water the remainder into the soil.

o    Let the area dry in the sun for a day before allowing access. If there is still white lime dust visible on the yard, water it in until the white dust is gone.

Follow proper hygiene procedures to prevent illness:

  • Keep hands and fingers away from the nose, mouth, eyes, and ears.
  • Wash hands with soap and water immediately after cleanup efforts, as well as before eating or drinking.
  • Keep fingernails short and clean them by using a stiff brush to remove dirt and foreign materials.
  • Do not mix cleaned and used work clothes.
  • Shower soon after cleaning up sewage or if you were in contaminated flood waters.

For further information, go to www.FloridaHealth.gov or contact the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County at (386) 437-7358. 


TROPICAL STORM/HURRICANE INFORMATION SHEET

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO PREVENT MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES

Due to floodwaters of Hurricane Irma, Florida Department of Health (DOH) officials emphasize the importance of Florida's residents and visitors protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases. The public should remain diligent in preventative measures like "Drain and Cover."

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.  Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

COVER skin with clothing or repellent.

  • Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
  • Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
  • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.
  • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

Tips on Repellent Use

  • Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
  • Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are generally recommended. Other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
  • In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of three years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than two months old.
  • Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child's skin and clothing.
  • If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer's directions.

COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

  • Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

To determine which repellent is right for you, consider using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's search tool for skin-applied repellent products: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.

DOH continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Malaria and Dengue. For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit DOH's Web site at http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html or call your local county health department.

Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the website for Surveillance of Wild-bird Die-offs located at http://legacy.myfwc.com/bird/default.asp.

Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-(800)-342-3557

Public Information Emergency Support Function: (850) 921-0384


FLOOD INFORMATION SHEET

FLOOD WATERS POSE HEALTH RISKS

BUNNELL, FLA - Storms can cause flooding. Skin contact with flood waters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk. However, health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated with bacteria and viruses.

Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) recommends the following precautions to prevent possible illness from flood waters:

  • Basic hygiene is critical. Wash your hands with soap and either disinfected or boiled and cooled water, especially before preparing or eating food, after toilet use, after participating in flood cleanup activities, and after handling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything that has been contaminated with flood waters.
  • Do not wade through standing water. If you do, wash and put on clean clothes.
  • Avoid contact with flood waters, especially if you have open cuts or sores. If you have any open cuts or sores and contact flood waters, wash the area well with soap to control infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention. Residents who sustain lacerations and/or puncture wounds and have not had a tetanus vaccination within the past 5 years require a tetanus booster.
  • If sewage backs up into your house, wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during cleanup. Absorbent household materials, such as wallcoverings, cloth, rugs, and drywall, should be removed and discarded since they cannot be properly disinfected. Hard-surfaced walls and floors, food contact surfaces, such as counter tops, refrigerators, and tables, and areas where children play should be cleaned with soap and water, followed by a disinfecting solution of 1/4 cup of bleach to one gallon of water. All linens and clothing should be cleaned in hot water or dry cleaned, while carpeting should be steam cleaned if not replaced. For larger items, air dry them in the sun, followed by spraying them with a disinfectant.

If your home is served by a septic tank and your plumbing is functioning slowly or sluggishly, you should:

  • Conserve water as much as possible; if you use less water, you will increase the chance that there will not be any septic problems. This would include minimizing the use of your washing machine by going to a laundromat or using a portable restroom.
  • Do not have the septic tank pumped. Exceptionally high water tables might crush a septic tank that was pumped dry or it could pop out of the ground. If the main problem is high ground water, pumping the tank will not solve that problem.
  • If you cannot use your plumbing without creating a sanitary nuisance, such as sewage on top of the ground, consider renting a portable restroom for a temporary period or moving to a new location until conditions improve.
  • Do not have the septic tank and drainfield repaired until the ground has dried. Often systems will function properly again when dry conditions return. Any repair must be permitted and inspected by DOH-Flagler.

For further information, go to www.FloridaHealth.gov or contact DOH-Flagler at (386) 437-7358.


FLOOD INFORMATION SHEET

STORMS CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH SEWAGE SYSTEMS

BUNNELL, FLA - Following a storm, your sewage system may not be functioning properly. If you have a septic system that has a dosing pump, aerator, or grinder pump, it will not function properly without electricity. You should refrain from using water in your home as much as possible until electricity is restored. Without the system working properly, the system may cause a sewage spill in your home.

General precautions:

  • Do not enter flood waters since they may be contaminated.
  • If you live in a low-lying or flood-prone area, the ground can become saturated from heavy rainfalls. You should limit use of water to prevent backup of sewage into your home during these times.

What should I do if sewage backs up into my home?

  • If a sewage backup has occurred in your home, keep everyone out of affected areas. If your entire home has been saturated, leave the home until all affected areas, including but not limited to carpets, rugs, drywall, and baseboards, have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  • If you choose to clean up the spill, wear protective clothing such as rubber boots and waterproof gloves. Clean walls, hard-surfaced floors, and other household surfaces with soap and water, followed with a disinfecting solution of 1/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water.
  • If sewage has overflowed in open areas or streets, have everyone avoid these areas.
  • If you are having problems in areas served by public sewer systems, please contact your utility company to ensure they are aware of the issues.

For further information, go to www.FloridaHealth.gov or contact the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County at (386) 437-7358.


Residents only permitted to their beachside homes

Posted 9/11/2017 2:52:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 11, 2017 - Both the Hammock Dunes Bridge and the State Road 100 Bridge have been cleared by the Florida Department of Transportation and are open immediately to residents who live on the barrier island. Residents will be permitted to cross the bridges until 7 p.m.

"Anyone attempting to cross the bridge will be required to show proof of residency," Flagler County Emergency Manager Steve Garten said. "Once there, those residents will be required to drive to their homes and remain there until 7 a.m. Tuesday. The curfew remains in place."

Residents who return home are encouraged to use extreme caution as they make their way to their houses and survey their property. There are flood waters, debris and downed powerlines, as well as other potential hazards.

The Department of Transportation inspected the bridges for structural integrity before they could be reopened to the public.

"We know this has been a very trying time for our residents, especially those who had been under mandatory evacuation," said Flagler County Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin. "We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we continue to work to make everything safe."

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Wastewater system taxed by power outage, stormwater infiltration; all residents urged to limit water use

Posted 9/11/2017 1:38:00 PM

Palm Coast - The City of Palm Coast began its response to Hurricane Irma on Monday - with one top priority being pumping down the wastewater sewage system. The system is being taxed because of infiltration of stormwater and widespread power outages after the hurricane.

The wastewater sewer system cannot move sewage to the treatment plant without electricity, and even with generators, the system is not operating at full capacity. Tank trucks began to pump down the system Monday, and additional generators were being used by the Utility Department to provide power to lift stations that don't have permanent generators.

It is extremely important for all residents - whether they have electricity or not - to reduce water consumption with the goal of having the least amount of water going down the drain.

It is especially important for residents with PEP tanks (Pretreatment Effluent Pumping System) to drastically decrease water usage if they lose electricity. PEP tanks will not empty into the wastewater system if there is no power. If the tank fills to capacity, there is a risk it could back up into your home.

For all residents, whether you're on the gravity sewer system or have a PEP tank, do not do laundry. Flush as infrequently as possible. Put as little water down your sinks and showers as possible. Consider washing up in the yard with a hose so the water doesn't go down the drain.

If your PEP tank alarm goes off, please call Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360. A crew will be dispatched as soon as possible.

More information is available on the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com. The City is also providing information throughout the event on these social media accounts:

Flagler County Emergency Management is posting storm information at: www.flaglercounty.org/irma. Also tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF at 1550AM and 106.3FM and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. The Flagler County Emergency Operations Center call-in center number is 386-586-5111.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Mandatory beachside curfew extended to 7 a.m. Tuesday

Posted 9/11/2017 12:25:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

Flagler County has issued an emergency order extending the beachside curfew. Residents on the barrier island are to remain where they are until 7 a.m. Tuesday.

"We have extended the curfew on the barrier island because of the critical conditions there," said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "There is a lot of flooding, downed power lines and debris on the beachside."

Also, the mandatory curfew remains in effect for all Flagler County residents between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The ban on the sale of alcohol continues and includes bars and restaurants in addition to stores. All residents are asked to limit water usage to conserve sewer space.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

  • Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyGovernment
  • Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC
  • Twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov
  • Flagler TV Spectrum Channel 492

To check power outage status, or to report an outage go to www.fplmaps.com


School Cancellation Extended Through Wednesday

Posted 9/11/2017 12:20:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County Schools

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager announces school will continue to be closed until Thursday, September 14th.

After working closely with Flagler County emergency managers, Superintendent Tager says, "Many of our families here in Flagler County are in need of shelter after the late course change by Hurricane Irma. For that reason, our schools will need to remain in shelter operation for an additional day." 

There are already questions about "make-up" days, but Superintendent Tager says the district will need to consult with the Florida Department of Education. We will have a decision on that shortly.

Please continue to monitor our district website and social media accounts for the most current status and additional information.


Use caution, watch for hazards

Posted 9/11/2017 12:15:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

Flagler County officials remind residents to use caution and watch for hazards when the daytime curfew is lifted and they begin to assess their personal damages.

"Storms like this create an abundance of hazards," said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "Besides the debris in yards and roadways, there are snakes and other pests that are also looking to seek refuge. It is never a good idea to walk or drive through flood waters as they can be both deep and contaminated."

Wear closed, sturdy shoes - not flip flops - when walking outside. Rubber, waterproof boots and shoes that can be easily cleaned are best.

Motorists are advised to "turn around, don't drown" rather than drive through standing water, as its depth can be deceptive.

Flashing red lights or inoperative intersection lights should be treated as four way stop signs. Flashing yellow lights indicate that drivers should proceed with caution.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

  • Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyGovernment

  • Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC

  • Twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov

  • Flagler TV Spectrum Channel 492

To check power outage status, or to report an outage go to www.fplmaps.com


Hurricane Irma update, September 11

Posted 9/11/2017 9:30:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County EOC

September 11, 2017 - Below is an update of current information and a recap of critical messages.

  • Top wind speeds of 83 mph were recorded at 3:10 a.m. in Flagler Beach
  • More than a foot of rain has fallen at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell
  • Storm surge has affected some homes on the barrier island
  • Sustained winds at 6:30 a.m. remain at 40 mph and gusts up to 60 mph
  • The Hammock Dunes Bridge and the State Road 100 Bridge remain closed
  • A curfew is in effect until noon today
  • The sale of alcohol is banned and includes restaurants and bars in addition to stores
  • Call-in center number is 386-586-5111
  • All Flagler County offices are closed Monday to allow staff to work in an emergency capacity
  • Flagler County schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

  • Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyGovernment
  • Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC
  • Twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov
  • Flagler TV Spectrum Channel 492

Watch for downed powerlines

Posted 9/11/2017 9:23:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 11, 2017 - As powerlines are in the process of being re-energized, Flagler County officials caution residents to use extreme caution as electric lines become live.

"This can be a very dangerous situation," Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "The weather has improved, but it is still a very fluid situation and we don't want our residents to be complacent about safety."

Power should be cut off to homes that have structural damage. Residents should ensure power is off at the box to avoid electrical hazards as lines become re-energized.

As always, treat every downed powerline as live until FP&L confirms otherwise. 

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

  • Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyGovernment
  • Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC
  • Twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov
  • Flagler TV Spectrum Channel 492

Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted 9/11/2017 8:57:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County Sheriff's Office

After the effects of Hurricane Irma, it's likely that parts of Flagler County will be without power. While many will rely on generators, charcoal, and propane grills, be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide.

"It will still be raining, but don't use that as an excuse to pull the grill or generator into the house or even into the garage," Sheriff Rick Staly warned. "They emit deadly toxins that do not have an odor but can be lethal. Keep them outside in well ventilated areas."

Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) warns Generator Danger:

  • CO from a generator is deadly and can kill you in minutes. One generator produces as much CO as hundreds of cars. It can incapacitate and kill consumers within minutes.
  • NEVER use portable generators indoors or in garages, basements, or sheds. They should always be used outside well away from windows, doors, vents, or any other opening.
  • Always have a working CO alarm in your house.
  • Never burn charcoal grills indoors, even with ventilation. Charcoal quickly produces deadly CO.

Contact Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Contact the Flagler County Emergency Information line at (386) 586-5111 for any hurricane related questions. Follow the Flagler County Sheriff's Office on Facebook and flaglercounty.org/IRMA.


Effective midnight: Intracoastal bridges to close

Posted 9/10/2017 8:13:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 10, 2017 - Effective at midnight, the bridges over the Intracoastal Waterway will be closed until weather conditions improve.

"We have to close the bridges for safety reasons once wind speeds reach 45 mph, which we anticipate will happen at midnight," said Flagler County Deputy Fire Chief Joe King. "It is important for residents to know we won't have the ability to send out our first responders should individuals need assistance."

A curfew is in effect until noon Monday. Once the winds die down, this will give Public Works teams and FPL crews an opportunity to assess conditions, handle downed electric lines, and removed debris and other hazards from the roadways.

"We cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to be safe and stay safe," County Administrator Craig Coffey. "We will be working diligently to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible."

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


FPL - Hurricane Irma update

Posted 9/10/2017 7:26:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Florida Power and Light

Our restoration workforce of nearly 17,000 is already responding to outages caused by Hurricane Irma; more than 350,000 outages have been restored during harsh operating conditions.​

  • We caution customers that full restoration efforts will not begin until tomorrow given Irma's movement has slowed considerably; as a result, customers should plan for significantly prolonged outages
  • Millions of our customers remain in the path of this deadly storm
  • We have assembled the largest army of restoration workers in U.S. history from nearly 30 states, already responding to Hurricane Irma
  • We urge customers to be safe; avoid downed power lines and standing water; download FPL Mobile App

In an effort to keep you informed, please read our current news release for the most up-to-date information. In addition, remember to check our government website as the storm passes for detailed information about your area, including: outages by county; critical infrastructure facilities affected; transformer outage maps; and other resources. Please bookmark the Government Portal to retrieve the most current information about your area.


Flagler County first responders grounded for the duration of storm, effective midnight

Posted 9/10/2017 6:46:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 10, 2017 - Effective at midnight, Flagler County first responders will be grounded for the duration of the storm.

"Sustained winds are projected to have reached 45 mph, which means first responders are unable to respond to calls for service due to unsafe weather conditions," said Steve Garten, Flagler County public safety emergency manager. "It is very important that everyone stays indoors from here on out."

Crews will assess the storm damage, power outages, downed electric lines and trees as well as road closures.  Please be patient, first responders will get to those in need of services as soon as possible.

"Please stay where you are until we can determine whether conditions are safe," Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "We don't want anyone to get hurt."

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


City of Palm Coast urges residents to limit water use if power is lost

Posted 9/10/2017 6:08:00 PM

Palm Coast - The City of Palm Coast would like to remind residents that if they lose electric power they should reduce water consumption as much as possible with the goal of having the least amount of water going down the drain.

The wastewater sewer system can't move sewage to the treatment plant without electricity, and even with generators, the system will not be operating at full capacity.

It is especially important for residents with PEP tanks (Pretreatment Effluent Pumping System) to drastically decrease water usage if they lose electricity. PEP tanks will not empty into the wastewater system if there is no power. If the tank fills to capacity, there is a risk it could back up into your home.

If power is lost, whether you're on the gravity sewer system or have a PEP tank, do not do laundry. Flush as infrequently as possible. Put as little water down your sinks and showers as possible.

If your PEP tank alarm goes off, please call Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360. A crew will be dispatched as soon as it's safe to do so.

Palm Coast Utility has a comprehensive plan for returning full function back to the wastewater system. In addition to using tanker trucks to pump out the system, the City has established generator teams that can be used to temporarily power PEP tanks - to empty them out - should the power outage go beyond a couple of days. Since Hurricane Matthew, the City has purchased a number of generators that are dedicated to that purpose, and employees from non-Utility departments have been trained to supplement Utility crews in using the generators to pump out PEP tanks.

Please continue to check the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com for updates. The City is also providing information throughout the event on these social media accounts:

Flagler County Emergency Management is posting storm information at: www.flaglercounty.org/irma. Also tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF at 1550AM and 106.3FM and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. The Flagler County Emergency Operations Center call-in center number is 386-586-5111.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Stay indoors, limited first responder abilities as Irma nears

Posted 9/10/2017 4:58:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 10, 2017 - Hurricane Irma is rapidly approaching and Flagler County officials are encouraging residents to be where they intend to shelter by 6 p.m. Sunday and stay indoors for the duration of the storm.

"Dangerous winds alone are reason enough to stay indoors," said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "Please stay off the roadways. Now is the time to stay safely where you are. Do not leave."

As wind speeds increase to tropical storm-force, Flagler County's first responders - fire rescue and law enforcement - will be limited in their ability to respond.

"There will come a time when we cannot send out our emergency personnel," County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "We want to keep everyone safe."

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Traffic Signals/Lights & Driver Responsibilities

Posted 9/10/2017 4:08:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler Beach Police

As Hurricane Irma impacts our area, the possibility of power outages increases dramatically. The result of the power outages means that traffic signals may become either inoperable or flashing intermittent red or yellow signals. The following traffic safety information is respectfully provided in order to educate motorists regarding their responsibilities to the aforementioned traffic situations.

Florida State Statute 316.1235 specifically addresses vehicles approaching intersections in which traffic lights are inoperative. The Statue reads as follows;

The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection in which the traffic lights are inoperative shall stop in the manner indicated in for approaching a stop intersection. In the event that only some of the traffic lights within an intersection are inoperative, the driver of a vehicle approaching an inoperative light shall stop in the above-prescribed manner. A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.

Florida State Statute 316.076 specifically addresses "Flashing Signals" and states that whenever an illuminated flashing red or yellow signal is used in a traffic sign or signal it shall require obedience by vehicular traffic as follows:

(a) Flashing red (stop signal).-When a red lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection, and the right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign.

(b) Flashing yellow (caution signal).-When a yellow lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles may proceed through the intersection or past such signal only with caution.

If you have any questions about the information listed above, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.


Monday: curfew expanded

Posted 9/10/2017 3:02:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 10, 2017 - Flagler County has issued an emergency order extending the curfew from 7 a.m. Monday morning to noon.

"The forward movement of Hurricane Irma has slowed," said Flagler County Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "We now expect dangerous winds and conditions to linger longer than first anticipated."

The ban on the sale of alcohol continues and includes bars and restaurants in addition to liquor stores and grocery stores.

"Residents need to stay indoors and off the roadways until the hurricane has past us and it is safe," County Administrator Craig Coffey said. First responders, FPL crews and Public Works teams will be performing rescues, handling downed electric lines, and removing trees and other debris from roadways. The roadways need to be clear of non-emergency traffic for these important activities. 

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Find Shelter as Weather Deteriorates

Posted 9/10/2017 10:17:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 10, 2017 - The path of Hurricane Irma's shift to the west coast of Florida, however that does not mean Flagler County will escape effects of this massive storm. For that reason, emergency officials in the county warn residents today is the final day to find shelter.

"We've told people the last few days to take that time to prepare for this storm," said Flagler County Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "Today, Sunday, is the final day to sheltering before the storm. If you are in a newer home and not in an evacuation zone, your best option is to shelter in place. Our shelters are open and have capacity. 

The following shelters are still open:

Rymfire Elementary School-Special needs
                        1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast

Bunnell Elementary School- For those with Pets
                        305 N. Palmetto St, Bunnell

Wadsworth Elementary and Buddy Taylor Middle Schools-General Population
                        4500 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast

Craig Coffey, Flagler County Administrator adds, "Once severe weather conditions pass, damage assessment teams will begin their work across the county. We ask residents to keep their travel to a minimum in the time following the worst weather passing us."

Remember, as weather conditions worsen our first responders will not be able to respond since they will be taking shelter from the storm.

Our call-in center continues to be in operation around the clock. That number is 386-586-5111.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Tips to keep you and your family safe during and after Hurricane Irma

Posted 9/10/2017 9:30:00 AM

Palm Coast - While we can't control the weather during Hurricane Irma, there is plenty we can do to keep ourselves and our families safe during and after the storm.

  1. As the winds pick up, stay indoors - even between bands or when it's calm as the eye passes. Trees will be weakened by all the rain and will be falling, and the wind will be blowing all kinds of debris. Wait for the "all-clear" from emergency officials before venturing outside.
  2. While you're indoors, keep away from windows. Close interior doors and brace exterior doors.
  3. If you lose power, do not use candles. The fire danger is too great. Stick to your battery-operated devices. Even smart phones have flashlights these days!
  4. Do not open the refrigerator door except when necessary. Throw out any spoiled or suspect food, or any food that gets wet from flooding.
  5. Wash your hands with soap frequently, especially before and after handling food.
  6. If your power goes out, turn off major appliances such as the air conditioner and hot water heater to reduce damage when electricity is restored.
  7. If there's no electricity, the City's wastewater sewer system will not be able to operate normally. If you lose power, reduce the amount of water you're putting down the toilet/drain. Don't do laundry, take as few showers as possible, and flush only when necessary. If you have a PEP tank and the alarm goes off, report it to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.
  8. Never use a generator indoors - not even in the garage. Also be sure the generator isn't close to a window, door or vent, and don't use a generator in high winds. The primary hazards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, and fire. Follow the directions supplied with the generator. Make sure the exhaust port points away from the house.
  9. Don't burn charcoal inside a house or garage, including in a fireplace.
  10. Never leave an automobile running in the garage, even with the garage door open.
  11. Once the storm has passed, look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken glass and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud will be slippery.
  12. Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is a major killer in wind events. Electrical current can travel through water. Moving ladders around hot power lines is extremely dangerous. Report downed power lines to Florida Power & Light: 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243).
  13. Remember there are animal hazards such as snakes, rodents (and other small animals), fire ants and scorpions. Any or all of these creatures could have entered homes and buildings looking for shelter, or may be in your yard but not in their normal spots.
  14. Clean and dry everything that got wet, as flood waters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads and commercial buildings.
  15. Do not wade through standing water. If you do, bathe and put on clean clothes as soon as possible. Do not allow open cuts or sores to come into contact with flood waters; if they do, keep them as clean as possible by washing well with soap to avoid infection. If the wound develops redness, swelling or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.
  16. Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the No. 1 cause of hurricane deaths, and most of these drownings occur during flash floods. Six inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a pole or stick to make sure that the ground is still there while walking through a flooded area, even where the water is not flowing.
  17. Do not let children play in or around high water, storm drains or ditches. Besides drowning risks, the water could be contaminated. Additionally, debris and other hazards may not be visible beneath the surface.
  18. Stay off the roads until they're cleared by Fire and Public Works officials. City crews will be out right after the storm, removing trees from roadways and looking for downed power lines to be addressed by Florida Power & Light. Give City crews time to make the roadways safe.
  19. Never drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else in a hurricane. Don't drive around road barriers. They are there for a reason. The road or bridge may be washed out. Also, driving through a flooded neighborhood street can send a wake that could flood houses.
  20. Non-operational traffic signals should be treated as a four-way stop. Drive defensively because other drivers may not remember the rules of the road.

Please continue to check the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com for additional City announcements about the storm.

The City will provide information throughout on these social media accounts:

Flagler County Emergency Management is posting storm information at: www.flaglercounty.org/irma. Also tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF at 1550AM and 106.3FM and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. The Flagler County Emergency Operations Center call-in center number is 386-586-5111.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


FPL urges customers to continue to be prepared for widespread and prolonged power outages as Hurricane Irma takes aim at South Florida

Posted 9/9/2017 6:12:00 PM - Information Courtesy of FPL

- FPL expects millions of customers could lose power, with some areas experiencing prolonged outages

- FPL has assembled the largest pre-storm restoration workforce in U.S. history, with more than 16,000 ready to respond, including FPL employees and workers from other utilities and electrical contracting companies

- FPL is anticipating a significant and challenging restoration effort, especially in the southwest portion of the state, where it likely will face a rebuild of parts of its electric system

- FPL urges customers to make safety their top priority and stay far away from downed power lines, flooding and debris; lines could be energized and life-threatening

- Visit FPL.com for critical information; download the new FPL Mobile App

Sep 9, 2017

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today urged customers to finalize safety preparations and prepare for widespread and prolonged power outages, as powerful Hurricane Irma is forecast to make landfall near Southwest Florida.

www.FPL.com. (PRNewsFoto/Florida Power & Light Company)

"We are already responding to Hurricane Irma with the largest pre-storm restoration workforce ever assembled, not just in our company's history, but in U.S. history," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "We have an army of more than 16,000 hardworking men and women committed to restoring power as the first bands of severe weather impact our service territory and they will work continuously before, during and after the storm clears until all customers have power again. This team is almost three times the size of our everyday restoration team and about 25 percent larger than our pre-storm workforce in advance of Hurricane Matthew last year."

The majority of Florida, including some of the most densely populated areas, will be impacted by this powerful and deadly storm. Based upon the current forecast path, intensity and FPL's historical modeling, the company anticipates millions of customers could lose power.

"To be in the best possible position to restore power to our customers, FPL has adjusted the pre-positioning of its crews and equipment, and will continue to do so, as Irma's track evolves," said Silagy. "This allows our crews to swarm the hardest-hit areas and restore power safely and as quickly as possible. In addition, our customers along the East Coast of Florida should not become complacent because Irma's forecasted track has shifted west. This is a deadly and devastating hurricane and every part of Florida will feel the wrath of this storm. Florida's peninsula is only approximately 160 miles wide and this storm stretches more than 300 miles, so we expect storm surge and tropical storm-force winds or higher across our entire service territory. The most important thing now is to ensure customers have completed their final storm preparations and are ready to ride out this storm safely."

Some customers may experience more than one outage throughout the duration of the event, and prolonged outages may occur, especially if Irma's impact requires rebuilding part of the electric system before power can be restored. Given Irma's new projected path, FPL anticipates that much of its electric system in Southwest Florida will need to be rebuilt, which could take weeks. In contrast, we anticipate the damage on Florida's East Coast to be less severe, allowing for a restoration effort that may be completed within days of the storm passing.

Flooding, storm surge, fallen structures, debris and severe damage from potential tornadoes can affect the speed of power restoration. While we have been extremely aggressive with our tree trimming and vegetation-management program each and every year, this will likely be Mother Nature's first wholesale clearing effort in South Florida in more than a decade, which will contribute to excess debris. Following severe weather, FPL crews must cut away trees and other vegetation that have fallen into power lines, or that are blocking access, to locate and fix damage safely and as quickly as possible. Workers will operate bucket trucks and restore service in between bands of severe weather, as long as winds are below 35 mph and conditions are safe.

"We thank our customers in advance for their patience during what we anticipate will be one of the most challenging rebuild and restoration efforts in our company's history," Silagy said. "We take our responsibility to our customers - who include our own families, friends and neighbors -seriously. As the storm clears our service territory, more and more people will get their lights back on every hour of every day. We commit to do everything we can to help your lives return to normal as quickly as possible."

Please stay safe
Even when winds have subsided, you may still encounter dangerous conditions. Safety is always FPL's first priority. We urge customers to make it their top priority, too. Customers should:

  • Stay far away from downed power lines, flooding and debris; lines could be energized and dangerous. Call 911 and 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) if you see a downed power line.
  • Use extreme caution while driving. Power interruptions may cause traffic signals to stop working without warning. If you come to an intersection with a non-working traffic signal, Florida law requires that you treat it as a four-way stop. Avoid driving on flooded roadways.
  • If using a portable generator:
    • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for proper use;
    • Plug appliances directly into the generator, not into the main electric panel, because the electricity may flow back into power lines and cause severe injuries to both you and our crews;
    • Only a licensed electrician should connect a generator to a main electric panel;
    • Never operate a generator inside your home or garage; and
    • Keep generators well away from open windows to prevent dangerous fumes from entering your home or a neighbor's home.
  • Ensure that all electric appliances, especially ovens and stoves, are turned off to prevent fires.
  • Heed warnings, curfews and evacuation orders and keep a close eye on the development of the storm.
  • Know how to identify FPL workers:
    • FPL employees carry a photo identification badge.
    • The cars and trucks of non-FPL employees who are helping with restoration efforts are typically marked as FPL-approved contractors or emergency workers.
    • FPL employees, contractors and workers from other utilities helping with post-storm restoration efforts may need to work on your property, but they will not need to enter your home or business.
  • Exercise caution and avoid all power lines when cleaning up hurricane debris and vegetation:
    • No trimming should be done near a power line. Do not attempt to remove or trim foliage within 10 feet of a power line. If a tree or tree limbs have fallen on a power line or pulled it down, do not approach the line or the tree. Report downed power lines or sparking electrical equipment by calling 911 or 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243).
    • Be especially careful when working with any extended equipment or tools. Be sure that ladders or scaffolds are far enough away so that you - and the ends of the tools you're using - stay at least 10 feet away from power lines.

Additional safety tips are available at FPL.com/storm. In addition, customers can download the new FPL Mobile App for on-the-go, instant and secure access to their accounts. Customers can report or get the latest information on an outage. The app is available for download in the iOS App Store and Google Play. Since the app launched at the beginning of storm season, there has been more than 400,000 downloads.

How we restore power
FPL has one of the strongest electric systems in the country, but no utility is hurricane-proof, especially when facing a storm such as Irma. As long as it's safe, crews will be restoring power as the first bands of severe weather hit, and will work continuously after the storm clears until all customers have power again. Immediately following the hurricane, we will send out teams to conduct first-hand damage assessments, so we can estimate what rebuilding may be necessary and when repairs will be finished and power restored in each affected area.

We don't restore power based on when customers report an outage, where customers live or the status of accounts. Rather, we begin in multiple locations and follow an overall plan that calls for restoring power to the largest number of customers safely and as quickly as possible:

  • We start by repairing any damage to our power plants and the power lines that carry electricity from our plants to the local substations.
  • We prioritize restoring power to critical facilities, such as hospitals, police and fire stations, communication facilities, water treatment plants and transportation providers.
  • At the same time, we work to return service to the largest number of customers in the shortest amount of time − including service to major thoroughfares that host supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and other needed community services.
  • From here, we repair the infrastructure serving smaller groups and neighborhoods, converging on the hardest-hit areas until every customer's power is restored.

Once restoration begins, there are a few ways customers can help:

  • Avoid stopping crews to ask when power will be restored. Directing questions to FPL restoration workers slows down their work and, more importantly, can compromise their safety. Typically, restoration workers don't know restoration times. They've been assigned to a single segment of an affected line. FPL will provide estimated times of restoration through the media, Facebook, Twitter and FPL.com.
  • When you're out driving, clear the way for FPL trucks so that crews can get to their next work site faster. The restoration workers truly appreciate this courtesy, as they work long hours to get the power back on for all affected customers.
  • When gathering post-storm debris, keep utility poles and transformers clear so that restoration workers have access to them.

How to stay informed
FPL communicates restoration information to customers frequently through the news media and the following resources:

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts or more than 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2015, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the sixth year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2016 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,800 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2016 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.


Sunday: alcohol sales suspended, curfew expanded

Posted 9/9/2017 5:27:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 9, 2017 - Flagler County has issued an emergency order suspending the sale of alcohol starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, and expanding the curfew from just the beachside to include the entire county.

The ban on the sale of alcohol includes bars and restaurants in addition to liquor stores and grocery stores.

"Saturday night there is a curfew for Zone A which include everything east of the Intracoastal," said Flagler County Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "Sunday's curfew will be in place for all of Flagler County."

The curfew will be in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until futher notice.

Once Hurricane Irma reaches Flagler County - which is anticipated sometime Sunday, depending on weather conditions - residents are asked to stay indoors and off the roadways until the hurricane has past the area and damage assessments have been made.

"We don't want residents to put themselves in danger," County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "Please stay safe."

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7, and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Flagler Executive Air Traffic Control ceases at 8 p.m. Saturday

Posted 9/9/2017 4:39:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 9, 2017 - Air Traffic Control operation will cease services at 8 p.m. Saturday, and will resume at 6 a.m. September 12.

"We will be closing the airport tomorrow, Sunday," Flagler Executive Airport Director Roy Sieger said.

It is anticipated that Flagler County will start feeling effects of Hurricane Irma on Sunday.  

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm, KIX fm 98.7 and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

  • Facebook.com/FlaglerCountyGovernment
  • Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC
  • Twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov
  • Twitter.com/FlaglerEM
  • Flagler TV Spectrum Channel 492

Superintendent Cancels Classes Tuesday

Posted 9/9/2017 4:37:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler Schools

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager announces classes scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th have been canceled.

Superintendent Tager says "We are closely monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Irma. While it appears the storm is continuing a westward track, many of our families heeded the evacuation order from Governor Scott. Many people traveled out of the area, while others are taking shelter in our schools. For these reasons, we want to give our families time to get home safely so we will cancel classes through Tuesday, September 12th."

We will continue to monitor the path of the storm and status of our community after it passes.  Our focus will be to help our families resume regular activities as soon as possible and our desire is to reopen our campuses by Wednesday, September 13th as circumstances allow.  Please continue to monitor our district website and social media accounts for the most current status and additional information.


Hurricane Irma Updates for the Florida Hospitals in Volusia & Flagler Counties

Posted 9/9/2017 3:22:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Florida Hospital

VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., September 9, 2017, 3 p.m. - Impact winds from Hurricane Irma are expected to arrive in Volusia and Flagler counties Sunday and are forecasted to extend through Monday. 

In preparation for the storm's impact, the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties have taken the following protective actions:

  • Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach transferred 31 patients to Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach on Sept. 8. and the emergency department is closed. The 80-bed facility is located beachside on A1A and is positioned within a mandatory evacuation zone in Volusia County.
  • Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach transferred approximately 50 patients to Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City on Sept. 8. and the emergency department is closed. The 112-bed facility is located within a flood zone and is a few short blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach and the emergency departments are open for patients with medical emergencies.

It is important to note that the hospitals do not serve as hurricane shelters and community members are encouraged to either stay at a designated hurricane shelter or evacuate from the storm's impact zone.

Throughout Hurricane Irma, area residents will have free access to Florida Hospital eCare Urgent Care providers. This is a live and secure tele-health consultation for a range of urgent care services, such as pink eye, coughs/colds/flu, minor injuries, lower back pain, allergies, urinary tract infections, and more. Typically, the virtual visits are $49, but now through Tuesday, Sept. 12, Florida Hospital offers the service completely free. The community is encouraged to download the eCare app and set up a personal or family account before the storm impacts the area.

Additional updates will be communicated as information is available. To receive instant updates, follow the Florida Hospital on Twitter at Twitter.com/FloridaHospital or any of the specific Florida Hospital Facebook pages at:

·   Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach: https://www.facebook.com/FloridaHospitalNewSmyrna

About Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region

A member of Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital's mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Encompassing seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region is the largest hospital system in the area, with 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees. The Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region includes Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach, and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares.


What To Do If Your Well Is Flooded & Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Posted 9/9/2017 2:09:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County Health Department

What To Do If Your Well Is Flooded

BUNNELL, FLA - Heavy rainfall and flooding can make your tap water unsafe. If you are unsure about the safety of your well water use bottled water, disinfected water, or use both boiled and cooled water for drinking, making beverages or ice, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and washing recent surgical wounds.

Tap water can be disinfected by adding 8 drops of plain unscented household bleach (4 to 6% strength), which is about 1/8 tsp or a dime sized puddle, per gallon of water. If a higher strength bleach is used (8.25% strength), only add 7 drops of bleach. Mix the solution and let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure once. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination. Iodine or other disinfection tablets (available at sporting goods departments or stores) may also be used.

If your well has been flooded, please call the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) at (386) 437-7358 for information on how to sample your water and where to bring the sample for bacteriological testing. If the test reveals bacteria, the well and water system need to be disinfected.

It is important to disinfect both well and plumbing water with unscented household bleach to ensure that all infectious agents (germs) are killed. If you have water treatment devices, remove all membranes, cartridges, and filters; replace with new ones after the disinfection process is completed.

DOH recommends the following steps to disinfect a contaminated well:

  • If the water is discolored before adding the bleach, run the water until it is clear for up to 10 minutes. If after a while the water does not clear up, wait until you have clear water before proceeding, as this means your well may still be affected by the flooding.
  • Turn off the pump
  • Turn off and then drain your hot water heater, as bleach is not effective in water above 105 degrees.
  • Remove all membranes, cartridges, and filters. Replace with new ones after the disinfecting process is completed.
  • To avoid adding contamination to the well during disinfection, clean the work area around the top of the well. Then remove grease and mineral deposits from accessible parts of the well head and flush the outside surfaces with 1/2 cup of unscented household bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Disinfect the pump. Remove the cap or the well plug on the rubber seal. There are many types of well caps and plugs. If you have questions, contact a licensed well driller. If you have a jet pump, you may also want to contact a licensed well driller for advice on disinfection procedures.
  • Consult the bleach chart and pour the recommended amount of regular unscented bleach (4 to 8.25% strength) solution into the well. Try to coat the sides of the casing as you pour. If you get bleach on the pump or wiring, flush it thoroughly with fresh water to prevent later corrosion.

Well Depth in Feet                Well Diameter in Inches

2"            4"           5"           6"

20'                                           1 cup      1 cup     1 cup      1 cup

30'                                           1 cup      1 cup     1 cup      2 cups

40'                                           1 cup      1 cup     2 cups    2 cups

50'                                           1 cup      2 cups   2 cups    3 cups

80'                                           1 cup      2 cups   1 qt         1 qt

100'                                         1 cup      3 cups   1 qt         1.5 qts

150'                                         2 cups                1 qt        2 qts       2.5 qts

200'                                         3 cups                1.5 qts   2.5 qts    3 qts

Conversions 8 oz = 1 cup /16 oz = 1 pint = 2 cups
24 oz = 3 cups / 32 oz = 1 quart / 48 oz = 1.5 quarts
64 oz = 2 quarts / 80 oz = 2.5 quarts / 96 oz = 3 quarts

  • Re-cap or plug the well opening and wait 30 minutes.
  • Turn on and, if needed, re-prime the pump. Open all the faucets on the system one at a time. Start with the ones outside to limit the amount of water entering the septic system, especially if the drainfield area is flooded. Allow the water to run until there is a noticeable smell of bleach. You may also want to flush the toilets. If you have outside faucets, you may want to direct the water away from sensitive plants. If you cannot detect a bleach odor, repeat the disinfecting process.
  • Turn off all the faucets and allow the bleach to remain in the system for at least eight hours.
  • Backwash water softeners, sand filters, and iron removal filters with bleach water.
  • Again, open all the faucets and run the water until there is no bleach smell-for up to15 minutes. Again, start with the ones outside, close to the well first. This will limit the amount of both bleach and water from entering and possibly effecting the septic tank and drainfield.

Is it safe now?

The only way to verify that the water is safe to drink is to have it tested by a certified laboratory. Although chlorine bleach is effective against most microorganisms, it will not remove chemical contamination that may have gotten into your well. If chemical contamination occurred, use commercially produced bottled water until a safe water source is obtained. Contact DOH-Flagler for sampling instructions to get your water tested.

For further information, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/ or contact DOH-Flagler at (386) 437-7358.


Carbon Monoxide Dangers

--Generator safety precautions can help prevent poisoning--

BUNNELL, FLA - As Floridians make final preparations for Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) is urging the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.

CO is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless gas that is highly poisonous. CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, abdominal pain, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.

DOH-Flagler recommends the following precautions to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • DO NOT burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent, or fireplace.
  • NEVER use a generator indoors, including in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO build-up in the home.
  • ALWAYS keep portable generators or gasoline engines outside and at least 20 feet away from open windows, doors, window air conditioners, or exhaust vents that could allow CO to come indoors. Follow the instructions that come with your unit.
  • INSTALL battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home per the manufacturer's installation instructions. The CO alarms should be certified to the requirements of the latest safety standards for CO alarms (UL 2034, IAS 6-96, or CSA 6.19.01).
  • TEST your CO alarms per the manufacturer's recommendations and replace dead batteries.
  • REMEMBER that you cannot see or smell CO and portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly.

If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY. DO NOT DELAY.

If you suspect CO poisoning, call your nearest Florida Poison Information Center at        1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 immediately.

For further information, go to http://www.floridahealth.gov/ or contact DOH-Flagler at 386-437-7358.


City of Bunnell asks for residents help

Posted 9/9/2017 12:44:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 9, 2017 - In the event of a power outage, Bunnell officials are asking residents who utilize the city's water and sewer system to help reduce stress to the system by limiting usage.

Officials are asking residents to limit or reduce:

  • Flushing
  • Showers
  • Baths
  • Any excessive demand on the sewer system

Check for current information on Flagler County's websitewww.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Curfew for Zone A (Beachside) effective 7 p.m. today

Posted 9/9/2017 12:41:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 9, 2017 - Flagler County has issued a curfew for Zone A (Beachside) that will go into effect at 7 p.m. tonight, Saturday, September 9.

Evacuation Zone A includes everything east of the Intracoastal including Marineland, Hammock and Flagler Beach along A1A.

The curfew will be in effect daily from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice.

"There is a mandatory evacuation in effect as of 7 a.m., and we certainly hope everyone is taking this seriously," Flagler County Emergency Manager Steve Garten said. "Law enforcement will be working diligently to ensure that everyone's property is safe from the criminal element during the evacuation."

Mandatory evacuation also includes:

  • Residents of Zone F - western Flagler County near Dead Lake, specifically St. Johns Park and the Haw Creek Basin
  • Low-lying areas subject to flooding
  • Those who live in mobile homes, recreational vehicles, and trailers
  • Individuals with special medical needs, due to the potential loss of power
  • Elder care facilities, community residential group homes, and non-elder care facilities and community residential group homes located within zones A, B, C and F

Check for current information on Flagler County's websitewww.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


City of Palm Coast closures & cancellations, garbage & wastewater info

Posted 9/8/2017 4:19:00 PM

Palm Coast - City of Palm Coast offices including Palm Coast City Hall and the Palm Coast Utility Office will be closed Monday, Sept. 11, and the Palm Coast City Council workshop and special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, are canceled.

Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, the Palm Harbor Golf Club and the Palm Coast Tennis Center are now closed and will remain closed through Wednesday, Sept. 13. Events and programs are also canceled through Wednesday.

Other updates:

Garbage and yard trash at the curb

Garbage collection prior to the storm is wrapping up. Residents who have garbage or yard trash (vegetative debris, limbs, branches) at the curb must move that garbage and yard trash into their garages or inside their homes for the period of the storm. Yard trash and even small items like lawn ornaments will become projectiles flying through windows during the high winds.

Waste Pro's regular garbage collection will be canceled for Monday, Sept. 11. Regular garbage and yard trash collection will resume as soon as it's safe and feasible to do so. The City will announce that schedule as soon as that decision is made.

Power outages, PEP tanks and the wastewater system

It is important for residents to remember that if electric power is lost they should reduce water consumption as much as possible with the goal of having the least amount of water going down the drain. The wastewater sewer system can't move sewage to the treatment plant without electricity, and even with generators, the system will not be operating at full capacity.

It is especially important for residents with PEP tanks (Pretreatment Effluent Pumping System) to drastically decrease water usage if they lose electricity. PEP tanks will not empty into the wastewater system if there is no power. If the tank fills to capacity, there is a risk it could back up into your home.

If power is lost, whether you're on the gravity sewer system or have a PEP tank, do not do laundry. Flush as infrequently as possible. Put as little water down your sinks and showers as possible. Wash up with your hose in the yard, if possible.

If your PEP tank alarm goes off, please call Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360.

How to stay informed

Please continue to check the City's website at www.palmcoastgov.com for additional City announcements as the storm approaches.

The City will also provide updates throughout the event on these social media accounts:

Flagler County Emergency Management is posting storm information at: www.flaglercounty.org/irma. Also tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF at 1550AM and 106.3FM and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. The Flagler County Emergency Operations Center call-in center number is 386-586-5111.

Any questions about City of Palm Coast services - water and sewer, streets, drainage - should be directed to Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


Free Access to Florida Hospital Medical Providers Via Cellphone During Hurricane Irma

Posted 9/8/2017 1:23:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Florida Hospital

VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., September 8, 2017, 1 p.m. - Area residents will have free access to Florida Hospital eCare Urgent Care providers throughout Hurricane Irma. Typically, the virtual visits are $49, but now through Tuesday, September 12, Florida Hospital is offering the service completely free. 

"This hurricane is unprecedented, and we realize many residents will be confined to their homes for extended periods of time. And yet, despite the storm, illness and injuries still happen," says Florida Hospital Centra Care President and CEO Scott Brady, MD. "We want residents to know we're available should the need for urgent care arise before, during, or after the storm."

Florida Hospital providers are available 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. every day until the storm subsides. Users can expect live and secure tele-health consultations for a range of services that include:

  • Skin Conditions 
  • Minor Injuries 
  • Lower Back Pain 
  • Infections 
  • Urinary Tract Infection 
  • Allergies 
  • Coughs, Colds, Bronchitis and Flu 
  • Sinus and Upper Respiratory Infections
  • Pink Eye

As the community prepares for Hurricane Irma, residents are encouraged to download the free Florida Hospital eCare app now and set up a personal or family account before the storm hits.

The app can be downloaded for free onto any smartphone or tablet by searching, "eCare" or "Florida Hospital eCare".

Additional updates will be communicated as information is available. To receive instant updates, follow the Florida Hospital on Twitter at Twitter.com/FloridaHospital or any of the specific Florida Hospital Facebook pages at:

About Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region

A member of Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital's mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Encompassing seven Florida Hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties, the Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region is the largest hospital system in the area, with 1,226 beds and more than 7,800 employees. The Florida Hospital Central Florida Division - North Region includes Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach, and Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares.


Secure home’s exterior from Irma’s winds

Posted 9/8/2017 12:07:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 8, 2017 - Please take care of a few things outside to help prevent storm damage inside the house, as Flagler County prepares for the effects of Hurricane Irma to reach us.

"We are asking residents to rush to completion to finish certain tasks by the end of the day Saturday - sooner if possible," said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "Shoring up your property will lessen the risk of damage to your home."

Trees that are close to structures should be checked for weak limbs and branches. Prune back anything that is overhanging a structure.

Tie down, remove or bring inside the outdoor items that could be torn loose or blown away, including potted plants. Roll up and secure canvas awnings with sturdy rope or twine.

Keep chemicals, fertilizers and other toxic materials in a secure area on the premises. Secure propane tanks away from heat sources, such as water heaters and appliances.

"We urge you to take care of these things now, ahead of any effects of the hurricane impacting Flagler County," County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "It will help us to help you." 

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Flagler to open 4 shelters 7 a.m. Saturday

Posted 9/8/2017 12:03:00 PM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 8, 2017 - Four emergency shelters will open at 7 a.m. Saturday for residents seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma.

"Given the current track of the storm, we are opening four shelters at 7 a.m. tomorrow," Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten said. "We believe we are going to need to have the space available to keep our residents safe."

Shelters are being prepared at: 1) Rymfire Elementary for special needs; 2) Bunnell Elementary for residents with crated, domestic pets; and, shelters 3 - 4) Buddy Taylor - Wadsworth campus for the general population. 

Buddy Taylor/Wadsworth Campus - General Population
4500 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast
Map link:https://www.google.com/maps/place/4500+Belle+Terre+Pkwy,+Palm+Coast,+FL+32164/@29.5300118,-81.2248824,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88e694eef3444fe5:0xe0514ab201418eb2!8m2!3d29.5300118!4d-81.2226937

Bunnell Elementary - Pets
305 N. Palmetto Street, Bunnell
Map link : https://www.google.com/maps/place/305+N+Palmetto+St,+Bunnell,+FL+32110/@29.4726826,-81.2576037,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88e6ec9e9b18b133:0xd5db3e55b01d905c!8m2!3d29.4726826!4d-81.255415

Rymfire Elementary - Special Needs
1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast
Map link : https://www.google.com/maps/place/1425+Rymfire+Dr,+Palm+Coast,+FL+32164/@29.5018118,-81.2544914,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88e6eb5555ea2241:0x8326e9c38308b855!8m2!3d29.5018118!4d-81.2523027

Limited cots will be available at the shelters. Residents will be permitted to bring single/twin size inflatable mattresses. Queen and king size mattresses will not be allowed. 

All residents should bring:

  • 72-hour supply of all medications
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets
  • Extra chargers and batteries for electronics
  • Headphones for music devices
  • Snacks and "comfort foods" - meals will be served
  • Those with special diets should bring appropriate foods
  • No weapons allowed
  • No illegal narcotics allowed
  • No alcohol allowed

Residents with pets (Bunnell Elementary only):

  • Animals must be crated
  • Animals must have current vaccination records and supplies, including medications
  • "Pets" are dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, and turtles
  • Four (4) pet maximum
  • No snakes, reptiles or farm animals and livestock
  • No drop offs

Residents with special needs (Rymfire Elementary):

  • Special needs residents are those who require assistance with daily living or who have medical conditions that prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves, as well as those who require electricity or oxygen
  • A family member or caregiver should stay at the shelter with the individual

Special needs shelters provide only limited medical care

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


Recommendations for residents evacuating Friday

Posted 9/8/2017 9:47:00 AM - Information Courtesy of Flagler County

September 8, 2017 - Flagler County officials are recommending that residents who are evacuating today, Friday, September 8, stay informed about traffic and weather conditions as they leave the area.

"Yesterday we were advising people to head west, but we no longer feel that is a good recommendation," said Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten. "The track keeps shifting, which makes it difficult all the way around."

The National Weather Service has a free Android App available through Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joeperkins.nws&hl=en) called National Weather Service NOW that allows residents to get the most up-to-date information.

The Florida 511 Traveler Information System from the Florida Department of Transportation is the state's official source for real-time traffic and travel information. There is an app that provides door-to-door directions with travel times and alternate routes on most roadways throughout the state. Visit https://fl511.com to download information.

Check for current information on Flagler County's website www.flaglercounty.org, or tune into the county's partner radio station WNZF, 1550 am, 106.3 fm and the Flagler Radio App worldwide. Follow "Flagler County Government" or "Flagler County Emergency Management on Facebook or Twitter. The county's social media team will provide updates through these official accounts:


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