PALM COAST - As we prepare for Dorian and any potential impact it may have on our area, there are a few important things to keep in mind in advance of the storm.

Protect Your Property: Keep your property and home prepared by making sure trees are trimmed well before the storm to prevent damage from broken branches; board up your windows to protect them from flying debris; bring loose outdoor items such as trash cans, children's toys, and patio furniture inside; secure all doors; and move your car inside a garage or other secure location.

Know Your Evacuation Zone: Now is the time to find out if you are in an evacuation zone and if so, what that zone is. Areas are evacuated based on the impact of the storm. Evacuation determinations will be made by Flagler County Emergency Management and public notices will be provided at that time.

Don't let the alphabet fool you. For example, Evacuation Zone B is NOT the B section of Palm Coast. It is related to the floodplain. This was confusing to some residents during Hurricane Matthew - which is why the City installed the evacuation zone signs on all of the stop signs in those designated areas.

Find out your evacuation zone through Flagler County's website: https://floridadisaster.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c788060028cb43809a25744ead39c0d6

Generator Safety: Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind: Generators should be used in well-ventilated locations outside at least 5 feet away from all doors, windows, and vent openings; never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open; turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling; make sure the exhaust is directed away from the building; and make sure to install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

ALERTPalmCoast: This is the first year AlertPalmCoast (part of AlertFlagler) will be available, which is a no-cost service that provides Palm Coast residents a variety of emergency notifications - such as severe weather - based upon the address you enroll. This service allows you to customize your notifications and choose delivery methods that include phone calls, email, SMS/Text messages, and even through a downloadable app. Visit the following link to sign up: https://www.palmcoastgov.com/emergency/alert-palm-coast

Residents in Flagler County should refer to "ALERTFlagler" and "ALERTFlaglerBeach." 

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For storm-prep information, visit www.flaglercounty.org/emergency.