Palm Coast - At 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, Mayor Milissa Holland signed a proclamation at City Hall declaring a local state of emergency for the City of Palm Coast.

Governor Ron DeSantis previously declared a state of emergency in the state of Florida for counties in the path of Dorian, identifying Flagler County as one of them. 

By issuing the proclamation for the local state of emergency, this allows the City to obtain resources on an emergency basis. It also allows for state and federal resources to quickly flow to the area. Please see full proclamation attached for more details.

Mayor Holland made the following remarks that were shared in a video to residents on social media this afternoon:

Hello, Palm Coast. This is Mayor Milissa Holland, reaching out to rally each and every of us around the upcoming challenge our city faces because of Hurricane Dorian.

Dorian is moving toward the East Coast of Florida and Palm Coast is forecasted to be impacted by this tropical system. All of us need to be prepared.

To that end, I am signing an official order declaring a Local State of Emergency for the City of Palm Coast. This order is in conjunction with orders at the statewide and countywide level and allows our staff to take the necessary actions to address the emergency situations that may arise along with accessing the necessary federal and state support.

Your city has been hard at work preparing for a possible severe weather event. That preparation has ramped up over the past week in response to Dorian, and Fire Chief Jerry Forte is leading these efforts with City Staff.

Your city is taking the necessary steps, lowering canals, checking the stormwater systems, and ensuring everything is in order and ready to respond. As your City gets ready, do not wait to get ready yourself. Have a plan in place and stay informed with up-to-date, reliable information about Hurricane Dorian.

Most importantly, remember that none of us are alone. Your city is here for you, but be there for one another as well. Stay calm and positive. Be the helping hand your neighbor needs.

Be calm, be prepared and stay informed.