Aug. 21, 2020MEDIA CONTACT:
Residents Encouraged to Monitor Potential Severe Weather Through Wednesday
The City of Pensacola and Escambia County are encouraging residents to closely monitor Tropical Storm Laura and Tropical Depression 14 this weekend and take precautions as needed through Wednesday, Aug. 26. The National Weather Service of Mobile
is forecasting local impacts from Tropical Storm Laura to include heavy rainfall, flash flooding, potentially damaging straight line winds, possible tornadoes, large hail, high risk of rip currents and high surf.
While it is still too soon to know the exact path or forecast of Tropical Storm Laura or Tropical Storm 14, residents should continue monitoring the forecast and making preparations as necessary.
“Residents still have plenty of time to ensure they are able to get their storm preparations in place,” Escambia County Emergency Manager Eric Gilmore said. “Use the weekend to make sure you have a storm kit ready, secure any yard or porch debris, and replace an old batteries in those flashlights and radios.”
Gilmore noted there is still uncertainty in the storm’s forecast, but staff will be diligently monitoring the weather over the next 48 hours and will be prepared to declare a local state of emergency if needed.Residents are encouraged to prepare their disaster kits now
, which should include seven days of food and water supplies for after the storm arrives. Residents are also encouraged to fuel all vehicles and generators, and prepare all medications needed by family and pets
. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time. Remember, this year's disaster kit might need to look a little different if you're planning to go to a shelter —
make sure to include face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
The Escambia County Public Works Department will disperse sand at the following locations Friday afternoon, Aug. 21:
- Baars Field Athletic Park - 13001 Sorrento Road, Pensacola
- Brent Athletic Park - 4711 N. W St., Pensacola
- Don Sutton Park - 2320 Crabtree Church Road, Molino
- Equestrian Center - 7750 Mobile Highway, Pensacola
- Escambia County Road Department - 601 Highway 297-A, Pensacola
- Ferry Pass Middle School - 8355 Yancey Lane, Pensacola, sand will be on the northwest corner of school property on Parazine Street
- John R. Jones Jr. Athletic Park - 555 E. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola
- Travis M. Nelson Park - 4541 County Road 4, Pensacola
The sand is available on a first come, first served basis. Residents must bring their own sandbags and shovels to one of the following locations. View map of sand locations here
. Follow These Tips to Prepare for a StormKnow Your Zone
– Go to BeReadyEscambia.com
to find out which evacuation zone you are in. Sign up for alerts on BeReadyEscambia.com.Know Your Home
– Is it newly built – possibly rated for a hurricane? Your safest place may be at home rather than a shelter due to COVID-19. Shelters will be announced later and will have masks and hand sanitizer.Know Your Plan
– Plan ahead to stay with loved ones, friends or stay at a hotel away from the areaFollow these tips to stay safe during severe weather
- Pay extra attention to local weather reports until the storm has moved through the area. Be sure to keep your weather radio on and your cell phone charged to ensure you can receive weather alerts.
- With the possibility of high winds, it is recommended that any lightweight outside furniture or equipment be secured before Wednesday morning.
- Organizations with planned outside activities during this Enhanced Risk period need to be weather aware and take the appropriate actions
For the latest information on severe weather impacting Escambia County, residents are encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts on myescambia.com
, like Escambia County Emergency Management
on Facebook and follow @BeReadyEscambia
on Twitter.For updates from the City of Pensacola, sign up for email or text notifications through Notify Me, like City of Pensacola Government on Facebook and follow @cityofpensacola on Twitter.Tornado safety tips from the National Weather Service:
Tips to maintain COVID-19 best practices while sheltering during severe weather:Stay informed with these additional local resources:
- GET IN - If you are outside, get inside. If you're already inside, get as far into the middle of the building as possible.
- GET DOWN - Get underground if possible. If you cannot, go to the lowest floor possible.
- COVER UP - Flying and falling debris are a storm's number one killer. Use pillows, blankets, coats, helmets, etc to cover up and protect your head and body from flying debris.
- An extensive list of tornado safety tips and scenarios is available at weather.gov/ama/severesafetytips.
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