FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Flagler County officials on Tuesday told residents in mobile homes or low-lying flood-prone areas county wide, to prepare to evacuate as Hurricane Ian bears down on the state.
All residents in the county are being urged to complete their hurricane preparations Tuesday.
“While we don’t want people to panic, Hurricane Ian is gaining strength and is currently projected to make a direct hit to Florida’s Gulf Coast and here in Flagler we will at the very least have tropical storm force winds, if not hurricane force, and storm surge issues,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “The best way to protect yourself is to be prepared.”
Hurricane shutters and generators should be in place and ready. Food, fuel, water, medication, pet supplies, critical papers, and family comfort supplies should be purchased by the end of Tuesday, officials said. Porches and patios should be cleared of items that can create a hazard.
“This is critical,” Lord said. “We have a locally declared emergency as of Monday. We need everyone to take this very seriously.”
When it comes to a potential evacuation order, Lord on Tuesday afternoon specifically targeted residents in:
- Zone A from Flagler Beach to Marineland
- Zone B: Bulow Ville neighborhoods east of John Anderson Highway. Palm Drive and Lambert Avenue neighborhoods
- Zone F: Low-lying areas near Crescent Lake
Flagler County has opened its Emergency Operations Center Call Center – 386-313-4200 – from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday will be expanded as warranted.