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Florida Forest Service Issues Fire Weather Warning and Asks Local Residents to Refrain from Burning
Tallahassee, Fla – Officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Tallahassee Forestry Center are urging residents of Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson and Franklin counties to refrain from any outdoor burning for the next several days.
The area is in the midst of an extended dry spell and a predicted cold front will bring higher winds and lower humidity. There is little to no rain in the extended forecast. This combination has increased the fire danger for the area. With these conditions, even well-intended backyard fires can be dangerous.
“Because of the cooler weather, residents will likely want to get out and get some yard work done,” said Chris Colburn, Tallahassee Center Manager. “However, the Florida Forest Service is asking the public to refrain from burning collected yard debris until we see some relief from these dry, dangerous conditions.”
Some things residents can do around their home now to increase wildfire safety and protect their home include the following:
- Create a wildfire preparedness plan with your family.
- Remove flammable or dry vegetation located on and around home up to 30 feet and dispose of it according to local city or county regulations (Refrain from burning collected yard debris at this time).
- Keep lawn trimmed and watered (according to local water regulations).
- Make sure residence is clearly marked for emergency response personnel.
The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than one million acres of public forest land while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. To learn more about Florida Forest Service programs, visit www.FloridaForestService.com
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com
FOR INFORMATION REGARDING HURRICANE HERMINE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS & DECLARATIONS CLICK HERE
Emergency Management has called over 50 residents that reported storm damage due to Hurricane Hermine to advise them to call FEMA directly. Other counties were declared for Individual Assistance, (IA) but not Franklin.
Please if you had damage, call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 and make your claim. You can also go online and fill out an application online at https://www.disasterassistance.gov
We have not been declared for Individual Assistance yet, but they are accepting claims. Be aware this does not guarantee Individual Assistance will be given, however this allow FEMA to record the demographics and needs of the citizens of Franklin County. If the number is great enough it may allow Franklin to be added on the current Declaration for Individual Assistance.
POWER OUTAGE – If you have a Power Outage, Duke Energy is fully functional. Call 1-800-228-8485 Directly and Report the outage with the correct 911 Street Address for the location of the outage. This will get you in their system for repair faster.
DAMAGE ASSESSMENT –If you have damages to your home or business, please call and report them to Franklin County Emergency Management as soon as possible. These reports will help speed up the Damage Assessment Process. Call 850-653-8977.
FMAP SURVEY – Please Click Here to Complete the Flood Survey
Franklin County is monitoring all activity. As the season progresses Tropical waters are becoming very active. This is the time of year we see more activity. Franklin County Residents need to be aware of the weather and start being prepared. Be sure to stay up to date by clicking here or going to Alerts at the top of this page for Warnings, Watches and Advisories.
- Check your disaster kits
- Check and Review Emergency Plans
- Make sure you have all supplies needed for a disaster/hurricane
- Barrier Islands residents need to have all supplies on hand prior to evacuation being issued
- Shelter in place residents – get your supplies and disaster plans prior to evacuation
- When the bridge closes there will be no traffic on or off the barrier islands.
- Make sure all outside equipment and lawn furniture is stored properly
- Check your shutters and equipment used to secure your home
Franklin County Emergency Management will be implementing an early warning system for Franklin County. The system will allow FCEM to send you a warning message to your phone, email or both. If you have enrolled in the Re-Entry program and provided an email address, we have enrolled you into the Nixle Warning System. You can also click on the Nixle Logo above and register yourself. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or 850-653-8977.
Your User Name is : The Email Address You Provided
Password is : The First 6 Letters of Your Last Name. If Your Last Name is Less Than 6 Letters, Then Add Numbers Starting with 1 to Make the 6 Digit Password. ALL LOWER CASE
For Example: If your Last Name Is Smith Your Password Will Be – smith1 If Your Last Name Is Doe Your Password Will Be – doe123
If you have already applied for and received your Re-Entry Tags, we have signed you up for Nixle unless you requested otherwise. If you have not received an email or text message from Nixle, please Text the word YES to 888777 from the cell phone number you provided.
Once you are registered in the Nixle system, you can sign on to your account at www.nixle.com and make changes, add different locations, change your password, etc.
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RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION MITIGATION PROGRAM
The Franklin County Emergency Management Office will be accepting applications for the Residential Construction Mitigation Program is an ongoing application until funds are no longer available. Applications and criteria are located below. For more information contact Franklin County Emergency Management office at 850-653-8977.
Criteria for Residential Construction Mitigation Program:
- The Homeowner’s residence to be mitigated must be located in Franklin County.
- Moderate to low income.
- Single family site built home
- The applicant’s property which is the subject of the application may not be in mortgage foreclosure or more than 30 days delinquent