Great uncertainty still remains in the track and timing of Karen. The current forecast includes:


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Actions Taken by Santa Rosa County


Sand & Bags

Sand and sand bags are available at local home improvement stores for purchase. Santa Rosa County is making limited supplies available at no cost at several locations to Santa Rosa County Residents. Residents should bring shovels and be prepared to fill and load their own bags. County and fire department staff ARE NOT available to make home deliveries.  If fire department staff are on calls, they will not be available to hand out sand bags. In two days, public works crews have delivered 7,000 bags and eight truckloads of sand to the distribution sites.


         Sand only is available at the following locations while supplies last.

-          Tiger Point Park-1370 Tiger Park Lane, Gulf Breeze

-          The intersection of Citrus Drive and Leisure Street in Holley By The Sea

-          The intersection of Pine Forest Road and Carroll Road in Milton

         Empty Sandbags (25-bag limit per vehicle) while supplies last at:

-          From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Midway Fire District Station at 1322 College Pkwy.

           Sand & Sandbags (25-bag limit per vehicle) while supplies last at:

-          Pace Fire Rescue District at 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd.

-          Holley-Navarre Fire District at 8618 East Esplanade St.


Steps Residents Can Take Now

         Clear your yard of any debris that might clog stormwater drains when washed to the street by rain such as leaves or limbs.

         Turn off any automatic sprinkler systems and do not water your lawn until after the storm passes.

         No evacuation orders are currently in effect, however this can change depending on changes to the storms forecasted track and impacts to Santa Rosa County.  Dont wait to find out if you live in an evacuation zone, visit and enter your address or download the B-ready Santa Rosa app from the iTunes or Google Play store.

         Fill vehicle gas tank.

         Get cash and secure important papers and valuables.

         Refill medications.

         Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools.

         Shutter your windows.

         Prepare boats.

         Help neighbors with their preparations.

         Make final preparations to secure your home so you can leave if an evacuation order is issued.

         No shelters are currently scheduled to open. However, if you are registered for transportation to a public shelter, be sure you have everything you need for your go bag in case conditions change.

         Santa Rosa County Division of Emergency Managements latest all-hazards disaster guide is now available online at or at county offices and libraries, local chambers of commerce, and local retailers.



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