Coastal emergency teams prepared with improved technology to take on 2021 hurricane season

The Volusia and Flagler counties emergency management teams have had a busy year of COVID-19 and a massive vaccination campaign, but there are several skills they have learned logistically and for communication that will carry them over into hurricane season.

“We actually have new equipment to help us disaster relief supplies, and we actually have a new vehicle to help us distribute disaster relief supplies,” said Jonathan Lord, Flagler County’s emergency management director.

Lord said Flagler has more community groups ready to deliver supplies faster, and with stronger online tools, Flagler and Volusia can both send emergency alerts quickly.

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“We actually have more than 100 county employees and volunteers coming to our emergency center,” said Lord.

Evacuation routes and zoning plans can be found on the emergency management page on each of the county’s websites.

“We determine how the hurricanes interact with the land, in other words how far the storm surge hits the land,” said Helena Wetherington, Emergency Management Director at Volusia.

The improved AlertFlagler system can provide status updates on your exact location, You can register on the district’s website.

Volusia’s Code Red warnings can do the same and Volusia has one too Emergency management app for your phone.

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“We haven’t made any significant changes to the evacuation zones, evacuation routes, or our accommodations,” she said.

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