City of Tallahassee Provides Aid in Preparation for Dorian

Posted By: Garnie Holmes (deleted) Association News,

As the threat of local impacts from Hurricane Dorian have decreased, City of Tallahassee crews are deploying to provide aid for communities to the east.

The Tallahassee Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue team has been activated by the State of Florida to aid in operations along the east coast. A team of 27 has deployed to the Jacksonville area and is prepared to move where needed as directed by the State.

City of Tallahassee electric crews will deploy to South Carolina to assist with impacts as well. The team will leave tomorrow and stage in Conway, SC, to provide mutual aid assistance to Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned water and electric utility.

A crew from the City’s Electric Utility has also been deployed to Green Cove Springs, Fla.

“With skill and heart, our crews will help restore a sense of normalcy for our eastern neighbors after the storm. From going door-to-door to check on residents as part of rescue operations to hoisting wires as they repair the electric grid, I have no doubt our teams will showcase the heart of Tallahassee as they do this important work. I am very proud of each and every one of them,” Mayor John Dailey said.

Other City resources, including underground utilities and additional electric crews, stand ready to deploy if requested once it is certain there will be no impacts to Tallahassee. The City remains prepared and on alert for local impacts. Should the storm shift and severe weather impact the Tallahassee area, City crews are ready to respond, and those that are deployed may be called home.

In coordination with the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management and contract personnel, a Logistical Staging Area (LSA) has been set up at the Tallahassee International Airport to receive and process emergency response equipment in preparation for deployment.