Hurricane season is here, and the City of Destin takes an active approach in preparing the community for emergency situations like hurricanes and flooding on an annual basis through many communication channels.
City staff has been diligent in updating our employee emergency recall roster as well as reviewing our city’s Disaster Preparedness Plan. A great way to find out what is happening is to visit the city’s website, www.citydestin.com or our Facebook page – City of Destin Government. Residents, businesses and visitors can stay up to date on general city information as well as emergency information.
Please keep a lookout for our hurricane guide which is updated annually and provides detailed information for the public regarding what to do before, during and after a storm. It is crucial to prepare now and develop your hurricane plan. Hold a family meeting and make a checklist for your emergency preparedness kit to include food and water, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash and first aid supplies. Ensure your assets are protected and check your home or business for any vulnerabilities. In the event you must evacuate, determine how you will address your family pet’s needs. A good source of information on how to be prepared is online at https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
I also encourage you to sign up for Alert Okaloosa and Nixle Alerts. Alert Okaloosa is operated by Okaloosa County Emergency Management and will alert Destin residents about weather emergencies. You can sign up at https://member.everbridge.net/892807736724689/login. Nixle Alerts, which is a FREE online service, allows the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to communicate directly with citizens in situations involving significant public safety incidents such as bridge closures. For more information please visit www.Nixle.com.
Destin City Manager