As Okaloosa County braces for an impending severe weather event, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is set to activate at midnight on January 9, 2024. The EOC will operate at a modified Level 2 (partial activation) to effectively respond to the potential impact of severe weather, with forecasted sustained winds of 25-30 mph and the possibility of gusts exceeding 70 mph.
To ensure the safety of county employees amid potentially hazardous conditions, county administrative offices will observe a delayed opening, with operations commencing at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9. Departments deploying essential personnel will adhere to a schedule established by the Department Director to maintain operational continuity.
The main line of storms is anticipated to sweep through the area between 6-7 a.m. on Tuesday, clearing by 9 a.m. Residents are urged to exercise caution and make necessary preparations, including securing loose debris around homes. The forecast predicts heavy rainfall of 2-3 inches, accompanied by the potential for tornadoes. Additionally, residents are advised to have multiple means of staying informed and to be prepared for possible power outages.
Severe weather resources and information can also be obtained from the following:
Residents are strongly encouraged to stay informed and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety during this weather event. The County will continue to provide updates and important information through its official channels.