Hurricane season underway in Gulf County


Emergency Management Director Marshall Nelson hosted a recovery drill for the emergency operations staff to focus on what happens after the disaster is over.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:06 PM.

Hurricane season officially began last week and Tropical Storm Andrea showed up to celebrate.

Even though she treated Gulf County to little more than wind and rain, the Emergency Operations Center was ready, having completed its annual preparations weeks prior.

Required emergency management exercises take place statewide to inform and update local first response teams on what to do in the event of an emergency and the proper ways for the area to recover from it.

In late May Emergency Management Director Marshall Nelson hosted a recovery drill to ensure the emergency operations staff is ready should disaster strike during the upcoming season.

“We spend a lot of time talking about the initial response but not always the recovery process,” said Nelson.

He focused his session on the two to four weeks after a disaster and encouraged the staff to think of scenarios they might encounter, such as how to help the injured if the hospital and health department are shut down.

He also discussed costly services like debris removal with the group to ensure they had a strong understanding of the events that could transpire in the weeks that follow.

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