Hurricane season underway in Gulf County

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

“Some were shocked,” said Nelson. “Some of them had never thought about those things.”

Nelson did stress the importance of being prepared both for families and individuals. He encouraged everyone to stock up on food, water and gasoline well in advance.

“Once a storm hits, all of the places you would get those items could be closed or destroyed,” Nelson said.

During times of distress, communication is vital to the safety of any community.

“It’s all about accuracy, timing and how the message is delivered,” said Jennifer Jenkins, executive director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council and county Public Information Officer.

Any time that the EOC is activated, Jenkins attends all briefings and meetings and reports to the Board of County Commissioners. She is also responsible for speaking with authorities, locals and the media, relaying any and all pertinent info from the EOC.

The TDC has a system in place that will automatically transmit important information to residents via email and a text message-based campaign is currently in the works.

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