Hurricane preparedness: What you need to know in Baker County

COVID-19 impacts decisions on emergency shelters, enhances relationships and resilience.

Jacksonville, FL — As First Alert Hurricane Expo Week continues, Baker County Emergency Management’s Bek Parker says the community has been paying close attention throughout the coronavirus response. And that trust will be vital if a storm threatens and action is needed.

“They’ve learned to really trust what we’re saying, that we’re out there working for them and keeping their best interests at heart”, Parker said during an experts round table featuring emergency managers from NE Florida.

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She says Baker may not be your best evacuation spot if you’re thinking of evacuating tens of miles, which is usually recommended by surrounding counties.

“We have a very limited amount of hotel space in our county. We do at times see an influx of folks into our shelter, but a lot of them come from further than our neighboring counties, from further south”, Parker said.

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Baker County does not have designated evacuation zones. The county may still issue evacuation orders, but the orders will not refer to designated evacuation zones and instead will refer to geographic boundaries or landmarks.

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First Alert Hurricane Expo Week continues. Because we couldn't hold an event like previous years, we still want to provide access to important information to prepare your family and property. Action News Jax Mike Buresh City of Jacksonville, Florida - Government St. Johns County Fire Rescue Clay County, Florida Emergency Management Nassau County Emergency Management Baker County Emergency Management

Posted by News 104.5 WOKV on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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