It’s the time of the year when the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is prepping for Spring Break. After last year’s record numbers of visitors to the Emerald Coast, deputies are gearing up for another busy time.
According to Lt. Robert Gray, the WCSO will be setting up the mobile command center close to the beach this year, as well as saturating the area with patrol deputies. “The week of March 11th will probably be the week of our largest turnout. We will have more schools here in that week than during any other time while Spring Break is taking place,” Lt. Gray said. “The overall message we want to send is that we want people to enjoy their time here on Spring Break but we also want them to be safe.”
In coordination with these efforts, the WCSO, as well as the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Bay County’s Sheriff’s Office are banning together to ensure safety to all those in our area. The three law enforcement agencies are holding a joint press conference on March 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in Shalimar to discuss their operational initiatives.
WALTON COUNTYSHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
POSITION TITLE: Emergency Management Planner
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $43,300.00 – $61,500.00
CLOSING DATE: March 8, 2013– 5:00 PM (CST)
This agency is advertising for the position of Emergency Management Planner.
To apply please submit a Support Staff application to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, 752 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433. For additional information, please contact the Human Resource Office at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 892-8186.
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2013
Today the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management closed the emergency shelter at the Bruce United Methodist Church located at 269 Church Road in Bruce, FL. after positive reports from field personnel indicated the river levels in the Choctawhatchee River were receding. Since the opening of the shelter no citizens have requested the assistance of the emergency shelter.
The Local State of Emergency remains in effect and citizens are encouraged to use due care when confronting standing or running waters. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at a level three and continues to monitor the situation.
More information will follow as it becomes available.
Below we’ve posted links to maps of Walton County, as well as road closures. The road closures map will be updated twice daily. If you see a road underwater that is not listed, please do not drive through it. Call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8111 to report it.
Walton County Maps:
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2013
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, has issued a local state of emergency for Walton County as of Tuesday, February 26, 2013. This issuance of a local state of emergency is in response to local areas of flooding in the southeastern part of the county in and around the Choctawhatchee River. The current flood waters are expected to crest by Friday, March 1st at 20.5 feet.
As part of the issuance of this local state of emergency, the following actions are being taken by the Sheriff’s Office in order to protect the safety of the citizens and visitors of Walton County:
- The Sheriff’s Office has issued a voluntary evacuation of all affected and surrounding areas. The order will be in effect beginning at 3 p.m. today for all low-lying areas south of County Road 181-C to the mouth of Choctawhatchee Bay, including the Bunker and Steel field Areas.
- A shelter will be open at 3:00 PM on February 26, 2013 for evacuees at the Bruce United Methodist Church located at 269 Church Road in Bruce, FL.
Those who decide to take advantage of the shelter should bring the following items with them as needed:
2. Important medications
3. Special medical devices such wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen, etc.
4. Diapers, infant formula, baby foods if needed
5. Bedding, pillows, blankets, etc.
6. Puzzles, books, small games for children
7. Food and water for 72 hours.
- The Sheriff’s Office will be working with the utility providers in the area in the case that services may be delayed.
At this time, it is anticipated that flood waters in the southeastern part of the County in the area of the Choctawhatchee River may reach levels equivalent to those in 2009. The public is reminded to be vigilant and cautious when dealing with local flood warnings.
Updates or further information will be provided to the public through the Walton County Sheriff’s Office website, Facebook account, Walton Alert (Facebook account), Twitter and other local media outlets. All questions can be answered by calling the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8186