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Posted on: October 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Emergency Management officials monitoring Tropical Storm Delta

Santa Rosa County Emergency Management officials are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Delta. While potential impacts are still too early to determine, residents are reminded to follow the National Weather Service and local media outlets for the most recent weather updates.

Prepping Your Home

  • Residents are encouraged to secure homes as much as possible prior to any potential impact from Delta. Tarps are available at Hall’s Hardware in Milton, Lowe’s in Pace and Gulf Breeze, Ace in Pace and Navarre and Home Depot in Pace


Sand is being replenished throughout the week at the county's regular four locations – residents should provide their own sandbags, shovel and manpower:

  • The corner of Citrus and Leisure streets in Navarre
  • Tiger Point Community Center in Midway/Gulf Breeze
  • Pace Fire Rescue in Pace
  • The corner of Carroll and Pine Forest in Milton

Bags are available for purchase (generally 50 cents each) at:

  • Hall’s Hardware in Milton
  • Ace in Pace and Navarre
  • Lowe’s in Gulf Breeze

Evacuations and Shelters

  • Know your evacuation zone! Visit and type in your complete street address. If you need assistance, call 850-983-INFO (4636).
  • Have a plan of where you will go - to a shelter, or to stay with friends or family.
  • If you are in the south end, remember Hwy. 87 South is a good alternative to Garcon Point Bridge/Avalon Blvd. for those traveling north. 
  • If there is an evacuation order, residents will be notified through a variety of means of communications including alerts to, a free subscription service for residents which allows subscribers to enter multiple addresses and customize the different types of desired emergency notifications.
  • Alerts will also be sent to cell phones through the FCC's wireless emergency alert (WEA) system and FEMA's integrated public alert and warning system (IPAWS).
  • In addition to the alerts, which are limited in length, Santa Rosa County Public Information also sends more comprehensive news releases to subscribers and media. Visit and click “subscribe to updates" to choose the updates you would like to receive.
  • Residents can also follow Santa Rosa County Emergency Management on FacebookNextdoor and Twitter.
  • If there is a call for evacuations or if tropical storm force winds are anticipated, the county will open shelters as needed. Sheltering for special needs and pets will be available.
  • Shelters are not comfortable places. Residents are highly encouraged to shelter with friends or family.
  • If you have any questions, give us a call at 983-INFO (4636). 


  • Residents are encouraged to top off any supplies that may have been depleted by Hurricane Sally.
  • The first 72 are on you however officials recommend that residents have at least a week's worth of medication and other critical supplies in the event that distribution systems are disrupted. 
  • For a full list of disaster kit supplies and other tips, visit


  • Hurricane Sally left an estimated 900,000 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 15,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris to collect, which is expected to take 90 days.
  • Residents who do not want to wait for the contractor to pick up their vegetative debris can take it to the Central Landfill at no cost.
  • Crews have been collecting debris throughout the county, seven days a week since Sept. 24.
  • It is expected to take a total of five weeks to finish the first pass and there will be multiple passes. Residents will be notified before the final pass so sign up for news updates at
  • Residents are asked to notify the county of any debris blocking drainage infrastructure or roads, through the citizen damage report form at Select “Streets, Bridges, Drainage” as the option.
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