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Hurricane Irma
Posted on Sep 6th, 2017

Hurricane Irma is a major storm, and possibly headed our way. Portions of Florida are in the cone of uncertainty, and many forecasters are calling for landfall in the Sunshine State as early as this Friday.  Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for all of Florida, and has advised all of us to have all of our hurricane supplies by Thursday, September 7th.

If you have not yet begun preparations, please do so!  There are some great tips for hurricane preparedness at https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan and at http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/disaster_prep/.   

Bottled Water:  We have been informed that as of September 5th at 4 p.m., most stores in our area have run out of water, but are expecting more before week's end.  You may wish to contact stores, as we have been informed some shipments may be rerouted to South Florida:

  • Williston Road Publix:  (352) 375-1094
  • Haile Market Square Publix:  (352) 331-1037
  • Tower Square Publix:  (352) 375-1110
  • Jonesville Publix:  (352) 332-5114
  • Butler Plaza West Publix:  (352) 379-7271
  • Butler Plaza East Publix:  (352) 367-4324
  • The Home Depot on Tower Road:  (352) 332-7440 
  • Lowe’s Butler Plaza:  (352) 448-2000

Sandbags:  According to the Gainesville Sun, sand and bags will be available beginning Wednesday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Wayside Park, 11855 NW U.S. Highway 441 in Gainesville. The site is near the public works building.  Residents must be prepared to fill their own bags. County workers will be on hand for those who need assistance.

Additional Resources:

  • Emergency Alerts:  Sign up for emergency alerts at www.alertalachua.com for the most up to date local information.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov. 202-646-2500 Twitter: @fema
  • Federal Alliance for Safe Homes: www.flash.org. 850-385-7233. Twitter: @FederalAlliance
  • National Hurricane Center (includes storm tracking map, preparedness guide and other information): www.nhc.noaa.gov. Twitter: @NWSNHC


Please take heed, and follow the instructions of the authorities.

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