FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 09/12/2017
Nassau County Emergency Management
Contact: Dave Richardson
(904) 548-0945 or (904) 654-5858
twitter: Nassau EM
Updates to Road Closures, Schools, Shelters
Power Restoration, Curfew, Hospital
As damage assessment reports continue to flow in from the aftermath of Irma, we are receiving additional reports of road closures due to flooding and trees down. I am attaching a separate file with that list (two pages) along with this update.
County officials have terminated the order for a curfew effective today. There will be NO curfew in place in Nassau County.
Schools will remain closed tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th and a decision will be made shortly after 5pm today if schools will reopen Thursday. Power to schools is the determining factor.
Baptist Medical Center Nassau has reopened for all services with the exception of elective surgeries.
Only two shelters remain open; Callahan Middle School, which has also been pet friendly. There are 30 people still at this shelter. Hilliard Middle-Senior special
needs services shelter also remains open and has 62 occupants as of 3pm this afternoon. All other shelters have closed.
Emergency Management officials are working to open a transition shelter for those that still need temporary housing. We will provide that information to you once
preparations are complete.
Power outages are still a major concern. Here is the latest information. Power provided by Florida Public Utility to Amelia Island is still out. FPU has provided some limited power through repairs to its transmission line. While there are almost 11,000 customers without power, if their repairs hold FPU believes they can begin to spread out power restoration more quickly throughout the Island.
Florida Power & Light has made significant progress in restoring power to parts of the county west of the ICW. While power to 11,000 customers remains out, FPL has
been reducing outage numbers from more than 20,000 yesterday to almost half that number today. FPL hopes to continue a rapid restoration in Nassau County the rest of this week.
Fuel supplies in Nassau County appear to be holding.
Beginning at 3pm today, the Emergency Operations Center will provide free water for residents to pick up from the Callahan Fairgrounds. A POD will be set up and
Nassau citizens can grab water from the POD.
A frequent problem after a disaster is “fly-by-night’ contractors who take deposits before starting work or who take final payment before finishing a job. Service scams
all have the same target; your wallet.
Be cautious of repair businesses or individuals who:
• Solicit door-to-door
• Arrive in unmarked vehicles
• Have a post office box or temporary address
• Claim they are from another county or state and are in the area solely to help
disaster victims or,
• Claim that they were doing work in the area and noticed that your home or
business needed repair.
The Nassau County Chief Prosecutor for the State Attorney’s office Donna Thurston has promised to prosecute to the fullest extent anyone involved in property or personal crimes and anyone involved in fraudulent business practices or scams.
County Manager's Office