As we move into the peak of hurricane season, residents are urged to ensure they have their hurricane preparedness plan in place and monitor latest forecasts. If you haven’t completed your personal protection plan, now is the time to do so. Be sure you have a plan that is known and understood by all the members of your household. Included in your preparations should be things like your evacuation plan, a To Go Kit, stockpiling supplies, and means of security for your home and businesses.

The best approach to Hurricane Season, as with life, is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Planning and exercising your self-protection measures are vital to your survival. While many people expect local, State, or Federal resources such as FEMA to be available, these resources are not as plentiful or as easily accessed as in the past. The new State and Federal guidelines are that you need to be on your own for the first 72 hours.

On August 9, NOAA issued the scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook. Forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal season, and they increased the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. The season has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010.

Anyone needing information on hurricane safety may contact the Holmes County Emergency Management Department at 850-547-1112 or by stopping in at 1001 East Highway 90, Bonifay Florida. You may also go to or for information on preparedness.