Palm Bay City Staff Preparing For Potential Impacts From Tropical Storm Erika
By Yvonne Martinez, City of Palm Bay // August 27, 2015
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BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay City staff are monitoring and preparing for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Erika.
While the forecast continues to be uncertain, the city is taking necessary precautions to activate response teams should the storm threaten the area.
Public Works personnel have spent the last few days inspecting current construction projects throughout the city to insure all debris and materials are secured away from storm drainage areas.
Public Works inspectors are also checking drainage systems in vulnerable areas prone to flooding and making sure the systems are clear.
Citywide all emergency designated personnel have been instructed to be available throughout the weekend and to continue to monitor the storm activity and be prepared to respond if needed.
“We are making sure all of our fuel tanks are full, all of our vehicles are ready and that all potential hazards have been mitigated in advance of the storm,” said Barney Weiss, a Public Works division manager.
“We are getting regular briefings from the county and are ready to respond.”
The mayor and city management staff are in regular communication with the Brevard County Office of Emergency Management.
“We are receiving regular briefings from the county and state on the storm track,” said Mayor William Capote.
“We encourage all of our residents to monitor and prepare as well. It’s been a while since we’ve been in this situation and it warrants a close eye.”
For the latest information on the storm track residents can monitor the city website and social media pages which will provide the latest information.
Residents can also contact 2-1-1 Brevard with specific questions. Information will be released and posted on the city’s website at www.palmbayflorida.org and on the city’s social media sites at Facebook and Twitter.