Hurricane Dorian Posting Information


Friday, August 30, 2019 5:40 pm
Because many of you have asked … At this time, Hurricane Dorian is not expected to impact the City elections scheduled for Tuesday, September 3. City elections will proceed as scheduled. The City is coordinating with Franklin County Board of Elections, the State Division of Elections and the Franklin County EOC discussing preparations in the event that Hurricane Dorian disrupts elections. The City has secured a backup generator in case of an emergency or flooding and the Old High School (192 Coach Wagoner Boulevard) will be our alternate location.  In case of mandatory evacuations or storm impacts, the City will coordinate with the Division of Elections and Governor’s office to discuss an emergency extension of our election date.  Further information will be provided once we have a better idea of the track of Hurricane Dorian. 


Friday, August 30, 2019 - 1:50 pm
The City may or may not feel impacts from Hurricane Dorian over the next several days but it is hurricane season and always a good idea to prepare.


or download the EverBridge APP on your phone and text FRANKLINFL to 888777.

  • Know your evacuation route.
  • If you live in a mobile home, start thinking about where you would evacuate to and how you will get there.
  • If you don’t have a County-issued re-entry tag, now is the time to get it from Franklin County Emergency Management.
  • Gather all important "life" papers like driver’s license, social security, Medicare and Medicaid cards, insurance policies, marriage license, adoption papers, etc. to TAKE WITH YOU..
  • Fill your propane tanks, etc.
  • Be sure prescriptions are filled. And don't forget the oxygen tanks!!
  • Stock up on extra drinking water and food supplies.
  • Make sure you have working flashlights, radios, and batteries.
  • Have some extra cash on hand.
  • Make ice blocks to help keep your refrigerator and coolers cold.
  • If you have a generator, make sure it is in working order.
  • Plan for your pets.
  • Keep your phones charged up. Pick up a phone charger adapter for your vehicle.

YOUR PREPERATIONS WILL NOT BE WASTED!! Should we luck out and the storm stays on the East coast, we still have three months of Hurricane Season to face. Hurricane Season ends on November 30. Additional preparedness information is available at ReadyGov


The City of Apalachicola staff met this morning for a weather briefing and to initiate storm preparation plans. The City Manager and Department Heads are monitoring Hurricane Dorian closely and have received their emergency team assignments.

Public Works crews are out today cleaning the storm water ditches and drains in anticipation of heavy rainfall. All debris moving equipment has been serviced. Water & Sewer generators been topped off with fuel and operations equipment serviced.

The City is working with the Franklin County EOC and the  Communications Team will be streaming information to you through social media. New posts will be dispatched on the website and Facebook pages at noon and 6 p.m. daily.  We encourage you to share these posts with your friends and neighbors.

Tropical storm force winds are predicted for this area the first part of next week.  Key staff will meet  periodically throughout the holiday weekend as Dorian's path becomes clear. Apalachicola City Hall will be closed through the weekend and on Monday, September 1, 2019 [labor Day].


Get prepared, stay safe and we will work hard to keep you informed.

Monday, August 26, 2019


  • Re-Entry Tags will only be used when a mandatory evacuation of Franklin County has been called.
  • You can obtain your Re-Entry Tags via our website at or by stopping by our office at 28 Airport Road, Apalachicola, FL.
  • You will need to have the following documentation to obtain your Re-Entry Tag:
  1.  Driver’s License or Photo ID
  2. 2 Forms of Proof of Ownership of Property (Tax Bill, Utility Bill, etc.) OR Proof of Rental of Property (Lease or Renters Agreement, Insurance, etc.)
  • Re-Entry Tags are used and are in place to protect property owners/renters from vandalism and looting.

Just a Few Reminders:

  • We anticipate that there will be few, if any, services (gas, food, water, electricity, etc.) available after a disaster of the magnitude it would require for an evacuation to be called.  If you have a safe place to stay, please do so for the first few days after the disaster.
  • If you are a secondary homeowner, you do have a safe place to stay.  We ask that you remember that what few supplies we have will be used for the primary residents of the county who do not have a second home.
  • When returning to Franklin County after an evacuation, be sure to bring supplies with you. (Water, Fuel, Generators, etc.
  • ONCE the EOC has been activated – NO RE-ENTRY TAGS WILL BE ISSUED!



  • Alert Franklin is an early warning system that Franklin County Emergency Management has implemented.
  • This system allows FCEM to send you a warning message to your phone, email or both.
  • You can access Alert Franklin by going to our website at and clicking on the Alert Franklin Icon on our Home Page.
  • Once you create your account be sure to check your SUBSCRIPTIONS which tell the system what alerts you wish to receive.
  • You can also download the Everbridge App on your Smart Phone for easier access.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.

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