County Commission declares local state of emergency


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Posted November 9, 2022 | By: Marion County Government Public Relations Department
The Marion County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of local emergency on Wednesday, November 9, in anticipation of the potential for severe weather resulting from Tropical Storm Nicole as it approaches the Sunshine State. This local state of emergency was issued after Marion County was listed as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order Number 22-255 declaring a State of Emergency to more than half of Florida’s counties.

A declaration of a local state of emergency provides the framework for coordination between agencies as outlined in the county’s comprehensive emergency management plan. Marion County Emergency Management, a division of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, provides overall coordination of county response in emergency situations.

Residents are encouraged to prepare by doing the following:

  • Sign up for Alert Marion at www.AlertMarion.com to receive emergency notifications via phone, email, or text message.
  • Stay tuned for weather updates through weather alert radios, local media outlets, the county website (www.marionfl.org), and county social media accounts.
  • Review additional tips and planning tools at www.marionso.com/emergency-management.
  • Review disaster plans for your family, business, and property.
  • Get your survival kit and important papers ready. Purchase any items you will need to complete your survival kit now to avoid long lines and limited supplies. A checklist can be found online at www.marionso.com/hurricane-preparedness.

With the inclusion of Marion County in the declaration of a state of emergency, residents are now protected by the state’s price gouging law. Residents who suspect price gouging can report it to the Attorney General’s hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.

Important information provided by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operation Center includes:

The Marion County Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole. Additional emergency preparedness measures and information are outlined below.

Sandbag Locations

  • Marion County is opening the Belleview Sports Complex, 6501 SE 107th St., Belleview, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The City of Dunnellon is opening the Dunnellon City Complex, 11808 N Ohio St., Dunnellon, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The city of Ocala is opening a sandbag station at Tuscawilla Park, 800 NE Sanchez Ave., Ocala, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • These sandbag locations are self-serve, and officials are asking that citizens limit their consumption to 10 bags per vehicle.

Special Needs Shelter

  • Beginning at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, the sheriff’s office has opened their multi-purpose room as a special needs shelter. This facility is located at 3300 NW 10th St., Ocala.

Citizen Information Line

  • The Marion County Emergency Management Citizen’s Information Line will be operational on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Thursday, November 10, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please call 352-369-7500 for any questions about Tropical Storm Nicole. Please use the Citizens Information Line for non-emergency inquiries only, and call 911 for emergencies.

City of Ocala

  • The city of Ocala will not have residential sanitation collection on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Sanitation collection will experience a one-day delay and will resume on Friday, November 11, 2022.