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Okeechobee County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Activates to Level 2 (Partial) Activation

“In support of the Okeechobee County Music and Arts festival, the Okeechobee County EOC will move from our normal activation posture, level (3) (monitoring) to a partial activation level (2). This will begin at 8:00AM Thursday March 1, 2018 and continue thru Monday March 5th.” said Okeechobee County Emergency Management Director Mitch Smeykal, “Due to the size and the length of the event, we have emergency management partners arriving from several parts of the state to lend assistance”.

Participating personnel and equipment are from the following agencies;

National Weather Service Office Melbourne (NWS)

Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)

Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RSTDF) regional 4 and 6 Incident Management Team (IMT)

Residents are reminded to do their weekly shopping early in the week of February 26th due to the influx of festival attendees seeking food and other supplies. Expect extra traffic on the roads especially on Thursday March 1st and Monday March 5th as festival attendees are arriving and leaving the festival and the county.

“This is not the first time this event has been held in Okeechobee County and as in previous years we want to be prepared for any issues which may arise during the festival .”

The Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center will be staffed for 12 hour shifts each day. Several of the partner agencies will also be staying at the EOC for the length of their deployment.

“These types of cross county partnerships are nothing new within the emergency management community.” “There are a limited number of EM personnel within Florida and when one of us needs assistance the others come to help”

For more contact Emergency Management Director, Mitch Smeykal at (863)763-3212.