Local News

  • Irma brings wind, rain, evacuees

     Last week, as Hurricane Irma approached Florida, Gadsden County’s Emergency Management geared up early to get locals prepared.
    Emergency Management Director Maj. Shawn Wood urged citizens to go ahead and fill up their cars with gas even though Irma was almost a week away from Gadsden County, if she even showed up.
    Meteorologists were uncertain of Irma’s projected path.  At first the hurricane was predicted to hit Miami and head up Florida’s east coast into Jacksonville, Georgia and South Carolina.

  • Gadsden County evacuation shelters open tomorrow

    With Hurricane Irma threatening the Big Bend region, the Gadsden County Commissioner announced on Saturday that shelters will open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sep. 10.  The Gadsden County School Board and Big Bend Transit will provide bus transportation to the shelters tomorrow morning.  If you need transportation to the shelter, please be at one of the following location by 9 a.m.


    • Old Elementary School

    • Harvey’s


    • Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot

  • Remember medications in disaster situations

    In the event of a flood, you may need to evacuate your home and access to regular health and medical services may be temporarily limited. To ensure you are able to continue taking your medications under such circumstances, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) recommends you be prepared and plan now by taking the following measures:

    o Per Executive Order No. 17-235, as it relates to Hurricane Irma, residents are now able to filled prescriptions early. This Executive order is to ensure that residents have enough medications to last through this hurricane.

  • Gadsden's emergency management office calls for volunteers

     Local officials met again today at the Sheriff’s office to get an update on Hurricane Irma. Gadsden County Emergency Management Director Maj. Shawn Wood said if Irma stays on the current path, the Gadsden County area may have an atmosphere similar to when Hurricane Hermine hit last year. He said with Irma’s low barometric pressure, there is a possibility of the area getting 85 mph winds, as well as tornados.

  • Diabetes Disaster Preparedness

    From a press release

  • Gadsden County offices close early Friday

    Due to the threat posed by Hurricane Irma, Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners Office closed Friday at 2:30 pm and will remain closed until Tuesday, September 12.


  • Governor closes Florida public schools in advance of Hurricane Irma

    With Hurricane Irma looming over Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has directed all public K-12 schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to close Friday, Sep. 8 through Monday, Sep. 11.

  • Gadsden County announces state of emergency

    The Gadsden CountyCommission has declared Gadsden County to be in a state of emergency. Emergency operations are now being managed by the Division of Emergency Management. Please stay tuned for information as it comes available.

  • RFM to close Monday due to Irma

    Robert F. Munroe Day School in Quincy/Mt. Pleasant has announced that the school will be closed Monday in anticipation of bad weather from Hurricane Irma. The school is open Friday and regularly scheduled activities for Saturday will proceed as planned.

  • Gadsden Arts Center announces early closing time due to Hurricane Irma

    The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will close at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in order to make final preparations for Hurricane Irma. We hope to reopen Gadsden Arts to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept.13. Please check the Gadsden Arts Facebook Page for updates.
    Remember: Be prepared, check on your neighbors before and after the storm, and stay safe!