Ian response includes supply drops

Sgt. Michael Rooney and Sgt. Jason Green deliver sandbags to a Starke residence as part of the police department’s effort to prevent flood damage during Hurricane Ian.


Telegraph Editor

There was praise all around for the local response to last week’s Hurricane Watch and tropical storm conditions, including for the leadership of Braford County Emergency Management Director Brad Witt and his coordination with other emergency agencies.

These included public works, fire rescue and law enforcement, all of whom played a role, from digging out ditches to clearing debris and delivering sandbags.

Bradford County was spared but is taking a role in response to the devastation in other counties. This includes dispatching fire rescue and law enforcement personnel to assist in South Florida’s recover.

Locals are also collecting supplies. Currently there is a box at  the Keystone Heights Airport for supplies that pilot Grant Hooks will be transporting to Pine Island as a part of Operation Air Drop. Supplies may also be dropped off at the Bradford County manager’s office.

Acceptable donations include powdered sports drinks and hydration packs, baby wipes, children’s diapers and adult incontinence pads,  baby formula, bug spray, sunscreen, plastic utensils, manual can openers, trash bags (13 gallon), nonperishable foods, pet food, cleaning supplies, tarps, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other toiletries, sanitation items, feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer, heavy duty work gloves and socks (all sizes, unopened).

Officers Johnathan Guinn and Jay Raulerson with the Starke Police Department unload sandbags at a home in the city to prevent water infiltrationi from the rain expected from Hurricane Ian.
Bradford County Fire Rescue announced last week that two firefighter-paramedics, Jeremy Morrison and Witt Thomas, and Division Chief Dylan Rodgers were deployed to south Florida alongside Alachua County Fire Rescue members to assist with recovery from Hurricane Ian. They ask for prayers while carrying out this mission.
Downtown Grill fed the Starke line crew and workers from contractor Asplundh following the storm. Pictured are Caden Brown, Zack Huskisson and Red Turner.