Hurricane Season Frequently Asked Questions

Hurricane Season Runs from June 1st until November 30th.  The historical peak of hurricane season is around September 10th.  It is important that you prepare yourself, your family, and/or your business for all disasters, including hurricanes, before they occur.  Below are some Frequently Asked Questions for Hurricane Season.

Where can I get official Hurricane Forecasts?

Official tropical cyclone forecasts can be found at  Walton County Emergency Management social media will be updated as well when an active tropical cyclone has the potential to impact Walton County.

Where can I get updates on what the County is doing during a Hurricane?

To receive updates on County actions during a disaster like a hurricane follow our social media accounts.
Facebook: Walton County Emergency Management 
Twitter: @WaltonCountyEM

What should I do if a Hurricane or Tropical Storm is forecast to impact Walton County ?
​If a tropical cyclone is forecast to impact Walton County it is important that you monitor Walton County Emergency Management social media, local media, and the National Weather Service.  Follow any protective actions that are called for.  This could include evacuating your home.  Be sure to have a fully stocked disaster supply kit ready and have a disaster plan for you, your family, or your business.  To create a plan visit FL Get a Plan or FEMA

How can I tell if I live in an evacuation zone?

To determine if you live in an evacuation zone, use our free Evacuation Zone Locator Tool.

Where are the hurricane shelters located in Walton County?

Freeport High School is the first shelter we would open. It is a general population, pet friendly, and special needs shelter. You must pre-register for the special needs shelter at Freeport High School is located at 12615 331 Business, Freeport, FL 32439. As the need arises, other shelters will be opened.

What should I have in my disaster supply kit?

At a minimum you should have AT LEAST THREE (3) DAYS WORTH of the following items in your disaster supply kit:

Water (1 gallon per person per day)
Non-Perishable Food
Manual Can Opener
Battery Powered or hand cranked radio
NOAA Weather Radio
Flashlight with Batteries
First Aid Kit
Prescription Medications
Hand Sanitizer 
Local Maps
Cars/Board Games

What if I have a question or have an issue during a hurricane or other disaster?
When the Emergency Operations Center is activated you can contact the Citizen Information Line (CIL) at (850) 892-8392 or (850) 892-8394.   IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY CONTACT 911.

What do I need to know about Flood Insurance? 

​Flood insurance is designed to restore your property to its pre-flood condition. It’s the best way to protect your home and belongings in the event of a flood, providing financial structure and peace of mind that your home will be taken care of.  Guide to Flood Insurance