Hurricane preparation exercise

Special to The Sun

The Emergency Management Bureau of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office participated in the Annual Statewide Hurricane/EOC Activation Exercise May 22 at the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center in DeFuniak Springs.

The annual exercise serves to practice Walton’s emergency plans and procedures for a potential hurricane making landfall in the Panhandle. Along with federal, state and private-sector partners, the Emergency Management Bureau simulated emergency response efforts to manage an evolving hurricane scenario.

“I was very pleased by the representation and cooperation of the various Emergency Service Function participants," said Major Joe Preston, director of Emergency Management. "Everyone worked together toward the common goal of preparing our community for potential storm impact.”