Alachua County Emergency Management Looks Back at Response to Irma

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- On Thursday afternoon, Alachua County Emergency Management hosted a meeting with responders and elected officials to discuss the response to Irma.

There were many "firsts" following Irma. Last June, Alachua County Emergency Management rolled out their emergency notification system "Alert Alachua", which was first put to the test with Irma.

In response to the largest evacuation in United States history, Alachua county opened up every shelter for the first time ever, many of which were pet-friendly. More people living outside of Alachua County resided in county shelters during the storm than Alachua County residents.

Director of Alachua County Emergency Management, John Shaw, says the recovery time would have been delayed if flood waters in the Santa Fe River closed down I-75.

The Alachua County Sheriff Office says the cost to staff their offices during Hurricane Irma totaled $408,538.02.