Brevard County prepares for Tropical Storm Colin

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Across Brevard County, emergency leaders and residents say they're ready for whatever Mother Nature may bring.

Dozens of people, including Frank Martinez from Melbourne and Sheila Gray from Titusville picked up sandbags Monday at the Sheriff's Farm in Cocoa.

"Just to be prepared, just in case," said Gray.  "And even if it's not for me, it's for my neighbors."

"I just wanted to be prepared just in case," said Martinez.

Anyone driving through is allowed up to 10 bags.

"If you drive up the inmates already have them packaged," said Major Darrell Hibbs.  "We can put them in the back of your car and you can go out and be able to protect your home."

Meanwhile, at Brevard Emergency Management in Rockledge, workers Monday were on the clock for 12 hours shifts, monitoring the storm.

"We're still anticipating later in the day anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain," said Don Walker with Emergency Management.  "We're also monitoring the possibility of tornadoes."

Because it's not an all-hands-on-deck mentality at this time, Walker considered Monday a warm-up for a bigger storm, possibly later in the season.

"You've got to take advantage of these opportunities to see where there might be shortcomings or what other steps you may need to put in place," said Walker. "But we're looking outside in the community as well.  What can we do to make people better informed?  What can we do to make people better prepared?"

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