Northwest Florida shelters opening

NORTHWEST FLORIDA (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County has opened its emergency host shelter for Hurricane Irma evacuees at Deane Bozeman High School, located at 13410 State Road 77.

The host shelter will also be used to accommodate any Bay County residents who wish to leave their homes as the weather deteriorates late Sunday. The shelter will be opened within an hour of notification by the state that it is needed. Otherwise, it will open Sunday afternoon for local residents prior to the arrival of impacts of Hurricane Irma.

Bay County Emergency Operations Center insists that you bring any specialty food or snacks you require, and food must be non-perishable. You should also bring bedding, clothing, medications and toiletries. Do not bring alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or weapons.

In Washington County, a risk shelter will open Sunday at 5 p.m at Roulhac Middle School located at 1535 Brickyard Road in Chipley. A special needs shelter will open at 5 p.m. in the 5th Grade Wing of the same campus.

Washington County also stresses that anyone using the shelter bring bedding, personal hygiene items, snacks and medications.

In Holmes County, they will open two risk shelters Sunday at 5 p.m. at :

Poplar Springs School located at 3726 Atomic Drive, Graceville, FL 32440. This shelter will be for special needs and general population.

New Hope Fire Station located at 1243 N Hwy 1791A, Westville, FL 32464. This shelter will be for general population.
Holmes County urges residents that live in mobile homes, unsafe structures, or low-lying flood prone areas to go to one of the risk shelters

In DeFuniak Springs a special needs and general population shelter will be opening at 10 a.m. Sunday at Freeport High School located at 12615 Business U.S. Highway 331, Freeport, FL 32439.