NORTHWEST FLORIDA (WJHG/WECP) - Area shelters are opening in preparation for Hurricane Irma.
A Panama City Beach couple is taking in horses and other livestock for Hurricane Irma evacuees. Cristi Karr says they already have quite a few dogs that can't go where the people are staying. She tells us people could message her on Facebook or call their home number at (850) 866-4028.
Royal American Beach Getaways in Panama City Beach has numerous family-sized condominiums available for evacuees. Their number is 1-800-224-4853
Caryville - The town is offering Hurricane Irma evacuees a place to rest. The field west of the Town Hall located at 4436 Old Spanish Trail is available for those need somewhere to stop for the night or for a few hours of rest. The rest area is free. There are no bathroom facilities but there are a few electrical hook-ups.
Chipley- The First Baptist Church of Chipley will be opening it's doors after 5 p.m. Friday. The church is located on 1300 South Blvd in Chipley. The Red Cross is partnering with the church which will serve as a host shelter for evacuees. The Red Cross will be supplying food and water and evacuees should bring their own sleeping supplies. Church officials ask visitors park in the back of the church and use the back entrance.
The Walton County Emergency Operations Center is opening a shelter at the Southwhite Baptist Church at noon Friday.
The Red Cross will open Marianna High School at 1 p.m. This is not a pet friendly shelter.
A Marianna man has opened two large fields for evacuees with RVs and campers. He says the fields can hold up to 50 cars. They don't have hook ups but it is a free to stay there. The address is 102 Fairview Rd in Marianna.
Okaloosa County Public Safety has opened up two shelters for evacuees from South Florida, one at Riverside Elementary School and the other at Shoal River Middle School. The Shoal River Middle School will open at 4 p.m. for evacuees from South Florida only. The Riverside Elementary School shelter will open when the Shoal River Middle School shelter reaches 75 percent capacity.
The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the old Bonifay Middle School.