Gulf County Hurricane Michael recovery information

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The information in this article will be constantly updated as recovery from Hurricane Michael continues in Gulf County.

November 4, 2018 – Final Daily Update

This is the final daily update from Gulf County Emergency Operations. The Gulf County Emergency Operations Center is returning to normal business hours on 5 November, 7a.m. -5:30p.m
Any pertinent information will be released via the Gulf County Emergency management Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GulfCountyEmergencyManagement/
Gulf County Emergency Management Website or e-mail:
www.gulfcounty-fl.gov/county_government/emergency_management
or email.

Red Cross & Salvation Army Providing Meals, Supplies
Gulf County Red Cross shelters and mobile feeding are closed as of 10a.m. Sunday, 4 November.
Gulf County residents still needing shelter can contact the Bay County Arnold shelter located at the Arnold High School: 550 N Alf Coleman Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32407 .

The Salvation Army is providing mobile feeding throughout Gulf County and at a fixed site at the Dollar General Market (8250 W. Highway 98, Port St. Joe) 11a.m. - through-out the day.

Gulf County, FL — A citizen fuel depot is available at the Health Department building at 2475 Garrison Ave., Port St. Joe. Both unleaded and diesel are available. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Crisis clean up
Call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. **This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

Debris Pick up
Debris pick up along county and city roads will continue until hurricane debris piles are eliminated. Please be aware of larger trucks on roadways that may cause more traffic congestion.

Curfew, boil water, burn ban
Gulf County Curfew has been lifted as of 1 November.
Boil water notice STILL in effect for Cape San Blas north of the rocks (Stumphole), lifted for all other Gulf County residents.
Burn ban remains in effect for all of Gulf County.

Tetanus and flu shots
The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots in
Wewahitchka (807 Highway 22) on the first and third Monday of the month 8a.m.-4p.m.
and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.). Open Monday - Friday 8a.m. -5p.m.

Meals (Final meal service Today, 3 November)
First Baptist Church (102 3rd St., Port St. Joe) will be serving meals . (DINNER FINAL MEAL)
Meals at Assembly of God (482 Pompano St, Port Saint Joe) in Highland View. (LUNCH FINAL MEAL)

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center
Two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open from 8a.m - 6p.m. in Gulf County and located at:
Gulf County Public Library at 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe.
Wewahitchka Information Center, 211 N SR 71, Wewahitchka.

State of Florida, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other representatives are in place to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:
Social Security number
Daytime telephone number
Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.
Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.

D-SNAP Food Assistance Available (Today, 4 November is the last day for in-person applications)
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is available to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. Families are encouraged to pre-register and take advantage of the phone application option by calling 855-278-7136. For Gulf County, pre-registration dates are Oct. 26-Nov. 4.
Apply in person Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at Gulf Coast State College (3800 Garrison Ave. Port St. Joe.).
Visit the D-SNAP website for more information on pre-registration, site locations, and hours of operation.

Donation distribution centers (No longer accepting donations)
Residents needing tarps and supplies may go to the following distribution centers:
Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - noon
Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Mon. - Fri. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Washington Rec Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Donations are being directed to the state distribution center. please call 850-227-2349. For cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Stack House Clothing Bank (610 8th St, Port St Joe)
Open 9a.m-5p.m 7 days a week.

Voting Locations (Tuesday last for voting)
Super Center Voting Stations will be open daily through November 6, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST:
Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office (401 Long Ave, Port St Joe)
Wewahitchka Public Library (314 N. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka)
For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections at 850-229-6117 or https://www.votegulf.com/

Operation Blue Roof
Army Corps of Engineers roof tarping aid, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-766-3258. Rights of Entry application last day November 11.

Electric updates (contact your electric company if you still have power issues)
Duke Energy customers restored power: 100%
Duke Energy customers can call 850-229-8944 to resolve electrical issues.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Customers restored power: 100%
GCEC Wewahitchka office: (850) 639-2216

UPDATE 11/3/2018 10:44 p.m.

Gulf County, FL — A citizen fuel depot is available at the Health Department building at 2475 Garrison Ave., Port St. Joe. Both unleaded and diesel are available. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Crisis clean up (Deadline Extended)
Call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup through Friday, November 2. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

Debris Pick up
Debris pick up along county and city roads will continue until hurricane debris piles are eliminated. Please be aware of larger trucks on roadways that may cause more traffic congestion.

Curfew, boil water, burn ban
Gulf County Curfew has been lifted as of 1 November.
Boil water notice STILL in effect for Cape San Blas north of the rocks (Stumphole), lifted for all other Gulf County residents.
Burn ban remains in effect for all of Gulf County.

Tetanus and flu shots
The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots in
Wewahitchka (807 Highway 22) on the first and third Monday of the month 8a.m.-4p.m.
and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.). Open Monday - Friday 8a.m. -5p.m.

Meals (Final meal service Today, 3 November)
First Baptist Church (102 3rd St., Port St. Joe) will be serving meals . (DINNER FINAL MEAL)
Meals at Assembly of God (482 Pompano St, Port Saint Joe) in Highland View. (LUNCH FINAL MEAL)

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center
Two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open from 8a.m - 6p.m. in Gulf County and located at:
Gulf County Public Library at 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe.
Wewahitchka Information Center, 211 N SR 71, Wewahitchka.

State of Florida, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other representatives are in place to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:
Social Security number
Daytime telephone number
Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.
Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.

D-SNAP Food Assistance Available
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is available to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. Families are encouraged to pre-register and take advantage of the phone application option by calling 855-278-7136. For Gulf County, pre-registration dates are Oct. 26-Nov. 4.

Apply in person Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at Gulf Coast State College (3800 Garrison Ave. Port St. Joe.).
Visit the D-SNAP website for more information on pre-registration, site locations, and hours of operation.

Donation distribution centers (No longe accepting donations)
Residents needing tarps and supplies may go to the following distribution centers:
Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - noon
Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Mon. - Fri. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Washington Rec Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349. For cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Stack House Clothing Bank (610 8th St, Port St Joe)
Open 9a.m-5p.m 7 days a week. Volunteers and NEW sock, underwear and tennis shoe are needed.

Red Cross & Salvation Army Providing Meals, Supplies
The American Red Cross is providing shelter and meals to clients at the Honeyville Community Center (240 Honeyville Park Dr.) and St. James Episcopal Church (800 22nd St., Port St. Joe). Mobile feeding and cleaning kits are available to Gulf County neighborhoods.
The Salvation Army is providing mobile feeding throughout Gulf County and at a fixed site at the Dollar General Market (8250 W. Highway 98, Port St. Joe) 11a.m. - through-out the day.

Voting Locations
Super Center Voting Stations will be open daily through November 6, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST:
Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office (401 Long Ave, Port St Joe)
Wewahitchka Public Library (314 N. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka)
For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections at 850-229-6117 or https://www.votegulf.com/

Operation Blue Roof
Army Corps of Engineers roof tarping aid, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-766-3258. Rights of Entry application last day November 11.

Electric updates
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Customers restored power: 97%
Duke Energy customers restored power: 100%
Duke Energy customers can call 850-229-8944 to resolve electrical issues.

The GCEC Wewahitchka office lobby is open for regular business hours: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The online bill pay system at www.gcec.com is operational and no late fees are currently being assessed. Wewahitchka office: (850) 639-2216

UPDATE 11/2/2018 2:30 p.m.

Gulf County, FL — A citizen fuel depot is available at the Health Department building at 2475 Garrison Ave., Port St. Joe. Both unleaded and diesel are available. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Debris Pick up
Debris pick up along county and city roads will continue until hurricane debris piles are eliminated. Please be aware of larger trucks on roadways that may cause more traffic congestion.

Curfew, boil water, burn ban
No Curfew as of 1 November. Burn ban remains in effect for all of Gulf County.
Boil water notice STILL in effect for Cape San Blas, Cape, Indian Pass and 386/Overstreet but has been lifted for all other Gulf County residents.

Tetanus and flu shots
The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots in
Wewahitchka (807 Highway 22) on the first and third Monday of the month 8a.m.-4p.m.
and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.). Open Monday - Friday 8a.m. -5p.m.

Meals
First Baptist Church (102 3rd St., Port St. Joe) will be serving lunch and dinner daily until Saturday, 3 November. Last meal served: Dinner
Meals at Assembly of God (482 Pompano St, Port Saint Joe) in Highland View served until Saturday, 3 November. Last meal served: Lunch

Red Cross & Salvation Army Providing Meals, Supplies
The American Red Cross is providing shelter and meals to clients at the Honeyville Community Center (240 Honeyville Park Dr.) and St. James Episcopal Church (800 22nd St., Port St. Joe). Mobile feeding and cleaning kits are available to Gulf County neighborhoods.
The Salvation Army is providing mobile feeding throughout Gulf County and at a fixed site at the Dollar General Market (8250 W. Highway 98, Port St. Joe) 11a.m. - through-out the day.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362)
Two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open from 8a.m - 6p.m. in Gulf County and located at:

Gulf County Public Library at 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe.
Wewahitchka Information Center, 211 N SR 71, Wewahitchka.

State of Florida, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other representatives are in place to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with recovery resources.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:

Social Security number
Daytime telephone number
Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.

D-SNAP Food Assistance Available
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is available to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. Families are encouraged to pre-register and take advantage of the phone application option by calling 855-278-7136. For Gulf County, pre-registration dates are Oct. 26-Nov. 4.

Apply in person Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at Gulf Coast State College (3800 Garrison Ave. Port St. Joe.).
Visit the D-SNAP website for more information on pre-registration, site locations, and hours of operation.

Donation distribution centers (No longe accepting donations)
Residents needing tarps and supplies may go to the following distribution centers:

Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - noon
Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Mon. - Fri. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Washington Rec Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349. For cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Stack House Clothing Bank (610 8th St, Port St Joe)
Open 9a.m-5p.m 7 days a week. Volunteers and NEW sock, underwear and tennis shoe are needed.

Voting Locations
Super Center Voting Stations will be open daily through November 6, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST:

Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office (401 Long Ave, Port St Joe)
Wewahitchka Public Library (314 N. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka)

For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections at 850-229-6117 or https://www.votegulf.com/

Crisis clean up (Today November 2, is last day to sign up)
Call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup through Friday, November 2. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

Operation Blue Roof
Army Corps of Engineers roof tarping aid, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-766-3258. Rights of Entry application last day November 11.

Electric updates
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Customers restored power: 97%
Duke Energy customers restored power: 100%

Duke Energy customers can call 850-229-8944 to resolve electrical issues.

The GCEC Wewahitchka office lobby is open for regular business hours: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The online bill pay system at www.gcec.com is operational and no late fees are currently being assessed. Wewahitchka office: (850) 639-2216

UPDATE 10/31/18 10:15 p.m.

Today, Governor Rick Scott received a full briefing from the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. Governor Scott has been in constant communication with local officials and emergency management in Gulf County following the impact of Hurricane Michael. The following information has been reported to the State Emergency Response Team and includes specific actions the state has taken to aid the residents of Gulf County impacted by Hurricane Michael.

FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) was approved for families in Gulf County following a request from Governor Rick Scott. TSA provides FEMA-funded lodging in hotels and motels for eligible disaster survivors who are unable to return home for an extended period due to disaster-related damages. FEMA is currently notifying eligible families in Gulf County of their sheltering options under TSA. Families in Gulf County looking to confirm their TSA eligibility should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). You can also visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov for more information on TSA and to find participating hotels and motels. This program has also been approved for Bay and Jackson counties.

Following Governor Scott's request, FEMA approved Direct Housing Assistance for Bay, Calhoun, Jackson, Gadsden and Gulf Counties. This assistance includes recreational vehicles, mobile homes, direct lease, multi-family lease and repair and group sites.

FEMA Individual Assistance and Public Assistance was approved October 11. Federal re-employment assistance is also now available for individuals in Gulf County.

DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS
A Disaster Recovery Center or DRC is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where survivors may go for information about our programs or other disaster assistance programs, and to ask questions related to your case. Representatives from FDEM, FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.
There are currently two Disaster Recovery Centers open in Gulf County:
Port St. Joe Library 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Wewahitchka Town Hall 211 Hwy 71, Wewahitchka, FL 32465

FOOD AND WATER
There is one point of distribution for food and water open in Gulf County:
500 Ike Steele Rd., Wewahitchka, FL

COMMUNICATIONS
Currently, 83 percent of cellular service coverage has been restored in Gulf County. This does not include mobile cellular assets augmenting the network.

POWER RESTORATION
Current power outage as of 3:00 p.m. is 109 or 1 percent, a 98 percent improvement since Hurricane Michael impacted Gulf County.

SHELTERS
Currently two shelters are open:
Honeyville Community Center at 240 Honeyville Park Road, Wewahitchka.
St. James Episcopal Church 800 22nd St, Port Saint Joe, FL
Visit https://www.floridadisaster.org/shelter-status/ to find information on shelters in your area. This site is being updated as shelters open throughout the day.

LAW ENFORCEMENT
FWC officers continue performing search and rescue, welfare checks, reconnaissance, public safety missions and debris removal assistance in Gulf County.
The Florida Highway Patrol is supplementing local law enforcement agency efforts with increased patrols and visibility.
The Florida Highway Patrol is providing security escorts for utility crews.
The Florida Highway Patrol is assisting at DSNAP distribution locations.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS
All state roads in Gulf County are open. US 98 has opened in both directions in Gulf County.
FDOT has completed all state bridge inspections and all state bridges are open in Gulf County.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is in contact with healthcare facilities to ensure they have the resources they need.
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is fully operational and has power.
Assisted living facility Our Home at Beacon Hill LLC, and nursing home Cross Shores Care Center have both been completely evacuated and remain closed.
The Agency for Persons with Disability’s William J. Rish Recreational Park in Gulf County remains closed.
Facilities report their evacuation status to the Agency through the Emergency Status System. An updated evacuation report can be found on the AHCA twitter page: https://twitter.com/AHCA_FL
There is currently 1 Active Boil Water Notices in Gulf County. Visit the DOH boil water notice webpage for more information - http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/drinking-water/boil-water-notices.html.
The Gulf County Health Department is open and providing services to the public.
APD’s William J. Rish Recreational Park in Gulf County remains closed.
DCF is providing additional SNAP benefits for customers in Gulf County. These benefits are now in the customer’s accounts and accessible on their EBT cards. For more information, click HERE.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has activated and is assisting with all StormTracker requests, a reporting tool for water and waste water facilities to provide unmet needs and updates on their operational status.
Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) completed hazardous waste facility assessments in Gulf County.
DEP staff from the State Emergency Operations Center have conducted water testing in the county.
Beach Surveys have been completed in Gulf County.
The U.S. Coast Guard, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has completed fly overs to assess coastal areas.
An online tool for the public to report the location of storm debris in waterways has been deployed. Of the 461 reports of debris have been received, ten are in Gulf County. .
235 Disaster Debris Management Sites have been pre-authorized for the counties addressed by the Governor’s Executive Order, with 10 in Gulf County. Twelve sites have been formally authorized in Gulf County.
Florida State Parks strike teams are on site to clear debris and assist individuals in impacted state parks. T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and Constitution Convention Museum State Park in Gulf County remain closed at this time.

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
The Florida SBDC Network and the U.S. Small Business Administration have opened Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to assist small businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael. Small businesses can get assistance applying for state and federal business disaster loans. A Business Recovery Center is now open in Gulf County at the Gulf Franklin Center of GCSC 3800 Garrison Ave, Port St. Joe Florida 33456. It is scheduled to operate Monday-Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has launched the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide short-term, interest-free loans to affects businesses at www.floridadisasterloan.org.
Disaster cleanup and other related job openings are now available at http://disasterrecovery.employflorida.com for businesses to post job openings and for individuals to find job opportunities.
DEO has opened the Business Damage Assessment Survey for businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael. Businesses with damage should complete the survey at https://www.floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments.
Businesses can also visit FloridaDisaster.biz to view tips for assessing storm damage and to register to receive updates on storm recovery.

EDUCATION
The Florida Department of Education is in contact with school districts, state colleges and universities for updates and to determine their needs and provide assistance.
Gulf Coast State College will reopen November 5 at the following campuses: Panama City Campus, North Bay Campus and Gulf/Franklin Campus.
FDOE is posting up-to-date information regarding closures and meeting cancellations at http://www.fldoe.org/hurricaneinfo.

VOLUNTEER EFFORTS
An ESF-15 representativedeployed from the State Emergency Operations Centerto Gulf County. The representative is actively mobilizing volunteers and coordinating incoming donations.
At Governor Scott’s direction, Volunteer Florida has activated the Florida Disaster Fund, the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To donate, visit, www.volunteerflorida.org/donatefdf/.

STATE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER/ CONTACTS
The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) contact number is 1-800-342-3557.
The State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Michael.
Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

UPDATE 10/31/2018 12:15 p.m.

A citizen fuel depot is available at the Health Department building at 2475 Garrison Ave., Port St. Joe. Both unleaded and diesel are available. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tetanus and flu shots
The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots in Wewahitchka (807 Highway 22) and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.). Open Monday - Friday during regular business hours.

Free Tetanus shots will be available at following volunteer fire departments on Thursday, November 1.

St Joe Beach Volunteer FD – 10a.m. – Noon eastern time, November 1
Highland View Volunteer FD – 2p.m. – 4p.m. eastern time, November 1
Dalkeith Volunteer FD – 2p.m. – 4p.m. central time, November 1

Meals at First Baptist
First Baptist Church (102 3rd St., Port St. Joe) will be serving lunch and dinner daily.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center
Two FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers are open from 8a.m - 6p.m. in Gulf County and located at:

Gulf County Public Library at 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe.
Wewahitchka Information Center, 211 N SR 71, Wewahitchka.

Representatives from the State of Florida, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are in place to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:

Social Security number
Daytime telephone number
Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.

Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.

D-SNAP Food Assistance Available
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is available to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. Families are encouraged to pre-register and take advantage of the phone application option by calling 855-278-7136. For Gulf County, pre-registration dates are Oct. 26-Nov. 4.

Apply in person Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at Gulf Coast State College (3800 Garrison Ave. Port St. Joe.).
Visit the D-SNAP website for more information on pre-registration, site locations, and hours of operation.

Donation distribution centers
Residents needing tarps and supplies may go to the following distribution centers:

Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - noon
Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Mon. - Fri. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Washington Rec Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

These centers are no longer accepting donations. All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349. To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Stack House Clothing Bank (610 8th St, Port St Joe)
Open 9a.m-5p.m 7 days a week. Volunteers are needed. NEW sock, underwear and tennis shoe donations are greatly needed.

Red Cross & Salvation Army Providing Meals, Supplies
The American Red Cross is providing shelter and meals to clients at the Honeyville Community Center (240 Honeyville Park Dr.) and the St. James Episcopal Church (800 22nd St., Port St. Joe). Mobile feeding and cleaning kits are also available Gulf County neighborhoods including Wewahitchka, Port St. Joe, St. Joe Beach, White City and the Gulf Coast vicinity. The Salvation Army is providing mobile feeding throughout Gulf County, as well. They have two fixed sites at the Dollar General (8250 W. Highway 98, Port St. Joe) and the AME Church (146 Ave. C, Port St. Joe).

Voting Locations
Super Center Voting Stations will be open daily through November 6, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST:

Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office (401 Long Ave, Port St Joe)
Wewahitchka Public Library (314 N. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka)

For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections at 850-229-6117 or https://www.votegulf.com/

Curfew, boil water, burn ban
A curfew remains in effect for Gulf County from midnight to 5 a.m. EST and 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. CST.
Boil water notice for White City, Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe has been lifted, but remains for all other residents. Burn ban remains in effect for all of Gulf County.

Crisis clean up
Call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup through November 2. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

Operation Blue Roof
Army Corps of Engineers roof tarping aid, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-766-3258.

Electric updates
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Customers restored power: 89%
Duke Energy customers restored power: 99%

Duke Energy customers without restored power should check your electrical box. A black check mark or green dot means it has been inspected, Duke Energy has your address and will be reconnecting you to the grid soon. If you see a red x on your box, you will need to have it repaired by a certified electrician. Once it has been repaired, please call 850-229-8944 and leave your name and address so that inspectors may come and check your box to be sure it is safe.

GCEC’s phone system is now working. Wewahitchka office: (850) 639-2216.The Wewahitchka office lobby is open for regular business hours: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The online bill pay system at www.gcec.com is operational and no late fees are currently being assessed.

UPDATE 10/28/2018 9:32 p.m.

A citizen fuel depot is available at the Health Department building at 2475 Garrison Ave., Port St. Joe. Both unleaded and diesel are available. Hours of operation are 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Meals at First Baptist
First Baptist Church (102 3rd St., Port St. Joe) will be serving lunch and dinner daily beginning Mon., Oct. 29.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center
A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open at the Gulf County Public Library at 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, daily through November 3.

Representatives from the State of Florida, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect
survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:
• Social Security number
• Daytime telephone number
• Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
• Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.
Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.

D-SNAP Food Assistance Available
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is now available to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. Families are encouraged to pre-register and take advantage of the phone application option by calling 855-278-7136. For Gulf County, pre-registration dates are Oct. 26- Nov. 4. Phone applications will be accepted Oct. 27-Oct. 30. You can apply in person Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at Gulf Coast State College (3800 Garrison Ave. Port St. Joe.). Visit the D-SNAP website for more
information on pre-registration, site locations, and hours of operation.

Donation distribution centers
Residents needing tarps and supplies may go to the following distribution centers:
• Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Closed Sunday, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - noon
• Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Closed Sunday. Mon. - Fri. 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
• Washington Rec Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Open Sunday: 2-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m.– 5 p.m.
These centers are no longer accepting donations. All future donations will be directed to the state
distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349. To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Red Cross & Salvation Army Providing Meals, Supplies
The American Red Cross is providing shelter and meals to clients at the Honeyville Community Center (240 Honeyville Park Dr.) and the St. James Episcopal Church (800 22nd St., Port St. Joe). They are
also providing mobile feeding and cleaning kits to neighborhoods in Gulf County including Wewahitchka, Port St. Joe, St. Joe Beach, White City and the Gulf Coast vicinity. The Salvation Army is providing mobile feeding throughout Gulf County, as well. They have two fixed sites at the Dollar General (8250 W. Highway 98, Port St. Joe) and the AME Church (146 Ave. C, Port St. Joe).

Voting Locations
Super Center Voting Stations will be open daily through November 6, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST:
• Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office (401 Long Ave, Port St Joe)
• Wewahitchka Public Library (314 N. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka)
For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections at 850-229-6117 or https://www.votegulf.com/

Curfew, boil water, burn ban
A curfew remains in effect for Gulf County. The hours are midnight to 5 a.m. EST and 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. CST. Also, the boil water notice for White City, City of Wewahitchka and City of Port St. Joe has been
lifted. A burn ban remains in effect for all of Gulf County.

Tetanus and flu shots
The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots at its locations in Wewahitchka (807 Highway 22) and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.). These locations are open Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Crisis clean up
From now through November 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

Operation Blue Roof
For Army Corps of Engineers help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-466-3258.

Electric updates
If you are a Duke Energy customer and have not had power restored, please check your electrical box. If there is a black check mark or green dot on it, that means it has been inspected and that Duke Energy
has your address and will be reconnecting you to their grid soon. If you see a red x on your box, you will need to have it repaired by a certified electrician. Once it has been repaired, please call 850-229-8944
and leave your name and address so that inspectors may come and check your box to be sure it is safe.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is reporting that 83% of its customers in Gulf County have power as of Thursday morning. GCEC’s phone system is now working. Wewahitchka office: (850) 639-2216.The Wewahitchka office lobby is open for regular business hours, which are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The online bill pay system at www.gcec.com is operational and no late fees are currently being assessed.

Legal aid hotline
A legal aid hotline now is available for Hurricane Michael survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929. Callers can leave a message to provide their name, telephone number, county of residence, and a description of their legal problems on the hotline at any time. Calls will be returned within two business days between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

UPDATE 10/27/2018 3:38 p.m.

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open at the Gulf County Public Library at 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, daily through November 3.

Representatives from the State of Florida, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:
· Social Security number
· Daytime telephone number
· Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
· Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.
Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.

D-SNAP program initiated
The Department of Children and Families has initiated the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Families are encouraged to pre-register and take advantage of the phone application option by calling 855-278-7136.
For Gulf County, the dates are October 26-November 4 for pre-registration; October 27-October 30 for phone applications and October 31-November 4 for in-person applications at Gulf Coast State College (3800 Garrison Ave. Port St. Joe.).
People are encouraged to pre-register online in advance of your local site visit. Individuals also can apply at D-SNAP site locations without pre-registering.
Visit the D-SNAP website for more information on pre-registration, site locations, and hours of operation.

Distribution centers
Tarps are available at the Wewahitchka Gym and Centennial Building. Donation centers are no longer accepting donations. All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349. To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.
Residents needing supplies may go to the following distribution centers:
· Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon. Closed Sunday.
· Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
· Washington Rec Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun: 2-5 p.m.

Operation Blue Roof
For Army Corps of Engineer help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call
888-466-3258.

Electric updates
If you are a Duke Energy customer and have not had power restored, please check your electrical box. If there is a black check mark or green dot on it, that means it has been inspected and that Duke Energy has your address and will be reconnecting you to their grid soon. If you see a red x on your box, you will need to have it repaired by a certified electrician. Once it has been repaired, please call 850-229-8944 and leave your name and address so that inspectors may come and check your box to be sure it is safe.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is reporting that 83% of its customers in Gulf County have power as of Thursday morning.
GCEC’s phone system is now working. Wewahitchka office: (850) 639-2216.The Wewahitchka office lobby is open for regular business hours, which are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The online bill pay system at www.gcec.com is operational and no late fees are currently being assessed.

Legal aid hotline established
A legal aid hotline now is available for Hurricane Michael survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929.
Those who qualify will be matched with Florida lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help:
• Securing FEMA and other benefits
• Making life, medical and property insurance claims
• Dealing with home repair contractors
• Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the hurricane
• Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues
Callers can leave a message to provide their name, telephone number, county of residence, and a description of their legal problems on the hotline at any time. Calls will be returned within two business days between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Voting starts today
Super Center Voting Stations will be open today through November 6 daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Super Center locations:
· Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office (401 Long Ave, Port St Joe)
· Wewahitchka Public Library (314 N. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka)
For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections at 850-229-6117 or https://www.votegulf.com/

Curfew, boil water, burn ban
A curfew remains in effect for Gulf County. The hours are midnight to 5 a.m. EST and 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. CST. Also, the boil water notice for White City, City of Wewahitchka and City of Port St. Joe has been lifted. A burn ban remains in effect for all of Gulf County.

Tetanus and flu shots
The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots at its locations in Wewahitchka (807 Highway 22) and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.). These locations are open Monday through Friday during regular business hours

Crisis clean up
From now through November 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

UPDATE 10/26/2018 6:15 p.m.

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open at the Gulf County Public Library at 110 Library Drive, Port St. Joe. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, daily through November 3.
Representatives from the State of Florida, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:

Social Security number
Daytime telephone number
Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.

Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.
D-SNAP program initiated
The Department of Children and Families has initiated the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Families are encouraged to pre-register and take advantage of the phone application option by calling 855-278-7136
For Gulf County, those dates are October 26-November 4 for pre-registration; October 27-October 30 for phone applications and October 31-November 4 for in-person applications at Gulf Coast State College (3800 Garrison Ave. Port St. Joe.).
People are encouraged to pre-register online in advance of your local site visit. Individuals also can apply at D-SNAP site locations without pre-registering.
Visit the D-SNAP website for more information on pre-registration, site locations, and hours of operation.
Distribution centers
Tarps are available at the Wewahitchka Gym and Centennial Building. Donation centers are no longer accepting donations. All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349. To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.
Residents needing supplies may go to the following distribution centers:

Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon. Closed Sunday.
Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Washington Rec Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun: 2-5 p.m.

Operation Blue Roof
For Army Corps of Engineer help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call
888-466-3258.
Electric updates
If you are a Duke Energy customer and have not had power restored, please check your electrical box. If there is a black check mark on it, that means it has been inspected and that Duke Energy has your address and will be reconnecting you to their grid soon. If you see a red x on your box, you will need to have it repaired by a certified electrician. Once it has been repaired, please call 850-229-8944 and leave your name and address so that inspectors may come and check your box to be sure it is safe.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is reporting that 83% of its customers in Gulf County have power as of Thursday morning.
GCEC’s phone system is now working. Wewahitchka office: (850) 639-2216.The Wewahitchka office lobby is open for regular business hours, which are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The online bill pay system at www.gcec.com is operational and no late fees are currently being assessed.
Legal aid hotline established
A legal aid hotline now is available for Hurricane Michael survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929.
Those who qualify will be matched with Florida lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help such as:
• Securing FEMA and other benefits
• Making life, medical and property insurance claims
• Dealing with home repair contractors
• Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the hurricane
• Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues
Callers can leave a message to provide their name, telephone number, county of residence, and a description of their legal problems on the hotline at any time. Calls will be returned within two business days between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Voting starts Saturday
Super Center Voting Stations will be open Saturday through November 6 daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Super Center locations:

Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office (401 Long Ave, Port St Joe)
Wewahitchka Public Library (314 N. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka)

For more information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections at 850-229-6117 or visit https://www.votegulf.com/
Curfew, boil water, burn ban
The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office has announced curfew hours now are midnight to
5 a.m. EST and 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. CST. Also, the boil water notice for White City, City of Wewahitchka and City of Port St. Joe has been lifted. A burn ban remains in effect for all of Gulf County.
Tetanus and flu shots
The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots at its locations in Wewahitchka (807 Highway 22) and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.). These locations are open Monday through Friday during regular business hours
Crisis clean up
From now through November 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

UPDATE 10/26/2018 1:45 p.m.

The precautionary boil water notice issued October 13, 2018 has been lifted for customers in White City ONLY. The notice was lifted following the satisfactory completion of the Bacteriological survey showing the water is safe to drink.

If you have questions, you may contact Larry McClamma at the Water Department. That telephone number is (850) 229-1421 or (850) 229-6395. You can also contact John Grantland at the city of Port St. Joe Public Works Office. That telephone number is (850) 229-8247.

UPDATE 10/26/2018 1:40 p.m.

A disaster recovery center is now open in Port Saint Joe in Gulf County.

Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA will open additional centers in affected counties in the coming days.

The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties designated in the Florida federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Michael.

Representatives from the State of Florida, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs.

The center is located at:
Port Saint Joe Library
110 Library Drive
Port Saint Joe, FL 32456

Sunday through Saturday, 8am to 7pm local time

Other centers will soon be open in affected areas. Survivors can view locations by using the FEMA mobile app or by visiting FEMA.gov/DRC.

Homeowners, renters and businesses should register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. There are several ways to register:

Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov;
Call 800-621-3362 (voice/711/VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

All recovery centers are accessible to people with disabilities.

Centers have assistive technology equipment, such as amplified phones and listening devices for people with hearing loss and magnifiers for people with vision loss.

Video Remote Interpreting is available. In-person American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available by request. (If possible, please allow 24 hours to schedule an interpreter).

The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

Survivors may follow these links to access informational videos in American Sign Language:

Disaster Recovery Centers (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/127259
Just ask (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111508
FEMA assistance does not impact government benefits (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/111582
Requesting an interpreter (ASL): fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/172199

Florida homeowners, renters and business owners in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, and Washington Counties may apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Michael.

UPDATE 10/26/2018 12:25 p.m.

Tarps are available at the Wewahitchka Gym and Centennial Building. Donation centers are no longer accepting donations.

All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349.

To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Residents needing supplies may go to the following distribution centers:

Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – noon
Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri., 2 – 5 p.m.
Washington Recreation Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Operation Blue Roof
For Army Corps of Engineer help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call
888-466-3258.

Electric updates

If you are a Duke Energy customer and have not had power restored, please check your electrical box. If there is a black check mark on it, that means it has been inspected and that Duke Energy has your address and will be reconnecting you to their grid soon.

If you see a red x on your box, you will need to have it repaired by a certified electrician. Once it has been repaired, please call 850-229-8944 and leave your name and address so that inspectors may come and check your box to be sure it is safe.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is reporting that 75% of its customers in Gulf County have power as of Thursday morning.

GCEC’s phone system is now working. Wewahitchka office: (850) 639-2216.The Wewahitchka office lobby is open for regular business hours, which are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The online bill pay system at www.gcec.com is operational and no late fees are currently being assessed.

Legal aid hotline established

A legal aid hotline now is available for Hurricane Michael survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929.

Those who qualify will be matched with Florida lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help such as:
• Securing FEMA and other benefits
• Making life, medical and property insurance claims
• Dealing with home repair contractors
• Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the hurricane
• Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues

Callers can leave a message to provide their name, telephone number, county of residence, and a description of their legal problems on the hotline at any time. Calls will be returned within two business days between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Household trash

Waste Pro has resumed normal service routes but is one day behind currently. Trucks are running traditional routes seven days a week and residents are asked to keep their household garbage separate from vegetative and construction/demolition debris.

Voting starts Saturday

Super Center Voting Stations will be open Saturday through November 6 daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Super Center locations:

Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office (401 Long Ave, Port St Joe)
Wewahitchka Public Library (314 N. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka)

For more information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections at 850-229-6117 or visit https://www.votegulf.com/

FEMA assistance

Disaster assistance is available to affected individuals in Gulf County. FEMA Registration Intake Centers are in place at Wewahitchka Information Center and inside the Honeyville Community Center.

To apply for assistance, you will need the following:

Social Security number
Daytime telephone number
Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.

Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.

Curfew, boil water, burn ban

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office has announced curfew hours now are midnight to 5 a.m. EST and 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. CST. Also, the boil water notice for the City of Wewahitchka and City of Port St. Joe has been lifted. A burn ban remains in effect for all of Gulf County.

Tetanus and flu shots

The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots at its locations in Wewahitchka (807 Highway 22) and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.).

Free Clinic

PanCare is offering a free clinic at the Florida Department of Health, 2475 Garrison Ave., Port St. Joe. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and it will be open through today.

Courts reschedule hearings

Hearings in Gulf County courts have been canceled this week. People with a hearing scheduled for this week can contact the Clerk of Courts office for a new date. Please call 850-229-6112 or email info@gulfclerk.com. Walk-in rescheduling also is available at the office.

Tax deed auctions canceled

All Gulf County Tax Deed Auctions scheduled for October 31, 2018 and November 14, 2018 have been cancelled. Revised auction dates are not available at this time.

Crisis clean up

From now through November 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

UPDATE 10/25/2018 4:43 p.m.:

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office has announced curfew hours now are midnight to 5 a.m. EST and 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. CST. Also, the boil water notice for the City of Wewahitchka and City of Port St. Joe has been lifted. A burn ban remains in effect for all of Gulf County.

Household trash
Waste Pro has resumed normal service routes but is one day behind currently. Trucks are running traditional routes seven days a week and residents are asked to keep their household garbage separate from vegetative and construction/demolition debris.

Voting starts Saturday
Super Center Voting Stations will be open Saturday through November 6 daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Super Center locations:
• Gulf County Supervisor of Elections Office (401 Long Ave, Port St Joe)
• Wewahitchka Public Library (314 N. 2nd Street, Wewahitchka)
For more information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections at 850-229-6117 or visit https://www.votegulf.com/

Legal aid hotline established
A legal aid hotline now is available for Hurricane Michael survivors in Florida who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-866-550-2929.
Those who qualify will be matched with Florida lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal help such as:
• Securing FEMA and other benefits
• Making life, medical and property insurance claims
• Dealing with home repair contractors
• Replacing wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the hurricane
• Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues
Callers can leave a message to provide their name, telephone number, county of residence, and a description of their legal problems on the hotline at any time. Calls will be returned within two business days between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

FEMA assistance
Disaster assistance is available to affected individuals in Gulf County.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:
• Social Security number
• Daytime telephone number
• Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
• Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.
Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.
Points of distribution/donations
Tarps are available at the Wewahitchka Gym and Centennial Building. Donation centers are no longer accepting donations. All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349. To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Residents needing supplies may go to the following distribution centers:
• Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – noon
• Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri., 2 – 5 p.m.
• Washington Recreation Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri. 2 – 5 p.m.
Operation Blue Roof
For Army Corps of Engineer help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-466-3258.
Tetanus and flu shots
The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots at its locations in Wewahitchka (807 Highway 22) and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.).
Free Clinic
PanCare is offering a free clinic at the Florida Department of Health, 2475 Garrison Ave., Port St. Joe. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and it will be open until Friday.
Senior Centers reopen
The Gulf County Senior Citizens Center (120 Library Drive, Port St. Joe) and the Wewa Senior Citizens Center (314 N. Third Street, Wewahitchka) are open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 850-229-8466.

Courts reschedule hearings
Hearings in Gulf County courts have been canceled this week. People with a hearing scheduled for this week can contact the Clerk of Courts office for a new date. Please call 850-229-6112 or email info@gulfclerk.com. Walk-in rescheduling also is available at the office.

Tax deed auctions canceled
All Gulf County Tax Deed Auctions scheduled for October 31, 2018 and November 14, 2018 have been cancelled. Revised auction dates are not available at this time.

Crisis clean up
From now through November 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

UPDATE 10/25/2018 11:11 a.m.

There is a new information line at the County Emergency Operations Center. The new number is 850-227-2349 and is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m EST.
County reduces curfew hours
The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office has announced the curfew hours now are midnight to 5 a.m. EST and 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. CST. Also, the boil water notice and burn ban remain in effect.
Tetanus and flu shots
The Florida Department of Health is offering free tetanus and flu shots at St. Joe Beach (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Howard Creek (1-4 p.m.) volunteer fire departments.
Free Clinic
PanCare is offering a free clinic at the Florida Department of Health, 2475 Garrison Ave., Port St. Joe. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and it will be open until Friday.

FEMA assistance
Disaster assistance is available to affected individuals in Gulf County.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:
• Social Security number
• Daytime telephone number
• Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
• Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.
Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.
Disaster Recovery Centers will be opening in Gulf County in the coming days but homeowners, renters and business owners should register for assistance before visiting one of the centers.
Points of distribution/donations
Tarps are available at the Wewahitchka Gym and Centennial Building. Donation centers are no longer accepting donations. All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349. To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Residents needing supplies may go to the following distribution centers:
• Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – noon
• Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
• Washington Rec. Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Closed for repairs.
Operation Blue Roof
For Army Corps of Engineer help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-466-3258.
Senior Centers reopening
The Gulf County Senior Citizens Center (120 Library Drive, Port St. Joe) and the Wewa Senior Citizens Center (314 N. Third Street, Wewahitchka) reopen today. For more information, call 850-229-8466.

Courts reschedule hearings
Hearings in Gulf County courts have been canceled this week. People with a hearing scheduled for this week can contact the Clerk of Courts office for a new date. Please call 850-229-6112 or email info@gulfclerk.com. Walk-in rescheduling also is available at the office.

Tax deed auctions canceled
All Gulf County Tax Deed Auctions scheduled for October 31, 2018 and November 14, 2018 have been cancelled. Revised auction dates are not available at this time.

Crisis clean up
From now through November 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

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UPDATE 10/24/2018 4:54 p.m.

As various services continue to be brought back on line throughout the county, phone lines at the County Emergency Operations have been restored and there is a new information line. The new number is 850-227-2349 and is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m EST.
Free Clinic
PanCare is offering a free clinic at the Florida Department of Health, 2475 Garrison Ave., Port St. Joe. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and it will be open until Friday.

FEMA assistance
Disaster assistance is available to affected individuals in Gulf County.
To apply for assistance, you will need the following:
• Social Security number
• Daytime telephone number
• Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property
• Insurance information, if available. Insurance is not required to receive assistance.
Applicants can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800-621-3362.
Points of distribution/donations
Donation centers are no longer accepting donations. All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 850-227-2349. To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Residents needing supplies may go to the following distribution centers:
• Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – noon
• Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
• Washington Rec. Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Thurs.-Fri., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Updated information for Wewahitchka schools
Wewahitchka students will return to school Thursday. Elementary student hours are 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the elementary school. Middle school student hours are 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at the high school. High school student hours are 11:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the high school. All Gulf County Students are eligible for free school meals.
Operation Blue Roof
For Army Corps of Engineer help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-466-3258.
Senior Centers reopening
The Gulf County Senior Citizens Center (120 Library Drive, Port St. Joe) and the Wewa Senior Citizens Center (314 N. Third Street, Wewahitchka) will reopen Thursday. For more information, call 850-229-8466.

Courts reschedule hearings
Hearings in Gulf County courts have been canceled this week. People with a hearing scheduled for this week can contact the Clerk of Courts office for a new date. Please call 850-229-6112 or email info@gulfclerk.com. Walk-in rescheduling also is available at the office.

Tax deed auctions canceled
All Gulf County Tax Deed Auctions scheduled for October 31, 2018 and November 14, 2018 have been cancelled. Revised auction dates are not available at this time.

Crisis clean up
From now through November 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed because of the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

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UPDATE 10/24/2018 11:20 a.m.:

Because of a surge in the mosquito population from flooding caused by Hurricane Michael, aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Gulf County has been scheduled for Wednesday evening, weather permitting. Spraying is scheduled from dusk to dawn; approximately 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The decision for aerial spraying was made because of the overwhelming increase in the mosquito population, with the advisement of county health officials and in direct response to citizens’ recent requests. At this time, there have been no reported or confirmed mosquito-borne diseases in Gulf County. For more information about aerial spraying, please contact Gulf County Mosquito Control at 850-227-1401.

Points of distribution update
All donation centers still are maintaining distribution to the affected communities but are no longer accepting donations at these sites. All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 805-536-4432. To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Residents needing supplies may go to the following distribution centers:
• Wewahitchka Gym (852 S. Hwy. 71, Wewahitchka), Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – noon
• Centennial Building (2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe), Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
• Washington Rec. Center (401 Peters Rd., Port St. Joe), Thurs.-Fri., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior Centers reopening
The Gulf County Senior Citizens Center will reopen Thursday and is beginning to contact clients for food service. The center is located at 120 Library Drive, Port St. Joe. For more information, call 850-229-8466. The Wewa Senior Citizens Center also will reopen Thursday. The address is 314 N. Third Street, Wewahitchka.

Updated information for Wewahitchka schools
Wewahitchka students will return to school Thursday, Oct. 25. Elementary student hours are 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the elementary school. Middle school student hours are 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. at the high school. High school student hours are 11:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the high school.

Free meals for students
All Gulf County students are eligible for free school meals through the National School Lunch Program from now through Nov. 30, 2018. This includes breakfast and lunch. Parents or guardians looking for additional information can contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-504-6609 or InfoFNW@FreshFromFlorida.com.

Courts reschedule hearings
Hearings in Gulf County courts have been canceled this week. People with a hearing scheduled for this week can contact the Clerk of Courts office for a new date. Please call 850-229-6112 or email info@gulfclerk.com. Walk-in rescheduling also is available at the office.

Tax deed auctions canceled
All Gulf County Tax Deed Auctions scheduled for 10/24/2018, 10/31/2018 and 11/14/18 have been cancelled. Revised auction dates are not available at this time.

Crisis clean up
From now through November 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors cut fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

Operation Blue Roof
For Army Corps of Engineer help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-466-3258.

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UPDATE October 23, 4:17 p.m.:

Funeral services for Gulf County Fire Coordinator Brad Price will take place Wednesday at 10 a.m. CST on the football field at Wewahitchka High School located at 1 Gator Circle, Wewahitchka, FL 32465. The family will receive family and friends at 9 a.m. with the service to follow. Price lost his life when he was struck by a tree while helping family members clear debris from Hurricane Michael.

School in session
School started today in Port St. Joe. Elementary student hours are 8 a.m. to noon and high school student hours are 1-5 p.m. Both sessions will be hosted at the elementary school. Wewahitchka will resume Thursday. Elementary student hours are 8-11:15 a.m., and high school student hours are from 12:45-4 p.m. Both sessions will be hosted at the elementary school. Drivers are urged to use extra caution as children will be more active in school zones than during recent days.

Points of distribution
The official county Point of Distribution at Wewahitchka High School has moved to the Old Wewa Gym – 852 South Highway 71, Wewahitchka – and is housed with the volunteer distribution center there.
All donation centers still are maintaining distribution to the affected communities but are no longer accepting donations at these sites. All future donations will be directed to the state distribution center. For more information on getting supplies to the state center, please call 805-536-4432. To make cash contributions, please visit www.VolunteerFlorida.org.

Courts reschedule hearings
Hearings in Gulf County courts have been canceled this week. People with a hearing scheduled for this week can contact the Clerk of Courts office for a new date. Please call 850-229-6112 or email info@gulfclerk.com. Walk-in rescheduling also is available at the office.

Crisis clean up
From now through November 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors cut fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

Operation Blue Roof
For Army Corps of Engineer help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 888-466-3258.

UPDATE: October 23, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

School starts today in Port St. Joe. Elementary student hours are 8 a.m. to noon and high school student hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Both sessions will be hosted at the elementary school.

On Thursday, October 25, school in Wewahitchka will open.

Elementary student hours are 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., and high school student hours are from 12:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both sessions will be hosted at the elementary school.

UPDATE: October 23, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

From Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative:

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative reports Tuesday morning that power has been restored to 10,070 members in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Walton and Washington counties. This represents approximately 48 percent of Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative’s total distribution system, which serves 20,815 members.

As of 9 a.m., Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative had the following outage numbers: Gulf County: 1,388 meters (32 percent).

TOTAL SYSTEM OUTAGES: 10,745 (52 percent)

Crews are working across all counties in Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative’s service area. However, many homes and businesses are damaged to the point that they will not be able to accept service once it becomes available.

There are more than 1,100 crewmen working on the restoration effort. Because all efforts are focused on power restoration, GCEC office lobbies are closed until further notice.

Due to the damage that GCEC offices received during the storm, service to the online bill pay system at www.gcec.com and phone system is intermittent. Repairs are being made to make all communication systems fully operational.

Follow Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative on Facebook for further updates.

October 22, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

From Governor Rick Scott's Office:

FEMA Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) was approved for families in Gulf County following a request from Governor Rick Scott. TSA provides FEMA-funded lodging in hotels and motels for eligible disaster survivors who are unable to return home for an extended period due to disaster-related damages. FEMA is currently notifying eligible families in Gulf County of their sheltering options under TSA. Families in Gulf County looking to confirm their TSA eligibility should call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). You can also visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov for more information on TSA and to find participating hotels and motels. This program has also been approved for Bay and Jackson counties.

Governor Scott is visiting the Gulf County Emergency Operations Center and has been in constant communication with local officials and emergency management in Gulf County following the impact of Hurricane Michael. The following information has been reported to the State Emergency Response Team and includes specific actions the state has taken to aid the residents of Gulf County impacted by Hurricane Michael.

FEMA Individual Assistance and Public Assistance was approved October 11. Federal re-employment assistance is also now available for individuals in Gulf County.

FEMA has dispatched teams of representatives to assist residents with applications and registrations for individual assistance in areas affected by Hurricane Michael.

FOOD AND WATER
• There are two points of distribution for food and water open in Gulf County:.
o 2201 Centennial Ave Port St Joe, FL 32456
o Wewahitchka High School at 1 Gator Cir, Wewahitchka, FL 32465
• A logistics specialist has been deployed from the State Emergency Operations Center.

FUEL
• There is a fueling station set up for first responders and utility crews to rapidly refuel so they can continue working.

COMMUNICATIONS
• Currently, 65.22 percent of cellular service coverage has been restored, up more than 4 percentage points from yesterday. This does not include mobile cellular assets augmenting the network.

POWER RESTORATION
• Five push crews were deployed to assist utilities that serve Gulf County.
• 150 generators were sent to Gulf County.
• Current power outage as of 12:00 p.m. is 3,062 or 28%, a 71% improvement since Hurricane Michael impacted Gulf County.

SHELTERS
• Currently two shelters are open:
o Honeyville Community Center at 240 Honeyville Park Road, Wewahitchka.
o Port St. Joe Elementary at 2201 Long Avenue, Port St. Joe.
• Visit https://www.floridadisaster.org/shelter-status/ to find information on shelters in your area. This site is being updated as shelters open throughout the day.

MILITARY SUPPORT
• There are currently 118 National Guard troops deployed to Gulf County.
• The National Guard has dispatched a communications support package to Gulf County.

LAW ENFORCEMENT
• More than 81 law enforcement officers have been deployed to Gulf County.
• FWC officers continue performing search and rescue, welfare checks, reconnaissance, public safety missions and debris removal assistance in Gulf County.
• DHSMV’s Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) mobiles are deploying a unit to Gulf County on October 23, 2018, to assist customers impacted by the storm. The FLOW unit will be located at 151 North 3rd Street, Wewahitchka, FL 32465 open from 9am to 4pm CDT.
• The Florida Highway Patrol is providing numerous troopers for traffic control and shelter security within the county.
• The Florida Highway Patrol has conducted various escorts for critical supplies and emergency response.
• FDLE teams are assisting local law enforcement in Gulf County.

TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC WORKS
• All state roads in Gulf County are open. US 98 has opened in both directions in Gulf County.
• FDOT has completed all state bridge inspections and all state bridges are open in Gulf County.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND MEDICAL
• The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is in contact with healthcare facilities to ensure they have the resources they need.
• Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is fully operational and has power.
• Assisted living facility Our Home at Beacon Hill LLC, and nursing home Cross Shores Care Center have both been completely evacuated and remain closed.
• The Agency for Persons with Disability’s William J. Rish Recreational Park in Gulf County remains closed.
• Facilities report their evacuation status to the Agency through the Emergency Status System. An updated evacuation report can be found on the AHCA twitter page: https://twitter.com/AHCA_FL
• Twenty ambulances and one paratransit vehicle have have been deployed to Gulf County.
• There are currently 5 Active Boil Water Notices in Gulf County. Visit the DOH boil water notice webpage for more information - http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/drinking-water/boil-water-notices.html.
• APD’s William J. Rish Recreational Park in Gulf County remains closed.
• DCF is providing additional SNAP benefits for customers in Gulf County. These benefits are now in the customer’s accounts and accessible on their EBT cards. For more information, click HERE.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
• The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has activated and is closely monitoring StormTracker, a reporting tool for water and waste water facilities to provide updates on their operational status.
• Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) completed hazardous waste facility assessments in Gulf County.
• DEP staff from the State Emergency Operations Center have conducted water testing in the county.
• Beach Surveys have been completed in Gulf County.
• The U.S. Coast Guard, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has completed fly overs to assess coastal areas.
• An online tool for the public to report the location of storm debris in waterways has been deployed. 461 reports of debris have been received.
• 235 Disaster Debris Management Sites have been pre-authorized for the counties addressed by the Governor’s Executive Order, with 10 in Gulf County. An additional 10 sites have been authorized in Gulf County.
• Florida State Parks strike teams are on site to clear debris and assist individuals in impacted state parks. T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and Constitution Convention Museum State Park in Gulf County remain closed at this time.

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
• The Florida SBDC Network and the U.S. Small Business Administration have opened Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to assist small businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael. Small businesses can get assistance applying for state and federal business disaster loans. A Business Recovery Center is now open in Gulf County at the Gulf Franklin Center of GCSC 3800 Garrison Ave, Port St. Joe Florida 33456. It is scheduled to operate Monday-Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
• The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has launched the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to provide short-term, interest-free loans to affects businesses at www.floridadisasterloan.org.
• Disaster cleanup and other related job openings are now available at http://disasterrecovery.employflorida.com for businesses to post job openings and for individuals to find job opportunities.
• DEO has opened the Business Damage Assessment Survey for businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael. Businesses with damage should complete the survey at https://www.floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments.
• Businesses can also visit FloridaDisaster.biz to view tips for assessing storm damage and to register to receive updates on storm recovery.

EDUCATION
• The Florida Department of Education is in contact with school districts, state colleges and universities for updates and to determine their needs and provide assistance.
• The Department is supporting Gulf County’s shelter operations at Port Saint Joe Elementary School.
• The Department is coordinating with utility providers to prioritize schools and college campuses for power restoration.
• Gulf County schools reopened Friday, October 19, for staff and will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, October 23, for students.
• Gulf Coast State College, which serves Gulf County, is closed until further notice. Florida College System Chancellor Madeline Pumariega visited the college last week and met with college leaders to receive a damage update and offer support.
• FDOE is posting up-to-date information regarding closures and meeting cancellations at http://www.fldoe.org/hurricaneinfo.

VOLUNTEER EFFORTS
• An ESF-15 representative deployed from the State Emergency Operations Center to Gulf County. The representative is actively mobilizing volunteers and coordinating incoming donations.
• At Governor Scott’s direction, Volunteer Florida has activated the Florida Disaster Fund, the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To donate, visit, www.volunteerflorida.org/donatefdf/.

STATE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER/ CONTACTS
• The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) contact number is 1-800-342-3557.
• The State Emergency Operations Center Media Line: 850-921-0217.
• Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Michael.
• Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/info to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes.

October 21, 2018 8:30AM

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative reports that power has been restored to power to 33% of Gulf County customers.

Blue Roof Right of Entry (ROE) Collection Centers will open in Port St. Joe Sunday, October 21st. Homeowners who wish to apply must complete a right-of-entry (ROE) form to allow the Corps and its contractors to access the property. The ROE form can be completed online at www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or in person at ROE collection centers which have been set up in the area. The Corps will be in Gulf County starting Sunday at First Baptist Church - Port St Joe 102 3rd Street, Port St Joe. The center will be open Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. CDT and Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT

Florida DOT has advised that repairs to Cape San Blas Road are complete and the roadway is safe to travel for all vehicles. The checkpoint at the Stump Hole has been removed and access north is open. A contingent of law enforcement personnel will remain patrolling the area.

If you are working near fiber cables, please be aware that those lines are carrying traffic that supports first responders, cellular networks and life-saving communications. If you need to work nearby one of these cables, please call 877-652-2321 for site coordination to ensure the communications are available for those impacted by the storm to connect with loved ones and the resources they need and so that first responders can conduct their mission critical work of search, rescue and recovery.

The Red Cross shelter currently located at the Port St Joe Elementary School will be relocating to facilitate re-opening of local schools.  The shelter will be moving to St. James Episcopal Church, 800 22nd Street Port St. Joe, at the corner of 22nd street and Garrison Avenue.  The new shelter location will be open as of 10 a.m. EST on Sunday, October 21st. The shelter will be serving cold breakfast, hot lunch and dinner daily for shelter residents as well as members of the community who are in need.  Additional services available are Disaster Mental Health Care, Spiritual Care and Health Services/Nursing Care.

Gulf County Coordinated Transport will start taking appointments for anyone in Gulf County who needs transport to medical appointments. GCCT will open at 7:30 a.m. Monday, October 22nd and maintain regular business hours 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

White City now has a distribution center located at the White City First Baptist Church located at 7210 Hwy 71, White City.

Citizen Information Line is still activated. The number is 805-536-4432 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

October 20, 2018 8AM

Citizen Information Line is still activated. The number is 805-536-4432 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The ban on the sale of alcohol in Gulf County was lifted at 8 a.m. on Saturday October, 20.

Waste Pro has started picking up HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE ONLY for Gulf County and City of Port. St. Joe residents. Household garbage can be taken to the transfer station on Industrial Drive or to the following roll off containers located at the County Courthouse, the Elementary School. Citizens who have open roads may place their household garbage in their garbage cans. No garbage will be picked up outside of a can. Waste Pro will be working Saturday and Sunday.

In response to the devastating impacts of Hurricane Michael, McDonalds Corporation and Costas Enterprises Inc. will provide 10,000 meal to the Port St. Joe Victims and relief workers. Per Costas Regional Director Robert Turner, the Port Joe McDonald’s will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 20, and will remain open until 4 p.m.. This will continue until food runs out. An egg McMuffin, hash brown and orange juice will be served at breakfast and a Mc-Double, fries and a juice will be served in the afternoon. The meals will be handed out at the drive through as the dining area will remain closed.

At that time, it is anticipated over 85% of Gulf County residents will have power. This information was prepared by Corey Dobridnia and approved by Sheriff Mike Harrison.

Gulf Power Co-Op has restored power to 1,117 members in Gulf County or about 22% as of midnight, last night.

Port St. Joe Gas has restored service to all customers in Port St Joe and North Port St Joe that were home and ready for service. They will go back in the coming days to the homes that were not home when they came by. Starting Friday, they are moving through Highland View, St Joe Beach and the Wewahitchka areas. They are estimating that all service will be restored by Sunday or Monday excluding Mexico Beach. They will begin work in Mexico Beach next week.

Gulf County residents affected by the hurricane can apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance at the Honeyville Community Center 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST and at the Constitution Convention Museum, 2201 Centennial Dr., Port St Joe, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is open and operational for inpatient admissions. Anticipating beginning surgical services next week.

The local donation centers have ample water and are requesting the following items to be donated: Toilet Paper, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Lysol Wipes, Clorox Wipes, Industrial Trash Bags, N95 Masks, Cleaning Gloves, Hygiene items, batteries, Depends, Baby formula and Roofing Nails/ Tarps. These three locations are set up to receive and distribute donations: Washington Recreation Center at 401 Peters Ave. Port St. Joe, Centennial Building 202 Marina Dr., Port St. Joe, Old Wewa Gym, 852 South Highway 71. Washington Recreation Center will be open Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m., Sunday Washington Recreation Center will be having a cookout, Centennial Building will be open Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wewa Old Gym will be open Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) and closed on Sunday, on Saturday they will be having a Block party beginning at 12 noon.

Tankers are providing water for livestock at 111 Lake Alice Dr. Wewa, this service is self-serve.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative reports that crews are working across Gulf County diligently, however, many homes and businesses have been damaged to the extent that they cannot accept service when it becomes available. There are currently more than 1000 crewmen, in addition to Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative’s employees, working on the restoration effort. Because all available resources are dedicated to power restoration, offices remain closed until further notice.

Duke Energy reports full restoration of power to all customers in Gulf County that are safe to receive power. They will continue to have sweeps throughout the area to assist customers that may have issues with being reconnected. Duke Energy customers who have NOT had power restored to their home or business may call Duke Energy Customer Service at 800-700-8744 to request reconnection. Duke Energy will be working with Gulf County and the City of Port St Joe to coordinate the inspection process on repairs for those customers who are not yet safe to receive power. With the restoration of power to Gulf County and the City of Port St Joe now complete they
will be shifting to rebuild their service for customers from St Joe Beach to Mexico Beach. Duke Energy will have a team of 500 that will concentrate on this rebuild phase and will stay engaged on the project to completion.
 
School information

Gulf District Schools anticipate students to be back in class by the end of the month.

Gulf District Schools leaders have developed a plan, one they say they recognize as far from ideal, but also a step forward.

Due to damages at high school campuses, high school classes will temporarily be held at the elementary campuses. They say plans are underway to repair the high schools and to set up portables so classes can be back at the high school campuses as soon as possible.

Since the school district spans two time zones and are experiencing different conditions, the schedules for the schools differ slightly.

PORT ST. JOE SCHOOLS:
Elementary Student Hours 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
High School Student Hours 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

-Friday, Oct. 19 - Available PSJES and PSJHS faculty and staff may volunteer for general clean up and planning.
-Monday, Oct. 22 - Available PSJ area faculty and staff report to PSJES to prepare for returning students. The work day will be 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Student check-in: PSJ area parents may check in returning students at PSJES between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. This will be an abbreviated process that will allow us to plan bus routes, menu, etc.
-Tuesday, Oct. 23 - Students Begin
-Monday, Oct. 29 - Bus runs begin

WEWAHITCHKA SCHOOLS:
Elementary School Hours 8 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
High School Hours 12:45 p.m. - 4 p.m.

-Monday, Oct. 22 - Available WES and WHS faculty and staff may volunteer for general clean up and planning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
-Tuesday, Oct. 23 - Available Wewa are faculty and staff report to WES to prepare for returning students. The work day will be 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Student Check-In: Wewa parents may check in returning students at WES between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. This will be an abbreviated process that will allow for planning of bus routes, meals, etc.
-Wednesday, Oct. 24 - Students Begin
-Monday, Oct. 29 - Bus runs again