GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE 10/29/18
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
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 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 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), 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 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).
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. The boil water notice for White City, Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe has been lifted. 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) and Port St. Joe (2475 Garrison Ave.). Open Monday - Friday during regular business hours.
Crisis clean up
Residents can 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
For Army Corps of Engineers help with roof tarping, visit www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call
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.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is reporting that 83% of its Gulf County customers have power as of Monday afternoon.
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.
10/09/2018 10:22 p.m: Per the Gulf County Sheriff's Office, Cape San Blas Road/State Road 30-E is now closed to ALL traffic until further notice.
County officials have issued MANDATORY EVACUATIONS for the following areas:
--ALL of Cape San Blas
--ALL of the Indians Pass area
--Simmons Bayou, Highland View
--In the city of Port St. Joe, ALL areas from St. Joseph Bay to Long Avenue
--St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill -- waterside of Highway 98
--ALL mobile homes
COUNTYWIDE: Those with high profile vehicles, living in mobile homes, low lying areas or anyone who feels unsafe in their current location must evacuate.
VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS have been issued for the following areas:
--Highway 98 Inland on St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill
--Gulf County residents will NOT be required to obtain Re-Entry tags. At the checkpoints, you will need to provide your Florida State ID/Driver's License OR documentation showing proof of residency/ownership, such as a utility bill.
--Honeyville Community Center
240 Honeyville Park Dr.
Wewahitchka, FL. 32465
The shelter will open at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 9th.
Residents are urged to bring with them: food; water; blankets; over the counter medications; prescription medications, comfort items for your children.
Sandbags will be available for residents to fill beginning Monday, October 8th, at 9 a.m., at Knowles and 10th Street.
Sand is available at Indian Pass Raw Bar.
--All Gulf District Schools will be closed for the remainder of this week and will re-open after Fall Break, on Wednesday, October 17. Again, this closure is for all Gulf District Schools and includes North Florida Child Development facilities in Gulf County.
--All extra-curricular activities and after-school programs for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday have been canceled countywide.
--The Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe will close for evening classes Monday, October 8th at 5 p.m. EST. The college will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday too.
--County offices will close at Noon (Eastern), Tuesday, October 9th.
--Gulf County Courts will close at Noon (Eastern) on Tuesday, October 9th and all day Wednesday, October 10th. The Gulf County Courts will reopen on Thursday, October 11th, unless further notice is given.
--The offices of Sacred Heart Medical Group and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation in Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka, and Apalachicola will close at noon Tuesday and be closed Wednesday.
--All Life Management Center offices will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. In mental health emergencies, please call Life Management Center at 850-522-4485 or toll-free at 888-785-8750. Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
People with interests along the Apalachicola River or the Chipola River should closely monitor water levels for potential flooding.