November 14 Washington County Hurricane Michael latest

ZUMA Press

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (Press Release) - FEMA Invitation for Faith Leaders in the Florida Panhandle- Faith Leaders’ Summits in Panama City and Marianna will discuss federal resources for survivors and houses of worship on Friday, November 16, 2018. The following locations will host the two summits:
St. Andrews Baptist Church
3010 West 15th Street, Panama City 32401
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST
Rivertown Community Church
4534 Lafayette Street, Marianna 32446
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST

Local Food Pantries –
-Love in Action (1359 Watts Avenue Chipley, FL) is open Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday of each week from
10 AM- 2 PM. Please call 850-638-2706 if you have any questions.
-Shepherd’s Gate Church (1915 Ferguson Road Chipley, FL) is open Monday, Wednesday, & Friday of each week
from 7:30 AM – 10 AM
-Shepherd’s Gate Church will have a mobile food pantry on site, Saturday, November 17, 2018 beginning at 7 AM.

Division of Forestry Burn Authorizations- For authorization to burn any type of debris in Washington County, please contact the Division of Forestry office in Bonifay at 850-373-1801.

DSNAP- Disaster SNAP Food Assistance Program will be available to Washington County Residents in November. The pre-registration window is November 8-18. You can apply over the phone beginning November 10-13. You can apply in person November 14-18 from 7 AM – 6 PM at the Chipley High School Football Stadium, located at 680 2nd Street Chipley, FL. For more information please visit or call 850-717-4450.

The Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International- Provide volunteers to rebuild fences and clean up downed trees. For more information please call 309-365-8710 or visit

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) - A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is set up at the Washington County Ag Center 7 days a week from 8 AM – 7 PM. You can find information about FEMA programs, other disaster assistance programs, apply for federal disaster assistance, and ask questions related to your case.

FEMA Assistance - Apply online at, call 800-621-3362 or download app from

Disaster Unemployment Assistance - The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits to those unemployed as a direct result of presidentially declared major disasters. The deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistance is November 14, 2018. Call 877- 872-5627 or visit

Texas Baptist Men- To request assistance for tree removals and temporary roof repairs please call 850-326-2326 or email

Crisis Clean Up- For more information please call 1-800-451-1954 or visit

Price Gouging - Report price gouging to 866-966-7226 or

Debris Pickup – For questions regarding debris pickup, call 850-703-3414 between 8AM and 4PM
• Crews have begun pickup in a central location and systematically move throughout the county.
• Debris pickup includes all municipalities within the county.
• Once the crews make one complete pass, additional passes will be made to pick up extra debris.
• Residents will be notified when crews make a final pass.
• Crews will begin picking up vegetative debris only. Please cut logs less than 8 feet long.
• Vegetative debris cannot be mixed with treated lumber, fencing, construction or demolition debris.
• Debris should be stacked on right-of-way where crews can easily access.
• Do not stack debris under power lines, low-hanging limbs, near mailboxes, fire hydrants, water
meters, etc.
• Crews are NOT ALLOWED to go on to private property to remove debris.
• Pickup will be from dusk to dawn and vehicles will be placarded with the Crowder Gulf logo.

Waste Management –Set any extra trash in bags by the street away from debris and utilities.

Housing Assistance - Emergency housing funds are available with the Washington County SHIP program for those who meet for income requirements. Call Romina Valerio, 850-332-7976, ext. 226 or

Documenting Damage – Photograph storm damage to your home before making temporary repairs to prevent further damage. Keep all documents and receipts for insurance or FEMA assistance claim.

General tips for hiring contractors include:
• Get a written estimate.
• Check references.
• Ask for proof of insurance.
• Use only licensed contractors.
• Insist on a written contract.
• Get guarantees in writing
• Obtain a local building permit, if required.
• Make final payments after work is completed.
• Pay by check