Washington County Hurricane Michael Recovery Information

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (Press Release) - UPDATE 10/26/2018 6:10 p.m.

Report any damages sustained to your home at 850-849-5766.

Openings & Closures

• The City of Chipley is open and will not be assessing penalties nor disconnecting services for non-payment this month. Gas is online in the City of Chipley; call 850-638-6350 to have it turned on. Contact a vendor for natural gas repairs beyond the gas meter, the city does not work on piping or appliances but can witness a pressure test and check for code violations. The City of Chipley has lifted their boil water advisory from Saturday.

Water for Livestock – Call 850-597-3913 between 7AM-4PM to request water for livestock or animals in critical need. This water is not for human consumption, it is for animals only.

Supply Points of Distribution (PODs) – The following locations are distributing water, MREs (meals ready to eat) and misc. supplies:
• Ebro Town Hall- 6629 Dog Track Rd., Ebro, FL
Monday- Friday 9 AM – 3 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM
• Vernon Community Center- 2808 Yellow Jacket Dr., Vernon, FL
Monday- Friday 9 AM - 3 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM

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 www.disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or download app from FEMA.gov.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance - The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits to those unemployed as a direct result of presidentially declared major disasters. Call 877- 872-5627 or visit www.benefits.gov.

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 and in person beginning November 14-18. For more information please visit www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/dsnap or call 850-717-4450.

Need a Volunteer, Want to Volunteer or Want to Donate?

Please do not self-deploy to volunteer and or collect donations without knowing what is needed, where it is needed or having a plan to store and distribute. If you have previously spoke with Joan Brown about needing assistance or offering services, your information has been sent to the current volunteer and donation manager. Contact Karen Mashburn, volunteer and donation manager, 850-849-5768 to:
• Volunteer to assist the people of Washington County (or register at www.volunteerflorida.org)
• To request volunteers to tarp your roof, remove trees, or other manpower need
• To make a donation of baby products and cleaning supplies.

Texas Baptist Men- To request assistance for tree removals and temporary roof repairs please call 850-326-2326 or e-mail tbmcp2@gmail.com

Crisis Clean Up- For more information please call 1-800-451-1954 or visit www.crisiscleanup.org

Price Gouging - Report price gouging to 866-966-7226 or http://myfloridalegal.com.

Debris Pickup – For questions regarding debris pickup, call 850-703-3414 between 8AM and 4PM

DO NOT PLACE DEBRIS IN PLASTIC BAGS.

• 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.

Power Restoration – Downed powerlines pose a threat as power is restored.
• Treat any downed wire as if it is energized because you can’t tell by looking if a downed wire is live or not. Avoid anything a downed line is touching.
• Telephone or cable television wires that are touching a power line could become energized and should also be avoided.
• Downed lines can energize anything metal, including flashing, sheds, awnings and chain link fences. Trees can also be energized.
• Stay clear of areas where there is a lot of debris or downed trees because it could conceal an energized power line. Be careful when cleaning up yard debris or trimming trees.
• Standing water (puddles from flooding and rain) may be energized from a downed line. Be careful not to touch or step in water near where a downed power line is located. If a downed line is near water — even a small puddle — stay well away.
• Don’t attempt to remove or repair the electrical system or pull tree limbs off lines. Let our trained work crews perform this potentially dangerous work.

For outage details, visit:
• Gulf Power Outage Map, www.gulfpower.com/outages.
• West Florida Electric Outage Map, www.westflorida.coop/outage-alert. Members can now report their outages by calling 844.OUTAGE1 (844.688.2431). This is the automated system so you will not reach a live operator, but your outage will be reported. The co-op is already aware of multiple outages across our service area, but this will allow members peace of mind that their individual outages have been reported.
• Gulf Coast Electric Outage Map, www.gcec.com 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 restore communications.

Roof Tarps – Roof tarps are available M-F from 8AM to 3PM at Orange Hill Fire Department, Sunny Hills Fire Department, and Vernon Fire Department.

Housing Assistance - Emergency housing funds are available with the Washington County SHIP program for those who meet for income requirements. Call Karen Shaw, 850-638-6058 or kshaw@washingtonfl.com.

US Army Corps of Engineers Operation Blue Roof- For more information, visit www.usace.army.mil or call 1-888-766-3258.
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

UPDATE 10/25/2018 4:44 p.m.:

Report any damages sustained to your home at 850-849-5766.

Openings & Closures
• State courts in Washington County: No jury service during the week of Oct. 22.
• The City of Chipley is open and will not be assessing penalties nor disconnecting services for non-payment this month. Gas is
online in the City of Chipley; call 850-638-6350 to have it turned on. Contact a vendor for natural gas repairs beyond the gas
meter, the city does not work on piping or appliances but can witness a pressure test and check for code violations. The City
of Chipley has lifted their boil water advisory from Saturday.

Water for Livestock – Call 850-597-3913 between 7AM-4PM to request water for livestock or animals in critical need. This water is not for
human consumption, it is for animals only.

Supply Points of Distribution (PODs) – The following locations are distributing water, MREs (meals ready to eat) and misc. supplies:
- Shepherd’s Gate Church- 1840 Pettis Rd., Chipley, FL
Oct. 22- 26 8AM – 4 PM
- Ebro Town Hall- 6629 Dog Track Rd., Ebro, FL
Monday- Friday 9 AM – 3 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM
- Vernon Community Center- 2808 Yellow Jacket Dr., Vernon, FL
Monday- Friday 9 AM - 3 PM
Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM

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.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance - The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits to those unemployed as a direct result of presidentially declared major disasters. Call 877- 872-5627 or visit www.benefits.gov.

Need a Volunteer, Want to Volunteer or Want to Donate?
Please do not self-deploy to volunteer and or collect donations without knowing what is needed, where it is needed or having a plan to store
and distribute. Contact Karen Mashburn, volunteer and donation manager, 850-849-5768 to:
• Volunteer to assist the people of Washington County (or register at www.volunteerflorida.org)
• To request volunteers to tarp your roof, remove trees, or other manpower need
• To make a donation of baby products and cleaning supplies.
Texas Baptist Men- To request assistance for tree removals and temporary roof repairs please call 850-326-2326 or e-mail
tbmcp2@gmail.com
Crisis Clean Up- For more information please call 1-800-451-1954 or visit www.crisiscleanup.org

Price Gouging - Report price gouging to 866-966-7226 or http://myfloridalegal.com.

Debris Pickup – For questions regarding debris pickup, call 850-703-3414 between 8AM and 4PM
DO NOT PLACE DEBRIS IN PLASTIC BAGS.
• 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.

Power Restoration – Downed powerlines pose a threat as power is restored.
• Treat any downed wire as if it is energized because you can’t tell by looking if a downed wire is live or not. Avoid anything a
downed line is touching.
• Telephone or cable television wires that are touching a power line could become energized and should also be avoided.
• Downed lines can energize anything metal, including flashing, sheds, awnings and chain link fences. Trees can also be
energized.
• Stay clear of areas where there is a lot of debris or downed trees because it could conceal an energized power line. Be careful
when cleaning up yard debris or trimming trees.
• Standing water (puddles from flooding and rain) may be energized from a downed line. Be careful not to touch or step in
water near where a downed power line is located. If a downed line is near water — even a small puddle — stay well away.
• Don’t attempt to remove or repair the electrical system or pull tree limbs off lines. Let our trained work crews perform this
potentially dangerous work.
For outage details, visit:
• Gulf Power Outage Map, www.gulfpower.com/outages.
• West Florida Electric Outage Map, www.westflorida.coop/outage-alert. Members can now report their outages by
calling 844.OUTAGE1 (844.688.2431). This is the automated system so you will not reach a live operator, but your outage will be reported. The co-op is already aware of multiple outages across our service area, but this will allow members peace of mind that their individual outages have been reported.
• Gulf Coast Electric Outage Map, www.gcec.com 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 bi ll pay
system at www.gcec.com and phone system is intermittent. Repairs are being made to restore communications.

Roof Tarps – Roof tarps are available M-F from 8AM to 3PM at Orange Hill Fire Department, Sunny Hills Fire Department, and Vernon Fire Department.

Housing Assistance - Emergency housing funds are available with the Washington County SHIP program for those who meet for income requirements. Call Karen Shaw, 850-638-6058 or kshaw@washingtonfl.com.

FEMA Assistance - Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or download app from FEMA.gov.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Operation Blue Roof- For more information, visit www.usace.army.mil or call 1-888-766-3258.

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

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UPDATE 10/24/2018 4:52 p.m.:
Openings & Closures
• State courts in Washington County: closed through Wed., Oct. 24. No jury service during the week of Oct. 22.
• The City of Chipley is open and will not be assessing penalties nor disconnecting services for non-payment this month. Gas is online in the City of Chipley; call 850-638-6350 to have it turned on. Contact a vendor for natural gas repairs beyond the gas meter, the city does not work on piping or appliances but can witness a pressure test and check for code violations. The City of Chipley has lifted their boil water advisory from Saturday.

Water for Livestock – Call 850-597-3913 between 7AM-4PM to request water for livestock or animals in critical need. This water is not for human consumption, it is for animals only.

Supply Points of Distribution (PODs) – The following locations are distributing water, MREs (meals ready to eat) and misc. supplies:
• Shepherd’s Gate Church- 1840 Pettis Rd., Chipley, FL
Oct. 22- 6 8AM – 4 PM

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.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance - The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits to those unemployed as a direct result of presidentially declared major disasters. Call 877- 872-5627 or visit www.benefits.gov.

Need a Volunteer, Want to Volunteer or Want to Donate?
Please do not self-deploy to volunteer and or collect donations without knowing what is needed, where it is needed or having a plan to store and distribute. Contact Joan Brown, volunteer and donation manager, 480-694-2353 or email joanbrown117@gmail.com to:
• Volunteer to assist the people of Washington County (or register at www.volunteerflorida.org)
• To request volunteers to tarp your roof, remove trees, or other manpower need
• To make a donation of goods or services

Price Gouging - Report price gouging to 866-966-7226 or http://myfloridalegal.com.

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.

Power Restoration – Downed powerlines pose a threat as power is restored.
• Treat any downed wire as if it is energized because you can’t tell by looking if a downed wire is live or not. Avoid anything a downed line is touching.
• Telephone or cable television wires that are touching a power line could become energized and should also be avoided.
• Downed lines can energize anything metal, including flashing, sheds, awnings and chain link fences. Trees can also be energized.
• Stay clear of areas where there is a lot of debris or downed trees because it could conceal an energized power line. Be careful when cleaning up yard debris or trimming trees.
• Standing water (puddles from flooding and rain) may be energized from a downed line. Be careful not to touch or step in water near where a downed power line is located. If a downed line is near water — even a small puddle — stay well away.
• Don’t attempt to remove or repair the electrical system or pull tree limbs off lines. Let our trained work crews perform this potentially dangerous work.
For outage details, visit:
• Gulf Power Outage Map, www.gulfpower.com/outages. As of Monday, 95% of Gulf Power customers in Washington County, who can safely accept electric service, have been restored.
• West Florida Electric Outage Map, www.westflorida.coop/outage-alert. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, the cooperative’s restoration figures for Washington County were: 2,713 meters restored (63%). Members can now report their outages by calling 844.OUTAGE1 (844.688.2431). This is the automated system so you will not reach a live operator, but your outage will be reported. The co-op is already aware of multiple outages across our service area, but this will allow members peace of mind that their individual outages have been reported.
• Gulf Coast Electric Outage Map, www.gcec.com. As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, the cooperative had the following outage numbers: Washington County: 109 meters (4%). Many homes and businesses are damaged to the point that they will not be able to accept service once it becomes available. 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 restore communications.

Roof Tarps – Roof tarps are available M-F from 8AM to 3PM at Orange Hill Fire Department, Sunny Hills Fire Department, and Vernon Fire Department.

Hot Meals – The Salvation Army is serving lunches at the Wausau Assembly of God, corner of Pioneer and Hwy. 77 thru Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Housing Assistance - Emergency housing funds are available with the Washington County SHIP program for those who meet for income requirements. Call Karen Shaw, 850-638-6058 or kshaw@washingtonfl.com.

FEMA Assistance - Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or download app from FEMA.gov.

US Army Corps of Engineers Operation Blue Roof- For more information, visit www.usace.army.mil or call 1-888-766-3258.

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

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Washington County
A state/FEMA disaster recovery center has opened in Chipley at the AG Center, 1424 W. Jackson Avenue. The center gives hurricane survivors face to face guidance in applying for state and federal disaster assistance. It's open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. Please register with FEMA before visiting the center.

Town Hall Meetings:
• Chipley High School Auditorium on Tues., Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.

Openings & Closures
• Schools reopen for students on Wed., Oct. 24.
• The Chipley library has returned to normal hours.
• Board of County Commission offices, tax collector, supervisor of elections and property appraiser are open.
• State courts in Washington County: closed through Wed., Oct. 24. No jury service during the week of Oct. 22.
• The City of Chipley office is open and will not be assessing penalties nor disconnecting services for non-payment this month.
• City of Vernon is open.

Water for Livestock – Call 850-597-3913 between 7A-4P to request water for livestock or animals in critical need. This water is not for human consumption, it is for animals only. For human needs, call 800-342-3557.

Boil Water Advisory – The boil water advisory has been lifted for the county.

Curfew – The curfew has been discontinued.

Supply Points of Distribution (PODs) – The following locations are distributing water, MREs (meals ready to eat) and misc. supplies:
• All county fire stations with exception of Caryville and Five Points, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Bonnett Pond Community Church (2680 Bonnett Pond Rd, Chipley) food, water, and misc. supplies Oct 22- 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Shepherd's Gate Church (1840 Pettis Rd, Chipley) water, food, and toiletries Oct 22-26 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance - The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have become unemployed as a direct result of presidentially declared major disasters. Call 877- 872-5627 or www.benefits.gov.

Need a Volunteer, Want to Volunteer or Want to Donate?
Please do not self-deploy to volunteer and or collect donations without knowing what is needed, where it is needed or having a plan to store and distribute. Please contact Joan Brown, volunteer and donation manager, 480-694-2353 or email joanbrown117@gmail.com to:
• Volunteer to assist the people of Washington County (or register at www.volunteerflorida.org)
• To request volunteers to tarp your roof, remove trees, or other manpower need
• To make a donation of goods or services

Chipley Animal Shelter – (850) 638-2082 - Please contact the shelter if you are missing your pet. Give a detailed description of your pet so the staff can check the animals that have been turned in. If you have found a displaced animal and need to get it to the shelter, please contact the Washington County Animal Control at (850) 638-6306. DO NOT attempt to capture the animal yourself.

Price Gouging - Report price gouging to 866-966-7226 or http://myfloridalegal.com.

Shelter – A shelter is open for those whose homes are unsafe: First Baptist Church of Chipley, 1300 South Blvd., Chipley

Debris Pickup – For questions regarding debris pickup, call 850-703-3414 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• 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.

Power Restoration – Downed powerlines pose a threat as power is restored.
• Treat any downed wire as if it is energized because you can’t tell by looking if a downed wire is live or not. Avoid anything a downed line is touching.
• Telephone or cable television wires that are touching a power line could become energized and should also be avoided.
• Downed lines can energize anything metal, including flashing, sheds, awnings and chain link fences. Trees can also be energized.
• Stay clear of areas where there is a lot of debris or downed trees because it could conceal an energized power line. Be careful when cleaning up yard debris or trimming trees.
• Standing water (puddles from flooding and rain) may be energized from a downed line. Be careful not to touch or step in water near where a downed power line is located. If a downed line is near water — even a small puddle — stay well away.
• Don’t attempt to remove or repair the electrical system or pull tree limbs off lines. Let our trained work crews perform this potentially dangerous work.
For outage details, visit:
• Gulf Power Outage Map, www.gulfpower.com/outages. As of today, 95% of Gulf Power customers in Washington County, who can safely accept electric service, have been restored
• West Florida Electric Outage Map, www.westflorida.coop/outage-alert. As of 8:30 a.m. this morning the cooperative’s restoration figures for Washington County were: 2,507 meters restored. Over 50% of WFEC’s entire system has been restored at this time. Crews continue working in the county. Members can now report their outages by calling 844.OUTAGE1 (844.688.2431). This is the automated system so you will not reach a live operator, but your outage will be reported. The co-op is already aware of multiple outages across our service area, but this will allow members peace of mind that their individual outages have been reported.
• Gulf Coast Electric Outage Map, www.gcec.com

Roof Tarps – Roof tarps are available M-F from 8 AM – 3 PM at Sunny Hills Fire Department, Orange Hill Fire Department, & Vernon Fire Department.

Natural Gas – Gas is back online in the City of Chipley. Call 850-638-6350 to have it turned on. If there is a problem with the line beyond the gas meter, a vendor will need to be contacted for natural gas repairs. The city does not work on natural gas customer’s piping or appliances but can witness a pressure test and check for code violations. Check with a vendor if you need assistance with natural gas repairs.

Hot Meals – The Red Cross is serving a hot lunch and dinner at First Baptist Church of Chipley, and the Salvation Army is serving lunches at the Wausau Assembly of God, corner of Pioneer and Hwy. 77.

Housing Assistance - Emergency housing funds are available with the Washington County SHIP program for those who meet for income requirements. Call Karen Shaw, 850-638-6058 or kshaw@washingtonfl.com.

VA Clinic – The Marianna community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) for vets is open from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. For pickup information, call 850-781-5620. For vets needing prescription refills, call 855-574-7288.

FEMA Assistance - Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or download app from FEMA.gov.

Medical Services - Northwest Florida Community Hospital has an urgent care clinic separate from the ER.

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

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative reports this 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: Washington County: 109 meters (4 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.

UPDATE: Sunday, October 21st, 2018, 2 p.m.

Town Hall Meetings:

-Vernon High School Auditorium Mon., Oct. 22, 6:30 p. m.
-Chipley High School Auditorium on Tues., Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.

Openings & Closures:
-Schools reopen for students on Wed., Oct. 24.
-The Chipley library has returned to normal hours.
-Board of County Commission offices, tax collector, supervisor of elections and property appraiser are open.
-All jurors are excused from court on Mon., Oct. 22. For updates, visit @14thJudicialFL on Twitter.
-The City of Chipley office is open and will not be assessing penalties nor disconnecting services for non-payment this month.
-City of Vernon is open. Call 850-535-2444 until the landlines are restored.

Water for Livestock – Call 850-597-3913 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. to request water for livestock or animals in critical need. This water is not for human consumption, it is for animals only. For human needs, call 800-342-3557.

Boil Water Advisory – The boil water advisory has been lifted for the county.

Curfew – The curfew has been discontinued.

Supply Points of Distribution (PODs) – The following locations are distributing water, MREs (meals ready to eat) and misc. supplies:
-All county fire stations with exception of Caryville and Five Points, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Bonnett Pond Community Church (2680 Bonnett Pond Rd, Chipley) food, water, and misc. supplies Oct 22- 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-Shepherd's Gate Church (1840 Pettis Rd, Chipley) water, food, and toiletries Oct 22-26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Wausau Assembly of God, Oct 22-27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance - The Disaster Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have become unemployed as a direct result of presidentially declared major disasters. Call 877- 872-5627 or www.benefits.gov.

Need a Volunteer, Want to Volunteer or Want to Donate?

-Please do not self-deploy to volunteer and or collect donations without knowing what is needed, where it is needed or having a plan to store and distribute. Please contact Joan Brown, volunteer and donation manager, 480-694-2353 to:
-Volunteer to assist the people of Washington County (or register at www.volunteerflorida.org)
-To request volunteers to tarp your roof, remove trees, or other manpower need
-To make a donation of goods or services

Chipley Animal Shelter – (850) 638-2082 - Please contact the shelter if you are missing your pet. Give a detailed description of your pet so the staff can check the animals that have been turned in. If you have found a displaced animal and need to get it to the shelter, please contact the Washington County Animal Control at (850) 638-6306. DO NOT attempt to capture the animal yourself.

Price Gouging - Report price gouging to 866-966-7226 or http://myfloridalegal.com.

Shelter – A shelter is open for those whose homes are unsafe: First Baptist Church of Chipley, 1300 South Blvd., Chipley

Debris Pickup – Crowder Gulf Debris Management began debris pickup Thurs., Oct. 18.
-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.

Power Restoration – Downed powerlines pose a threat as power is restored.
-Treat any downed wire as if it is energized because you can’t tell by looking if a downed wire is live or not. Avoid anything a downed line is touching.
-Telephone or cable television wires that are touching a power line could become energized and should also be avoided.
-Downed lines can energize anything metal, including flashing, sheds, awnings and chain link fences. Trees can also be energized.
-Stay clear of areas where there is a lot of debris or downed trees because it could conceal an energized power line. Be careful when cleaning up yard debris or trimming trees.
-Standing water (puddles from flooding and rain) may be energized from a downed line. Be careful not to touch or step in water near where a downed power line is located. If a downed line is near water — even a small puddle — stay well away.
-Don’t attempt to remove or repair the electrical system or pull tree limbs off lines. Let our trained work crews perform this potentially dangerous work.

For outage details, visit:
Gulf Power Outage Map, www.gulfpower.com/outages
West Florida Electric Outage Map, www.westflorida.coop/outage-alert
Gulf Coast Electric Outage Map, www.gcec.com

Roof Tarps – Roof tarps are available at all Washington County fire departments, except for Caryville and Five Points, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Natural Gas – Gas is back online in the City of Chipley. Call 850-638-6350 to have it turned on. If there is a problem with the line beyond the gas meter, a vendor will need to be contacted for natural gas repairs. The city does not work on natural gas customer’s piping or appliances but can witness a pressure test and check for code violations. Check with a vendor if you need assistance with natural gas repairs.

Hot Meals – The Red Cross is serving a hot lunch and dinner at First Baptist Church of Chipley, and the Salvation Army is serving lunches at the Wausau Assembly of God, corner of Pioneer and Hwy. 77 through Sunday.

Housing Assistance - Emergency housing funds are available with the Washington County SHIP program for those who meet for income requirements. Call Karen Shaw, 850-638-6058 or kshaw@washingtonfl.com.

VA Clinic – The Marianna community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) for vets is open from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. For pickup information, call 850-781-5620. For vets needing prescription refills, call 855-574-7288.

FEMA Assistance - Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or download app from FEMA.gov.

Medical Services - Northwest Florida Community Hospital has an urgent care clinic separate from the ER.

UPDATE: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:41 p.m.

The curfew in effect in Washington County has been lifted.

UPDATE Friday, October 19, 2018, 5 p.m.

Chipley Animal Shelter – (850) 638-2082 - Please contact the shelter if you are missing your pet. Give a detailed description of your pet so the staff can check the animals that have been turned in. If you have found a displaced animal and need to get it to the shelter, please contact the Washington County Animal Control at (850) 638-2082. DO NOT attempt to capture the animal yourself.

Supply Points of Distribution (PODs) – Water, MREs (meals ready to eat) and baby food are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with drive-through distribution at the Possum Palace, 3121 Possum Palace Dr., Wausau. Actual entrance to the Possum Palace is on Forrest Ave off of Highway 77. TODAY will be the last day the POD will be open.

Openings & closures
• Board of County Commission offices, tax collector and property appraiser are open
• Schools are closed until further notice. Check www.wcsdschools.com for updates.

Friday October 19, 2018 2 PM
Disaster Unemployment Assistance - The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides unemployment benefits to
individuals who have become unemployed as a direct result of a Presidentially declared major disaster. Call 877-US2JOBS (872-5627 or www.benefits.gov

Need a Volunteer, Want to Volunteer or Want to Donate?
Please do not self-deploy to volunteer and don’t collect donations without knowing what is needed, where it is needed or having a plan to store and distribute. Contact Joan Brown, volunteer and donation manager, 480-694-2353 or visit our Volunteer Reception Center at
Vernon Elementary School (3665 Roche Ave., Vernon) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Brown to:
• Volunteer to assist the people of Washington County (or register at www.volunteerflorida.org).
• To request volunteers to tarp your roof, remove trees, or other manpower need.
• To make a donation of goods or services.

Price Gouging - Report price gouging to 866-966-7226 or http://myfloridalegal.com.

Shelter – A shelter is open for those whose homes are unsafe: First Baptist Church of Chipley, 1300 South Blvd., Chipley

Debris Pickup – Crowder Gulf Debris Management will begin debris pickup Thurs., Oct. 18.
• Crews will begin 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.

Power Restoration – Downed powerlines pose a threat as power is restored.
• Treat any downed wire as if it is energized because you can’t tell by looking if a downed wire is live or not. Avoid anything a
downed line is touching.
• Telephone or cable television wires that are touching a power line could become energized and should also be avoided.
• Downed lines can energize anything metal, including flashing, sheds, awnings and chain link fences. Trees can also be energized.
• Stay clear of areas where there is a lot of debris or downed trees because it could conceal an energized power line. Be careful
when cleaning up yard debris or trimming trees.
• Standing water (puddles from flooding and rain) may be energized from a downed line. Be careful not to touch or step in
water near where a downed power line is located. If a downed line is near water — even a small puddle — stay well away.
• Don’t attempt to remove or repair the electrical system or pull tree limbs off lines. Let our trained work crews perform this
potentially dangerous work.
For outage details, visit:
• Gulf Power Outage Map, www.gulfpower.com/outages
• West Florida Electric Outage Map, www.westflorida.coop/outage-alert
• Gulf Coast Electric Outage Map, www.gcec.com

Roof Tarps – Roof tarps are available at Washington County fire departments from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Boil Water Advisory – The City of Chipley has lifted their boil water advisory. All other city water customers are advised to bring water to a
rolling boil for at least one minute prior to consumption.

Curfew – The curfew remains 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. for Washington County until further notice and applies to pedestrian and vehicular traffic
with exception of essential services (fire services, law enforcement, emergency medical services, military personnel, members of the media, as well as all state, county and local municipality transportation, public works or emergency management personnel).

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

Natural Gas – Gas is back online in the City of Chipley. Call 850-638-6350 to have it turned on. If there is a problem with the line beyond the gas meter, a vendor will need to be contacted for natural gas repairs. The city does not work on natural gas customer’s piping or appliances but can witness a pressure test and check for code violations. Check with a vendor if you need assistance with natural gas repairs.

Hot Meals – The Red Cross is serving a hot lunch and dinner at First Baptist Church of Chipley, The Salvation Army is serving lunches at the
Wausau Assembly of God, corner of Pioneer and Hwy. 77 through Sunday.

Comfort Station – Chipley Library, 1444 Jackson Ave. (Hwy. 90) is open through 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday (closed Sunday) for
residents to cool off and charge cell phones. There are activities for children.

Housing Assistance - Emergency housing funds are available with the Washington County SHIP program for those who meet for income
requirements. Call Karen Shaw, 850-638-6058 or kshaw@washingtonfl.com.

VA Clinic – The Marianna community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) for vets is open from 8 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. For pickup information, call
850-781-5620. For vets needing prescription refills, call 855-574-7288.

Openings & Closures –
• Courts remain closed through the week. All jurors are excused from court on Mon., Oct. 22 even if courts reopen. For updates,
visit @14thJudicialFL on Twitter.
• Panhandle Technical College is closed Oct. 16-20.
• The supervisor of elections is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The City of Chipley office is open with regular hours. Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in Chipley and
surrounding areas, we will not be assessing penalties nor disconnecting services for non-payment this month.
• City of Vernon is open. Call 850-535-2444 until the landlines are restored.

FEMA Assistance - Apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov, call 800-621-3362 or download app from FEMA.gov.

Medical Services - Northwest Florida Community Hospital has an urgent care clinic separate from the ER.

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.