Washington County Hurricane Michael Update

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fl. (WJHG/WECP) - The following information is from officials in Washington County as they update residents as Hurricane Michael recovery efforts continue.

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief- For information on available assistance from Florida Baptist Disaster Relief, please call
850-716-8827.

Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) - A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is set up at the Washington County Ag Center East Wing, Monday- Saturday, 9 AM – 6 PM. You can find information about FEMA programs, other disaster assistance programs, apply for federal disaster assistance, and ask questions related to your case.

Local Food Pantries –

-- Care & Share Food Pantry (1461 S. Railroad Ave Chipley, FL) is open Monday – Friday from 2 PM – 3 PM.
-- Shepherd’s Gate Church (1915 Ferguson Road Chipley, FL) is open Monday, Wednesday, & Friday of each week from 7:30 AM – 10 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.

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 www.fcfi.org.

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

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.

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 Romina.valerio@wfrpc.org.

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