Jackson County Hurricane Michael recovery town hall

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Local and state leaders came together for a town hall in Jackson County Thursday night.

"It was encouraging to see the agencies," interim county administrator Wilanne Daniels said. "They were actually the ones asking for this town hall because they want to share the information."

Representatives from several organizations were there, including the Small Business Administration, Army Corps of Engineers, and FEMA.

"People need to ask questions and go to our disaster recovery centers that are open now in just about all of these 12 counties," FEMA Public Information Officer Nate Custer said.

There are two disaster recovery centers in Jackson County: one on Penn Avenue in Marianna and a mobile site now open in Grand Ridge.

"It's one-stop shopping," Custer said. "Go there, get your questions answered. Talk to a FEMA person, an SBA person one on one."

Officials are also urging locals to be cautious of those looking to take advantage.

"Anyone who goes around claiming to be FEMA and doesn't have one of these badges on, don't give any information, any banking information, social security, whatever," Custer said.

The Red Cross shelter closes Friday and debris removal is in full swing. County officials said both are two positives signs of recovery.

"We have picked up over 900 thousand cubic yards of debris out of approximately nine million," Daniels said. "As far as this phase, I feel like we are doing really well."

As the debris pickup process continues, officials ask everyone to please separate tree debris from household and construction debris.

There are plans to hold similar town halls in the future.