Jackson County evacuations and emergency procedures

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Per Jackson County Emergency Management:

The Jackson County Emergency Management Office is currently at a Level 2 Activation Saturday 9/9/17 (6 am- 6 pm).

On Sunday 9/10/17, it will move to Level 1 activation at 6:00 am and staff will remain on duty 24/7 until the threat of Hurricane Irma has left Jackson County.

Both the General Population Shelter and People with Special Needs Shelters (PSN) are open and accepting evacuees. The Shelters are located at 3546 Caverns Road, Marianna Florida at the Marianna High School.

Evacuees MUST bring identification with them to the Shelter. No animals are allowed in the PSN shelter. Pets are allowed in the general shelter as long as they are in a carrier, and the owner supplies the food and water.

No firearms or alcohol is allowed.

The cone of uncertainty currently encompasses Jackson County and it is under a Hurricane Watch. Evacuation of Mobile Homes, Modular Homes, RV's, Campers and homes in low lying areas will become MANDATORY at 6am Sunday 9-10-17 per Jackson County Emergency Manager Rodney Andreasen. RV's and Campers can park in the parking lot at the MHS Football Field. Residents and visitors who are affected by this evacuation need to plan to report to the shelter at Marianna High School by noon tomorrow. Transportation to the shelter will be available until noon tomorrow. The Jackson County Emergency Operations Center will activate to Level 1 at 6 a.m. Sunday.

If you are at one of the state parks (Florida Caverns, Three-Rivers, etc), you are also urged to evacuate.

For those wishing to seek shelter at the General Population shelter, you will need to bring pillows, blankets, personal hygiene items, games for children and other various personal needs. Additionally, it is advised to bring snacks or various other meal items. The normal 3 meals per day will be supplied.

For those needing transportation or related information, they may call (850) 718-0019.

To report power issues, trees down or various other incidents, please call (850) 718-0020.We urge everyone to be vigilant in keeping up-to-date on the weather.