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Recover Bay County

Posted on: October 21, 2018

Hurricane Michael Oct. 21 update

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Essential Information
Bay County is advising all general citizen inquiries to be directed to “211” operated by the United Way. Volunteers should register at volunteerflorida.org. Donations are preferred in the form money and can be sent to reputable, local charitable organizations. State assistance information can be found at 1-800-342-3557 or www.floridadisaster.org Impacted residents should register with FEMA at 1-800-621-3362, TTY: 1-800-462-7585 or www.disasterassistance.gov Bay County Emergency Operations Center) is directing impacted residents to Crisis Cleanup at Call 800-451-1954 or Crisiscleanup.org 

·        2-1-1 Citizen Information Line as on Friday, Oct 19 

o   Over 2,440 (+180 since yesterday) people have contacted the Text MICHAEL to 898-211 queue for assistance and resources (this number includes all states). When individuals initially text MICHAEL, they are given options to receive basic information such as food locations/PODS, FEMA info, shelter locations, etc. 

o   2-1-1 live chat over 460 (+80 since yesterday) people have engaged with a volunteer, trained specialist in our live chat queue. All individuals who have moved into the live chat queue have been greeted and assisted by the specialists.

·        For families and friends out of the state looking for information, call 850-248-6099.

·        For up-to-date information, go to RecoverBayCounty.com 

·        A curfew is in effect for Bay County from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

Tarps: 
Tarps are will be available for pick-up Oct. 22 at the following Points of Distribution (POD):

·        Rosenwald Middle School - 924 Bay Avenue

·        Seventh Day Adventist - 2700 Lisenby Avenue

·        Deer Point Elementary School - 4800 County Road 2321

Mosquito Aerial Spraying Scheduled for October 21, 2018

Due to a surge in the mosquito population from flooding caused by Hurricane Michael, the aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Bay County was scheduled for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 20 was not completed due to low cloud cover. Spraying has been rescheduled, weather permitting, for the evening of Sunday October 21 from dusk to dawn from approximately 8 p.m. through 5 a.m.

The overwhelming increase in the mosquito population prompted the aerial spraying, under the advice of county health officials and in direct response to citizens’ recent requests. 

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County and the Florida Department of Health state-wide are asking residents to exercise self-protection and precautions should continue to be taken. 

Mosquitoes

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, follow the five D’s of mosquito control:

After a storm, standing water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Remember to dump out any standing water that you can. Make sure you use an EPA approved bug repellent and follow the directions on the label. 

Dusk to Dawn: Mosquitoes prefer shady, humid areas where there is little wind. These are the times mosquitoes are most active. They and avoid being outdoors during these times

Dress: Dress in light clothing long sleeves and pants when you are outside.

Deet: If you are going to be outside when mosquitoes are most active, make sure you apply insect repellent.  

Due to the loss of electricity from Hurricane Michael, stagnant swimming pools can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To kill mosquitoes and bacteria, please do the following;

·      Put two gallons of bleach in the pool or use shock (these items are available at opened hardware and/or big
box stores)

·      Maintain one parts per million of free chlorine

·      Add chlorine as necessary to maintain one parts per million

Transportation

Bay Town Trolley has started running the following: 

Routes 5, 6, 7, 8

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Every hour on the hour, except Sunday (traffic permitting)

Flag stops (asking the driver to stop) will be allowed along the route

Legal Services of North Florida

·      Under Florida Landlord Tenant Law, there is a casualty damage provision. This provision is the controlling law in a natural disaster, even if a lease says something different. 

o   Landlords DO NOT have the right to terminate the lease due to damage to the unit.

o   Landlords DO NOT have the right to kick the tenant out in order to make repairs.

o   Landlords CAN NOT put language in a lease to waive the tenants’ rights under 83.63 Florida Statute.

o   Landlords MUST follow Florida Statute if they wish to evict a tenant or terminate a lease due to nonpayment of rent or violation of the lease or statute.

·      Residents are encouraged to seek out legal counsel through the Florida Disaster Legal Hotline 1-866-550-2929, their local attorneys or Legal Services of North Florida, home office in Tallahassee 850-385-9007 or the local branch in Panama City at 850-769-3581.

Pet Information

  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Society are providing information on pets affected by Hurricane Michael.
  • Individuals looking to report missing or stranded pets should contact the Hurricane Michael pet hotline at 1-800-738-9437. It will be operational from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.
  • If you have a lost animal, please post the animal’s information to facebook.com/groups/animalrescuepc.
  • Go to https://adoptme.org/hurricanemichael/ for detailed information on resources such as available veterinarians, volunteering, and donations.
        

Telecommunication

·      Fiber optic cable is critical. It carries traffic from cellular towers that serves first responders and provides life-saving communications. Don’t touch or cut any cables.

·      If you have any questions or to report a cut cable call 877-652-2321.

WOW
All WOW! Services on Panama City Beach and Inlet Beach are back up and operational as of 4 p.m. this afternoon.

Clean-up Safety Precautions

Residents and others working to clean up debris left by Hurricane Michael could be at risk of sustaining injuries, and the Florida Department of Health is urging residents to practice caution when cleaning in and around their homes. Every person involved in clean up should make sure they have an up to date tetanus vaccination and avoid heat stress when working outside or in non-air-conditioned buildings. There may also be unseen hazards under the water in areas that received storm surge or freshwater flooding. Flood waters can mask debris, downed power lines and other hazards.

The department recommends the following tips to help clean up after Hurricane Michael:

  • Wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during clean-up of sewage and to avoid injury and contamination
  • Be careful about mixing household cleaners and disinfectants. Combining certain types of products can produce toxic fumes and result in injury or death
  • Walls, hard-surfaced floors and many other household surfaces must be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected with a solution of 1 cup of bleach per 5 gallons of water.
  • Remove and discard contaminated household materials that cannot be disinfected such as wall-coverings, cloth and rugs. Wash all linens and clothing in hot water or dry-clean.
  • Drywall and insulation that have been soaked should be removed and discarded so disinfection and drying of the internal wall structure can take place.
  • Items that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned, such as mattresses and upholstered furniture, may possibly be air dried in the sun and sprayed thoroughly with a disinfectant. However, these items may need to be discarded.
  • It can be difficult to throw away items in a home, particularly those with sentimental value. However, keeping certain items soaked by sewage or floodwaters may be unhealthy. In general, materials that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried within 24-48 hours should be discarded
  • Fiberboard, fibrous insulation and disposable filters in your heating and air conditioning system should be replaced.
  • Chainsaws should only be operated in safe conditions and by people that are experienced in proper use. For more information chainsaw safety go to www.osha.gov/Publications/3301-10-05-english-06-27-2007.html

Wound Care /Tetanus

  • If you sustain a wound or deep cut that concerns you as you handle debris, seek medical attention. Make sure to ask your doctor if you need a tetanus booster vaccine.
  • Due to possible contamination, do not expose wounds to floodwaters.
  • Proper wound care is essential for all cuts and lacerations regardless of exposure to floodwaters. Clean wounds with soap and disinfected or bottled water.
  • Individuals deployed to work on recovery efforts are encouraged to contact their primary health care provider to make sure they are current on their tetanus vaccine.

Heat Safety

Everyone participating in post-storm clean up should practice heat safety. A person can experience sunstroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and even heatstroke if exposed to high temperatures for an extended period of time. Warning signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting and fainting.

If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. If symptoms become more severe or last longer than one hour, seek medical attention immediately. If you suspect you may have heat exhaustion, take the following cooling measures:

o   Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages

o   Rest in an air-conditioned environment

o   Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath

o   Wear lightweight clothing

o   Prevent sun burn by wearing sunscreen of 30 SPF.

To avoid becoming dehydrated, drink plenty of fluids, especially water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who have medical conditions such as kidney and heart disease, who require a fluid restricted diet, or who have problems with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.

Heat Safety Tips During Clean-up

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear a hat or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day – morning hours between 4 and 7 a.m.
  • Stay indoors when possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine or find a local cooling center.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
  • Don’t forget your pets. Make sure they have access to water, ventilation and shade.

For more information about debris clean up safety, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup/facts.html

Operation Blue Roof

Operation Blue Roof, which temporarily repairs roofs at no cost to families, offers temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting helps reduce further damage to property until permanent repairs can be made. 

Primary residences that have standard shingled roofs are eligible to receive a temporary blue roof. Metal roofs and mobile homes will be considered for the program, as practical on a case-by-case basis. Roofs with greater than 50- percent structural damage are not eligible for this program. Renters must obtain legal permission from the homeowner to continue occupying the residence until more permanent repairs are made.

Homeowners must sign a Right of Entry, or ROE, form to allow government employees and contractors onto their property to assess damage and install the temporary covering.

Right of Entry collection centers are located at:

Panama City Square

525 W 23rd Street, Panama City

Walmart near Pier Park

15495 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach 

Walmart

2101 S. Hwy. 77, Lynn Haven

Centers are open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Additional locations may be added as necessary.

For the most current information, please visit the Jacksonville District website at www.usace.army.mil/blueroof or call 1-888-ROOF-BLU (888-766-3258). Information is provided in both English and Spanish through this single number.

Insurance

·        If you have a homeowner’s or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately before applying for disaster assistance. Get the process started quickly. The faster you file, the faster your recovery can begin.

·        The state of Florida’s toll-free Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-877-693-5236) can answer business and consumer-oriented insurance-related questions. CFO Patronis has launched a Hurricane Michael Insurance Resources webpage to provide comprehensive insurance information. Access the webpage at www.myfloridacfo.com/division/Consumers/HurricaneMichael.htm.  

·        Do you need to file an insurance complaint? You can contact a Division of Consumer Services  specialist
directly by telephone on weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the statewide, toll-free number
1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236). If you are calling from out of state, please dial (850) 413-3089. You can also email Consumer.Services@myfloridacfo.com or visit https://apps.fldfs.com/ESERVICE.

Emergency Operations Center Current Focus

·        All major roadways are clear at this time. Public Works traffic operations are working cut-and-toss operations to clear other roadways around the county and an inventory of needed traffic signal and sign repairs. 

·        Continue to deliver mass care services in support of identified community needs until the county infrastructure systems are restored.

·        Continue to support responders with essential services in reinforcement of mission assurances during the disaster event. 

·        Delivery of mass care services such as food, water, medical supplies and sanitation.

·        Provide for the safety and security of citizens and responders by conducting protection operations in the county until termination of incident operations.

·        Responding to emergency services calls.

·        Damage assessments.

·        Volunteers registration and coordination through VolunteerFlorida.org. 

·        Restoration of utilities. 

·        Coordination and tasking of the influx of resources from county, state and federal response agencies. 

Debris Removal and Separation

 Residents can help expedite debris removal by separating debris at the curbside into four categories:

o   Wood (trees, construction wood – plywood, timbers, etc.)

o   Non-wood construction debris – drywall, plumbing, wiring, etc.

o   Metal – flashing, tin, aluminum, etc.

o   Appliances

When placing debris curbside, do not place it over the water meter.

Donations

·       We are asking everyone to wait just a little longer before collecting and bringing donations of goods. We have so many items coming now and we do not yet have the infrastructure in place to process the many donations flowing already. Our focus has been rescue and providing the basics like safety, food, water, shelter, sanitation and clearing roads. In order for donations to be effective, there must be places to put the donations and people to package, transport, warehouse and distribute the donations. While a plan is in the works and will be available very soon, we are just not ready yet.

·       While we understand everyone’s desire to help, unsolicited donations of goods in a disaster area can add to the disaster, and much of it ends of up in the landfill, never reaching the survivors of the storm because there are no distribution channels in place.

Cash Donations
Cash donations are still the best way to immediately help survivors. Donations help relief organizations meet survivors’ needs quickly. For a complete list of established relief organizations like the United Way of Bay County or other organizations at volunteerflorida.org/emergency-management/#partners.

 Suggestions of reputable organizations include:

o   United Way: www.UnitedWayNWFL.org

o   The Salvation Army: www.salvationarmy.org

o   The American Red Cross: www.americanredcross.org

o   Volunteer Florida: www.volunteerflorida.org

o   Gulf Coast College: www.gcscfoundation.org

o   Regular bulk donations offers can be made to hurricanemichael@volunteerflorida.org 

Volunteers
Please do not travel to the impacted area to volunteer without being assigned through an established disaster response group. We are seeing large numbers of untrained volunteers come forward wanting to help in areas that are still EXTREMELY UNSAFE. Volunteers not involved in a coordinated effort, though well-meaning, are a HINDRANCE when not PART OF AN ORGANIZED PROCESS. Those interested in volunteering can visit VolunteerFlorida.org or crisiscleanup.org to register on a volunteer database. You can also connect with an established relief organization or volunteer center to help.

Library

·        Jimmy Weaver memorial Library in Hosford opened on Thursday, Oct. 18.  Hours will be altered a little until curfew has been lifted.  Please call the library for details, 850-379-3300.  Temporary hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs. 9-5 EST; Sat 9-12 EST - normal services available.  

·        Panama City Beach Public Library will re-open with reduced hours on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd.  Temporary hours are Tuesday, through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please call library for more information, 850-233-5055.

·        Please do not return books or other library items to any libraries that are closed.  Keep them and return when the library reopens.  All fines and fees for items returned late or damaged due to Hurricane Michael will be waived.

·        PCB Library does not currently have internet or wi-fi available.  Computers, printer, copier, and the fax machine are working.  

Veterans

·        Find out where to get healthcare Department Veterans Disaster Response Line 1-800-507-4571 24 hours. 

·        Department of Veterans Affairs Pharmacy Customer Care (Bay County) 850-640-3062

·        The American Red Cross Emergency Communication Center and Cash Assistance 1-877-272-7337

·        FEMA 1-800-621-3362

·        VeteransFlorida.org/recovery for monetary assistance

·        Bay County Veterans Services 850-819-2920 for veterans information.

·        VA Clinics open for walk-ins accepted 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Panama City Beach VA, 2600 Veterans Way along Magnolia Beach Rd.

·        Mobile Vet Center and Mobile Medical Unit in Panama City to offer medical care and counseling services to veterans in the community or primary care.

Cleanup Assistance

If you need assistance cleaning up your home, volunteer help may be available. Survivors and volunteers are matched and vetted through www.crisiscleanup.org. Signup to be added to their waiting list at www.crisiscleanup.org or call 

1-800-451-1954 or 1-844-965-1386. 

Burn Ban

·        Due to the high level of debris and favorable burning conditions, the Bay County Commission enacted a burn ban at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 commission meeting. The ban prohibits open burning, to include but not limited to campfires, wildfires, bonfires, trash burning and other similar forms of incineration.

·        State permitted burns, authorized fireworks displays and fireworks sales which are authorized by state law and outdoor cooking in barbecue grills, smokers, or other outdoor stoves located at private residences are exempt.

·        The ban will remain in effect until the fire-borne threat has ended.

Transitional Housing Assistance

·        FEMA is providing Transitional Sheltering Assistance for families in Bay County. TSA provides FEMA funded short-term lodging in hotels and motels for eligible disaster survivors who are unable to return home for an extended period due to disaster-related damages or inaccessibility of their communities. 

·        FEMA is currently notifying eligible families in Bay County who have already applied for assistance of their sheltering options under TSA. Families in Bay County looking to confirm their TSA eligibility should call
1-800-621-FEMA or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov for more information on TSA and to find participating hotels and motels or to begin the assistance process.

·        Rental assistance from FEMA lasts for an initial period of 90 days.

·        FEMA does not use vouchers for hotels. All sheltering in hotel or motels approved by FEMA is paid directly to hotels. Survivors do not receive vouchers from FEMA.

Salvation Army Feeding Sites 

Open for lunch 11-1 p.m. and dinner daily 5-6 p.m.

·        The Salvation Army-1824 W. 15th St., Panama City

·        Cedar Grove Elementary School-2825 15th St., Panama City

·        Winn Dixie Lynn Haven-1812 Lynn Haven Pkwy Lynn Haven FL

·        Walmart Callaway-725 N Tyndall Pkwy., Callaway

·        MLK Rec Center-705 14th St., Panama City

·        Old Kmart Parking Lot-7100 U.S. 98, Panama City

·        Jinks Middle School-600 W 11th St., Panama City

·        Coram’s -Hwy 2301 & 231

·        Parker Fire Department-4534 E Business 98

·        Callaway Elementary/High Praise Church-7115 FL Hwy. 22, Panama City

·        Walmart Panama City-513 W 23rd St., Panama City

·        Walmart Lynn Haven-2101 S Hwy. 77, Lynn Haven

·        Walmart Panama City Beach-10270 Front Beach Road

·        Springfield Elementary-520 School Ave., Panama City

·        Cove Shopping Center-901 Cherry St., Panama City

·        Hickory Plaza – St. Andrew-404 S Tyndall Pkwy Panama City

·        St. Andrews Bay – Piggly Wiggly-8012 Hwy 2301 Panama City

·        Winn Dixie Sherwood-3157 W 23rd St Panama City

FEMA Points of Distribution 

Offers food and water while supplies last, items will be restocked continuously. OPEN 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

·        Southport-

o   Deerpoint Elementary School 4800 CR 2321

·        Panama City

o   Rosenwald Middle School- 924 Bay Ave.

o   Panama City Seventh-Day Adventist Church and School - 2700 Lisenby Ave.

·        Callaway

o   High Praise Church – 7124 SR 22 

·        Mexico Beach 

o   1011 CR 386

FEMA Assistance 

Although the federal government cannot make you whole, it may be able to help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure. FEMA assistance also may provide temporary help with a place for you and your family to stay while you build your own recovery plan. To apply visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY).  You will need the following to apply for assistance: 

·       Social Security Number; 

·       Daytime telephone number; 

·       Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and 

·       Insurance information, if available. 

For more information about common questions and rumors, visit www.fema.gov/hurricane-michael-rumor-control

Other Assistance 

  • Feeding sites and locations with meals and water (self-stable and MRE’s):    
    • Woodlawn United Methodist Church – 219 N. Alf Coleman Rd., Panama City (10 a.m. – 4 p.m. everyday)
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    • Food 4 Kidz, Inc. – 16610 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. M-F)
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    • St. Andrews Christian Care Center – 3101 A. West Hwy. 98, Panama City (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. everyday)
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    • Springfield UMC – 615 Transmitter Rd., Panama City (11 a.m. – 5 p.m. everyday)
  • Emerald Coast Fellowship Church is serving hot meals and has become a food bank and supplies. This is a long-term event.
  • The Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit will be located at:
    Walmart Supercenter - 725 N. Tyndall Pkwy.
    The Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Laundry Unit has deployed to support relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael. The Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry vehicles will be providing free full-service laundry to residents affected by the recent hurricane. Residents can bring clothes (up to two loads per household) to be washed, dried and folded free of charge. All washable clothing types can be accepted with the exception of heavy bedding. P&G will also distribute free personal care and cleaning kits to those affected with everyday essentials needed to meet basic hygiene and home care needs directly out into the impacted areas.                                                                                                                                                               For the most up-to-date information on the fleet’s location, please visit Tide’s Facebook and Twitter channels at www.facebook.com/Tideor@Tide

Shelters

·        Bozeman School – 246 general population

·        Breakfast Point Academy – 392 general population 

·        Surfside Middle School –  184 general population

 

Special Needs Shelters

The special needs shelter run by the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at Deane Bozeman School is now closed. People who qualify for the shelter will now be assessed, treated and transported to locations with additional resources as needed. DOH-Bay has served more than 100 clients in the Special Needs Shelter since our response to Hurricane Michael. Clients are now relocated as a proactive measure to ensure the safety of citizens with special needs that have been displaced from their homes by Hurricane Michael. The decision was made to move these vulnerable citizens to a safer location before any resources started to run low. Families can call 727-619-0182 for information about their loved ones.

 

Gas Pipelines/Service

TECO crews are continuing to respond to the area and assess gas lines as well as respond to gas leaks. Customers whose natural gas service was impacted by the storm can reach the Peoples Gas Hurricane Hotline & their dedicated team of customer service professionals at 850-914-6130.

Residents should leave the premises immediately and then call the Peoples Gas 24-hour Emergency gas leak number at 1/877-832-6747. Say “emergency” or select option 1. 

 

Power Outages

  • Bay County has approximately 36.7 percent of customers without power.
  • Gulf Power has approximately 33.3 percent of customers without power
  • Gulf Coast Electric has approximately 74.3 percent without power
  • Please do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages. 
    • Gulf Power knows when your power is out. You can track outages on their outage map from your smartphone on the Gulf Power Outage Map or report power outages at https://outagemap.gulfpower.com/external/default.html 
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    • Gulf Coast Electric Co-op will not charge any late fees as we repair our system and offices.
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    • Gulf Coast Electric Co-op customers can call 1-800-568-3667 to report an outage or view power outages on the outage map at http://outagemap.gcec.com

Schools

·        Bay District Schools anticipates that students will be back in school no later than the week of November 12th (sooner if possible). 

·        The colors of the dress code will be temporarily waived, and Bay District Schools asks that students come dressed appropriately for school each day.

·        Bay District Schools is collecting donations from around the country and setting up donation stations at schools. Go to Facebook @baydistrictschools for more details.

·        Bay District Schools petitioned the state Department of Education for a waiver of many requirements (including the requirement to use FSA as a promotion requirement).

·        Petitioned the DOE to ensure that every senior graduates on time and that all students are promoted on time.

·        An email has been sent out to all school employees to check in as soon as possible.

Elections

  • The Supervisor of Elections Office opened today, Thursday, Oct 18.
  • No new mail-in ballots will be sent out.
  • If you already have a mail-in ballot do not put in the mail. Hand deliver to designated locations still to be determined at a later time.
  • Due to the storm, five mega voting sites will be set up instead on your assigned voting precinct, locations to be determined at a later time.
  • Early voting begins Saturday, Oct. 27 for 12 hours each day through Election Day.
       
        

Court Services

  • Courts are closed through Friday, October 26. First appearances are being conducted at the jail, as they are federally mandated.

Water
Bay County’s water and wastewater treatment plant and infrastructure sustained substantial damage.
Despite this, Utilities has made significant progress toward repairs, thanks to the help from DEP and FlaWARN

·        Water is being restored to many of the county’s wholesale customers, including Panama City Beach, Panama City, the Airport and unincorporated Bay County. Intermittent loss will occur as crews find and repair leaks. Please be patient.

·        If you have any questions about when service will be restored to your city, please call the city’s utility department. 

·        Water has been restored to many unincorporated Bay County customers in Southport and northern Bay County.

 

Wastewater

·        All unincorporated Bay County wastewater treatment plants and lift stations are operational. 

·        All wastewater systems are still highly vulnerable. As water services are restored, it is extremely important to limit shower time and flushing.

 

Boil Water Notice

Parts of Bay County remain under a mandatory boil water notice; however, the boil notice has been lifted in the Bay County Retail Utility Service Area and the Panama City Beach Utility Service Area water systems. This only applies to customers who pay their utility bill to Bay County or the City of Panama City Beach.

If this applies to you, run water at each tap for approximately five (5) minutes to flush the lines. Plumbing lines serving misters, drinking fountains and soda machines should also be flushed for five (5) minutes. Discard the first bin of ice from icemakers. For more detailed guidelines see http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/drinking-water/_documents/2018-hurricane-letter-food-bulletin-bwn-guidelines.pdf 

For Residents Still Under the Boil Water Order

·        If you have utility power or generator power, bring the water to a rolling boil for at least three minutes 

·        If you do not have power, use bottled water or eight drops of regular, unscented household bleach per gallon of water to prepare it for cooking use.

·        For drinking, cooking, washing wounds, and brushing teeth, use bottled water or boiled water. Water should be held to a rolling boil for one minute.

 

County Offices

  • To all BOCC employees who have not reported to your supervisors, please do so as soon as possible in order to see if you are needed at work. You should contact your supervisor prior to Friday morning in case plans to report to work have changed.
  • Employees should expect to receive disaster work assignments based on needs and skills
  • County office re-openings will be announced as they occur. 

 

City of Mexico Beach

No power, water or sewer service available at this time. Three checkpoints have been established in Mexico Beach, allowing access to residents only with proof of residency.

  • Bay Medical Bus is in Mexico Beach performing medical care as needed.
       
        

Daytime checkpoints from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

·        West – U.S. 98 and western city limits

·        East – U.S.  98 & State 386

·        North – State Road 386 one mile north of city limits

Evening checkpoints from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

·        15th Street & State 386

·        1st Street & State 386

·        Azalea Drive & State 386

City of Lynn Haven

·        Official information site is https://www.facebook.com/cityoflynnhaven/.

·        Most of Lynn Haven are back on water. Boil Water messaging ongoing.

·        Household garbage pickup resumed on Tuesday, Oct.16.

·        #LynnHavenTogetherStrong

·        Critical needs include tarps and chainsaws.  Donations can be dropped off at the Southerland Event Center, located at 1112 Ohio Ave.

Supply and Donation Sites

Water, food and basic supplies are being distributed and donations can be dropped off from 8:00 am-5 pm:

o   behind City Hall

o   Tyndall Federal Credit Union across from McDonalds -1601 FL 71

Debris Management

o  29 trucks are running and 286 loads of debris have been picked up

o   Chipping operations started on Saturday 10/20

Sewer Restoration

o   Generators have been delivered to lift stations so that sewer service can be restored  

City of Panama City

The City of Panama City’s Community Development Department asks that, for anyone returning to town in need of housing, please visit www.floridahousingsearch.com, and search by city, county or zip code. For some Hurricane Michael victims, up to $5,000 in funds are available to assist with relocation, roof tarps, roof replacement, electrical issues, insurance deductibles and deposits for rentals. Community Development has requested FEMA trailers for lodging for displaced Bay County residents.

·        Residents should conserve water on Monday Oct. 22, as the water system will be flushed to help improve water quality 

·        Most City of Panama City customers have running water, but the pressure may be low. **When your water is restored, DO NOT DRINK IT! There is a Boil Water Notice in effect for Panama City. 

·        If your neighbor has water and you do not, the water valve on your property may have been turned off and/or there may be a leak in the lines supplying water to your home or business. Our crews are turning water meters off when they notice or are notified of a leak on private property. If the leak is between a home/office and the water meter then it is the property owner's responsibility to make repairs. The city repairs leaks located within the right-of-way.

·        To report water or sewer leaks, call our Utilities Department at (850) 872-3191. This phone line is to report water leaks ONLY. A high call volume will slow down the process of getting the information to our crews repairing leaks.

·        The sewer system is operational, BUT customers are urged to LIMIT THE SEWAGE they flush or send down the drain. Strain on the sewer system could result in sewer back-ups.

·        Gulf Power estimates power restoration to 95 percent of the remainder of customers who can receive power by Wednesday, Oct. 24. 

·        If your meter box and electrical box WERE NOT damaged, Gulf Power will connect to it. If the equipment is damaged, a licensed electrician will need to make the necessary repairs and EP Consultants, Inc (EPCI) will need to complete an inspection. EPCI can be reached at (850) 774-5093. The fee will be waived. Notify Gulf Power at 1-888-225-5797 when your home is able to receive power.

·        Contractors will begin picking up debris this weekend. Sort your debris into four piles: household items, yard debris, construction items and appliances. All piles should be constructed along the right-of-way but out of the road and not blocking fire hydrants, water meters or mailboxes.

·        The city is collecting residential and commercial garbage but NOT following the normal collection schedule. Garbage will be collected in Millville on Monday Oct. 22 and in the Cove on Tuesday Oct. 23 or Wednesday Oct 24. Garbage will be collected seven days a week for the next two weeks, or until a normal schedule is appropriate.

·        All Panama City customers should place their blue cans and bagged garbage by the roadway daily. DO NOT put construction debris in your blue bins

·        If your blue can is missing or damaged, please call (850) 872-3172 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to
5 p.m.) to request a new one.

Comfort Stations

Food water and ice and air-conditioned tents are available at:

·        2015 West 23rd street, at the corner of 23rd St and Frankford Ave.

·        Palm Bay Prep Academy 1104 Balboa Ave at the corner of 11 St 

·        Panama City Mall 2150 Martin Luther King Blvd in the parking lot between Dillard’s and Starbucks

For food, water, ice and air-conditioned tents PLUS shower facilities:

·        Dollar General 1125 Cherry St and the Cove Shopping Center

·        Daffin Park 320 Kraft Ave in Millville

·        Martin Luther King Recreation Center 705 East 14th Court

City Commission Meeting

Regular meeting Tuesday Oct 23 at 8 a.m. at the Oakland Terrace Club House- 1900 West 11th St 

City of Springfield

The food/supply distribution point continues operating daily at the Springfield Fire Station, 3728 E. 3rd St. from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. While city employees are staffing this site, they are in need of volunteers to help. If you are interested in volunteering, please email MGRICE@Springfield.Fl.Gov. They are not accepting donations of clothing, furniture or household items at this time.

·        Working on getting pumps for sewer back online. Residents should limit flushing.

·        The city is opening nine master valves for the municipal water supply, with re-pressurization in progress. While this is occurring, residents need to ensure their water mains are shut off to allow faster re-pressurization and to prevent flooding of compromised water pipes in structures.

·        Municipal water service will be restored to 70 percent by the end of today. There have been numerous water main breaks as a result of Hurricane Michael and crews have been rapidly repairing them. If you see a flood or water main break, report it to any passing Springfield city employee or police officer, or, during daytime hours, report it to the command post behind city hall at 3529 E 3rd St.

·        A boil water advisory REMAINS IN EFFECT for Springfield until further notice.

·        All city roads have been cleared and are passable.

·        The city’s trash hauler, Mr. Trash, will resume service on Monday, Oct. 22.

·        Residential debris removal will begin next week. Residents can help expedite debris removal by separating debris at the curbside into four categories

o   Wood (trees, construction wood – plywood, timbers, etc.)

o   Non-wood construction debris – drywall, plumbing, wiring, etc.

o   Metal – flashing, tin, aluminum, etc.

o   Appliances

When placing debris curbside, do not place it over the water meter. 

The City of Springfield will hold a commission meeting Monday to take action on the city’s storm-related recovery process.

City of Parker

·        The City of Parker has restored water service throughout the city. A boil water advisory remains in effect for drinking or cooking until further notice. If you see any water leaking from any pipes or damaged structures, please report it to any passing city employee or police officer.

·        If you are approached by a roofing company, they must be licensed in the State of Florida and must pull a permit for repairs. Beware of unlicensed or unscrupulous businesses. 

·        A food/supply distribution point has been in place at Parker Elementary School, 640 S. Hwy. 22 A, Panama City. Ice, bottled water, meals ready-to-eat, cots, pillows, blankets and limited baby and hygiene items are available from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. This is a drive-thru distribution point and the Florida National Guard will load the items into your car. 

·        Waste Management, Waste Pro, Mr. Trash and Nate’s Sanitation have resumed normal trash pickup. Bargain Sanitation and Coqui Disposal Services are still pending resumption of service. The remaining four trash haulers will follow with the resumption of pickup. 

·        The city is in the process of starting debris removal, possibly as early as Saturday. Residents can help expedite debris removal by separating debris at the curbside into four categories:

o   Wood (trees, construction wood – plywood, timbers, etc.)

o   Non-wood construction debris – drywall, plumbing, wiring, etc.

o   Metal – flashing, tin, aluminum, etc.

o   Appliances

When placing debris curbside, do not place it over the water meter. 

·        The Parker City Council will hold an emergency meeting to award a contract for debris clearing and hauling at 11 a.m. Monday at city hall. The agenda also includes awarding a contract for the monitoring of debris cleaning and hauling, and the affirmation of the city’s declaration of emergency.

·        The city’s utility office is now accepting payments daily from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

. City of Callaway

·        City Hall is not open. Citizens can obtain information at the Fire Department (252 N. Star Avenue) or Public works (324 S. Berthe Avenue).

·        Water is available to 70 percent of customers and sewers are operational.

·        Callaway is still under a boil water notice.

·        Residential trash will be picked up by your contracted trash hauler.

·        Residents can help expedite debris removal by separating debris at the curbside into four categories:

o   Wood (trees, construction wood – plywood, timbers, etc.)

o   Non-wood construction debris – drywall, plumbing, wiring, etc.

o   Metal – flashing, tin, aluminum, etc.

o   Appliances

When placing debris curbside, do not place it over the water meter. 

·        Distribution of food, water and personal items can be found at various locations along Hwy 22 and Tyndall Pkwy.

·        Residents are urged to turn off the breakers in their electrical panels until power is restored.  When power is restored, gradually turn on the breakers to prevent surges.

·        Assume all downed power lines are “hot” and avoid coming into contact with them.

SBA

Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov or by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Complete and Return Your SBA Disaster Assistance Loan Application to Advance Your Recovery

If you are referred to the Small Business Administration after applying for disaster assistance with FEMA, it’s important to complete and return your loan application to help move your recovery forward. If SBA determines you are eligible for a loan, you aren’t obligated to accept it, but completing the loan application as soon as possible helps you keep your recovery options open.

Do not wait for an insurance settlement before submitting an SBA loan application. Your insurance settlement may not cover all your losses related to Hurricane Michael. You may discover that you were underinsured for the labor and materials required to repair or replace your home. An SBA low-interest disaster loan could fill the gap.

 Homeowners and renters who submit an SBA application and are not approved for a loan may be considered for certain other FEMA grants under Other Needs Assistance. Examples of other assistance that may require submitting the SBA application and getting a referral back to FEMA from SBA include:

o   Personal property replacement.

o   Moving and storage fees.

o   Financial help with disaster-caused vehicle repair or replacement expenses.

Submit your SBA disaster loan application online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ . For questions, call the SBA at 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 (TTY). A video in American Sign Language explaining how to apply for an SBA low-interest disaster loan is available at youtube.com/watch?v=0pvfgBaA6_Q

. To apply for disaster assistance:

·   Visit DisasterAssistance.gov or·  call 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or VRS) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

  Business Recovery 

·     DEO has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. Information regarding the program can be obtained at www.floridadisaster.org.

·     Businesses in impacted areas to assess damages and needs. The survey can be obtained at FloridaDisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments and click on the "2018 Michael" event.

·     The TDC is assisting the Emergency Operations Center. If your business is up and running anywhere in Bay County, let us know at www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/relief/

Building Repairs/Permits/Hiring a Contractor

  • Residents living in the unincorporated areas, or outside city limits, with home or business damage may make temporary repairs to secure the structure. Permanent repairs are not permissible until the work can be properly permitted by the county. Bay County BOCC Builders Services has opened a temporary office located in between the Bay County Government Center located at 840 W. 11th Street, Panama City and the Bay County Public Library. This site will be used to issue permits, and in particular, electrical permits and will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week 
  • Please note that permits will be issued for unincorporated residents ONLY. If you live within city limits, you must go to your city builder services office. For more information, please call 850-716-6628 or 850-716-6619.

·        Florida law requires a contractor to be certified and/or licensed – not just a local business or occupational license – and have workers’ compensation insurance. The state sets specific rules and guidelines for professional licensing, standards that protect Floridians from personal harm or financial loss. Homeowners’ liability for injuries to uninsured contractors could be devastating.  Door-to-door repair operators and out-of-state contractors may seem attractive because they usually do not have a long waiting list, but they are perpetrating a fraud.

·        If you had damage to your home from the storm, it’s important that the work is done properly and that the person you hire is properly licensed. Contractors can easily be checked out by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com or 850-487-1395. 

Available Medical Services 

Florida Department of Health in Bay County

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is now offering essential services. This includes; birth and death certificates, ADAP, Women Infants and Children (WIC), and Immunizations. Immunizations services includes Hep A and Tetanus shots free of charge. Hep A is needed for persons who come in contact with flood waters. Tetanus vaccinations are needed for persons who were cut by debris after the storm. Our current hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2 pm.

DOH-Bay is operating a mobile medical clinic in Mexico Beach from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on 389. Tetanus and Hep A vaccines are available as well as general medical care.

WIC benefits may have automatically uploaded to your account. Due to the emergency, they can be issued by phone. Call 850-252-9580 Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2 pm.

Emergency Diabetes Supplies, including insulin, are available at 597 W 11th ST from 10 am - 4 pm M - F. Please bring a box, or prescription, for your insulin, if possible, so we can provide the correct type and dose. You can call ahead to check on supplies at 850-252-9656.

DOH-Bay also has plans to partner with AmeriCares to provide primary care and pharmacy services at 597 W 11th ST, Panama City. AmeriCares is a non-profit organization that provides health for persons affected by disasters. Details on dates and times will be provided soon.

Free Clinics

PanCare, the federally-qualified health care center, is open at their location at 2309 East 15th Street in Panama City for medical and dental. They are also offering mobile medical services at Walmart in Callaway located at 725 N Tyndall Parkway. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. All services are free.  Their clinic in Youngstown will offer medical and dental services from 10 am – 3:30 pm through Friday.

St. Andrews Community Medical Center is partnering with AmeriCares to provide a free clinic. The address is 3101b W Hwy 98, Panama City. Hours of operation are 8 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday.

Pediatric Care

Rainbow Pediatrics is now open on their beach location, 10800 Panama City Beach Parkway. They are seeing new and established patients on a walk-in basis from 9 am – 4 pm. Emerald Coast Pediatrics is seeing patients at their beach and town locations from 9 am – 3 pm. Bright Pediatrics is offering a free walk-in clinic on Saturday, October 20 from Noon – 4 pm. They ask persons to bring prescription bottles for medication refills. Children from 0 – 21 years old will be seen. Physicals and vaccines will not be provided.

OBGYN Care

Patients of Emerald Coast OBGYN who are in labor or with emergencies related to their pregnancy, will be able to see a physician at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center beginning Saturday afternoon. Coastal OBGYN patients can call 850-902-4207 to schedule an appointment or to ask medical questions. Clients of All About Women who are over 35 weeks, high risk, or have a problem they feel needs attention can be seen at Dr. Hennessy’s office in Ft. Walton Beach next Tuesday and Friday afternoon. To make an appointment, call 850-866-3445. Deliveries will be at Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center starting Sunday, October 21.

Chemotherapy

Hope Regional Cancer Center is seeing new and existing patients at their main location at 2900 South HWY 77 during regular business hours.

Dialysis

DaVita and Fresenius are operating and servicing dialysis patients. Bay County Transportation is providing servicing for those patients to get to their medical care as normal. DaVita Panama City patients are now being seen at the Coastal near Bay Medical Sacred Heart.

Dental Care

Emerald Coast Dental Spa on Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach is open with free emergency dental services. They are also opened for dental care.

Medical Supplies

Palo Alto Church of Christ has free medical supplies while they last. The address is 3119 N HWY 231, Panama City. Supplies include; Pediasure, G-tubes for Kangaroo pumps and Infinity pumps, large assortment of medical grade disposable diapers for children 4 years and up, adult diapers, oxygen tanks, wheelchairs, shower chairs, crutches, and medical grade disposable gloves.

General Practice

Nations Best Family Healthcare is partially open at our Panama City office from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  625 West Baldwin Road at 390. We are taking all comers on a first come first served basis regardless of insurance. 

Physical Therapy

Beach location, 11501 Hutchison Blvd Suite 100 Panama City Beach is open and seeing town and beach patients now. Please call 850-248-1600 and you will be put in contact with office staff to be scheduled.

Gulf Coast Facial Plastics

Gulf Coast facial plastics in ENT center will be opening Monday at 1 PM

The Institute of Endocrinology Diabetes Health and Hormones

The Panama City Beach branch is working normally Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm

Prescriptions

Under the Emergency Order, people can get a 30-day refill of prescriptions. There are many pharmacies that are currently open in Bay County. To find a pharmacy near you, got to RxOpen.org. Winn Dixie has two mobile pharmacy units set-up, one at Transmitter and Hwy 231 and one at their 23rd Street location. You may also qualify for the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program. This program opens at 5 pm Thursday. This is for persons who do not have health insurance. Call the EPAP Hotline at 1-855-793-7470 to find out if you are eligible. 

Life Management Center 

Life Management Center is providing limited services at our Bonifay office at 310 Byrd Ave. from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Medications are not available. For current clients in need of medication, the best thing to do is to call 850-899-5981.

 The Genoa Pharmacy at the main campus at 525 E 15th ST in Panama City is open for medication refills on Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-at 5:00 pm. All other Life Management services remain closed until further notice.

Assistance Services

·        For emergency services please call 911

·        For local service information call 211

·        For suicide prevention call the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 850-273-8255.

·        The Panama City Treatment Center is open from 6:30 – 11:30 am daily. They are treating current patients and guest dosers.

Clean-up

Bay County is seeing a high number of injuries relating to storm clean-up. Please take proper precautions to ensure your safety. Wear rubber boots and waterproof gloves during clean-up to avoid injury and contamination. Items that have come in contact with sewage or floodwaters may be unhealthy. Chainsaws should be operated only by person who experienced in using them. If you get a wound or cut from debris, seek medical attention and ask for a Tetanus shot. These are available at DOH-Bay. When cleaning up mold, don’t mix cleaning products.

Hospitals 

St. Andrews Community Medical Center is opened and seeing patients. Their address is 3101b W Hwy 98, Panama City, FL 32401. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Americares is partnering with them to provide this service.

Bay Medical Sacred Heart and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center are offering emergency room services. These units also have Hep A and Tetanus immunizations available. Each hospital is working on plans to provide additional services in stages. DOH-Bay is working in coordination with the hospitals on their plans to return to normal operations.

Bay Medical Center now has clinic locations that are opened. Magnolia- 2421 Thomas DR, Beach- 11111 PCB PKWY, Oceanpark- 23040 PCB PKWY. Call 850-770-3230 or visit baymedical.org.

We realize many of our Mexico Beach residents utilize healthcare services in Gulf County. We want you all to know that Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf located at 3801 E. Hwy 98 in Port St. Joe is now opened with emergency room and inpatient services. All Sacred Heart Medical Group offices are now operating in Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka.

Food

 Food is safe in a full freezer for about 48 hours or 24 hours if it is half full. Refrigerated food is safe about four hours if it is unopened. After that time, perishable items such as meat, chicken, fish, cheese, milk, eggs, and leftovers should be thrown away. Take a picture for your insurance company before you dispose of items.

Tetanus Risks

No one should play in flood waters. The water can contain bacteria. If you have come in contact with flood waters, you should receive a Hep A vaccination. Again, these are available at DOH-Bay. Tetanus is a risk when you get a puncture wound or cut. If you receive a puncture wound and it becomes contaminated with sewage, dirt or flood water, thoroughly clean the wound and have a healthcare provider determine whether a tetanus shot or booster is necessary. If you feel you need a tetanus, please visit your closest emergency centers.        

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