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Recover Bay County

Posted on: October 19, 2018

Hurricane Michael Oct. 19 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
  •  For up-to-date information, go to RecoverBayCounty.com
  • Effective immediately a curfew is in effect for Bay County from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Weather for the next several days is expected to be sunny, with a high near 83 degrees.

Mosquito Aerial Spraying Scheduled for October 20, 2018
Due to a surge in the mosquito population from flooding caused by Hurricane Michael, aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Bay County has been scheduled for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 20, weather permitting. Spraying is scheduled 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.

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

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 - 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.html.
  • Do you need to file an insurance complaint? You can contact a Division of Consumer Servicesspecialist 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:

  • Wood (trees, construction wood – plywood, timbers, etc.)
  • Non-wood construction debris – drywall, plumbing, wiring, etc.
  • Metal – flashing, tin, aluminum, etc.
  • 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 are still the best way to immediately help survivors. Donations help relief organizations meet survivors’ needs quickly. Donate to an established relief organization. For a complete list of established relief organizations like the United Way of Bay County or other organizations at volunteerflorida.org/emergency-management/#partners.

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 and register on the volunteer database. Or you can connect with an established relief organization or volunteer center to help.

Library

  • 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 monitary 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.

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. in Panama
  • Cedar Grove Elementary School - 2825 15th Street in Panama City
  • Winn Dixie Lynn Haven - 1812 Lynn Haven Pkwy. in Lynn Haven
  • Walmart Callaway - 725 N Tyndall Pkwy in Callaway
  • MLK Rec Center - 705 14th Street in Panama City
  • Old Kmart Parking Lot - 7100 US 98 in Panama City
  • Jinks Middle School - 600 W 11th St. in Panama City
  • Coram's  - Hwy. 2301 & 231 in Panama City
  • Parker Fire Department - 4534 E Bus 98 in Parker
  • Callaway Elementary/High Praise Church - 7115 FL Hwy 22 in Panama City
  • Walmart Panama City - 513 W 23rd  in Panama City
  • Walmart Lynn Haven - 2101 S HIGHWAY 77 in Lynn Haven
  • Walmart Panama City Beach - 10270 Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach
  • Next to Mexico Beach City Hall - 201 Paradise Path Mexico Beach lunch only at noon
  • Springfield Elementary School - 520 School Ave. in  Panama City
  • Cove Shopping Center (Dollar General) - 929 Cherry St. in Panama City
  • Youngstown/Fountain Recreation Complex -  12421 Highway 20 in Fountain
  • 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

  • Deerpoint Elementary School 4800 CR 2321

Callaway

  • High Praise Church – 7124 SR 22 Callaway

Panama City

  • Rosenwald High School- 924 Bay Avenue
  • Panama City Seventh-Day Adventist Church and School - 2700 Lisenby Ave.

 Mexico Beach

  • 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

  • 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, Callaway
    • 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 https://www.facebook.com/Tideor@Tide

Shelters

  • Bozeman School – 198 general population
  • Breakfast Point Academy – 561 general population
  • Surfside Middle School – 171 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 49,099 customers without power or 47.5 percent.
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

Gulf Coast Electric Coop 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

  • All of Bay County is under a mandatory boil water notice.
  • 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/.
  • Parts 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.
  • Water, food and basic supplies are being distributed behind City Hall and donations can be dropped off
        there also.

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.

  • 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 everyone living in Bay County.
  • 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. All Panama City customers should place their blue cans and bagged garbage by the roadway daily.
  • 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.
  • Testing of the water and sewer systems is under way.Service will be restored for some residents; however, the boil water notice remains in effect until further notice and residents are urged to limit their use of the sewer system.

City of Springfield

  • A food/supply distribution point has been setup at the Springfield Fire Station, 3728 E. 3rd St. City employees are staffing this site from dawn to dusk. They are not accepting donations of clothing, furniture or household items at this time   
  • 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.
  • 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        
    • Wood (trees, construction wood – plywood, timbers, etc.)    
    • Non-wood construction debris – drywall, plumbing, wiring, etc.   
    • Metal – flashing, tin, aluminum, etc.    
    • Appliances

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

City of Parker

  • As of Oct. 18, most master valves for the municipal water supply are open, with re-pressurization in progress. This is expected to take one to two days. 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.
  • 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:    
    • Wood (trees, construction wood – plywood, timbers, etc.)    
    • Non-wood construction debris – drywall, plumbing, wiring, etc     
    • Metal – flashing, tin, aluminum, etc.    
    • Appliances

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

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:        
    • Wood (trees, construction wood – plywood, timbers, etc.)
    • Non-wood construction debris – drywall, plumbing, wiring, etc.
    • Metal – flashing, tin, aluminum, etc     
    • 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.

Business Recovery

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
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. Hours are 11 am – 3 pm through Sunday. The location will be moving from the First Baptist Church on 389 to the Fairgrounds on Highway 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 am – 4 pm. 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 the main location at 2900 South Hwy 77. If you were under radiation treatment, the center will treat you tomorrow if you were scheduled. The clinic will be open at 8 a.m.

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.

Prescriptions
Under the Emergency Order, persons 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 currently 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 immediately there. They are working on getting in medications. For current clients in need of medication, the best thing to do is to call 850-899-5981. The main campus at 525 E 15th ST in Panama City will open for medication refills on Monday at 10 am. Life Management Center is working hard to provide services in our other service areas as soon as possible. For emergency services please call 911. You may also call 211 or 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
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.

Special Event
While there are so many of us who have suffered unimaginable loss this week, it's also important for us to return to "normal" if/when we can. With that in mind, Bay District Schools is having a football game on Saturday so we can celebrate our community and we hope you will join us for free food and a fun afternoon. Gulf Power Company will be there with a charging station and some televisions streaming COLLEGE FOOTBALL and we will have some mobile kitchens set up with even more food. We have donors who will be set up with baby items and toys for kids and we know our students will be excited to see their friends. We hope you'll join us for a couple of hours of football, food and friends.
Noon, Saturday, Oct. 20 at Joe & Jeannette Chapman Field at Tommy Oliver Stadium.

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