In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, counties across the Panhandle are sending help to the areas devastated by the storm.

Early Friday morning, 23 Santa Rosa County public works employees consisting of three loader crews and one Bobcat crew deployed to Washington County to help with recovery efforts, according to a news release from the county.

"This is a first for our county,” said Mark Murray, assistant county administrator. “While we have sent personnel to assist with emergency operations center duties during previous events, we have never deployed a public works detachment of personnel and equipment,"

Stephen Furman, public works director, said county personnel was eager to volunteer.

“We have offered our prayers and now we can offer our support during this time of recovery," Furman said.

The public works employees will join Public Safety Director Brad Baker, Operations Chief Tom Lloyd, Public Information Officer Brandi Whitehurst, and Administrative Services Manager Tammy Simmons, who are already on site in Washington County assisting with coordination and recovery efforts.

Two Santa Rosa County emergency communications dispatchers were also deployed to Bay County as part of an emergency response team on Thursday, the release said.

Walton County narrowly avoided the brunt of Hurricane Michael, but did receive damage. Sheriff’s deputies worked around the clock to clear debris and help reopen roads.

Friday, Walton County Public Information Officer Corey Dobridnia was in Washington County helping with public information efforts in communities like Wausau and Chipley.

“We sent multiple deputies to Bay County to work,” Dobridnia said."There's a couple members of our investigation team, one of our lieutenants, one of our majors — they are all over there working."

Okaloosa County began loading up trucks Friday afternoon with tons of supplies, four-wheelers, generators and chainsaws, according to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Michele Nicholson.

They are also sending a boat and a fuel tanker to Port St. Joe in Gulf County. Eleven Okaloosa County volunteers plan to stay in the area for up to 14 days.

Hundreds of Florida Highway Patrol troopers headed toward the counties affected directly after the storm. They have been working to clear areas of roads blocked by downed trees.