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Here is the most up-to-date information from Gulf County as of Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

FUEL:

Gas and diesel are now available at the Gulf County Health Department at 2475 Garrison Avenue from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Cash and credit accepted, however, there will be no change available for cash purchases. There is a 15 gallon limit on gas at $3.00 per gallon and a 30 gallon limit on diesel at $3.40 per gallon. Those getting fuel must have an approved gas can. Motorists must approach the Health Department from Madison Street and enter through the south entrance.

MEDICAL:

For medical needs, go to Sacred Heart Hospital or the Wewahitchka Health Department. We have ambulance strike teams and medical strike teams to assist you.

Dr. Michael Barnes Office in Wewahitchka will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only established patients will be seen (walk-ins only). The office will be fully operational and patients will be billed later.

Dr. Curry has set up a number for her established patients in Gulf and Franklin Counties, 850-739-1608.

PanCARE Operations in Port St. Joe Clinic will be open Wednesday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Wewahitchka Health Department, ambulance strike teams and medical strike teams are available on site to assist you.

The VA’s Marianna Clinic located at 4970 US 90 Marianna will begin temporary operations on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 for Veterans needing medical care or mental health services. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

SAFETY TIPS:

Those returning home to Gulf County or coming to evaluate property damages will have more time to do so following a change in curfew hours. Sheriff Mike Harrison has adjusted the curfew hours to 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. EST. Under the curfew no one is permitted to be on the roadways.

In the coming days criminals and unlicensed contractors will be looking for a quick way to make easy money, oftentimes defrauding individuals affected by the surrounding catastrophe. Here are a couple of pointers to remember when choosing a contractor: Make sure the contractor has a valid and active license in their respective state or county, contractors can be licensed with a county, with the State or both, request a Certificate of Insurance from a contractor to show they are adequately insured as a contractor, vet the potential contractor BEFORE work begins, pay a contractor after work has been completed and consulting their insurance company about any potential claims, vet potential contractors by visiting www.myfloridalicense.com. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” said Sheriff Mike Harrison.

Citizen Information Line is still activated. The number is 805-536-4432 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please note the area code is 805. Please read the most recent updates on the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page or the Gulf County Emergency Management Facebook page prior to calling.

The Air Force Aid Society has authorized evacuation assistance for Air Force active duty, retirees, Air Force Reservists and Air National Guard members who have been evacuated from the Mexico Beach, Panama City and Tyndall AFB. These individuals can go directly to the Aid Society office at their location and should do that if it is close. If they cannot reach an Air Force Aid Society office, they can call the Red Cross Hero Care Center at 1-877-272-7337.

DONTATIONS:

Monetary donations to reputable charities are highly recommended as the immediate food, ice and water needs of the community are being met. Donations needs are as follows: diapers, baby wipes, baby formula (dairy and non-dairy), feminine products, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, charcoal, proteins such as canned meat, beef jerky, peanut butter, and pet food.

Donation drop off locations are: The Old Wewa Gym at 825 South Highway 71, Wewahitchka and 300 Allen Memorial Way, Port St. Joe. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon for pickup and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for deliveries.

BUSINESS OPENINGS:

The Piggly Wiggly located at 125 W Hwy 98, Port St Joe is open for business.

The Gulf County Building Department is beginning to conduct Damage Assessments throughout the county. To assist with this process, the Building Department asks anyone returning to their residence, mark their address somewhere on the property. This can be done by spray painting the address on a structure that is still standing on the property or putting the information on the street in front of the property. Magic markers or other marking devices will also work.

ROAD CLOSURES:

The only road closed now is SR- C30E (Cape Sand Blas Road) – from Stump Pole North.

DISTRIBUTION SITES:

The Samaritans Purse that has mobilized and is currently set up at 436 S. Highway 71 in Wewa. They have reached out and are ready to start serving Gulf County. Samaritans Purse has personnel ready to assist with the following efforts. They offer chainsaw work, debris removal, tarping, and mud-outs. The cannot offer services to rental properties, however, they can assist with packing up personal belongings.

Mobile Distribution Sites for food and water. NOTE these are mobile and may change, but are available currently for residents who cannot get to the Points of Distribution Sites at Wewa High School or Port St. Joe Elementary School

1. St Joe Beach Volunteer Fire Dept. 7912 Alabama Ave

2. White City Volunteer Fire Dept. 6987 FL-71

3. Overstreet Volunteer Fire Dept. 314 Firehouse Rd

4. Dalkeith Volunteer Fire Dept. 2731 Co RD 381, Wewa

5. Creek Stop and Deli 3050 FL-71, Wewa

6. Gulf County Fire Station #1. 404 Williams Ave, Port St. Joe

7. Highland View Volunteer Fire Dept. 133 Park, Port St. Joe

FUMC Care Closet will be open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this week. ALL items are FREE. 510 East 4th St, Port St. Joe.

 

Note the following safety tips; Listen to authorities for information and instructions, be careful during clean-up, wear protective clothing and work with someone else, be safe in the use of ladders and be cautious for nails and glass laying around,, do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water, if it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent shock, document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.

For additional information tune to 92.5 WPAP, Channel 7 WJHG, WOYS 100.5 FM or WMBB News 13.