Volunteers needed for Red Cross
Volunteers are needed in North Florida to help support Hurricane Michael relief efforts. The Red Cross needs help maintaining and setting up sheltering facilities, registering clients, maintaining client information, serving meals and general housekeeping. If you live in North Florida and are willing to volunteer, please apply now. Download the Red Cross Volunteer App or visit www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.
Small Business Administration
The SBA has established an office at the Gulf/Franklin Center on Garrison Ave. in Port St. Joe.
If you are a homeowner or renter, you should first register with FEMA.
Business and home owners are eligible for low- or no-interest loans in varying amounts.
The hours of the SBA center are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The Red Cross has established shelters at the Oak Grove Church on Madison Ave. and the Washington Recreation Center on Peters Street in Port St. Joe.
In Wewahitchka, the shelter is at the old high school gymnasium.
Crisis clean up
From now through Nov. 2, residents can call 800-451-1954 for help with home cleanup. As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors cut fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. This hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.
The FEMA information center is located at the Centennial Building.