Info for Evacuees in Panama City or Walton County August 31, 2005Posted by Leita in Florida, Hurricane.
By Christopher Mitchell (firstname.lastname@example.org) News 13 On Your Side Wednesday, August 31, 2005 If you’ve evacuated from the hurricane and are now in Walton County, here is some critical information (provided by the Walton County American Red Cross) you’ll need to get you through the coming weeks: Free Emergency Shelter: The American Red Cross in Walton County (850-892-6297) has opened a host shelter in DeFuniak Springs for up to 300 evacuees. It’s located on Highway 83 in Defuniak Springs. To get there, take Highway 331 north (from either I-10 or from Highway 98 or Highway 20) until it dead-ends into Highway 90 in DeFuniak Springs. Turn right on Highway 90 towards downtown. Take left onto highway 83, and go a few hundred yards. You will see the National Guard Armory on your left, behind the county’s health department. Food, cots, showers provided. Medical Help on a Budget: The DeFuniak Springs (DFS) Walk-In Clinic (9 West Orange Avenue, Defuniak Springs – 850-951-1800) is offering inexpensive ($20.00) office visits for evacuees that need medical help. They are open Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Missing Family Members: Call the National Missing Persons Hotline at 866-438-4636. The hotline operators may be of help in locating missing relatives in the hurricane-afflicted areas. Missing Military Personnel: Call 800-448-1294 if you have a missing loved-one in the military working in the hurricane-afflicted areas. FEMA: 800-621-3362 Other Needs (ie: space for RV’s, tents, etc.): A radio station called “County Station 98.7” is working to gather information from panhandle residents on what they can offer you in the way of places to park your recreational vehicle, ect. Call them at 850-969-9300 to see what someone can do for you when there’s no where else to turn. Donations Hotline: 800-495-7663 Please know that our hearts are with you during this very difficult time, and WMBB-TV is “on your side.” We will do everything possible to provide you with important information on our nightly broadcasts at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00. We also have a morning show which begins at 5:00 a.m. and lasts until 7:00 a.m. Please stay tuned to WMBB-TV (ABC) during these times. Our newsroom hotline number is 850-763-6000. -Christopher Mitchell, Walton County Bureau Reporter for WMBB Local Relief Points
- Pocket Change in the Panama City Mall is opening their Balloon Room for Free to children who have evacuated here from the storm. Local residents can admit their children for a donation.-
- To donate to the American Red Cross, call 1-800 HELP NOW or drop off donations at 430 E 15th St. Panama City 32405
- Salvation Army is taking cash donations and canned goods drop off at 1824 W 15th St. Panama City or mail to P.O. Box 540, Panama City, 32402
- American Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Washington Co. Ag Center – 1424 Jackson Ave. (Hwy 90 West) in Chipley
- BankTrust is collecting cash donations and bedding. Drop off at 2315 Hwy 77 in Lynn Haven, next to the Post Office.
- Free meals for evacuees, tomorrow 5:30 – 7:30pm, Grace Episcopal Church, Back Beach Rd.
- Bay & Mosley High Schools collecting cash donations – bring to Bay/Mosley football game, Friday 7:00pm, Tommy Oliver Stadium
- Free meals for evacuees, Thurs – Sat, Woodlawn Methodist, 219 Alf Coleman Rd. (bring ID)
- Free picnic lunch for evacuees with children – Thursday, 11:00am – 2:00pm, Junior Museum of Bay County, 1731 Jenks Avenue, Panama City