» Jackson Hospital and its emergency room are all up and running.

Power has been restored and the hospital sustained minor roof damage in the storm. The Hudnall Building, which is located next to the hospital, sustained severe roof and water damage. The clinics and offices located in the building will be moved to new locations; the buildingis expected to be closed for at least three weeks. Chipola Quick Care should be open by Saturday.

» A 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew is in effect for all of Jackson County through Oct. 22.

» Jackson County is also under a burn ban, put into effect because first responders may not be able to reach an area if a fire, such as a burning of debris, goes out of control.

» Jackson County’s emergency responders are being augmented by firefighters, ambulances, and police officers from as far away as Virginia, New York and New Jersey. Jackson County Emergency Management Director Rodney Andreasen added that the National Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency were also assisting in the disaster response.  According to FEMA, search and rescue teams had completed 75 percent to 80 percent of their door-to-door searches in Jackson County’s municipalities. Teams from Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana, Missouri, and Virginia Beach are taking part in the search. Welfare checks are being done with the assistance of from Florida Fish and Wildlife and New Jersey

» Jackson County (Florida) schools are closed for the rest of the month.

All schools in the county sustained damage in the storm with some sustaining severe damage. Because of this and the damage sustained to the county’s electrical system, the school board does not anticipate being able to reopen schools before Nov. 1.

If repairs are done faster than anticipated, the start date will be adjusted.

School employees’ pay will not be affected by the cancelled school days.

» Chipola College in Marianna is closed through Oct . 19.

» The Baptist College of Florida is open

The faculty, staff and students who remained on campus rode out the storm in school’s storm shelters. There were no injuries, but most of the building sustained roof damage and many of the trees were uprooted.

»Jackson County utility update

Florida Public Utilities has restored power to 100 commercial and residential customers, including the Dialysis Center and Marianna High School.

The school is currently being used as a shelter by 197 people, including 27 with special medical needs. 

FPU  is working to restore power to customers where electrical equipment or wiring is still intact and is coordinating their tree clearing efforts with the city to ensure we restore power to as many customers as possible as soon and as safely as possible.

FPU is working to rebuild the miles of power lines that fed Cottondale and Altha, as well as completing Chipola River crossing in Marianna. These areas have sustained severe damage and should expect prolonged outages. 

Those who require assistance for medical equipment are advised to relocate until power has been restored.


» Jackson County emergency supply distribution points

Several distribution points have been set up for emergency supplies such as food and water:

Alford -- community center at 2562 Park Road

Cottondale -- First Baptist Church on 3172 Main Street

Marianna -- Rivertown Community Church at 4534 Lafayette Street

Sneads -- city ballpark on 2010 Legion Road

Chipola Family Ministries is distributing food, water and ice at 3004 Highway 71 outside of Marianna. There are also nurses at the location.

In addition to these locations many groups from both inside and outside of Jackson County are also cooking hot meals and distributing food and supplies.

To track these locations check the Facebook pages for the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Hurricane Relief (Panhandle Strong).

Volunteers are being urged to contact the chamber of commerce so that efforts can be coordinated.

People wishing to donate supplies can drop them off at Chipola Family Ministries .


» Jackson County events cancelled

Hurricane Michael and its aftermath have forced the cancellation of the Graceville Harvest Festival, the Sunland Fall Festival, and the Farm City Festival.

The 15th Annual Breast Cancer Symposium to be held on Oct. 23 has been cancelled.



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