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    • Post Michael Assistance, Dial 211, Big Bend Region, FL

      211 Big Bend is a United Way Agency in the eight-county region of the big bend.


      For Assistance After The Storm 2-1-1 Big Bend

      Following Hurricane Michael, individuals and families in need can contact 2-1-1 by simply dialing 211 from a cell phone or landline. 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7, hotline available in multiple languages, that provides information to individuals seeking community resources like shelter, food and water, recovery support, short-term counseling and other basic needs before, during and after disasters.

      Calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Trained hotline counselors are available to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and information.

      Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333 for 24/7 human service information and assistance.

      Bilingual and translation services are available. TDD/TTY or 711Florida Relay is available for hearing impaired individuals.

      For more information, visit www.211bigbend.org

      About 2-1-1 Big Bend

      2-1-1 Big Bend, A United Way Agency, is your gateway to human services in the eight-county region of the big bend. 2-1-1 Big Bend is a non-profit 501c3 organization accredited by the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems and the American Association of Suicidality. The agency’s mission is to provide assessment, emotional support, crisis assistance, education, training and referrals with accurate, up-to-date resource info.

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    • Post Florence Report from McCotters Marina and Repair Yard, Pamlico River, Washington, NC


      McCotters Marina, Washington, NC

      McCotters Marina and Repair Yard, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is located on Broad Creek, off the Pamlico River, a few miles downstream of the Washington, NC waterfront. McCotters is one of the largest marinas in North Carolina and its repair capabilities are impressive.

      McCotter’s Marina is fully operational.
      Mark said, Our store in Oriental, NC, “the Intracoastal Waterway Provision Company,” is also now fully open
      …. he said other restaurants in Oriental are open also as is the marina.
      Mark said he looks forward to serving the boaters and those headed south. He invites all to spend a little time in NC and enjoy the many Fall festivals and various events as well as local dining delights. Spend some time in Washington, NC and Oriental, NC as well as so many other excellent venues for the cruising community.
      Mark Henley

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For McCotters Marina

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    • Updated Marina Status Reports from Hurricane Florence

      These reports are updated as received. We have now been in contact with most marinas and report/updates are coming in daily. Reports are in rough north to south order.

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      Dismal Swamp Canal and Locks– Fully operational

      Albemarle Plantation Marina – Okay

      Anchorage Marina, Ocracoke Island – all fine except under gov’t no visitor restrictions for a few days

      Elizabeth City docks – All Okay

      R.E.Mayo
      We just got power back today, Thursday, Sept. 20th. However we have some clean up to do and are not open. Will notify when open. When compared to others around us, we were blessed.
      As of 9/28 We are getting everything back to normal operations. They have scallops and shrimp in vacuum sealed bags and some fish also. No gas is available yet, but they can pump diesel from the back dock. It is gravity fed flow, but is available. They have marine supplies and other items in their marina store also. They are rolling out the red carpet and welcoming hospitality for boaters and cruisers.

      McCotters Marina
      McCotter’s Marina is fully operational.
      Mark said, Our store in Oriental, NC, “the Intracoastal Waterway Provision Company,” is also now fully open
      …. he said other restaurants in Oriental are open also as is the marina.
      Mark said he looks forward to serving the boaters and those headed south. He invites all to spend a little time in NC and enjoy the many Fall festivals and various events as well as local dining delights. Spend some time in Washington, NC and Oriental, NC as well as so many other excellent venues for the cruising community.
      Mark Henley

      Morehead City Yacht Basin
      Docks are fine, power is being restored today so all is good. We are up and fully operational. Thank you, Morehead City Yacht Basin

      Manteo Waterfront Marina – all okay

      Dowry Creek Marina
      we are fully operational, with the main pier and plenty of deepwater slips open for business. We have no damage to the store, clubhouse, showers and office; and all are open and fully operational and accepting transient and long-term boat. Our high speed wifi and the loaner vehicles are in full operation. We have re-opened the pool, and installed a brand new high speed diesel pump pumping at over 15 gallons per minute, and will have the gas pump working within a couple of days. The other Belhaven Marinas are open as well, although in limited capacity – call ahead. Spoon River and the Tavern downtown will not be open for a few weeks yet, but there are plenty of other restaurants and fast food locations open in town, and the grocery store and marine parts shops are open for business. The marina is fully operational and looking great. We have the dock crews working on the remaining piers, which will be complete in the next couple of weeks.
      Steve, Connie and the Dowry Creek Staff

      Bel Haven, NC
      Things in Belhaven, NC are improving daily! Belhaven Marina is ready for transients with full amenities. Dowry Creek Marina, near Belhaven, is up and running with water, electric and diesel. Gas still not available. River Forest Marina has B dock open and is working to get the new A dock completed within the next few weeks. Diesel not available at this time at River Forest Marina. Most shops are open and all B &B’s. All restaurants are open except Spoon River. They are scheduled to re-open November 9th. Come relax in Belhaven, Birthplace of the AICW.
      Diana Lambeth

      New Bern Grand Marina
      Hi Larry – I just spoke with Jeremy McConnell, Dockmaster at New Bern Grand Marina.
      Their wave attenuation system of “G” dock, did its job protecting their marina. They are open and taking transients. Power is back, water good, wifi okay. etc. The only two amenities that are not currently available are their showers and laundry facilities. They are currently being cleaned up and repaired. Jeremy said he was so very pleased with the way all the boaters assisted with preparations and assistance afterwards to keep everything operable.
      10/3 The entire team at the marina is working feverishly to get things as close to restored as possible. We are now fully functional excluding cable TV service. We have electrical, WiFi, water, folks can safely use the docks. Marine contractors will help us with the replacement and repair work for the wave attenuator, known as G Dock. The Dock Masters office, shower, & laundry facilities, which is leased space from the DoubleTree, will take several months to be fully remodeled. The DoubleTree had about 3 feet of water in the first floors of both buildings and will undergo a complete remodel. Because of that, the administrative offices (where my office is) have become base central for the Dock Master and his team.
      Millissa True

      Bridge Point Marina
      I spoke with Marina Dockmaster, Jessie, and he said they are currently closed, but
      are aggressively trying to get two docks opened. They got hit pretty hard but staff and clean up crews
      hope to have these two docks opened for the transients very soon. He will let us know. Currently recommends
      that skippers call his cell: 252-637-7372 to get latest information.

      Washington, NC
      Town docks open, but no electrical until later this week.

      Chowan County – Edenton, NC
      Thank you for checking on us – we are up and running – Nancy

      From River Forest Marina, Belhaven, NC
      To our boating family and friends:
      We have currently evacuated our docks, and will not be taking dock or room reservations until after the wake of Hurricane Florence.
      We will be open for any gas boats needing fuel while trying to get out of harms way. We wish everyone safe travels, and looking forward to seeing you after the storm.

      Matthews Point
      Just wanted to let you know that Matthews Point is operational with power and water. There boats have started returning to the marina.
      Thank you,
      Cheryl Bomar
      Assistant Manager/Staff Accountant
      Morehead City Yacht Basin

      Moss Landing
      We had approximately thirty boats remain in the marina. At this point all are secure and doing nicely. The floating docks have performed perfectly without any damage yet. We received about 10 feet of storm surge but the wind has been moderate. Flooding is now an issue but hopefully it will dissipate as the storm moves inland.
      Thanks Terry Smithwick

      Manteo Waterfront Marina
      So far we have come through unscathed.
      It’s got to be a miracle !
      Thanks for your thoughts and prayers !
      Carl Jordan

      Bennett Brothers Yachts
      Hurricane preparations have helped so much. Bennett Brothers Yachts and Marina survived, not unscathed but survived. All our employess who can actually get to work are here and getting everything back in order. Our plans are to be back and open by Monday, September 24th.

      Deep Point Marina
      I just spoke with Doug Bartenfeld, Harbormaster at Deep Point Marina and they are fully operational.
      Bald Head Marina is still closed pending the complete re-opening of Bald Head Island.

      Bald Head Island Marina
      10/2 Bald Head Island is now open for residents to return and Bald Head Island Marina is open and fully operational.

      Southport Marina
      Good news, I just spoke to Chris at Southport Marina and he said they have power, water, fuel and are back to near normal operations.

      South Harbour Village Marina
      10/2 Open and fully operational
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      Myrtle Beach Yacht CLub, Little River – fully operational

      Barefoot Marina, N.Myrtle Beach – fully operational

      Osprey Marina, Murrell’s Inlet –
      10/1 The water is still high at Osprey Marina. It is slowing receding. We hope to be back to full service in the next few days.

      Harborwalk Marina, Georgetown – fully operational
      All ok in Georgetown SC. However, the USCG and SCDNR have not lifted the MISB 40-18 alert in our area. You must call to get permission to come into our area. As of 9:00 am this morning, they are looking to lift this and move it up the Waccamaw toward Butler Island. It will take a while for the waters to recede from Butler Island to Myrtle Beach. Best scenario is offshore from Little River to Georgetown, or wait.
      Most all restaurants where moving equipment back in today and some where even open.
      All marinas are open and pumping fuel, at least by Monday it will be business as usual.
      The numbers to call as of 9-29-18 are as follows:
      Commercial Traffic – 843-323-7761USCG
      Recreational traffic – 843-915-5990 SCDNR
      Chris Carroll, Operations Manager
      Harborwalk Marina

      Everything south of Georgetown seems to be in fully operational

      Charleston City Marina
      As you probably know all The Charleston City Marina entities are open for business. We were VERY LUCKY!
      David Rogers

      Downtown Marina, Beaufort , SC
      Just wanted to give ya’ll an update on our marina. We were fortunate enough not to have to close our doors. We are open every day for transient slips and fuel. There was also no impact on our beautiful town.
      Thanks!
      Mandy Griffin

      Jekyll Harbor Marina
      All is well at Jekyll Harbor Marina. Also that we have plenty of fuel on hand for those that are fortunate enough to be southbound and away from Florence.
      Bill Weeks
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      Comments from Cruisers (3)

      1. Diana Lambeth -  October 5, 2018 - 10:26 am

        Things in Belhaven, NC are improving daily! Belhaven Marina is ready for transients with full amenities. Dowry Creek Marina, near Belhaven, is up and running with water, electric and diesel. Gas still not available. River Forest Marina has B dock open and is working to get the new A dock completed within the next few weeks. Diesel not available at this time at River Forest Marina. Most shops are open and all B &B’s. All restaurants are open except Spoon River. They are scheduled to re-open November 9th. Come relax in Belhaven, Birthplace of the AICW.

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      2. Diana Lambeth -  September 21, 2018 - 12:15 pm

        Belhaven Wynne’s Gut Town Dock is fully operational with power and water. The Cooperage Town Docks in Belhaven (no power or water) are available for transients.
        Spoon River and The Tavern at Jack’s Neck will be closed for 6-8 weeks. Fishooks and Georgie’s Sports and Oyster bar are already open for businesses. Downtown shops will begin re-opening in the nest 1-2 weeks.#belhavenstrong!

        Reply to Diana
      3. Steven carter -  September 17, 2018 - 7:08 am

        Traveling icw in Georgia tomorrow. Anyone have a conditions report? Pier, fuel get.

        Reply to Steven
    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, October 15, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Gulfport Municipal Marina

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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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    • This Week’s Fun at Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant, Old Port Cove Marina, AICW Statute Mile 1014


      Old Port Cove Holdings

      Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant and Bar, a premier restaurant at Old Port Cove Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the western shore of the northern Lake Worth channel, near unlighted daybeacon #7.

      CLICK HERE FOR This Week’s Fun!
      Join us for a memorable Thanksgiving Celebration!

      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Old Port Cove Marina

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    • Monday Minute – More Reason to Stop in Southport, NC!

      Our thanks to Bill Parlatore for permitting Cruisers Net to post articles from his excellent blog, Following Seas.

      Monday Minute – More Reason to Stop in Southport, NC!
      Announcing the start of the highly anticipated Daily Navigation and Weather Briefs at the Dock, conducted each day at Southport Marina in Southport, North Carolina.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s North Carolina Marina Directory Listing For Southport Marina

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    • Photo of Hurricane Damage at Port St Joe Marina, Port St. Joe, FL


      Port St. Joe Marina is on the eastern shore of St. Joseph Bay on Florida’s northern Gulf Coast, between Panama City and Apalachicola, Fl. Port St. Joe was just east of Michael’s landfall in Mexico Beach. See Before and After Photos.

       

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    • Good Words for Cruisers Net!

      It is always nice to get compliments, especially from an experienced Waterway traveler. Thank you, Mike, for your kind words and we wish you high bridges and deep channels this Fall.

      Love your website.
      Delivering our 2006 38ft Hunter sailboat from Galesville, MD to Fort Pierce, FL beginning October 20 or21 and will be using your website for our trip. Have been up and down the ICW from Miami to NJ but there are a lot of alerts this month and the water keeps getting lower in ICW. Hate going thru part of SC and GA!
      Did the trip last year in our 26ft Cutwater and it was great with the 2ft draft! Needed more space so went back to sail.
      Mike Harbin
      S/V Elan

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    • Weather and Navigation Briefings Resume at Southport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 309.5


      Southport Marina

      Once again, Hank Pomeranz of Carolina Yacht Service, Zimmerman Marine and Southport Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, are teaming up to offer FREE weather and navigation daily briefings for the Fall Migration. A big thank you to Hank and his hard-working colleagues for this invaluable service to southbound cruisers!

      This is an open invitation to join me and your fellow cruisers at Southport Marina in Southport, NC for our free nightly ICW Navigation and Weather briefings – one of the most unique offerings on the entire ICW. This fall, we are celebrating our 10th transient season.

      Every night, from 16 October through 15 December at 6 PM (except for Thanksgiving Day), I concentrate the evening briefs on navigating the ICW from Southport to Savannah, GA and provide an in depth discussion of both coastal and ICW route weather.

      Briefs are updated every day and Southport Marina provides a high quality color printout of the entire navigation brief for you to take back to your boat. Several members of this forum have attended over the past 5 years and continue to stop at Southport for the express purpose of attending the nightly brief.

      This service is provided as a courtesy of Southport Marina, Zimmerman Marine and Carolina Yacht Care. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
      Hank Pomeranz

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    • Leon County and Tallahassee Hurricane News and Updates

      Leon County in the Big Bend region of the Gulf coast, is home to Tallahassee, Florida’s State Capitol. The county was spared the brunt of Michael but is still suffering from loss of power and services. Cruisers Net will continue to post county updates in this posting. Please excuse any duplication of information. 

      850.606.5300 | cmr@LeonCountyFL.gov | www.LeonCountyFL.gov
      301 S. Monroe St., Suite 502, Tallahassee, FL 32301

      10/14 Feeding and Distribution Operations Continue in Leon County

      As Leon County continues to return to normal following Hurricane Michael, distribution sites will continue today, Sunday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet the community’s most critical needs.

      Distribution operations will cease at 5 p.m. and resources will demobilize and re-stage to head out west to the hardest hit areas of the Florida Panhandle if requested by the State of Florida.

      Distribution sites will offer water, ice, and MREs (Meals-Ready-to-Eat). Please note, MRE supplies are somewhat limited and may not be available at all sites. The locations are as follows:

      Ft. Braden Community Center – 16387 Blountstown Hwy
      J. Lewis Hall Sr., Woodville Park – 1492 J. Lewis Hall Sr. Lane
      Apalachee Regional Park – 7550 Apalachee Parkway
      Fire Station #4 – 2899 West Pensacola Street
      Fire Station #1 – 327 North Adams Street
      Fire Station #2 – 2805 Sharer Road
      Fred George Park – 4830 Fred George Road
      Miccosukee (Concord School) – 15011 Cromartie Road
      Fire Station #3 – 3005 South Monroe Street
      Fire Station #15 – 1445 Bannerman Road
      Also, Salvation Army will serve lunch at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. at the following locations:

      Lawrence-Gregory Community Center – 1115 Dade St.
      Friendship Primitive Baptist – 700 Putnam Dr.
      Woodville Branch Library – 8000 Old Woodville Rd.
      Braden Community Park – 15100 Blountstown Hwy
      Bond Westside – 14833 Main St.
      For citizens will continuing needs following Hurricane Michael, 2-1-1 Big Bend can provided much needs referral services to local human services agencies. Calls are free, confidential and anonymous. Trained hotline counselors are available to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention and information.

      Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333 for 24/7 human service information and assistance. Bilingual and translation services are available. TDD/TTY or 711Florida Relay is available for hearing impaired individuals. For more information, visit www.211bigbend.org .

      10/13 Evening Update on Leon County’s Recovery Activities Following Hurricane Michael for October 13

      Shelter Status:

      As of this afternoon, 24 citizens are sheltered at Sail High School and 70 citizens remain in the special needs shelter at Florida High. We are demobilizing Sail High School as a risk shelter and transition remaining shelterees to a host shelter at Tallahassee Community College Lifetime Sports Complex this afternoon. Our partners continue to provide meals and water to shelterees at Sail in the meantime. The state has established a regional special needs shelter at Florida State University to provide care for special needs citizens from the most impacted counties; the state will make a determination regarding when to transition the Florida High special needs shelter to this regional shelter. Florida High will reopen for classes on Monday while the special needs shelter occupies the gymnasium.

      Public Safety:

      We have had no loss of life directly related to the storm. Leon County EMS has returned to normal staffing as call volumes have returned to normal. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has been fully activated throughout preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for Hurricane Michael and continues to provide security for points of distribution tonight and tomorrow. LCSO is beginning to scale down disaster operations overnight tonight, with a return to normal staffing by Sunday evening.

      Road Clearing:

      Public Works remains fully activated with 130 personnel working in Alpha and Bravo shifts alongside utility crews to reopen remaining blocked roads as quickly as possible. Leon County Public Works has 15 crews in the field, supplemented by 7 additional contracted crews. Leon County Public Works has made significant progress by clearing 778 blocked roads since the winds died down late Wednesday evening. All major and arterial County roads are passable by car at this time. Public Works crews are working to clear school entrances and exits and bus routes in the unincorporated area in anticipation of schools reopening on Monday. We will continue working tomorrow to clear all remaining road blockages that have been reported in coordination with our local utility providers.

      Debris Removal:

      Debris collection efforts began today and will continue until all storm-related debris is picked up. Over the weekend, debris removal efforts will focus on the County’s main corridors, schools, and school bus stops in the unincorporated areas. Starting Monday, October 15, a map of debris collection activities and an update on operations will be available daily at: www.LeonCountyFL.gov/EI/Debris. We have also posted on the EIP some helpful tips for citizens on how to organize and safely place debris at the curb.

      Solid Waste:

      As Leon County residents continue to clean up their properties following Hurricane Michael, Leon County has extended the free of charge period for both the Solid Waste Management Facility and the Rural Waste Service Centers. The facilities will be open during their normal hours and will remain free of charge until Sunday, October 21. Hours of operation will be as follows:

      The Solid Waste Management Facility (7550 Apalachee Parkway) will be open Monday, October 15 through Friday, October 19 from 7 AM to 7 PM.
      The Rural Waste Service Centers will be open Fridays from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 5 PM at the following locations:
      O Woodville, 549 Henry Jones Road

      O Fort Braden, 2485 East Joe Thomas Road

      O Miccosukee, 13051 Miccosukee Road

      Also, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee are resuming residential and commercial garbage collection services today. Following is the updated schedule for solid waste collection:

      Wednesday customers were collected on Friday, October 12
      Thursday customers will be collected on Saturday, October 13
      Friday customers will be collected on Sunday, October 14
      Starting Monday, October 15, all customers will receive service during their regularly scheduled service
      Power Restoration as of 5 pm:

      Immediately following the storm, City of Tallahassee Utilities and Talquin Electric both reported outages to more than 90% of their customers in Leon County. Following are the latest reports of outages at this time:

      City of Tallahassee: 37,858 outages (69% restored)
      Talquin Electric: 13,101 outages (47% restored)
      Duke Energy: 0 outages (100% restored)
      Both utilities incurred significant damage to all components of their electric grid (transmission lines, substations, and distribution circuits) from the storm and are working to repair all systems as quickly as possible with extensive support from mutual aid agencies. The City has announced a goal to restore 90% of its customers by the end of this weekend.

      98% of all traffic signals are in normal operation at this time including all critical intersections.

      Points of Distribution and Feeding Operations:

      As we advised previously, we have established 10 points of distribution throughout the community that will be operating again tomorrow from 9 AM to 5 PM, managed and staffed by Leon County and the City of Tallahassee and complemented by the Florida National Guard. Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and bottled water will be available at the following locations:

      Ft. Braden Community Center – 16387 Blountstown Highway
      J. Lewis Hall Sr., Woodville Park – 1492 J. Lewis Hall Sr. Lane
      Apalachee Regional Park – 7550 Apalachee Parkway
      Fire Station #4 – 2899 West Pensacola Street
      Fire Station #1 – 327 North Adams Street
      Fire Station #2 – 2805 Sharer Road
      The following locations will be distributing water and a limited amount of MREs.

      Fred George Park – 4830 Fred George Road
      Miccosukee (Concord School) – 15011 Cromartie Road
      Fire Station #3 – 3005 South Monroe Street
      Fire Station #15 – 1445 Bannerman Road
      Comfort Stations:

      The Main Library continues to operate today and tomorrow from 9 AM to 7 PM as a comfort station, providing citizens with air conditioning, water, a place to charge mobile devices, and computer access. Another 550 citizens have visited the comfort station so far today, totaling over 1,500 citizens served since it opened yesterday morning. We have distributed an enormous amount of food and water and people are in generally good spirits and highly appreciative of the County’s efforts. We have also established a Community Recovery Center at the comfort station for local community partners to assist citizens through the recovery process, and a representative from 2-1-1 Big Bend will also be on site to assist citizens in person. We are welcoming all visitors to the comfort station regardless of whether they have a library card or are a Leon County resident.

      The City is operating comfort stations at the following locations from 9 AM to 9 PM on today and 1 PM to 6 PM on Sunday, October 14:

      Lawrence-Gregory Community Center – 1115 Dade Street
      Jack McLean Community Center, including the pool and showers – 700 Paul Russell Road
      Tallahassee Senior Center – 1400 North Monroe Street
      Trousdell Aquatic Center, including the pool and showers – 298 John Knox Blvd.
      Damage Assessments:

      Our County/City damage assessment teams will be in the field again tomorrow conducting assessments to support a request for federal assistance under FEMA’s Individual Assistance program. Our local damage assessment teams are collecting information on damage to homes which will support our request for this federal assistance, and we continue to encourage citizens through our public information efforts to report damage through our online damage assessment tool on the Emergency Information Portal (EIP). Damage assessment information from our teams in the field and from citizens’ reports is being automatically uploaded into our GIS system in order to help expedite follow-up inspections that will be conducted by the state in the coming weeks. To self-report, visit: http://tlcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=6f338e584b9349fb889e77c8fe10b0b3

      Following Hurricane Michael, we expect that the President will issue a “major disaster” declaration for the state of Florida, which provides a wide range of federal assistance programs, including assistance for individuals and households. To initiate this assistance, the Governor must submit a request to the President within 30 days of the incident, which will specify the types of assistance requested for each affected county. Should Individual Assistance be authorized for Leon County, a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center will be opened in the County, with phone numbers and websites for citizens to contact a FEMA representative and file for federal assistance. If Individual Assistance is authorized for Leon County, we will be coordinating a comprehensive public information campaign with FEMA, as we did following Hurricane Hermine.

      Cellular Service:

      OEV continues to coordinate with the State EOC as well as our telecommunications and mobile providers to find any available solutions to help restore mobile/cellular service and determine providers’ anticipated timelines for full service restoration. At this time, the state and mobile providers are prioritizing service restoration in the hardest hit counties, many of which remain entirely without service. However, today Verizon delivered mobile tower connection points to help alleviate coverage issues in Leon County. Verizon customers should turn their phones off and back on in order to establish connection to these connection points. Our mobile providers are advising that mobile coverage should improve in areas affected by outages as primary power is restored to cell tower sites.

      County Facilities:

      Facilities staff conducted checks of all County facilities and reported no damage. County offices will re-open on Monday, October 15. Branch libraries will reopen on Tuesday, October 16 (as they are normally closed on Sundays and Mondays).

      Permit Fee Waiver:

      To help the community rebuild after Hurricane Michael, Leon County will waive building permit fees for storm-related repairs. Citizens and contractors may begin storm related repairs immediately and apply for the necessary permits afterwards and removal of storm-damaged trees. Starting Tuesday, October 16, those interested in the waiver should contact Leon County Development Support and Environmental Management at (850) 606-1300 / www.LeonPermits.org.

      To be eligible for the waiver, the person performing the work must be the homeowner or a licensed contractor.

      EOC Status:

      Our EOC remains fully activated during today’s daytime shift. Starting tonight, we will begin partial activation at the EOC for overnight shifts with representatives from all essential agencies until operations are complete. Our regular conference calls have concluded at this time, although the EOC continues to serve as the central hub of coordination for all organizations and agencies involved in continuing operations.

      Emergency Management Assistance to Other Areas:

      Also, the State EOC has requested assistance specifically for Liberty County Emergency Management and we are deploying our Emergency Management Coordinator to assist with their response and recovery operations. As our EOC operations continue to scale down in the coming days, we will evaluate our capacity to send additional personnel and resources to assist other impacted counties if requested.

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