BONIFAY -- A local man is opening up 13 acres of his personal property to provide a temporary safe haven to evacuees fleeing Hurricane Irma. And he is calling on other individuals in local and surrounding counties to join him in the network.

Retired army soldier Gennady Vovchuk, 44, says he is working with local agencies to provide shelter at government-funded facilities. As a personal effort to help, he will open his property if there is an "over influx" of evacuees, he said.

Gennady Vovchuk, 44, says he is working with family and friends in Central Florida to build a network that channels evacuees from severely impacted areas to safer grounds in the Panhandle. The Northwest Florida part of the network will be made up of individuals who will offer property for campers, also, "folks that do have campers will let someone use it."

"We're taking in some folks into our house, as well," Vovchuk added.

To become apart of the network, call Gennady Vovchuk at 570-807-5363.

Join network to assist and support Hurricane Irma evacuees

What: Open your property to evacuees or offer a camper

Where: Anywhere safe from hurricane impact

Details: Call Gennady Vovchuk at 570-807-5363