WASHINGTON COUNTY – Due to continued rain and rising water, residents on Wages Pond Road, Little Wages Road, River Lake Drive and unpaved portion of Deadening Road are strongly urged to consider evacuation to eliminate the possibility of being stranded by flooding.
This is a life and safety issue that should be given the utmost attention. At 6 p.m. this evening a shelter will be opened at the Sunny Hills Community Center located at 4083 Challenger Blvd. in Chipley.
If you plan to evacuate to a Red Cross shelter, you may need these personal supplies:
· Bedding: Everyone occupying a shelter must bring their own sheets, blankets and pillows. If you have camping cots or inflatable mattresses, you are encouraged to bring them as growing shelter populations will shorten cot supply.
· Special needs foods, snacks: Shelter occupants who have special dietary needs must bring those foods. Shelters will provide cooked meals but no prescriptive foods. You are also encouraged to bring snacks. No dinner will be provided Thursday evening, May 1.
· Important documents: Copies of medical records, insurance information, deeds or leases, birth certificates and utility bills showing address are important to have on hand. They are not required but would be helpful in the event of an emergency.
· Personal hygiene items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, soaps and lotions must be provided by the individuals.
· Medications: Bring any prescriptions or medications you need.
· Entertainment: Families are advised to bring games, books or toys that can occupy or calm kids.
If you have any questions please contact the Washington County Emergency Management Office at 638-6203.