--Jackson County schools will be closed Tuesday, Jackson County School Board officials announced Sunday around 1 p.m. Plans at that time were for school to resume Wednesday. Call the school information line at 482-1200, Ext. 333, for updates.
--The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is urging local businesses to report their closure/opening plans as they develop. The Chamber of Commerce is the lead agency for ESF 20 (the Emergency Support Function for Business/Industry) in the Jackson County Emergency Operations Center. Provide any closure information from your business regarding Hurricane Irma as soon as possible. You can send email to [email protected] or call the Chamber at 850-482-8060.
--The Florida Highway Patrol is prepared to close high-profile bridges when sustained winds reach 40 miles per hour. The state Emergency Operations Center is receiving regular wind status updates from the Florida Department of Transportation monitoring the wind speeds across bridges. The Florida Highway Patrol will close bridges once wind speeds become high enough to create dangerous driving conditions. As wind speeds continue to rise, law enforcement and FDOT personnel will be required to seek shelter and use of the road will be at a motorist’s own risk. More than 1,700 FHP Troopers are working 12 hour shifts to ensure roads are safe and clear. Motorists can call *FHP (*347) to request roadside assistance.
-All classes at The Baptist College of Florida and Chipola College are cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, September 11-12, 2017.
West Florida Electric offices were to be closed Monday, with personnel concentrating on storm response.
--The Jackson County Emergency Management Office was at Level 1 Activation Sunday and will remain there until the threat of Hurricane Irma passes. Almost 160 people had checked in there as of 2 p.m. Sunday, 16 of those in the special needs area.
Both the General Population Shelter and People with Special Needs Shelters were open and accepting evacuees as of 2 p.m. Sunday. The shelters are located at 3546 Caverns Road, in the Marianna High School. Evacuees must bring identification with them to the shelter. No animals are allowed in the PSN Shelter but are allowed in the general shelter as long as they are in a carrier and the owner supplies the food and water. No firearms or alcohol allowed in the shelter. Bring these items to the shelter: Pillows, blankets, personal hygiene items, games for children and other various personal needs, snacks, baby diapers, etc. Three meals per day will be supplied.
Due to the current path of Hurricane Irma and the cone of uncertainty encompassing Jackson County, the local area was under a Hurricane Watch as of Sunday afternoon. Because of the high probability that the area will receive high winds, residents were, as of 6 a.m., Sunday, placed under a Mandatory Evacuation of manufactured homes, mobile homes and RV Parks.
Transportation services to the shelter ceased at 2 p.m. Sunday.
To report road issues call 850-718-0014.
For other issues or questions, call the public information lines 850-718-0019or 850-718-0020.