Here is a list of closures, shelters opening and evacuation information
Because of a large number of evacuees, Okaloosa County is asking anyone who intends to seek shelter at Raider Arena to bring an air mattress with them. All of the county's cots already are being utilized and bringing an air mattress will help keep members of the community from sleeping on the floor.
Shalimar Drive at Plew Avenue intersection in Shalimar is closed due to the storm.
Two area airports have closed ahead of the already planned 12:01 a.m. shutdown. CEW (Crestview) and DTS (Destin Executive) closed at 10 p.m. according to Christopher Saul, Okaloosa County Public Information Officer.
The Davidson Middle School shelter in Okaloosa County now is closed to general population evacuees. Special needs evacuees still are asked to do to Davidson. General population evacuees should go to Raider Arena.
Okaloosa County Schools will be closed on Thursday for officials to assess damage from Michael.
• Outpatient Dialysis is open until 6 p.m. Tuesday night and will reopen again on Thursday, if the weather permits. For more information, contact Joan Pastef (850) 621-6244.
• Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has stopped admitting new patients and is in the process of transferring inpatients to other healthcare facilities, with most going to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. In coordination with EMS, Sacred Heart will continue to provide Emergency Department services to true emergency cases. But the ER will not accept patients with minor illnesses or injuries. The hospital plans to resume operations on Thursday.
Sacred Heart also has closed its local Medical Group physician offices and outpatient rehabilitation offices until Thursday. The closures apply to physician and rehabilitation offices in Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties.
Escambia County has opened a pet-friendly shelter. Molino Elementary School located at 899 Highway 97. Bring the pet's food, water, bedding, medications, collar with ID tag, familiar items like toys, crate, leash and proof of vaccinations. You must stay at the shelter with your pet. All pets without proof of vaccinations will be vaccinated on site.
• The Fort Walton Elks Lodge 1795 will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
• The Santa Rosa Mall is closing at 4 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed Wednesday. JC Penney is closing at 2:45 p.m. and Dillard's and SEARS plan to remain open until 6 p.m. The mall plans to open as soon as possible on Thursday.
A special needs shelter is open at Davidson Middle School, 6261 Old Bethel Road, Crestview. Individuals with special needs should plan with family, friends or caregiver well before an emergency. It is important to think through how and where to evacuate and what is needed to maintain your health. Evacuation outside the emergency area is the best way to make sure you have the medical resources available and electricity necessary for any life supporting medical requipment.
The special needs shelter should not be an individual’s primary plan but a plan of last resort. Those seeking accommodation must bring a caregiver, all medications and any supplies necessary for activities of daily living such as oxygen tanks. A cot will be provided, but individuals are encouraged to bring bedding. If an individual has dietary restrictions, they should bring food with them to the shelter.
For more information on the special needs shelter, please contact the Emergency Operations Center Emergency Support Function 8 team at (850) 609-8000 ext. 8008.
Waste Management has modified residential and commercial collection services in several cities and counties in both Alabama and Florida. All Waste Management collection and disposal services mentioned below will be suspended Wednesday and resume Thursday, weather and road safety permitting.
Areas where services will be affected:
The following shelters are open in Escambia County:Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E Gregory St. -- General population and special needs (now open) Escambia County Equestrian Center, 7750 Mobile Highway -- Horses only (now open). All horses must have a current Coggins test certificate. For more information, contact the Equestrian Center at (850) 941-6042. A pet-friendly shelter will be announced this afternoon.
• Santa Rosa County residents of mobile homes, in campers or at campsites or in low-lying areas as well as Navarre Beach are recommended to evacuate. A recommended evacuation is a request for evacuation. This is not a mandatory evacuation. Residents in those areas are encouraged to seek refuge on their own initiative and independently find accommodations in a safe area.
Residents who choose to evacuate are reminded that you need not travel outside the county. It is often easier to shelter with family or friends who live outside the called evacuation zones, a hotel or a public shelter. The Milton Community Center, located at 5629 Byrom Street in Milton, opened at 1 p.m. on Tuesday for evacuees. This facility is pet-friendly and also equipped to accommodate those with special needs. Pet owners must stay with their pets. Those with special needs must come with their own caregiver. Pet owners and special needs residents should be registered with Santa Rosa County.
• Other Santa Rosa County closures and cancelations:The Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting which had been scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled. Lifeguards will work normal shift until 6 p.m. Tuesday unless conditions deteriorate. Lifeguards will not be on the beach Wednesday. Libraries are closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Animal Shelter drop boxes will closed at noon Tuesday through Wednesday. Building inspections will be delayed this week. Most inspections today will be carried over. All inspections will be suspended Wednesday. Delays are still likely through the end of the week. Central Landfill will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday. The Transportation Disadvantaged program has been suspended for Wednesday and will resume on Thursday. For additional information, contact Santa Rosa Transportation, (850) 626-6806. The Navarre Pier will be closed Wednesday.
Waste Pro:Navarre - Collection services have been suspended for Wednesday and will resume Thursday. If your garbage is normally serviced on Wednesday, you will be serviced Saturday. Recycling and yard waste collection will run one day behind. Gulf Breeze - Collection services have been suspended for Wednesday and will resume Thursday. All collections will run one day behind for the remainder of the week. Offices will reopen Thursday; call (850) 365-1900 with any questions.
• The PAWS 100 Gala will be postponed to a date in November.
• All Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County locations will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed through Wednesday. The closure includes all DOH-Santa Rosa clinics as well as the Pro Med Dental clinics in Milton and Midway. Services are scheduled to resume at their regular times on Thursday.
Clients may call the health department’s Milton location at (850) 983-5200 on Thursday to reschedule clinic appointments. To reschedule dental appointments, clients may call (850) 564-2248.
• All Okaloosa Gas District office locations will be closed Wednesday. In the event of a natural gas emergency, dial (850) 729-4700 or call 911. Okaloosa Gas crews stand ready to serve customers and community in the upcoming days.
• While there is no mandatory evacuation in place for Holmes County, residents who are living in mobile homes or unsound structures are strongly urged to seek shelter.
Holmes County shelters are open now:
Those needing transportation to these local shelters can contact Holmes County Sheriff’s Office or Emergency Management for assistance by calling 850-547-3681 (Option 1). Holmes County Emergency Management reminds the public that these shelters are for safety rather than comfort. Those seeking public shelter should bring bedding, snack, and medications.
Some White-Wilson Medical Center clinic locations will be close early on Tuesday. All WWMC clinics will be closed Wednesday.
Okaloosa Island and Holiday Isle are highly effected by severe weather. Water, sewer and power may be disconnected for an indefinite amount of time, especially in these areas.
• The Emerald Coast Zoo in Crestview is open Tuesday but will be closed Wednesday. They have transport vehicles on hand in case they need to evacuate animals, and assistance is on standby.
• Chick-fil-A in Crestview is closing at 5 p.m. Tuesday and remaining closed Wednesday. It will reopen 6 a.m. Thursday, weather permitting.
Escambia County:Traffic Citation hearings in Division IV (Judge Frydrychowicz) set for October 10 at 1:30 p.m. are rescheduled for November 14 at 1 p.m. Docket day for Division A (Judge Pitre) set for October 10 is rescheduled for October 16 at 9 a.m. Juvenile delinquency arraignments (Judge Allen) set for October 10 are rescheduled for October 17 at 8:30 a.m. First Appearance hearings/Shelter hearings/Detention hearings will be held at the Juvenile Justice Center, 1800 St. Mary Avenue, at 8 a.m. on October 10. County court arraignments/traffic matters in Division I (Judge Williams) set for October 10 at 8:30 are reset for Thursday, October 11 at 8:30 a.m. Child support hearings scheduled for October 10 will be rescheduled for January 8, 2019. Domestic Violence hearings set for October 10 before Judge Nobles will be held Thursday, October 11.
First Appearances set for October 10 will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Santa Rosa County Jail.
Any Detention or Shelter hearings set for October 10 will be conducted in Escambia County in conjunction with the Escambia County hearings
Domestic Violence Injunction hearings set for October 10 are rescheduled to October 17.
VOP hearings before Judge Hilliard set for October 9 are rescheduled to October 24 at 2:30 p.m.
Misdemeanor arraignments set before Judge Giraud on October 9 are rescheduled to October 30 at 1 p.m.
VOP hearings before Judge Giraud set for October 10 are rescheduled to October 31 at 8:30 a.m.
Docket day before Judge Giraud set for October 10 is rescheduled to October 17 at 1:30 p.m.
The truancy docket before Judge Ross Goodman set for October 10 is rescheduled to November 7 at 3 p.m.
Criminal Motion hearings before Judge Rimmer set for October 10 are rescheduled to October 15.
Santa Rosa County:
Judge Mason’s plea day (scheduled for October 9 at 1:30 p.m.) is rescheduled for October 23.
Judge Brown’s Tuesday criminal pre-trial hearings (scheduled for October 9) with incarcerated defendants that are represented by Regional Conflict Counsel or the Public Defender are rescheduled to docket day on October 17.
First Appearance hearings/Shelter hearings/Detention hearings will be held at the Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension by video on October 10 at 7:30 a.m.
All hearings set for the Walton County Courthouse Annex in Santa Rosa Beach on October 10 are rescheduled for October 26 at the same times originally scheduled.
Cases scheduled on the Domestic Violence court docket for Judge Lewis on Wednesday, October 10 are rescheduled for Wednesday, October 17 at 8:30 a.m.
All misdemeanor and traffic infraction hearings set for Thursday, October 11, have been rescheduled for October 25 at the same times originally scheduled.
• Naval Air Station Pensacola, Corry Station and Saufley Field will curtail normal operations and close the installations to all visitors and non-critical personnel at 2 p.m. Tuesday, to include National Naval Aviation Museum, Lighthouse, Ft. Barrancas, etc. NAS Pensacola Child Development Center, Youth Center, Navy Exchange and Commissary will close at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
All facilities onboard the base will remain closed through Wednesday. Pending significant changes in weather forecast, the base and all facilities will reopen and
resume normal operations on Thursday.
• All Walton County beaches will close at noon Tuesday.
• The Blue Pearl Academy Emerald Coast Campus will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
• Hurlburt Field will be closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday. All civilian employees and military members, except those in mission essential positions required to provide essential services, are excused from duty until further notice. Civilian employees and military members must stay in contact with their chain of command.
Hurlburt Weather professionals and base leadership have been extensively analyzing the storm forecast and will continue to provide updates as Hurricane Michael progresses. If called upon, Hurlburt Field is ready to support relief operations in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, state and local authorities, and international partners. Airmen are prepared to assist those in need by providing capabilities such as search and rescue and personnel recovery, airlift of humanitarian supplies, medical care and aeromedical evacuation.
• The Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections will be closing at noon Tuesday. The closure will affect the voter registration deadline. In Florida, registration books close 29 days prior to an election.
Due to the office closing early, paper voter registration applications for the 2018 General Election will be accepted on the next full business day the office is open. Voter registration applications can be submitted online at www.votesantarosa.com. The deadline to accept online voter registration applications will remain 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
• The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners meeting set for Wednesday has been cancelled.
Friendship Veterinary Hospital on Beal Parkway in Fort Walton Beach will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday.
• Evacuations have been ordered in Escambia County for Zone A beginning at noon Tuesday. If you live in a mobile home or have special needs, the county recommends evacuating no matter the zone in which you live. Zone A includes Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key and low-lying areas.
• The Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections will be closing at noon Tuesday and will remain closed Wednesday. Per the Secretary of State and Division of Elections Directive 2018-03, they will be able to accept HARD COPY voter registration forms until close on the next business day they are open. This does not change the registration deadline of 11:59 EST for those using internet-based registration portals.
• Those in Holmes County who need help getting to one of the local emergency shelters may seek transportation by contacting the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office or Emergency Management by calling the Holmes County Communications Center at 850-547-3681 (Option 1).
• The Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed Wednesday. They will make decisions on this week's Chamber events after the storm.
• Baker Area Recreation Association is accepting horses for shelter. For inquiries, contact Tracy Rogers (850) 537-4744 or Tim Ross (850) 259-1284.
• PAWS shelter is at full capacity at this time. Owners must now waive 24-hour rights when surrendering their pets, and PAWS takes immediate ownership of the animal(s).
• Pepper's Mexican Grill and Cantina in Shalimar is giving away 200 cases of water for free for those who still need it. First come, first serve.
• The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's outpatient clinics near Eglin Air Force Base and in Panama City Beach will be closed Wednesday. These VA clinics are currently closed. All cancelled Oct. 9-10 appointments will be rescheduled.
• Magnolia Medical Clinic in Fort Walton Beach will be closed Wednesday.
Florida's First Judicial Circuit announced that all courthouses in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed through Wednesday.
Gulf Islands National Seashore officials have closed all areas of the national seashore. All Florida areas, including the Fort Pickens campground, remain closed to all public access and use on Tuesday.
Davidson Middle School and the Raider Arena of Northwest Florida State College are currently open to the public for shelter.
• Milton City Hall will close today at noon for all non-essential personnel and will re-open on Thursday. Tuesday's regularly scheduled City Council meeting is rescheduled for 3 p.m. City garbage services will discontinue at noon today and resume Thursday normal schedule.
• The monthly dinner meeting of the Democratic Social Club on Thursday at Thai Taste Restaurant in Fort Walton Beach has been canceled. The club will try to reschedule for later in October.
• The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday beginning at 3:30 p.m., or as soon as possible to that time, at the South Walton Courthouse Annex located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach. This purpose of this meeting is for the Commissioners to meet with the members of the Freeport Business Park Owners Association.
• Airbnb activated its Open Homes Program to aid residents of the Panhandle and Northern Florida forced to evacuate and for relief workers arriving to provide assistance. These $0 listings are available from October 8-29. As the need becomes more apparent after landfall, Airbnb will continue to expand the territory of Open Homes listings if and where needed, or as requested by local officials.
• The Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and the Florida Division of Elections have issued a directive regarding the extension of the Voter Registration Deadline for the November 6 General Election in the wake of Hurricane Michael.
Per Directive 2018-03, the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections may accept hard-copy Florida Voter Registration Applications and Third Party Voter Registration Organization submissions until the end of day on the next day the office is reopened. As of this release, it is uncertain what day that will be but new registrants can focus on preparing for the storm and submitting their voter registration application once it has passed.
Registration applications may be made online at registertovoteflorida.gov BUT must be submitted before 11:59 pm EST, 10:59 pm local time.
• CLL, the Center for Lifelong Learning in Fort Walton Beach, will cancel all classes on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 9 and 10, due to the approach of Hurricane Michael. Classes will resume Thursday, weather permitting.
• A mandatory evacuation is in place for Walton County zones A, B and C. The Freeport High School shelter will be open beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday for general population, special needs and pets.
• Navarre Beach is now in the voluntary evacuation zone due to the slight westward shift of the forecast path and the increased chance of a 4-to-5 foot surge on Navarre Beach.
• Both the Shalimar and Crestview offices of the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections will be closed at noon Tuesday. This will affect the voter registration deadline that is also on this day. Any new Florida Voter Registration Applications must be submitted in person by the noon closing on Tuesday.
• Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport and Eglin AFB will both close at midnight Tuesday.
• Gov. Rick Scott has directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls until further notice.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's outpatient clinics near Eglin Air Force Base and in Panama City Beach will be closed Tuesday.
• All classes and administrative operations are cancelled at all locations of Northwest Florida State College on Tuesday and Wednesday.
• The University of West Florida will close at noon on Tuesday and remain closed on Wednesday.
• Florida State University is closing its Tallahassee and Panama City campuses effective Tuesday. The university is expected to resume classes and normal business operations on Monday, Oct. 15.
• Okaloosa County Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Okaloosa County offices will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed on Wednesday.
• Santa Rosa County schools will be closed all day Tuesday and Wednesday. A decision regarding school-related afternoon and evening activities for Wednesday will be made during the day on Wednesday. A decision on school operation for Thursday will be announced on Wednesday.
• Walton County Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. A decision about Thursday will be made by 3 p.m. Wednesday.
• The Destin Fishing Rodeo will be closed down Tuesday and Wednesday. A mandatory evacuation of all Destin Fishing Fleet has been ordered effective immediately.
• The Florida Forest Service is shutting down its operations, offices, recreation and day-use areas in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties starting Tuesday. The closure will last through close of business Thursday. All campgrounds, trails, swimming lakes, day-use areas and offices are included in this closure.
Sandbags are being offered at the following locations:
•Okaloosa County Public Works, 1759 S Ferdon Blvd, Crestview
•City of FWB Maintenance Yard at 116 Hollywood Boulevard SW (located next to Volkswagen/Subaru dealership) – For residents only. Available by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 while supplies last (limit of 10 bags per resident per visit); please bring your own shovel or scoop
•Destin Maintenance Department, Commons Drive
Santa Rosa County:
•Pine Forest and Carroll in Milton
•Citrus and Leisure in Navarre
•Tiger Point Park in Gulf Breeze
•Pace Fire Rescue in Pace
•Blue Mountain Pit - 1002 South County Highway 83, Santa Rosa Beach
•Legion Park - 226 Ponce de Leon Street, Miramar Beach
•Lakewood Park - 30 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa Beach