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More information on Hurricane Michael from Bay County EOC

Post Date:10/08/2018 3:00 PM


Residents located in Evacuation Zones A, B, and C are under a mandatory evacuation as of 6 a.m. Tuesday, following an emergency meeting of the Bay County Board of County Commissioners.

To check your evacuation zone, visit the city's Facebook page here: City of Panama City Beach-Government. The Weather Channel also has a link to the map showing the evacuation zones: Weather Channel

The mandatory evacuation order goes into effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday, though Emergency Operations Center (EOC) officials are urging residents who can leave on Monday to do so. For information about available lodging, please visit Please remember to heed warnings as emergency response could be limited if conditions are deemed too dangerous for first responders. 

A shelter will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Deane Bozeman School, located at 3410 State 77, Panama City, Florida, including a special needs shelter for those who are registered. Please remember that shelters do not offer the comforts of home. The shelter is a place to stay, when you have no other sheltering option. It should only be used as a back-up to your personal sheltering plan. Snacks will be provided but meals will not be served so please plan accordingly. The shelter does not provide the comfort or convenience of a home or hotel, nor does it provide the level of care found in a medical facility. It may be crowded, noisy, and boring. You can expect the following: 

  • Snacks and water. If you want special food or snacks, you must bring it with you. Food must be non-perishable.
  • Basic medical assistance and monitoring. Complex medical equipment or care is not available in special needs shelter. Please bring medical supplies and current medications to support your medical needs.
  • An area for you and your caregiver to sleep. Caregivers are required for people in the special needs shelter.
  • Back-up electricity for light and essential medical equipment.

If you are staying in the shelter, please bring:

  • Bedding
  • Clothing
  • Medications
  • Your emergency kit

Do not bring:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County will provide care and supervision to help meet your special medical needs during an evacuation. To the extent possible under emergency conditions, the shelter will provide a safe sheltering environment and basic assistance to maintain your current level of health. 

Service animals (for example, dogs or miniature horses) are allowed. Their care is the sole responsibility of the owner. 

You may be eligible for medical care at the shelter if: 

  • You have special medical needs but do not require hospitalization.
  • You need assistance with basic everyday tasks.
  • You have a chronic condition that requires assistance.

Please continue to monitor this storm. Hurricane Michael is currently a Category 2 but is expected to strengthen.

Panama City Beach Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at or (850) 233-5100.


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