Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis has been on the ground in the Panhandle affected counties since the day following Hurricane Michael’s landfall. [Read more…] about CFO Jimmy Patronis: Hurricane Michael Recovery Updates, Two Weeks Since Landfall
Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis conducted an aerial survey of Hurricane Michael damage with Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford’s office. [Read more…] about CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Aerial Survey of Hurricane Michael Damage
The Florida Department of Education today provided an updated list of schools that have reopened following Hurricane Michael’s landfall October 10. For up-to-date information on closures and to access hurricane-related education documents, visit fldoe.org/hurricaneinfo.
Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said, “As Hurricane Michael barreled toward Florida, many of our state’s schools opened their doors and provided life-saving shelter for Florida families. My team and I remained in contact with superintendents, and once the storm had passed, our focus turned quickly to reopening efforts with the goal of ensuring continuity and providing a desperately needed sense of normalcy for Florida students. I am grateful for Governor Scott’s ongoing leadership as he has traveled the state doing everything he can to get communities fully restored.”
- The Franklin County School (K-12) reopened today, Tuesday, October 23.
- All Gadsden County Schools reopened Monday, October 22:
- Carter-Parramore Academy
- Chattahoochee Elementary
- Crossroad Academy Charter
- Gadsden Central Academy
- Gadsden County High
- Gadsden Elementary Magnet
- George W. Munroe Elementary
- Greensboro Elementary
- H.O.P.E. Academy
- Havana Magnet
- James A. Shanks Middle
- Stewart Street Elementary
- West Gadsden Middle
- The following Gulf County Schools are reopening this week, with the modifications outlined below, to serve all Gulf County students:
- Beginning today, Tuesday, October 23, Port St. Joe Elementary is open and serving its students and temporarily Port St. Joe High School’s students. Elementary students’ classes are held in the morning, and junior and high school students’ classes are held in the afternoon.
- Beginning Thursday, October 25, Wewahitchka Elementary is open and serving its students and temporarily Wewahitchka High School’s students.
- All Holmes County Schools reopened Monday, October 22:
- Bethlehem School
- Bonifay K8 School
- Holmes County High School
- Ponce de Leon Elementary School
- Ponce de Leon High School
- Poplar Springs School
- The GAP
- All Washington County Schools will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24:
- Kate M. Smith Elementary
- Vernon Elementary
- Roulhac Middle School
- Vernon Middle School
- Chipley High School
- Vernon High School
For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit fldoe.org.
In response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that all students in Gulf and Washington counties are eligible for free school meals through the National School Lunch Program from now through Nov. 30, 2018, in addition to other flexibilities to best serve students. [Read more…] about Following Hurricane Michael, All Students in Gulf and Washington Counties Are Eligible for Free School Meals
Governor Rick Scott today announced that VISIT FLORIDA has developed and launched an extensive new marketing campaign to highlight the Sunshine State. This multi-phased campaign includes more than $5.1 million to support the Panhandle following Hurricane Michael and nearly $3.8 million to assist the areas impacted by naturally-occurring red tide. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott: VISIT FLORIDA Launches Nearly $9 Million Marketing Plan Following Hurricane Michael, Red Tide
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) today announced new changes to the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program allowing more small businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael to qualify. [Read more…] about More Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Michael Qualify for Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Less than two weeks following the devastation of nearly Category 5 Hurricane Michael, the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Panhandle region, power has been fully restored to all public power customers who can accept power, reports the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA). [Read more…] about Power 100 Percent Restored to North Florida Public Power Customers Impacted By Hurricane Michael
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam surveyed damage from Hurricane Michael and met with Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison, as well as the department’s Florida Forest Service teams, to discuss ongoing response and recovery efforts.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services continues to provide response and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael. [Read more…] about Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Update on Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, today announced the estimated value of timber damage in Florida due to Hurricane Michael is $1.3 billion, impacting nearly three million acres of forestland. [Read more…] about Timber Damage from Hurricane Michael Estimated at $1.3 Billion