Emergency Information

Emergency Information


View the latest tropical information from the National Hurricane Center.

Public Notice for FEMA 4564-DR-FL, FEMA 3546-EM-FL

Notification of a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Florida (FEMA-4564-DR-FL)  (09/23/20)

Major Disaster Declaration Request for Hurricane Sally

Public Assistance- Assistance to State, Local, Tribal and Territorial governments and certain private-non-profit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities

Counties Public Assistance Individual Assistance
Bay Category B Declared
Calhoun Category B  
Escambia Categories A through G Declared
Franklin Category B  
Gadsden Category B  
Gulf Category B  
Holmes Category B  
Jackson  Category B  
Liberty Category B  
Okaloosa Category B Declared
Santa Rosa Categories A through G Declared
Walton Category B Declared
Washington Category B  



Federal disaster assistance is available to affected individuals in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties following the impact of Hurricane Sally. 

When a disaster occurs, this program provides grant money and services to people in the declared area whose property has been damaged or destroyed and whose losses are underinsured or not covered by insurance. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

If you are in one of these counties, you will need the following to apply for assistance:

  • Social Security Number;
  • Daytime telephone number;
  • Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
  • Insurance information, if available.

FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers for Disaster Assistance

Sites open hours 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Escambia County
  • Marie Young Wedgewood Community Center
    6405 Wagner Rd.
    Pensacola, FL 32505
  • Lexington Terrace Community Center
    700 S. Old Corry Field Rd.
    Pensacola, FL 32507
  • Escambia County Equestrian Center
    7750 Mobile Hwy
    Pensacola, FL 32526
Santa Rosa County
  • Gulf Breeze Community Center
    800 Shoreline Drive
    Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
  • Pensacola State College
    5988 U.S. 90
    Milton, FL 32583
Okaloosa County
  • Northwest Florida Fairgrounds
    1958 Lewis Turner Blvd
    Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Bay County
  • Bay County Public Library
    898 West 11th St.
    Panama City, FL 32401
Walton County
  • Freeport Regional Sports Complex
    563 Hammock Trail East, Freeport, FL 32439
    Days of operation: Oct. 18-Oct. 22
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast
    427 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
    Days of operation: Oct. 23-Oct. 28

Small Business Administration

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in Florida For Businesses Affected by Hurricane Sally  (10/06/20)

SBA representatives will provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The SBA is committed to the Florida small business community’s economic recovery.

Escambia County Business Recovery Center
East Pensacola Heights Clubhouse
3208 East Gonzalez St.
Pensacola, FL 32503
Hours:   Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week)
               8 a.m. to 8 p.m/ (CST)

Okaloosa County Business Recovery Center
Bridgeway Center
Building C
205 Shell Ave.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Hours:    Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week)
                8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CST)

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DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties through the Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey. To access the survey, please visit www.FloridaDisaster.biz.

To apply or to learn more about the eligibility requirements for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan, visit www.FloridaJobs.org/EBL. The deadline to apply for the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan is Novermber 14. This short term, interest-free loan program is available to small businesses in Florida that have experienced economic injury as a result of Hurricane Sally. 

For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan program, contact DEO at 833-832-4494 or email EmergencyBridgeLoan@deo.myflorida.com.

Reach out if you need support through any disaster crisis.

Florida 211
The call goes to local helpline call centers that have crisis counselors for disaster recovery and can provide information on access to local resources such as housing, food and health care.
Dial: 211

Disaster Distress Helpline
A national helpline that provides crisis support services for individuals in emotional distress that are impacted by disaster.
Phone: 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

American Red Cross Virtual Family Assistance Center
A national helpline that provides emotional support, spiritual care, health information and grief support.
Phone: 833-492-0094

Update October 16, 2020:

For the latest closures and updates, travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines and online at www.FL511.com.

County Emergency Management - county emergency management contacts and websites

Alert Florida - sign up to receive emergency alerts and other public safety notifications in your community

The Florida Department of Education is in contact with school districts, state colleges and universities for updates and to determine needs before, during and after emergency events. All school districts, colleges and universities are monitoring Hurricane Sally and collaborating with local emergency preparedness officials to make decisions that ensure student and staff safety.

School closures will be updated with information regarding closures as those announcements are made.

Please go to Summary Shelter Information for currently open general and special needs shelters within the State of Florida. 

For information from your county Emergency Management program regarding shelter preparedness and lists of potential shelters that may be opened, please visit Shelter Information Index and choose your county.

View Open Shelters on a map.

Florida Storms - Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Google Play  iTunes

Florida 511 - Get up-to-the-minute, real-time traffic conditions and incident information for the State of Florida with Florida 511.

FEMA - mobile app

Red Cross - mobile apps

Byte to Bites - Byte to Bites is a free mobile application designed to help people find local food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets and locations where they can use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. After a disaster, people may have limited transportation options and the app can be helpful in finding the nearest food distribution location. Apple App Store  Google Play

Everbridge - mobile apps

Gas Buddy - Gas stations availability

Florida 511 - Get up-to-the-minute, real-time traffic conditions and incident information for the State of Florida with Florida 511.

Florida Highway Patrol - Florida Highway Patrol Live Traffic Crash and Road Condition Report. Reports are updated every five minutes. Incidents located within city limits also may not show on the map since it is not common practice for FHP to work incidents inside city limits.

Florida Traffic - Traffic incidents and conditions from Florida 511 and Florida Highway Patrol brought to you by Florida State Emergency Response Team Geographic Information Systems.

Get a Family or Business Plan by visiting Get A Plan!. This tool allows you to build a downloaded plan for your family and/or business with a preparedness checklist, emergency management contacts.

Due to Hurricane Sally, certain state parks will be closed, to ensure visitor and staff safety. Some parks are closed to day use while others are closed to day use and overnight accommodations. For the complete lists: https://floridastateparks.org/StormUpdates.

All Florida coastal counties and counties are susceptible to storm surge and most have designated evacuation zones. Use the mapping tool above to search by address and determine if you are in a designated evacuation zone. 

Evacuation Zones - to determine if you are in a designated evacuation zone

Evaction Orders -  View Florida county evacuation orders

Read More About Evacuation Zones - learn more about designated evacuation zones, which counties have them and which don't, how flood zones are factored into evacuations, and evacuation orders

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