Franklin County Emergency Management’s Mission is to minimize loss of life, personal injury, damage to property or the environment caused by natural or man-made disasters that affect the community.
August 3, 2018
Eastpoint Limerock Wildfire Press Release
On 06/24/18 the Eastpoint Limerock Wildfire burned 36 Homes with an estimated 1.7 Million Dollars in damages.
The following Actions have been taken by Franklin County including the Franklin County Emergency Management office:
- A Local State of Emergency was signed on 06/24/18 at 8:24 PM.
- All residents requiring a power pole, the exception being 588 Ridge Road who has chosen not to remove the debris from the lot, have received a power pole and it has been installed. Power Poles were installed by Cates Electric and meters have been installed by Duke Energy
- Duke Energy does not require connection fees for reconnecting all the power poles that were impacted by the fire. Power poles were purchased with donations received by Franklin County Emergency Management/Franklin’s Promise.
- Eastpoint Water and Sewer & Varner Plumbing are working together to get all temporary housing connected to Water and Sewer. Assistance with Fees for reconnecting Water & Sewer are available through Franklin County Emergency Management/Franklin’s Promise Donations that have been received.
- All debris was removed by 07/11/18 by volunteer contractors (Roberts and Roberts, Jason White, Coastline, The City of Tallahassee, and Sapp Brothers Logging). Franklin County Road Department assisted with the removal of debris. Franklin County Board of County Commissioners and Franklin County Solid Waste waived all tipping fees.
- All 24 temporary housing trailers have arrived and were staged on the Franklin County School Board Property on Hwy 65 in Eastpoint. These temporary housing trailers were purchased by Franklin County Board of County Commissioners from the Government Surplus Auction. Capital Area Community Action has purchased the 24 Temporary Housing Trailers from the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners to assist Franklin County in providing housing for residents who were impacted. These 24 Temporary Housing Trailers are being loaned to survivors for a period of 6 months to allow time for Permanent Housing solutions.
- Temporary Housing Trailers are being stocked with move in kits which include sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, towels, dishes, silverware, coffee pot, glasses, laundry basket, broom, mop, cleaning supplies, garbage cans, etc. The Move-In-Kits are from the donations received and have been prepared by Ms. Tamera Allen and volunteers at the Donations Receiving Center located at the Carrabelle City Hall Complex.
- The City of Carrabelle has graciously donated space at the Carrabelle City Hall Complex on Gray Avenue in Carrabelle. This Donations Receiving Center has allowed Franklin County Emergency Management/Franklin’s Promise Coalition the ability to store the extremely large amount of donations that have been received. With this space volunteers were able to sort and organize the donations.
- All impacted residents are on the list for our long-term recovery plan.
- Franklin County Planning and Zoning & Franklin County Board of County Commissioners have waived all possible local permitting fees to assist impacted residents.
- Federal and State fees cannot be waived for permitting. Assistance with these fees are available through the Franklin County Emergency Management/Franklin’s Promise Donations that have been received.
- Temporary Housing Trailers are being delivered to home sites. 15 Trailers have been delivered and set up.
- All property sites are currently being prepared for Temporary Housing Trailer delivery.
- Eastpoint Church of God so graciously set up as our Temporary Shelter and received food donations during the Response Phase of this fire.
- Tom Williams with the Salvation Army provided the Canteen and cleaning supplies for 2 weeks following the fire. Over 2000 meals were prepared and delivered through the Salvation Army Canteen.
- 2 Tractor Trailers are being used to store donations at the Eastpoint Fire House. These trailers were graciously donated by Peggy Miller and Mike and Paige Richards.
- Donations are being loaded at the Carrabelle Donation Receiving Center and delivered to the impacted residents regularly by Franklin County Emergency Management and Franklin’s Promise.
- A Long-Term Recovery Meeting took place on 08/02/18 to discuss options for permanent housing for the Eastpoint Fire Victims.
- The Back to School Bash is being held at Brown Elementary, 85 School Road Eastpoint, on 08/03/18 from 3:00-6:00 PM to assist Eastpoint Fire Survivors with obtaining necessary supplies and clothing for students returning to school.
- The Williams Family Foundation of Georgie has provided a $25,000 challenge grant for long term housing strategies. Every dollar donated is matched one to one up to $25,000.
- All 77 students impacted by the fire have been provided back to school clothes and a backpack with supplies thanks to volunteers, donors and area churches.
We are asking that anyone who was an unauthorized secondary resident and your home was destroyed to please contact Franklin County Emergency Management to discuss your options for temporary housing assistance.
Due to the extremely heartwarming volume of donations received, we are no longer accepting donations other than monetary at this time. Please mail monetary donations to Franklin County Emergency Management, 28 Airport Road, Apalachicola, FL 32320. Make checks payable to Franklin’s Promise with a note of Eastpoint Fire.
The Carrabelle Donation Receiving Center is open by appointment only. Appointments should be made via Ms. Tamara Allen @ 850-524-1153 or Mr. Joe Taylor @ 850-323-0176.
EASTPOINT FIRE DONATIONS
Eastpoint Fire – Animals
Animal Control is on site collecting Animals from the Eastpoint Fire. Please call 850-670-8167 for information.
07/01/18 8:30 PM Eastpoint Fire Update
The Following Services are being offered at the Eastpoint Fire House on Monday 07/02/18 and Tuesday 07/03/18 to assist people affected by the Eastpoint Fire.
The Salvation Army will be preparing meals and supplying cleanup buckets as needed.
Water and other necessities are located at the fire house also. Please stop by, register and let us know if there are items that you need.
10:00am to 2:00pm
- The County is coordinating with private contractors who are willing to clear the affected lots and remove the debris at no cost to the property owners. Before any of these contractors can gain access to these lots, a County demolition/debris removal permit is required along with the property owner’s signature on a Hold Harmless agreement. A County Permitting Clerk will be issuing these permits, at no cost to the property owner and obtaining the necessary signatures. This is a one-time opportunity! Only the property owner can obtain the permit and sign the Hold Harmless agreement. If you have any questions please contact the County’s Planning and Zoning Office at (850) 653-9783 ext. 373
- Department of Children & Families ACCESS staff to assist those who need to replace their June Food Assistance benefits lost due to the fire or to apply for Food Assistance (SNAP)
Non-Perishable Food Items and Access to Showers are available at the First Baptist Church on Ave A.