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Washington County, Florida Emergency Management

2300 Pioneer Road Chipley, FL 32428 

Office Hours: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(850) 638-6203


Public Safety Director

Lynne Abel

Emergency Management Coordinator

Connie Welch 





John's Way bridge Closed until further notice.


Chipley Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Holmes and Washington County as crews perform construction activitiesIn preparation for the Memorial Day Holiday, there will be no lane closures or other activities which impede traffic on state roads beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, May 25, 2018 and ending at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018. 

Holmes County:

  • U.S. 90 Resurfacing from the Washington County Line to the Four-Lane east of Banfill Avenue – Construction activities have begun. Drivers may encounterdaytime intermittent lane closures as primary turnout construction is performed in relation to the resurfacing project. However, no lane closures are allowed during school hours from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • State Road 2 (S.R.) Resurfacing from S.R. 81 to the Choctawhatchee River Bridge- Construction activities are set to begin the end of May. Lane restrictions are not anticipated until June. 

Washington County:

  • Interstate 10 Resurfacing from the Holmes County Line to east of S.R. 77 - Drivers can expect intermittent and alternating lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, May 20 through Friday, May 25 as crews continue drainage work.
  • S.R. 77 Multilane- Traffic onWest Clayton Road will encounter a traffic shift at the intersection of S.R. 77 beginning 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 22. Temporary pavement will be placed on West Clayton Road and drivers will be shifted on each side of the existing road as crews construct permanent turnouts onto S.R. 77.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to use caution, especially at night, when traveling through a work zone and to watch for construction workers and equipment entering and exiting the roadway. 

For more information visit the Florida Department of Transportation District Three on the web at www.nwflroads.com, follow us on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.






Emergency Supply Kit Supplies List:



·       Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

·       Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

·       Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

·       Flashlight and extra batteries

·       First aid kit

·       Whistle to signal for help

·       Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

·       Moist Towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

·       Personal hygiene items

·       Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

·       Non-Electric can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

·       Local maps

·       Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger



Choctawhatchee River Readings: 





Please click below for: 

Storm Tracking Chart

Emergency Supply Shopping List 



Washington County Shelter Locations:


Chipley High School

1545 Brickyard Road, Chipley


Roulhac Middle School

1535 Brickyard Road, Chipley


Vernon Middle School

3190 Moss Hill Road, Vernon


Vernon High School

3232 Moss Hill Road, Vernon



 Pet Owners


Pets Checklist

If you plan to evacuate but have pets you do not wish to leave behind you may follow this link for pet friendly hotels in our area:  http://www.petswelcome.com/



Special Needs Registry 

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in coordination with local emergency management agencies, has developed a registry allowing residents with special needs to register to receive assistance during a disaster. The statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies. 

To register, click on the following link: https://snr.floridadisaster.org 

or call 850-638-6203


Please Click Below For:

Washington County Local Mitigation Strategy


Helpful Links:

 ALERTWashington:  www.alertwashington.org


Evacuation Routes:  http://www.floridadisaster.org/PublicMapping/

 Florida Storm Net:  http://www.floridastormnet.com/

Florida Division of Emergency Managementhttps://floridadisaster.org

American Red Cross:  http://www.redcross.org/

Chipley Florida Weather:  https://weather.com/weather/today/l/32428

National Weather Service Forecast Office:  https://www.srh.noaa.gov/tlh/

The Weather Channel:  https://weather.com/

Weather-Ready Nation:  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/

Be a Force of Nature:  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/force.html

 Additional Storm Resources http://www.myfloridacfo.com/Division/Consumers/Storm/default.htm




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