Sheltering Evacuees for Hurricane Irma

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Walton County Emergency Management Assisting with Sheltering Evacuees for Hurricane Irma – Shelter Opening at Noon, Citizen Information Center Activated


DeFuniak Springs, FL – 10:45AM – At the request of the Florida State Emergency Operations Center and provide services to our fellow Floridians, Walton County Emergency Management has activated the Emergency Operations Center to a Level 2 – Partial Activation to support the opening a host shelter to shelter evacuees fleeing the Florida peninsula. The Citizen Information Center has also been activated.


The Walton County host shelter will begin operation today at 12:00 PM at the following location:


Shelter:    Southwide Baptist Church

Address:  1307 Coy Burgess Loop, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32533


In addition to the opening of the shelter, Walton County Emergency Management has activated the Citizen Information Center at the Emergency Operations Center.  The Center will be staffed to assist with the distribution of information to Walton County residents, visitors and any evacuees that may arrive in Walton County.


Citizen Information Line: (850) 892-8392 or (850) 892-8394 or you can dial 2-1-1


Currently, for Walton County, we are not expecting any impacts from the storm as Walton County is just outside the 5 day error cone.  This could changes however as Hurricane Irma’s track has been trending west based on the last few weather advisories.


Additional Information:



  • Additional Host Shelters in the Area:
    • Santa Rosa County has also opened a host shelter that is located at Christian Life Church, 4491 Avalon Blvd, Milton FL