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Bay County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Arnold High School, located at 550 N Alf Coleman Rd., Panama City beach, FL 32407. The new, temporary location is now accepting those in need of sheltering. The shelter will be in place as local and state officials continue to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toward a longer-term solution to Bay County's housing crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. 

Red Cross teams will oversee the dormitory section of the shelter, offering a welcoming environment for all residents, including parents, caregivers, and people with access or functional needs. They will also work in conjunction with community and government partners to start creating community recovery plans. Trained caseworkers have begun to provide personal support to survivors.

The new shelter will have climate-controlled accommodations for pets, as well as medical, postal services, social services, transportation, and recreational facilities. The shelters will continue to accept any person in Bay County in need of assistance. For more information about when schools will open, please visit Bay District Schools. For individuals seeking to donate to the recovery efforts, please contact your local United Way or Red Cross rather than dropping items off at the shelter.