Gulfside IGA expects to open in the morning.
County emergency management officials have confirmed that four Points of Distribution (POD) will be set up in Franklin County, beginning sometime Friday. They will provide MREs (meals ready to eat), water, showers and portable toilet facilities.
"Please be patient," said Jennifer Daniels, special needs coordinator.
The POD are provided through SERT (State Emergency Response Team) and will be manned by Florida National Guardsmen.
In addition, Kim Wilson, from Gulfside IGA, said the Apalachicola store plans to open at 8 a.m., under generator power, and will be open as long as possible
Daniels said the four locations for the POD will be in Apalachicola, Eastpoint, Carrabelle and Lanark Village, although specific locations have not yet been announced.
Daniels said that fuel is being obtained for county vehicles and first responders. She said Duke Energy is working to restore electricity thoughout the county but she had no timeline yet for when that will be complete."It will be ASAP," she said.
Right now Verizon has cell service in most locations, but ATT does not. Daniels said Consolidated Communications, formerly Fairpoint, has crews working, as does Mediacom.
A curfew will begin tonight at 7 p.m. and people are urged not to be out after dark.