Highlands Co. residents getting free water, MREs

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Highlands County residents are getting some much-needed help Friday.

Highlands County BCC employees with the assistance of the Florida National Guard will provide water and meals ready to eat (MRE) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Each vehicle will get two cases of water and one case of MREs.

Pickup locations:

Highlands County Health Department (parking lot)
7205 South George Blvd
Sebring, FL 33875

Old Winn-Dixie Parking Lot
110 Plaza Avenue
Lake Placid, FL 33852

South Florida State College
600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL. 33825

The entire town of Sebring and Lake Placid are both still without power.

At 3:30 p.m. Friday, Publix will deliver a truckload of water – free, for those in need.  The water will be delivered to the store at South Highlands Shopping Center, located at 586 US 27 N., Lake Placid.

Residents in Highlands County are now eligible for FEMA assistance. You can apply at disasterassistance.gov/

Register with FEMA as soon as possible. If you preregistered with FEMA, you do not have to apply again. If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register:

• Online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or

• On the FEMA Mobile App, or by

•  Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.

• The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week.

• Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.

The County has also set two locations to facilitate the application process:

Firemen’s Field (Fairgrounds)
681 Magnolia Ave.
Sebring, FL. 33870
8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.  (9-15-17 and 9-16-17)

Sebring Public Library
319 W. Center Ave.,
Sebring, FL 33870
Phone: (863) 402-6716

Friday and Saturday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Tuesday to Thursday 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday.

  • There are 14527 customers with power. There is no power to approximately 75 percent of county residents.
  • There is a curfew in place from midnight until 7 a.m.
  • Garbage collection is on its regular pickup schedule. Please have carts to the roadside by 7 a.m.
  • Recyclables will not be picked up this week, service will resume next week.
  • Storm debris cleanup will begin Saturday in some of the hardest hit areas. Cleanup crews will be working seven days per week to remove storm debris from the public rights-of-ways.
  • Highlands County Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

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