Many Evacuees Plan to Put Down Roots in North Florida

The Capital Area Red Cross says many of those evacuees are planning to make north Florida home.

The chapter surveyed the 900 families they've helped and found that 40 percent of the families plan to stay in the Tallahassee area.

So to help them make the transition, the Red Cross created the capital area disaster recovery initiative this week. Also pitching into help are area schools and the health community.

Chris Floyd of the Red Cross says, "We're anticipating in the neighborhood of 200, maybe 300 eventually relocated throughout north Florida from Chattahoochee to Perry to Madison to Apalachicola, with a majority here in Leon County."

Workforce Plus of Leon County has contacted 121 of the evacuees to help them with job placement, and we're told there are 43 companies in the area looking to hire evacuees.