Brevard County Orders Mandatory Evacuation For 100,000+ Residents

With Hurricane Irma projected to move up the east coast of Florida, Brevard County Emergency Management officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of more than 100,000 residents. 

The order applies to Zone A -- including those living on Merritt Island and low-lying areas along the Indian River Lagoon.  

Officials urge residents to prepare their homes and to take shelter before the arrival of tropical storm-force winds, which are expected Saturday night.

The evacuation officially begins at 3 p.m. Friday, when the following shelters will open:

Pet friendly shelters:

  • Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John
  • Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
  • Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne
  • Ted Whitlock Community Center at Fred Poppe Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Rd NW, Palm Bay

General population shelters:

  • Apollo Elementary School, 3085 Knox McRae Dr., Titusville
  • Imperial Estates Elementary School, 900 Imperial Estates Lane, Titusville
  • Space Coast Junior/Senior High, 6150 Banyan Street, Port St John
  • Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice Jackson Park, 4201 US Highway 1, Cocoa
  • Manatee Elementary School, 3425 Viera Blvd., Viera
  • Sherwood Elementary School, 2541 Post Road, Melbourne
  • Melbourne High School, 74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne
  • Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary, 2700 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne
  • Heritage High School 2351 Malabar Rd., Palm Bay
  • Bayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Rd. S.W. Palm Bay
  • South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco

Brevard residents who live in mobile or manufactured homes or in other flood-prone areas are also encouraged to evacuate.

Shelters will provide food, but residents will need to bring their own supplies, including:

  • Bedding 
  • Folding chairs or sleeping bags 
  • All medications
  • Multiple changes of clothing and shoes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Entertainment (games, cards, books, magazines, etc)

Call the county's community information hotline at 211 for further details.

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