Three Gen Pop Shelters Open In Broward County

Hurricane Dorian Advisory #15

- Three General Population shelters open -

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Broward County has opened three general population shelters:

Atlantic Technical College/Arthur Ashe Junior Campus, 1701 NW 23rdAve., Fort Lauderdale

Monarch High School, 5050 Wiles Road in Coconut Creek

Everglades High School, 17100 SW 48thCourt, Miramar(PET-FRIENDLY)

The decision to open general population shelters is not a response to any change in the storm track forecast, said County Administrator Bertha Henry. “Shelters are not typically opened in a tropical storm, but it is important for residents who feel uncomfortable remaining in their homes during the height of this very powerful storm to have a shelter option.” While there is no mandatory evacuation order, residents in the coastal areas, mobile home communities and low-lying areas subject to inland flooding may choose to voluntarily evacuate to a shelter. Pre-registration is not required.

Hurricane Dorian is now a massive, 202-mile wide Category 4 storm that is moving slowly over the Bahamas. It is expected to remain approximately 120 miles off Florida’s east coast. While Broward is expected to be spared from the worst of Hurricane Dorian, all of the County remains under a Tropical Storm Watch, with tropical storm force winds (39-73 miles per hour) possibly expected later today and sustained tropical storm force winds possibly late Monday through Tuesday.

Residents who choose to go to a General Population Shelter are reminded that provisions are very limited there. Cots and bottled water are not provided. You must bring your own comfort items (compact bedding, blankets, pillows, etc.), keeping in mind that the typical amount of space assigned to you will be approximately 20 square feet.

Other important items you should bring include:

Identification

Bottled water and non-perishable snacks (including special dietary foods)

Reading materials, cell phone and mobile device with charger, batteries, etc.

Extra change of clothing

Sanitary wipes or other hygiene products

Flashlight

Medications and emergency health information card

Emergency contacts

Battery-operated radio

Don’t forget supplies for children, elderly and disabled family members, including games, baby formula, diapers, walker, wheelchair, hearing device, etc.)

Pet-Friendly Shelter

The Everglades High School shelter is a pet-friendly shelter that accepts dogs, cats, domestic birds, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters. Pre-registration is not required. All pets must be in a carrier/crate and all dogs must have a collar with leash. You must show proof of rabies certificate for dogs and cats. Be prepared to show your pet’s Broward County Registration Tag. Bring all necessary care supplies for your animal, including a supply of food and water, food/water bowls, cat litter and litter box, medicine, cleaning supplies, etc.

Special Needs Shelters

On Monday, Broward County opened four special needs shelters, due to the possibility of power outages which can place vulnerable residents at risk. The County is still accepting applications for special needs residents. To register, call the Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000.

The Emergency Hotline will be available 24 hours a day throughout the storm.

Officials urge residents toStay Informed and Be Prepared. CheckBroward.org/Hurricanefor the latest updates. The official Twitter site for Broward County emergency information is@ReadyBrowardand Facebook is@BrowardEMD. You can also call Broward County’s Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000. 

DATE:September 2, 2019

CONTACT: MEDIA ONLY 954.831.3890

RUMOR CONTROL: 954.831.4000

EMAIL:publicinfo@broward.org

WEB:Broward.org/Hurricane

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