Nine shelters open in Broward County

Posted on 05 October 2016 by JLusk

HURRICANE MATTHEW ADVISORY NO. 7

Broward County is opening nine shelters at 9PM today. These include two Special Needs, one for adults and one for children and a Pet Friendly Shelter.

Special Needs shelters are for residents with a managed medical condition or disability who feel they may need a level of care during Hurricane Matthew that may be compromised with power outages if they remain at home.

Residents who have pre-registered for a special needs shelter and/or transportation to the shelter will be contacted directly with specific information as to shelter locations and transportation pick up times. Those residents who are not currently registered for a Special Needs Shelter, and feel that they need assistance, can call the Broward County Emergency Hotline at 311 in Broward or 954-831-4000.

Those evacuating to a special needs shelter are reminded to:

 

  • Place identification labels on any medical support equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, nebulizers and full oxygen tank, if needed
  • Bring all prescription and non-prescription medications
  • Have a Personal Support Network contact list which includes phone numbers of family members and friends
  • Personal Information Card with health information including insurance policy numbers, hospital preference, current medications and medical condition

Residents who plan to utilize the pet-friendly shelter should be aware of the following criteria:

  • Pets must be up-to-date on rabies vaccination and licensing (bring license and proof of vaccination)
  • Pets must be crated
  • Pet owners must stay at the emergency shelter and provide care for their animals by appointment only (i.e., walking, feeding, cleaning up)
  • Pet owners will not be allowed to sleep or stay in the room where their animals are housed
  • Space is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis

The pet-friendly shelter is located at Millennium Middle School, 5803 NW 94th Avenue, Tamarac.

Stay Informed by tuning in to television and radio for up-to-the-minute information and public safety advisories. Information about what you can do to prepare for Matthew can be found by visiting:

For more information on Hurricane Matthew, visit www.broward.org/hurricane or call the Broward County Hurricane Hotline at 954-831-4000. You can also follow Broward County on Twitter @ReadyBroward, subscribe to Broward County Emergency Updates via email and “Like” us on Facebook.com/BrowardEMD.

Comments are closed.

Advertise Here
Advertise Here

front page

COVER