9-27-22 12:45 PM Hurricane Ian Update – Special Needs Shelter Now Open

In anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Ian, Alachua County has now opened a shelter for people with special needs at the Alachua County Seniors Recreation Center (5701 NW 34th Blvd., Gainesville).

Those considering using emergency shelters, remember that shelters are a last resort and should only be used by those who live in homes that are potentially hazardous to high winds (e.g. mobile homes , prefabricated houses and others), people who live in flood-prone areas. prone areas and people who have nowhere to go safely.

Special needs shelters provide one cot per patient, not the caregiver. Caregivers are asked to bring the necessary bedding. When packing for a shelter, please bring special diet foods and any prescription medications. Also bring a change of clothes, personal care items (hygiene, toiletries, etc.), spare glasses/contacts, and ID.

Alachua County has activated the 311 Emergency Information Line. This is for questions and rumor control. This number cannot receive text messages. Please use 911 only for genuine emergencies.

For more information, contact Alachua County Communications Director Mark Sexton at 352-264-6979 or [email protected]

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