Open Evacuation Shelters for Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac continues to threaten southwest Florida and the American Red Cross is working with local governments to open several evacuation shelters Sunday.

UPDATE AT 6:30 P.M. SUNDAY

Collier County

Collier County Emergency Management will manage the following shelters:

  • (Special Needs – pre-registered) Palmetto Ridge High School, 1655 Victory Lane, Naples

(The Red Cross is indirectly supporting these sites)

Lee County

The Red Cross will be managing the following evacuation shelters:

  • East Lee High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave, Lehigh Acres

Lee County Emergency Management will manage the following shelters beginning at 11 a.m.

  • (Pet Friendly) South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Rd., Fort Myers

Hendry County

The Red Cross will open the following evacuation shelters:

  • Labelle Middle 8000 E. Cowboy Way, Labelle
  • Clewiston Middle School 601 Pasadena St., Clewiston

Glades County

The Red Cross will open the following evacuation shelter:

Maple Grove Baptist Church, 12777 E. State Rd. 78, Moore Haven

GET READY Before the storm, people should prepare by taking the following steps:

  • Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If someone does not have hurricane shutters, they should close and board up their windows and doors with plywood.
  • Fill their vehicle’s gas tank.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, like outdoor furniture.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep closed as much as possible so food will last longer if the power goes out.

RED CROSS HURRICANE APPOne step people should take now is to download the free Red Cross Hurricane App for mobile devices which puts real time information on hurricane safety at someone’s fingertips. The app features information on Red Cross shelters and a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm. The one-touch “I’m Safe” button lets someone use social media outlets to tell family and friends they are okay. People across the country planning to travel to areas that could get hit with the storm can use the app to receive weather alerts. The Hurricane App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

More information on what to do before, during and after a storm is available on the Red Cross web site.

 

HOW TO HELP If anyone would like to help, they can make a donation by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to their local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to people affected by disasters; supplies over 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

 

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