Orange County opens two shelters for South Florida evacuees fleeing Irma


Orange County opened two host shelters Friday night for South Florida and coastal evacuees fleeing the potential wrath of Hurricane Irma.

The county is using Ocoee High School, at 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway, Ocoee, and Meadow Woods Middle School, 1800 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, as a refuge for people and pets.

If you plan to stay at a shelter, bring an emergency supply kit, a pillow, blanket, toiletries, important papers, medications, snacks, water, flashlight and other essential personal items that will last you at least 72 hours. County officials are asking people bringing their pets to bring their animals on a crate and in leash along with water, food, medications and vaccination records.

Additionally, the Islamic Center of Orlando announced it is opening its doors at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 for anyone seeking refuge from Irma. Make sure to bring your own bedding and supplies.

Orange County will be opening the rest of its nine shelters tomorrow for the general population at 9 a.m. As of Friday, the only residents under a mandatory evacuation in Orange County are those who live in mobile homes, which are at a high risk for damage during the storm. People requiring special needs shelters in Orange County need to call 311 or 407-836-3111 to find out more information. The nine listed shelters include:

- Apopka High School, 555 Martin St., Apopka, for the general population.

- Colonial High School, 6100 Oleander Drive, Orlando, for the general population.

- East River High School, 654 Columbia School Road, Orlando, for the general population.

- Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, for the general population.

- Memorial Middle School, 2220 29th St., Orlando, for the general population.

- Odyssey Middle School, 9290 Lee Vista Blvd., Orlando, for the general population.

- West Orange High School, 1625 Beulah Road, Winter Garden, for the general population.

- Barnett Park Community Center, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, a pet-friendly shelter for the general population.

- Bithlo Community Center, 18501 Washington Ave., Orlando, a pet-friendly shelter for the general population.

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