Hurricane Shelter Information for Coral Springs Residents

Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea from the National Weather Service

Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea from the National Weather Service

By: Sharon Aron Baron

In anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, Broward County is opening nine shelters at 9 p.m. Wednesday night. 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.

Coral Springs residents can go to:

Coral Glades High School
2700 Sportsplex Dr.
Coral Springs, FL 33065

More shelters listed here

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

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

Stay informed by tuning in to television and radio for up-to-the-minute information and public safety advisories. For more information on Hurricane Matthew, visit www.broward.org/hurricane or call the Broward County Hurricane Hotline at 954-831-4000.