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.
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.