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Local Shelters Open for Tropical Storm Nicole

Orange County Government opened two general population shelters for Central Floridians needing to evacuate or seek shelter from Tropical Storm Nicole. Shelter locations include:

South Econ Community Park (Pet friendly)
3850 S Econlockhatchee Trail
Orlando, Florida 32829

West Orange Recreation Center (Pet friendly)
309 SW Crown Point Road
Winter Garden, Florida 34787

Orange County residents who require a Special Needs/Medical Shelter please dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111. ID cards are not required to enter shelters. Individuals should come prepared with their own supplies and personal-hygiene items.

Individuals bringing pets to a local shelter are asked to bring a carrier, copy of medical records to ensure pets are current on vaccines, food, water and any necessary medications and identification for the pet.

Items for residents to bring to the shelter include:

  • Water and food (3-day supply)
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Personal items, toiletries and medications
  • First-aid supplies
  • Important papers
  • Miscellaneous items like games, toys, battery-powered radios and flashlights
  • Identification card
  • Medical Information card
  • Daily prescriptions (2-week supply)
  • Non-prescription medicines (2-week supply)
  • Mobile phone charger, if needed
  • Other special items such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, walkers, special dietary foods, etc.
  • Medical supplies that you utilize on a daily basis, this includes any portable oxygen, cannula, diabetes testing kit, nebulizer, etc.
  • A book, magazine, or something to occupy your time while you wait for the storm to pass

The American Red Cross and/or Salvation Army provides food at the shelters. Residents are encouraged to bring some food, snacks, and water.

In addition, please bring the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of family and friends should you need to contact them or to provide information of your whereabouts. Also, leave your porch light on; this will assist the authorities that drive around your neighborhood after the storm to indicate that you have electricity.

Seminole County also opened two emergency shelters for Tropical Storm Nicole and issued a voluntary evacuation.

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