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.
Tamarac 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. Information about what you can do to prepare for Matthew on www.broward.org/hurricane or call the Broward County Hurricane Hotline at 954-831-4000.