SWFL shelter information

SWFL Shelter Information

Source - http://www.winknews.com/2017/05/24/swfl-shelter-information/

If an evacuation order has been issued, officials stress that you make every effort to leave the area.

If you must go to a shelter, here are some important things for you to consider:

  • Shelters are not hotels! They will not be able to provide you with any conveniences or luxuries. Bring your family’s disaster supply kit to ensure proper provisions.
  • Be considerate! Shelters have a community environment that consists of a large number of people. It is important to be considerate and cooperative and follow the instructions of the refuge management team.
  • Food and water may be scarce at first. You may experience the shortage or rationing of food, especially for the first few hours. The condition will be temporary.
    No weapons or liquor allowed! Weapons and liquor are not permitted in shelters under any circumstances, and could lead to your arrest.
  • Be patient! Try to be patient and cheerful about the situation, and your attitude will help the overall morale of the entire group. Listen only to official information
    and refuse to pass on another person’s speculations.

Important information about public shelters

Local Emergency Management officials will decide which shelters to open — and when to open them. When hurricanes threaten, stay tuned to WINK News for up-to-the-minute disaster information.

Persons with special needs MUST be pre-registered.

Persons with special medical needs MUST pre-register with their county’s Emergency Management Office! Special Care Centers are opened on an as-needed basis. Please verify that the centers are open before evacuating!

Pets are NOT allowed in public shelters – they are ONLY allowed in shelters labeled PET FRIENDLY. Service animals are allowed in ALL shelters, and are trained to perform a service for their owner. Residents who intend to go to a public shelter must make other arrangements to ensure their pet’s safety and care in the event of an evacuation.

Area shelters & refuges of last resort

Shelters open when determined by Emergency Management officials who will make an announcement at the time of a storm.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not depend on a particular shelter/refuge site being open. Shelter/refuge sites may or may not be opened depending on the size of the storm and the predicted landfall area. Charlotte County has no refuge sites if we have a Category 3 or higher storm affecting the area.

Charlotte County

Emergency Operations Center

All Charlotte County shelters are now pet friendly
Lemon Bay High School
Myakka River Elementary School
Port Charlotte
Kingsway Elementary School
Liberty Elementary School
Meadow Park Elementary School
Murdock Middle School
Port Charlotte High School
Port Charlotte Middle School
Punta Gorda
Sallie Jones Elementary School
South County Regional Park
L.A. Ainger Middle School
Vineland Elementary School

Collier County

Emergency Operations Center

Highlands Elementary School
Immokalee Friendship House
Immokalee High School
Immokalee Middle School
Pinecrest Elementary School
Village Oaks Elementary School
Barron Collier High School
Big Cypress Elementary
Corkscrew Elem/Middle School
Cypress Palm Middle School
Golden Gate Intermediate School
Golden Gate Middle School
Golden Gate High School
Golden Terrace Intermediate School
Gulf Coast High School
Laurel Oak Elementary School
Lely High School
Mike Davis Elementary School
Naples High School
North Collier Regional Park – Pet friendly (pre-registration is required)
North Naples Middle School
Oakridge Middle School
Palmetto Ridge High School – Special needs 
Parkside Elementary School
Pelican Marsh Elementary
Sable Palm Elementary School
St. Matthews House
Veterans Community Park
Vineyards Elementary School

Desoto County

Emergency Operations Center

Desoto Middle School
South Florida State College – Special Needs

Glades County

Emergency Operations Center

Buckhead Ridge
Buckhead Ridge VFW
Maple Grove Baptist Church
Glades County Health Department- Special Needs
Muse Community Assn.
West Glades Elementary – Special Needs

Hendry County

Emergency Operations Center

Central Elementary School
Clewiston High School
Clewiston Middle School – Primary Shelter
Eastside Elementary School
Westside Elementary School
Country Oaks Elementary School
LaBelle Elementary School
LaBelle High School
LaBelle Middle School – Primary Shelter

Lee County

Emergency Operations Center

Bonita Springs
Bonita Springs YMCA
Cape Coral
Island Coast High School
Estero Recreation Center
Germain Arena
Fort Myers
South Fort Myers High School – Pet Friendly 
Lehigh Acres
E. Lee County High School – Pet Friendly 
Harns Marsh Elementary School
Harns Marsh Middle School
Mirror Lakes Elementary School
Varsity Lakes Middle School
Veterans Park Recreation Center
North Fort Myers
N. Fort Myers Academy of the Arts
North Fort Myers Recreation Center
San Carlos
Alico Arena
Oak Hammock Middle School

Hurricane Irma Important Phone Numbers and Websites

Important numbers & websites

Source - http://www.winknews.com/2017/05/24/important-numbers-websites/

Emergency Operations Centers

Lee: 239-533-0622
Collier: 239-252-3600
Charlotte: 941-833-4000
DeSoto: 863-993-4831
Glades: 863-946-6020
Hendry: 863-674-5400


FEMA Disaster Assistance/ Registration: 800-621-3362, TTY: 800-462-7585
U.S. Small Business Administration: 800-659-2955, TTY: 800-877-8339
FEMA Fraud Hotline: 866-720-5721
Report false claims: 800-323-8603
State of Florida Emergency Info 24-hour hotline: 800-342-3557
Safe & Wellness Helpline to see if people are OK or in a shelter: 844-221-4160
Disaster Unemployment Services: 866-778-7356
Florida Dept. of Financial Services Hurricane Help line: 800-227-8676
Red Cross Food, Shelter and Financial Assistance: 866-438-4636
DCF Information: 866-762-2237
Elder Helpline: 800-963-5337
Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline: 866-966-7226
Report unlicensed activity: 866-532-1440
Verify contractor licenses: 850-487-1395
Agricultural and Consumer Services: 800-435-7352
Domestic Animal Services:
Lee – 239-533-7387
Collier – 239-858-7387

Online resources

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts at the National Hurricane Center are leading authorities on Atlantic Basin hurricanes and tropical storms.

Floridadisaster.org is the state’s Emergency Operations Center’s website for up-to-date statewide information, news alerts and contact information about storms, evacuations, storm surge and shelter information.

Petswelcome.com has information on pet friendly lodging in Florida.

Contractor information

Division of Workers’ Compensation: 800-742-2214
Florida Association of Electrical Contractors: 407-260-1511
Florida Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association: 407-260-1313
Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida (ABC): 813-879-8064

American Red Cross offices

Lee, Hendry and Glades: 239-278-3401
Collier: 239-596-6868
Charlotte: 941-629-4345
DeSoto: 863-494-2348
Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties and Tampa have a combined regional website.
Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades counties also have a combined website.

Power companies

FPL: 800-468-8243
LCEC: 800-599-2356
Glades Electric Co-Op: 800-226-4024

After a disaster

You can donate food, water and money to:
The Harry Chapin Food Bank
3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers

To volunteer and donate

State Volunteers and Donations Hotline: 800-354-3571
Salvation Army Donation Hotline: 800-725-2769
American Red Cross: 800-435-7669

Agency help

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website offers detailed instructions to prepare for natural disasters, including action plans, safe rooms and the National Flood Insurance Program.

The American Red Cross keeps residents informed about response and recovery operations.

In the event of a storm, the Florida Department of Financial Services is an organization that is mobilized to assist with banking and insurance concerns.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes is dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation.

The Federation of Manufactured Home Owners is a consumer advocate that promotes hurricane safety.