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UPDATED Shelter Information
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UPDATED Shelter Information

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2017) – Charlotte County will open one shelter at Kingsway Elementary in Port Charlotte at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Charlotte County Emergency Management recommends that the following residents evacuate:

  • Those living in mobile homes and trailers
  • Properties designated “Zone A – Red” areas (visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click “Know Your Zone”)
  • Don Pedro Island, Knight Island (Palm Island), Little Gasparilla Island, Gasparilla Island and Manasota Key

The following shelter location will open Sept. 9 at 9 a.m.:

  • Kingsway Elementary School – 23300 Quasar Boulevard, Port Charlotte

When Kingsway Elementary reaches capacity, a second shelter location will be announced based on the expected storm surge and updated information.

Plan ahead to stay with friends and family members who live outside of evacuation areas or flood zones, in a well-constructed home. If you have no place to go, shelters are refuges of last resort.

Shelters are not equipped to supply food, water or other provisions. If you evacuate to a shelter, plan to take the following items to sustain yourself and dependents:

  • Two-day supply of non-perishable foods
  • Two-day supply of drinking water
  • A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes
  • Toiletries and personal items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag, pillow, and lawn chair
  • Identification
  • Games, toys, books, or other entertainment
  • Special items needed for infants or elderly family members
  • Any special dietary needs
  • Battery operated radio and flashlight with extra batteries
  • Any medications that you take

At this time Kingsway Elementary School is a pet-friendly shelter for dogs and cats. Pet owners are liable for any/all damages which are caused by their pet. This includes, but is not limited to, property damage, animal bites, animal attacks, and any related injuries.

 If you have a dog or cat, please bring the following in addition to what is shown above:

  • Identification for your pet – include a current photo preferably one with you and your pet together.
  • A crate and bedding large enough for your animal to move around in when contained in the crate, as well as hold water food and litter.
  • A sheet to cover the crate to help relieve stress. 
  • A collar and leash or if needed a muzzle.
  • 7 day supply of litter/food/water, including feeding bowls, & manual can openers if needed, as well as cleaning supplies - paper towels, newspapers, disinfectant, plastic bags.
  • Medications & CURRENT MEDICAL RECORDS – be sure to include current vaccinations records, rabies tag and/or micro chip.
  • Pet comfort items – toys, blankets, treats.
  • Out of the area contact information which includes names addresses and phone numbers.
  • You will be required to sign a release of liability at the time of entry into the shelter. Charlotte County reserves the right to deny access to any animal

A special needs shelter opened today at 1 p.m. for pre-registered special needs residents. These residents have been contacted individually with details.

Media and public can follow Charlotte County Emergency Management important emergency information at www.charlottecountyfl.gov,  www.facebook.com/oemcharlottecounty, and www.twitter.com/ccoem.


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