November 12, 2020

Hillsborough opening five shelters those with medical needs, vulnerable homes

By haziqbinarif

Hillsborough County will open five emergency storm shelters at 1 p.m. today for residents who are concerned for their safety.

No evacuation orders have been issued.

The shelters are for residents who depend on electricity for home medical needs or who live in homes and manufactured housing that are susceptible to wind damage. Wherever possible, residents should consider other alternatives to a public shelter such as staying with friends, family, or in a hotel, Hillsborough County said in a news release.

Hand sanitizer is pictured at the volunteer table at an emergency shelter set up due to Tropical Storm Eta, at Middleton High School, Wednesday in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

Anyone who needs transportation to a shelter was advised to use the bus system only as a last resort and instead to call (813) 272-5900 to make arrangements.

Here are the shelter locations:

  • Steinbrenner High School (pet-friendly), 5575 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road
  • Burnett Middle School (pet-friendly), 1010 N. Kingsway Road
  • Middleton High School, 4801 N. 22nd St.
  • Reddick Elementary School, 325 West Lake Drive
  • Sickles High School (pet-friendly) and Family Shelter, 7950 Gunn Highway

Because of COVID-19, health screenings and temperature checks will be conducted at the door. Face coverings will be required inside.

Residents were advised to bring face coverings, hand sanitizer and only essential items, including bedding, clothing, toiletries, medications, special dietary foods, baby supplies, important paperwork, and cards, books, and games to help pass the time, especially for young children.

David Green, has lunch, provided at an emergency at Middleton High School Wednesday in Tampa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

Anyone bringing pets to a pet-friendly shelter must have a sturdy carrier for each pet that allows room for them to stand up and move around; proof of current rabies vaccination and license for dogs and cats and pet supplies including food, water, litter, treats, cleaning supplies, and medications. Pets must arrive on a leash or in a carrier.

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2020 Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Guide

HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE: Get ready and stay informed at

PREPARE FOR COVID-19 AND THE STORM: The CDC’s tips for this pandemic-hurricane season

PREPARE YOUR STUFF: Get your documents and your data ready for a storm

BUILD YOUR KIT: The stuff you’ll need to stay safe — and comfortable — for the storm

PROTECT YOUR PETS: Your pets can’t get ready for a storm. That’s your job

NEED TO KNOW: Click here to find your evacuation zone and shelter

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