Evacuations effective 5 p.m. Tuesday for mobile homes, RVs, other unsafe structures August 29 – shelters to open for special needs, general population, pets

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August 29, 2023 – Effective at 5 p.m. Tuesday, an evacuation order is issued for residents and visitors in mobile homes, RVs and other unsafe structures countywide because of Hurricane Idalia.

“We recommend impacted individuals to seek shelter with relatives, friends or at hotels in the area, this evening,” said Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “At 5pm we will also open up a public evacuation shelter at Rymfire Elementary School for those seeking public shelter”

The Rymfire Elementary School shelter, which includes the general population and those with special needs, and pets is located at 1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast

Residents utilizing shelters are not to arrive before 5 p.m. and to bring their own bedding. Single/twin size inflatable mattresses are preferred due to the space limitations.

Residents utilizing shelters are encouraged not to arrive before 5 p.m. and to bring their own bedding. Single/twin size inflatable mattresses are preferred due to the space limitations.

All residents should bring:

  • Five-day supply of all medications
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets
  • Extra chargers and batteries for electronics
  • Headphones for music devices
  • Snacks and “comfort foods” – meals will be served
  • Important documents including identification, medical history, and insurance
  • No weapons allowed
  • No illegal narcotics allowed
  • No alcohol allowed

Residents with pets:

  • Animals must be crated
  • Animals must have current vaccination records and supplies, including medications
  • “Pets” are dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, and turtles
  • Four (4) pet maximum
  • No snakes, reptiles, or farm animals and livestock
  • No drop offs

Residents with special medical needs:

  • Special medical needs residents are those who require daily assistance with medical conditions that prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves, as well as those who require electricity or oxygen
  • A family member or caregiver should stay at the shelter with the individual
  • Special needs shelters provide only limited medical care

Residents countywide who have special medical needs that require electricity are also welcome in the special needs shelter.

At the www.flaglercounty.gov/emergency website, residents can sign up for the ALERTFlagler notification system, directly accessible at www.flaglercounty.gov/alertflagler.

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By Julie Murphy

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