Volusia County to open shelters ahead of Isaias

Volusia County to open shelters ahead of Isaias

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – As Florida prepares for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to become a hurricane once again as it continues moving toward the state, emergency officials in Volusia County are opening a limited number of shelters. In an update Saturday afternoon, Gov. Ron DeSantis said parts of Florida could begin to feel Isaias’ impacts as soon as Saturday night. Volusia County officials said in a news release Saturday afternoon that a number of shelters will open Sunday for people with special needs and those who can’t stay home or don’t have a place to go to ride out the storm. If possible, sheltering in place is encouraged, officials said. [VOLUSIA COUNTY STORM GUIDE: Everything residents need to know before a storm] “With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, individuals are encouraged to shelter in place or with friends or family if at all possible,” the release said. “Shelters will be open for those who have no other options.” The following shelters will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday: Note: This shelter houses people and pets in the same location. All companion animals must have a current license, vaccinations, identification and rabies tags. They must be confined in pet carriers or crates and must be under control at the facility at all times, county officials said in the release. • None Galaxy Middle -- 2400 Eustace Ave., Deltona, available as special needs shelter. • None Freedom Elementary, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand, available as special needs shelter. Note: Special needs shelters assist ...
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