Brevard County Announces Location of Shelters; Shelters Will Open Tonight (Sept. 1)
Brevard County has announced that shelters will open at 5 p.m. today (September 1) for those who wish to evacuate early. DO NOT arrive before 5 p.m. You will have all day tomorrow (September 2) to get there. Strong winds are not expected until the evening of Sept. 2
The following shelters will open:
Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John
Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne
Ted Whitlock Community Center at Fred Poppe Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Rd NW, Palm Bay.
Apollo Elementary School, 3085 Knox McRae Dr., Titusville
Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice Jackson Park, 4201 US Highway 1, Cocoa
Manatee Elementary School, 3425 Viera Blvd., Viera
Sherwood Elementary School, 2541 Post Road, Melbourne
Bayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Rd. S.W. Palm Bay
South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco.
Space Coast Area Transit will provide transportation to three special needs shelters for registered clients.
Although shelters will provide food, residents going to shelters will need to take their own supplies, including bedding, folding chairs or sleeping bags; any needed medications; multiple changes of clothing and sturdy shoes; personal hygiene items; and entertainment items, like games, cards, books, or magazines.
Residents who do not plan to stay in public shelters are encouraged to stay with family or friends on the mainland, and to evacuate tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles, as traffic on highways and interstates is likely to be heavier. A mandatory evacuation order is in place effective at 8 a.m. Monday for residents on the barrier island, low-lying and flood-prone areas, and those living in manufactured or mobile homes. Mandatory evacuations begin at 8 a.m. to allow residents to take shelter by nightfall.
For information about this and other Hurricane Dorian questions, call the Community Information Hotline at 2-1-1.