Orange County shelters will begin opening at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. As of Friday, the only mandatory evacuation order issued by the county was for mobile home residents. If you plan to stay at a shelter, bring an emergency supply kit, a pillow, blanket, toiletries, important papers, medications, snacks, water, flashlight and other essential personal items that will last you at least 72 hours. Pet owners who are going to evacuate to a facility must bring supplies for their animals, including food, medications, vaccination records and a carrier. The nine shelters include: Apopka High School, 555 Martin St., Apopka, for the general population. Colonial High School, 6100 Oleander Drive, Orlando, for the general population. East River High School, 654 Columbia School Road, Orlando, for the general population. Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, for the general population. Memorial Middle School, 2220 29th St., Orlando, for the general population. Odyssey Middle School, 9290 Lee Vista Blvd., Orlando, for the general population. West Orange High School, 1625 Beulah Road, Winter Garden, for the general population. Barnett Park Community Center, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, a pet-friendly shelter for the general population. Bithlo Community Center, 18501 Washington Ave., Orlando, a pet-friendly shelter for the general population. Additionally, the Islamic Center of Orlando announced it is opening its doors at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 for anyone seeking refuge from Irma. Make sure to bring your own bedding and supplies. Orange County has also opened two host shelters for South Florida and coastal evacuees at Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway, Ocoee, and Meadow Woods Middle School, 1800 Rhode Island Woods Circle, Orlando, as of Friday evening. People traveling to this shelter are asked to make sure their pets have crates, leashes, medication, food, water and proof of vaccination.Orange County residents with special medical needs who require transportation assistance to a shelter can contact 311 or 407-836-3111 for help. You can find more information on Orange County's storm preparedness website, by downloading the OCFL app for Apple or Android, by following Orange County on Twitter, or by calling 311.
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