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Pinellas County urges disabled residents to register for hurricane shelters

Published Aug. 23, 2012

With Tropical Storm Isaac potentially five days from landfall, Pinellas County officials are urging disabled residents and those with special needs to register for a hurricane shelter.

During severe weather evacuations, the county operates three separate shelters for residents with physical or mental health conditions that require extra attention but are not acute. The shelters, located at Dunedin Highland Middle School, Oak Grove Middle School, and John Hopkins Middle School, are staffed by Health Department and School Board officials, including nurses and medical personnel.

Oxygen is available at the shelters, but officials are encouraging residents to bring their own, as well as a two-week supply of medications and any other necessary equipment. Those with dietary restrictions should bring their own food and their own bedding.

In the event of a storm, Pinellas officials may decide to open some but not all of the three special-needs shelters; this information will be distributed by media organizations.

Residents can register online at www.PinellasHealth.com or they can call (727) 464-3800 to request that a form be mailed to them.