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How to find an open hurricane shelter near you

Posted at 10:23 AM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 10:23:17-04

During a storm, it's important to know where you should go in case you need to evacuate or find a shelter.  Here's how you can prepare now, in case you need to seek shelter later.

FEMA is making it easier to find open ones near you.  All you have to do is text ‘shelter’ and the zip code you're in to 4FEMA, that's 43362.

For example, if you live near the Fox 4 studio on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral, you would text the word ‘shelter’ and ‘33991’ to get the information.

If you or a family member need assistance due to physcial or mental impairments, you'll need to register for a special needs shelter. These shelters fill up fast, so you'll want to do this soon. 

Just head to FloridaDisaster.org, click ‘Plan and Prepare’, and along the right side you'll see ‘Disability Planning.’  This is where you will find information on how you can register for special needs shelters, based on your location.

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