11-9-22 2:15 p.m. Tropical Storm Nicole Update – Special Needs Shelter Open

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – In anticipation of the effects of Tropical Storm Nicole, Alachua County has now opened a Special Needs Shelter at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center (5701 N.W. 34th Blvd., Gainesville).

Special needs shelters provide one cot per patient, not caregiver. Caregivers are asked to bring any needed bedding. When packing to go to a shelter, please bring special dietary foods and any prescription medications. Also, bring spare clothing, personal care items (hygiene, toiletries, etc.), spare eyeglasses/contacts, and identification.

Those needing more information about the special needs shelter should call 352-955-2575.

General population and pet-friendly shelters will be announced later today.

Alachua County has activated the 311 Critical Information Line. This is for questions and rumor control. This number cannot receive texts. Please use 911 for bona fide emergencies only.

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