Volusia County opening limited number of public shelters starting at 8 a.m. Sunday

Volusia County opened a limited number of shelters for people in need ahead of Isaias but have since closed all but one.

Officials are advising people not to go to a shelter until it opens.

Face coverings are mandatory at all shelters and a wellness assessment will be given to people prior to being allowed in, according to officials.

Although some shelters are opening ahead of the storm, county officials are urging people who can to shelter in place.

The shelter open is:

  • Galaxy Middle, 2400 Eustace Ave., Deltona, and Freedom Elementary, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand, will serve as special needs shelters. Special needs shelters assist evacuees with disabilities or functional medical needs. They are pet friendly. Evacuees and their service animals will remain in the same location. It is too late to pre-register for a special needs shelter. Residents who are not registered will be assessed upon arrival at the shelters. People with special needs must be accompanied by a caregiver if this type of assistance is normally needed; note that only one caregiver will be permitted.

Items you should bring to a shelter include:

  • Government-issued ID
  • Snacks, comfort food and special dietary food
  • Bottled water
  • Foldable beach chair, bedding, pillow and blanket
  • Extra clothing
  • Medications and medical supplies, including prescription medications, eyeglasses and dentures
  • Charged cellphone
  • Ear plugs
  • Oxygen supplies (if going to a special needs shelter, bring your oxygen concentrator)
  • Toiletry items
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Diapers and other necessities for infants and the elderly
  • Time occupiers such as books, magazines, board games and cards

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