Bay area emergency officials open shelters for victims of Tropical Storm Debby

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - Emergency officials have opened a few shelters across the Tampa Bay area for those displaced by Tropical Storm Debby.

Hillsborough County:

Opened at 4:30 p.m.
Greco Middle School, 6925 E. Fowler Avenue, Temple Terrace, FL -- NO PETS; Service Animals ONLY

Open at 11:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Town 'N Country, 7601 Jackson Springs Road in Tampa.

Citizens also can call 813-272-6900 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. to report problems or request additional information.

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Pasco County:

State Road 52 and US 19 -- Shelter

Anclote Elementary School, 3610 Madison St. New Port Richey

Fasano Shelter, 11611 Denton Ave in Hudson

Public buses are available to transport residents to the shelter.  For more information citizens can call the Resident Information Line at 727-847-8137; for emergencies call 9-1-1.

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Pinellas County:

Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Boulevard in Seminole

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Polk County:

The American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region has opened a shelter in Polk County to house those displaced by Tropical Storm Debby due to flooding or power outages. The shelter will be located in Polk County at the following location:

St. John's Methodist Church, 1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd. SE, Winter Haven, FL 33884

Anyone is welcome at the shelters which will be staffed by Red Cross volunteers. The Red Cross recommends bringing two blankets for each person, prescription medications, two or three changes of clothing per person, hygiene items, emergency contact information, and important documentation - such as ID, proof of residence, and insurance policies.

The Red Cross also encourages guests to bring comfort items like blankets, books, magazines, and toys for children. Guests may not bring illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, any weapons, or pets to a Red Cross shelter.

"We urge everyone to follow the advice of their local officials and evacuate immediately if told to do so," said Chad Magnuson, Regional Chief Emergency Services Officer. "The Red Cross is opening a shelter in Winter Haven, and we have shelters on standby in Citrus, Marion, and Sumter counties."

In the Mid-Florida Region, volunteers are out surveying damage brought on by Tropical Storm Debby in Citrus, Hernando, Highlands, and Polk counties. The Red Cross has provided food, clothing, and shelter to several families whose homes were destroyed. Red Cross responders are also providing tarps, clean-up kits, and water to individuals affected by Tropical Storm Debby.

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Hernando County:

Ridge Manor Communication Center, 34450 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville

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For other areas, visit the Red Cross at http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/ .

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