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Shelters opening across Big Bend Tuesday ahead of Elsa

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 3:56 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Ahead of potential impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa, shelters are beginning to open across the Big Bend.

See below for information on shelters in your area.

Madison County

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says an overnight “comfort station” will be open at Madison Central School, beginning at 8 p.m.

Officials say it is not a “typical emergency shelter”, and is designed “for those who seek refuge due to substandard housing or require specialized medical equipment.” Bedding and food is required to be brought and no pets will be allowed.

See the Facebook post below for more information.

The MCSO Administrative Office will have a delayed opening Wednesday morning at 10:00 A.M. in anticipation of Tropical...

Posted by Madison County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Lafayette County

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office says a general population shelter will open Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Lafayette County High School Cafeteria.

With our area facing impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa, out of an abundance of caution, Lafayette County Emergency...

Posted by Lafayette County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, July 6, 2021

For any questions about sheltering please do not hesitate to call Lafayette County Emergency Management at 386-294-1950.

Suwannee County

The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office says shelters are opening ahead of potential impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa, beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

SCSO says shelters will be available at the following locations:

General Population Shelters

  • Suwannee Pineview Elementary School (pet friendly): 1748 Ohio Ave S, Live Oak, FL 32064
  • Branford Elementary School: 26801 SR 247, Branford, FL 32008

Special Medical Needs (staffed by the Florida Department of Health)

  • Suwannee Springcrest Elementary School: 1419 Walker Ave SW, Live Oak, FL 32064

SCSO says general population shelters should be considered “of last resort,” meaning they will have limited comfort items and no cots or hot meals will be provided.

For more information, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office - Emergency Management at 386-364-3405.

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