Big Bend counties announce shelter openings ahead of Idalia

Published: Aug. 28, 2023 at 2:03 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2023 at 3:43 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Several Big Bend counties are opening emergency shelters as Idalia strengthens and moves closer to the Gulf Coast.


  • Taylor County authorities will no longer have a shelter at the Taylor County Elementary School. Seek shelter in Leon County instead.

Suwannee County (Opening 12 p.m. 8/29):

General Population / Pet Friendly:

  • Suwannee Pineview Elementary School: 1748 Ohio Avenue South Live Oak, FL 32064

General Population:

  • Branford Elementary School: 26801 SR 247 Branford, FL 32008

Special Needs (medically necessary):

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

Leon County (Opening 5 p.m. 8/29):

  1. Chiles High School: 7200 Lawton Chiles Ln, Tallahassee, FL 32312
  2. Lincoln High School: 3838 Trojan Trail, Tallahassee, FL 32311
  3. Rickards High School: 3013 Jim Lee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  4. Ft. Braden K-8 School: 15100 Blountstown Hwy, Tallahassee, FL 32310
  5. Sail High School: 2006 Jackson Bluff Road, Tallahassee, FL 32304
  6. Godby High School: 1717 W Tharpe Street, Tallahassee FL 32304
  7. Fairview Middle School: 3415 Zillah Street, Tallahassee FL 32305

Madison County (Opening 5 p.m. 8/29):

  • Madison County Central School: 2093 US-90, Madison, FL 32340

Lafayette County:

  • Lafayette County authorities will no longer have a shelter due to higher-than-expected winds.

Hamilton County (Opening 4 8/29):

  • Hamilton County High School: 5683 US-129 Jasper, FL 32052

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