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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Special needs shelter opens at West Port High School, additional shelters opening on September 28

Marion County Public Schools and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management have announced multiple shelter locations in preparation for Hurricane Ian.

On Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m., Emergency Management will open a special needs shelter at West Port High School (3733 SW 80th Avenue in Ocala).

In addition, Emergency Management will also open general population shelters at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at the following schools:

  • Belleview Middle School located at 10500 SE 36th Avenue in Belleview.
  • Dunnellon High School located at 10055 SW 180th Avenue Road in Dunnellon.
  • Fort McCoy School located at 16160 NE County Road 315 in Fort McCoy.
  • Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary School located at 4397 SW 95th Street in Ocala.
  • North Marion Middle School located at 2085 W County Road 329 in Citra.
  • Vanguard High School (pet friendly) located at 7 NW 28th Street in Ocala.

Marion County Emergency Management officials encourage residents to bring enough supplies to the shelters to last them for 24 to 48 hours, such as clothing, bedding, medications, food, and water.

If any residents are bringing pets to the pet-friendly shelter, each pet must be caged, and residents will be required to provide recent immunization documentation. In addition, please bring whatever supplies are needed for those pets to be self-sufficient, and please pick up after them as well.

Any sex offenders or sex predators who need shelter are encouraged to first seek shelter with family or friends in a non-residency restricted area. If that is not an option, then they must report to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender / Predator Unit office for shelter. According to MCSO, they should bring hygiene items, snack food, medicine, bedding, or anything else that is needed.

For more information on sheltering, please call the Marion County Citizens Information Hotline at 352-369-7500.