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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Marion County Emergency Management provides update on Hurricane Ian

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management is asking for all citizens to take precautions as Marion County braces for the possible impacts from Hurricane Ian.

Marion County Emergency Management officials are currently monitoring Hurricane Ian as the Category 4 storm approaches the state of Florida. Rainfall totals of 6 to 12 inches are expected in Marion County on Wednesday through Friday, with a high risk of flooding and the possibility of locally higher amounts of rainfall (15 to 18 inches) in Marion County.

The following shelters are now open to the public:

Special needs shelter:

  • West Port High School (3733 SW 80th Avenue in Ocala).

General population shelters:

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

Pet-friendly shelter:

  • Vanguard High School (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.

Sandbags:

Marion County residents can pick up sandbags at the following locations until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, weather permitting:

  • Dunnellon City Complex 11808 N Ohio Street in Dunnellon).
  • Wrigley Field (405 County Road East 316 in Citra).
  • East Marion Sports Complex (14445 NE 14th Street Road in Silver Springs).
  • Belleview Sports Complex (6501 SE 107th Street in Belleview).
  • Jervey Gantt Park (2200 SE 36th Avenue in Ocala).
  • Tuscawilla Park (800 NE Sanchez Avenue in Ocala).
  • Hampton Center (1501 W Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala).
  • Martel Recycling Center (296 SW 67th Ave Road in Ocala).
  • Marion Oaks (294 Marion Oaks Lane in Ocala), behind the Community Center.

Government office and service closures in Marion County:

Marion County Emergency Management and local government agencies have announced multiple government office and service closures due to Hurricane Ian. Click here for a list of the locations and services that have closed throughout Marion County.

The Marion County Division of Emergency Management activated the Citizen Information Line so citizens can call and ask any questions they have about Hurricane Ian. Citizens can call the line at 352-369-7500.

Emergency Management officials are also encouraging residents to sign up for Alert Marion. Through this service, citizens can receive the most up-to-date information and warnings on severe storms, tornadoes, and other life-endangering events that may occur in Marion County. Notifications will be sent directly to the citizen’s registered mobile device via text messaging, email, or a phone call.

Marion County residents can click here to sign up for Alert Marion.