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Red Cross opens shelters for residents affected by now Tropical Depression Debby



As the threat of Tropical Storm Debby lingers, the American Red Cross will be opening the following shelters in North Central Florida:

Branford Elementary School – 26801 STATE RD 247, BRANFORD

Richardson Middle School – 646 SE Pennsylvania St, LAKE CITY

Suwannee Coliseum Complex – 1302 11th St SW, LIVE OAK

Veterans of Foreign War – 11404 County Rd 6 East, JASPER

Shelter Information:   What to Bring A shelter is a place of safety for those whose homes are unsafe. There is very little privacy in a Red Cross shelter, and the conditions are often crowded.  If you choose to go to a shelter, take supplies with you.

Special diet food

Over the Counter Medicine (examples: aspirin, antacids, decongestants)

Prescriptions in original bottles

Baby food, diapers, other baby supplies

Cards, games, books, snacks

One complete change of clothing

Toiletries/personal hygiene items

Bedding: blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, air mattresses


Important papers in waterproof container (examples: insurance, wills, financial records, Social Security cards, birth/marriage/death certificates, inventory of valuable household goods, etc.)
You may want to put these supplies in a water tight storage bin, duffel bag or backpack.

Note:  Before going to a shelter, secure your home and if you have time, eat something. For health and safety reasons: NO smoking, firearms, weapons or alcoholic beverages are allowed in Red Cross shelters.

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