Hurricane Ian shelters are open in Lee County, this is the place to go in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Estero

Hurricane Ian shelters are open in Lee County, this is the place to go in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Estero
Gordon Oscar, center, loads sandbags with other county employees at Hertz Arena on Tuesday, Sept.  27, 2022, in Estero.

Gordon Oscar, middle, masses sandbags with different county staff at Hertz Area on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Estero.

Jacki Reed paced outdoors the emergency evacuation shelter arrange at Hertz Area Tuesday morning. She was first in line and had stacked blankets, garments and extra in a laundry basket, able to go as quickly because the doorways opened.

Shelters have opened throughout Lee County and residents are trickling in as Zone A and B are underneath necessary evacuation orders.

Mary Cook dinner, the Hertz Area shelter operations supervisor, stated the shelter was open and able to obtain evacuees. Greater than a dozen county and Hertz staff helped to organize the world as a shelter, shoveling sand into sandbags and stacking them round entrances and exits to maintain the water out.

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The sector’s seat capability is greater than 7,000, and Randy Klinck, a Hertz Area worker, stated the world wouldn’t flip anybody away.

Reed and her daughter, Hailee, are new residents to Florida, having moved to a home close to downtown Cape Coral nearly 60 days in the past.

Reed manages outpatient infusion facilities, and needed to go to work to maneuver the middle’s electronics off the ground, in case of flooding. Afterward, on the best way north, she and her daughter stopped on the Estero shelter.

“It was a compulsory evacuation, and our home floods with even a thunderstorm,” Reed stated.

Hailee Reed and Jacki Reed bring their belongings into Hertz Arena to prepare for Hurricane Ian on Tuesday, Sept.  27, 2022. They live in a mandatory evacuation zone in Cape Coral, so they decided to leave.

Hailee Reed and Jacki Reed convey their belongings into Hertz Area to organize for Hurricane Ian on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. They dwell in a compulsory evacuation zone in Cape Coral, in order that they determined to go away.

Reed has been by way of ice storms and tornados in Texas, then within the Imperial Valley of California she lived by way of earthquakes and fires. That is her first time in a hurricane, although.

“I used to be speaking to my boss the opposite day and he stated, ‘Jacki, it looks like there’s sort of a pattern. Nationwide disasters comply with you’,” she joked “Tsunami, I suppose, is the subsequent one, however I am not trying ahead to that.”

Later within the day, Christopher Contreras stood within the doorway of Hertz Area, ready for his spouse to reach earlier than he checked in. A Bonita Springs resident of solely 4 months, this was his first hurricane, and his first evacuation, he stated, however he wasn’t feeling too overwhelmed.

“I really feel fairly calm,” Conteras stated. “It looks like an excellent shelter.”

He lives in Evacuation Zone A, and the Lee County warnings concerning the storm surge had been regarding sufficient that he felt they wanted to evacuate.

“I believe the flood on this space, the surge, that is the one factor we have to fear about,” Contreras stated.

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Residents of Zone A and Zone B and Zone C had been underneath necessary evacuation orders. Evacuation Zone A typically consists of islands and coastal areas. Zone B consists of areas additional inland, on each side of the Caloosahatchee River and south into Bonita Springs. Zone C consists of north Cape Coral and North Fort Myers west of I-75.

Evacuees ought to convey their very own private objects resembling private hygiene objects, garments, bedding, meals, meals and water for pets, and pet crates.

Shelters will open at 9 am on the following areas. Solely the listed shelters are opening at the moment. All open shelters, that are pet-friendly, are:

Lee County employees load sandbags at Hertz Arena on Tuesday, Sept.  27, 2022.

Lee County staff load sandbags at Hertz Area on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.

  • Dunbar Excessive Faculty
    3800 Edison Avenue
    Fort Myers, FL 33916

  • East Lee County Excessive Faculty
    715 Thomas Sherwin Ave.
    Lehigh Acres, FL 33974

  • Estero Recreation Heart
    9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
    Estero, FL 33928

  • Gateway Excessive Faculty
    13820 Griffin Dr.
    Fort Myers, FL 33913

  • Hertz Area
    11000 Everblades Parkway
    Estero, FL 33928

  • Island Coast Excessive Faculty
    2125 DeNavarra Pkwy.
    Cape Coral, FL 33909

  • Oak Hammock Center Faculty
    5321 Tice Avenue
    Fort Myers, FL 33905

  • South Fort Myers Excessive Faculty
    14020 Plantation Highway
    Fort Myers, FL 33912

  • Varsity Lakes Center Faculty
    801 Gunnery Highway North
    Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

  • Veterans Park Recreation Heart
    49 Homestead Highway S.
    Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

Based on Lee County, United Approach is getting ready to open the emergency info line at 9 am upon the opening of the emergency shelters. Residents with evacuation zone questions or shelter questions can name 2-1-1.

Lee County employees place sandbags at Hertz Arena on Tuesday, Sept.  27, 2022.

Lee County staff place sandbags at Hertz Area on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.

Kate Cimini is an investigative journalist overlaying Florida. Share your story at (239) 207-9369 or e mail [email protected].

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