Before Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida, Daytona Beach and Volusia County officials told residents to prepare for the worst. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were ordered for some parts of Volusia County. It is important for residents to be familiar with the evacuation zones and routes, and shelters. Volusia County schools will be closed on Monday. Thankfully for Volusia, the storm is now moving farther west, but that isn’t good for west coast residents.
Volusia County ordered mandatory evacuations for residents on the beachside, in low-lying areas, manufactured homes, mobile homes and RVs. Officials wanted residents to be at their destination by Saturday 8 p.m. Shelters did not open until Saturday morning. The most up to date list of shelters can be found at Volusia.org. We have also listed them below. A county-wide curfew also begins at 4 p.m. Sunday.
In addition to the map below, you can click here to enter your address to find which evacuation zone you are in.
Irma continues to batter islands in the Caribbean as it moves west towards Florida. The 8:00 a.m. ET public advisory from the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the hurricane is still a Category 5, with sustained winds at 180 mph. The 8:00 a.m. projection has the hurricane reaching South Florida by Sunday morning and moving over Florida through Monday night. It could potentially make landfall in South Florida.
Officials in Daytona Beach and Volusia County began warning residents to get prepared on Tuesday. WNDB reports that Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge told residents to get flashlights, batteries, radios and other supplies prepared. He said that residents also should pay attention to the latest updates. You can call the Volusia County hotline at 866-345-0345.
The City of Daytona Beach will have city offices open on Friday, September 8. The EOC (Emergency Operations Center) will open at 8 a.m. Saturday. Sandbags are available for free at the Public Works facility at 950 Bellevue Avenue and in the parking lot on the SE corner of Orange & Jean.
The specific locations for shelters in Volusia County have not been released, but the county website notes that it has 33 locations which will open under particular storm conditions. For directions to shelters, you can call the Volusia County School Board at (386) 226-7852 or (386) 943-7626. The Volusia County School Board and Votran also provide free public transportation to shelters, with pick-ups at all regular Votran stops.
Volusia County spokeswoman Joanne Magley told the Daytona Beach News-Journal late Wednesday that the county is “coordinating that announcement based on the location and intensity of the storm along with the determination when the shelters will open.” Once the information is available, this post will be updated.
Here’s what Volusia County officials recommend bringing to a shelter:
Special dietary food, snacks or comfort food, water or other non-alcoholic beverages
Bedding: pillow, blanket, etc. – general population shelters do not provide cots, so a comfortable beach chair and sleeping pad are recommended
Medications and medical supplies.
Oxygen supplies or arrange with your oxygen company to deliver to the designated SpNS oxygen shelter.
Flashlight and batteries.
Diapers, infant and elderly/disabled necessities.
Time occupier such as books, magazines, games or cards.
If you only have minutes to pack, grab these items:
Medical supplies: prescription medications, eyeglasses and dentures.
Disaster supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water
Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend’s or relative’s home)
Florida residents can also use FloridaDisaster.org/GetAPlan to prepare hurricane plans for your family or business.
Here are the Volusia County Shelters. Shelters in bold are filled to capacity.
Opening at 10 a.m. Saturday
New Smyrna Beach High School, 1015 10th St., New Smyrna Beach
University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City
Ormond Middle School, 151 Domicilio Ave., Ormond Beach
Taylor Middle/High School, 100 E. Washington Ave., Pierson
Sweetwater Elementary School, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd., Port Orange
Cypress Creek Elementary School, 6100 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange
Special Needs Shelters (these are pet friendly for those with special needs)
Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave, Daytona Beach
Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange
Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange
Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand
Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona
General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters
Hinson Middle School, 1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach
Citrus Grove Elementary School, 729 Hazen Road, DeLand
Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Drive, Deltona
Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand
Opening at noon Saturday
Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
River Springs Middle School, 900 West Ohio Ave., Orange City
Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona
DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand
General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters
Pine Trail Elementary School, 300 Airport Road, Ormond Beach
Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Drive, Daytona Beach