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Inside Florida's shelters: Government hastily opens more than 400 places for those who could not - or would not - evacuate the hurricane-ravaged state - rooftop air conditioner

by:HICOOL     2021-10-11
Inside Florida\'s shelters: Government hastily opens more than 400 places for those who could not - or would not - evacuate the hurricane-ravaged state  -  rooftop air conditioner
With Hurricane Irma raging along the Gulf Coast of Florida, the state rushed to expand its housing system to more than 400 locations to protect vulnerable residents.
When Irma landed in Florida on Sunday, about 127,000 people were crammed into shelters after officials ordered millions of residents to evacuate before the storm.
From Friday to Monday, all state offices, schools, colleges and universities in Florida have been ordered to close to make room for evacuation shelters and meeting points, and other shelters are also in churches and community centers
After a frantic rush to find a shelter on Friday and Saturday, many evacuees were forced to queue up and visit multiple shelters for a shelter with space, Sunday, except to squat down, there is almost nothing to do.
Although overcrowding means that some shelters can only provide chairs overnight rather than baby cots, reports from state shelters are mostly co-operative and worry about what will be left after the storm clouds are scattered.
In Naples, 94-year-old Mary de la Lata was in a wheelchair on Sunday, after police helped her evacuate her home on Saturday night.
"I am worried about what will happen.
"I don't know what I'll find when I get home," said de la Lata, whose husband died ten years ago. 'I have nobody.
I'm the only one in this world.
More than 800 evacuees crowded into pinester Elementary School in Colliers county, east of Naples.
Mark Tesar, 46, and his wife Hilda went to four shelters with two children aged 5 and 11, and then found space in Pinecrest.
"I never intended to stay at home with my family," Mark Tesar is in charge of 800-
The acre tomato farm at Immokalee tells Naples Daily News.
"I don't want them to be hurt.
In addition, EMS and the police also have strength here.
Napoli resident Carol and Ben told the newspaper that they waited until Friday afternoon to evacuate and found it difficult to find gasoline, and eventually they came to the Pinecrest shelter.
We know we're late.
That's our fault, Carol said.
At Stuart on the east coast of Florida, 539 people live in J. D.
Parker Elementary School on Saturday night.
"I have some anxiety," Sister Teresa Hopkins and her 8-year-
Old daughter Jasmine told Treasure Coast palms.
'I am not used to sleeping with a lot of people around me,' Hopkins said.
On Saturday night, the dinner at Parker Primary School shelter was turkey and mashed potatoes.
Spanish like me, we don't eat a lot.
I'm not complaining either, though, Pedro Zapata and his 15-year-old sonyear-old son and 12-year-
The old daughter told the newspaper.
In a sanctuary in Pembroke Pines near Miami, Jacqueline Cobb of Florida for Life told the Daily Mail.
She initially found a hotel to stay in, but had to shut down as there was no impact window and spare generator.
In a school, the shelter is the only shelter she can find for people with special needs, such as her friend Stephen heendon, who has problems with his autonomous nervous system, it is possible that fainting will overheat.
Cobb and her friends are safe at her residence, but a shocking text message worries her about her home and neighbors.
I got a red tornado alert, she said. 'I have a two-
There is a three-story townhouse. and-a-half-
There is a ton of air conditioning on the roof.
"I was on a lake in the first house, so if the tornado tore it off, it would open my house and let the water into the building," she said . ".
The tornado warning expired at eight o'clock A. M. on Sunday, but Cobb did not know for a while what had happened to her home.
We are now blocked and we don't know when we can leave the building, she said.
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