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corner of content windowHurricane Frances News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2004

CONTACT: Jackie DiPietre 850-245-4111

Alternate St. Lucie Special Needs Shelter Opens in Lantana, Palm Beach

LANTANA—Due to damage caused to shelters by Hurricane Frances earlier this month, St. Lucie County has partnered with the Department of Health to open an alternate special needs shelter at the State public health campus in Lantana, Palm Beach County. Approximately 100 special needs clients from St. Lucie County have elected to utilize this alternative. Others have chosen to use special needs shelters in the neighboring counties of Indian River and Martin or to shelter in place with friends or families.

“I am glad St Lucie called on us to help,” said John O. Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. “Through this partnership, the county has assured that its special needs citizens will continue to receive the same level of service as citizens of other counties”

Clients were transported from the St. Lucie County Civic Center to the Lantana shelter this morning between the hours of 6am and noon. St Lucie County Health Department nursing and public health staff traveled with the clients and will be joined by other state personnel in caring for them at the new site.

There are currently 62 special need shelter open across the state to provide services for individuals

Local emergency management agencies are responsible for the designation and operation of special needs shelters during times of emergency or disaster. County health departments assist the local emergency management agency with regard to the management of medical services in their special needs shelters.

For more information about shelters, call your local Red Cross office, or contact your local county emergency management office. For more general information on special-needs shelters, visit www.floridadisaster.org/ or www.doh.state.fl.us.

The Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557.

Public Information Emergency Support Function: 850-921-0384

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Last updated: July 08, 2005

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