Posted September 9, 2017 | 4:18 PM

County Opens Additional Irma Evacuation Shelters Sept. 9

Hurricane Irma Update No. 18

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2017) - Hillsborough County continues to open additional shelters for residents evacuating ahead of Hurricane Irma. 

A mandatory evacuation for Evacuation Zone A went into effect at 8 a.m. this morning. The shelters are for residents in Evacuation Zone A, residents whose homes are vulnerable to storm surge and flooding, and those living in manufactured homes that are susceptible to wind damage.

Shelters are filling quickly; residents are encouraged not to wait if they think they will need to stay in one of these shelters during the storm.

Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs in Tampa, has been added as a pet-friendly shelter.

These shelters are currently OPEN:

  • Barrington Middle School, 5925 Village Center Drive, Lithia (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Bevis Elementary School, 5720 Osprey Ridge Drive, Lithia
  • Bloomingdale High School, 1700 East Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico
  • Cannella Elementary School, 10707 Nixon Road, Tampa
  • Carrollwood Elementary School, 3516 McFarland Rd., Tampa (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Chiles Elementary School, 16541 Tampa Palms Blvd. W, Tampa
  • Cimino Elementary School, 4329 Culbreath Road, Valrico
  • Collins Elementary School, 12424 Summerfield Blvd., Riverview
  • Cork Elementary School, 3501 N. Cork Rd., Plant City
  • Heritage Elementary School, 18201, East Meadows Road, Tampa
  • Knights Elementary School, 4815 N. Keene Road, Plant City
  • Lake Magdalene Elementary School, 2002 Pine Lake Drive, Tampa
  • Lockhart Elementary School, 3719 N. 17th St., Tampa
  • Marshall Middle School, 18 South Maryland Ave., Plant City (wheelchair-accessible)
  • McKitrick Elementary School, 5503 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz
  • McLane Middle School, 306 N. Knights Ave., Brandon
  • Mulrennan Middle School, 4215 Durant Road, Tampa (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Nelson Elementary School, 5413 Durant Road, Tampa
  • Newsome High School, 16510 Fish Hawk Blvd., Lithia (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Pride Elementary School, 18271 Kinnan St., Tampa
  • Riddick Elementary School, 325 West Lake Drive, Wimauma (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Sheehy Elementary School, 6402 N. 40th St., Tampa
  • Stowers Elementary School, 13915 Barrington Stowers Drive, Lithia
  • Tomlin Middle School, 501 N. Woodrow Wilson, Plant City (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Turkey Creek Middle School, 5005 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City
  • Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs, Tampa (pet-friendly) (wheelchair-accessible)
  • Wilson Elementary School, 702 English St., Plant City 

Below is the list of shelters that opened this morning and still have capacity:

  • Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd, Tampa (pet-friendly) 
  • Sessums Elementary School, 11525 Ramble Creek Drive, Tampa 
  • Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Road, Dover (special needs only) 
  • Summerfield Crossings Elementary School, 11050 Fairway Meadow Road, Valrico 

These shelters opened this morning are now FULL:

  • Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria Street, Brandon 
  • Burnett Middle School, 1010 N Kingsway Road, Seffner 
  • Cypress Creek Elementary School, 400 19th Ave NE, Ruskin 
  • Greco Middle School, 6925 East Fowler Ave, Temple Terrace
  • Hammond Elementary School, 8008 N Mobley Road, Odessa 
  • Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd Street, Tampa
  • Pizzo Elementary School, 11701 Bull Run, Tampa 
  • Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Ways, Ruskin (pet-friendly) 
  • Simmons Career Center, 1202 W Grant Street, Plant City 
  • Smith, Sgt. Paul Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive, Tampa (pet-friendly)
  • SunDome at USF, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (special needs only)
  • Valrico Elementary School, 609 South Miller Road, Valrico 

Special-needs shelters are only for residents with medical issues that require electricity assistance or cognitive issues that would not be supported in a general population shelter.
Residents should bring only essential items including: blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, and air mattresses; clothing and toiletries; prescriptions; special dietary foods and favorite snacks; diapers, bottles, and other baby supplies; important paperwork in a waterproof container. Cards, books, and games can help pass the time, especially for young children.

Residents bringing pets to one of the four pet-friendly shelters need to bring a sturdy carrier for each pet that allows room for the pet to stand up and move around, as well as a collar with a leash and supplies for each pet to last seven days. More information on how residents can prepare their pets can be found here - Pet Disaster Planning.

Residents can confirm evacuation zones and register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's official public notification system, at or by calling (813) 272-5900.

HART Evacuation Routes

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is running evacuation routes until 7 p.m. today. Visit for additional information.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.

Make sure to have a plan. Residents and visitors are encouraged to register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County's official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone, and text, go to For more information, call (813) 272-5900.


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