Shelters Open Ahead of Zeta

Mobile County EMA Release # 1


Preparing for Hurricane Sheltering during the COVID-19 pandemic:

MOBILE, Alabama — Hurricane evacuation and sheltering during the 2020 hurricane season with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful. Public health and emergency response professionals have recommendations to help you safely prepare, evacuate and shelter while protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. During this difficult time of COVID-19 and hurricane season, please consider making alternate safe locations as your evacuation plan. Please make every effort to stay with family, travel further inland or shelter in place if it is safe to do so.

Should a shelter be your last resort, the Mobile County officials would like to share some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Red Cross for COVID-19 safety in the shelter.

Prepare to shelter:

• We encourage everyone to use shelters as a last resort.

• Identify a safe place to shelter and have several ways to receive weather alerts, including cell phones, weather radios and the local news if possible.

• While congregate shelters remain a high risk during COVID-19, the safety of our citizens is our number one priority.

• Follow guidance from your local officials on when and where to shelter.

• Masks will be required for the duration of the stay in the shelter.

• Social Distancing will be maintained in the shelter at all times.


Wednesday, the Mobile Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC) will open one shelter, for Mobile County residents who do not feel safe staying in their homes during the threat of Hurricane Zeta.

The shelter location will be:

Theodore High School

6201 Swedetown Road

Theodore, AL 36582

Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 11:00 am.

Residents who live in areas prone to flooding or storm surge and those living in mobile homes should take advantage of sheltering in a safe location.

Due to COVID-19 protocols ALL clients are required to wear a mask and will be screened prior to entering the shelter.

Bring all medications and personal items that may be required for each family member.

Alcoholic beverages, any type of weapon and food other than special dietary requirements will not be allowed.

Pets will not be allowed in the shelter.

The Mobile County Health Department will open a Medical Needs Shelter at:

Burns Middle School

6175 Girby Road

Mobile, AL 36693

Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 11:00 am.

Medical Needs Shelter admittance message:

The Medical Needs Shelter is a shelter of LAST RESORT for patients. Due to COVID, extra restrictions will be in place this year. A mask will be required for entry unless a medical condition prohibits wearing one. Masks are required for the duration of the stay in the shelter at all times. Temperatures will be checked prior to admission and screening questions will be asked related to COVID.

In order to be admitted patients must have the following:

1. A caregiver (MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER) – patients will NOT be admitted without one.

2. Valid ID

3. Medical Supplies and medications for at least 72-96 hours

4. Food if a special diet is needed for at least 72 hours.

5. Water, hygiene supplies, anything needed on a daily basis. Patients with certain medical conditions will be admitted on a case by case basis. Examples of these conditions include: 1. CPAP, portable ventilators needing power 2. Wound care 3. IV therapy 4. Stable oxygen, nebulizer, or sleep apnea treatment 5. Foley/supra-pubic catheter

6. Functional and access needs patients

7. Wheelchair bound requiring minimal assistance with daily living

8. Ostomies

**Each patient will be triaged and admitted on a case by case basis.

**Admittance is on a first come first serve basis due to space limitations

Baldwin County Commission Declares a State of Local Emergency, Recommends Voluntary Evacuation and Opens the Baldwin County Coliseum as a Shelter Due to Tropical Storm Zeta

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL, October 27, 2020 -

Due to the impending weather related to Tropical Storm Zeta, the Baldwin County Commission has declared a State of Local Emergency to begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.

A voluntary evacuation is recommended for residents and visitors in low-lying, flood prone areas and those in mobile homes or comprised structures including RVs and campers in Zone 1 and Zone 2 (see map attached).

The Baldwin County Commission, with the concurrence of Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack, has also issued a travel advisory to all residents and visitors countywide. The travel advisory will be effective from Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., October 28, 2020 until Thursday at 5:00 a.m., October 29, 2020. All residents and visitors are encouraged to follow this advisory, continue monitoring local media and stay well informed of changing weather conditions.

The Baldwin County Commission and the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency will activate the Baldwin County Coliseum as a shelter. The Coliseum will open tomorrow, October 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. and will remain open until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

Baldwin County Coliseum

19477 Fairground Rd.

Robertsdale, AL 36567

Please bring any special dietary needs, medication, prescription glasses or other comfort items such as pillows, sleeping bags, etc. Service animals only will be allowed into the facility, no family pets. Alcohol and weapons are prohibited at the shelter. For more information contact the Baldwin County EMA at (251) 972-6807

At this time, the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette will remain open for absentee election voting only. All remaining Baldwin County facilities, including courts, will be closed from 1:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 and will reopen on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Magnolia, MacBride and Eastfork landfills and the Bay Minette Transfer Station will continue normal hours of operation from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


A special needs, pet-friendly and general shelter will open at the Pensacola Bay Center, located at 201 E. Gregory St., at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 and is expected to close Thursday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. It is advised to be in your safe place by 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 when the winds are expected to increase and some models show the storm moving out of our area as early as 3 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

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