Government officials have announced evacuation orders and shelter openings for Charlotte County this morning in preparation for Hurricane Ian.
EDIT: Charlotte County Emergency Management has issued evacuation orders for residents in Zone A and B. This includes those living on the barrier islands of Don Pedro Island, Knight Island (Palm Island), Little Gasparilla Island, Gasparilla Island and Manasota Key, as well as residents in any zone living in mobile homes and trailers. Check your zone.
As of 9am Tuesday morning, there is only one evacuation area for Charlotte County. That is Zone A or red areas on the county maps. Don’t know your zone? Click here.
This area includes those living on the barrier islands of Don Pedro Island, Knight Island (Palm Island), Little Gasparilla Island, Gasparilla Island, and Manasota Key. In addition, the zone includes residents in any zone, not just A, who are living in mobile homes and trailers.
Government officials are advising if that is you, please stay with friends and family members who live outside of evacuation areas or flood zones. Those friends should also reside in a well-constructed home. As always, if you have no place to go, shelters are refuges of last resort. However, it is better to be safe in one than in danger elsewhere.
For Hurricane Ian information, call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center at 941-833-4000.
You can also get important Charlotte County Emergency Management important emergency information here.
If you are interested in Lee County Shelters, depending on where you live, one of these just might be closer. Here is a list that are currently open.
Now that there are official evacuation orders and shelter openings for Charlotte County, if you need a safe place to ride out the storm, here they are.