Thursday, 31 May 2007 01:00
HurricaneWritten by WGCU Newsroom
Hurricane season starts Friday. Officials are getting ready - and asking residents to do the same.
If and when another storm comes through southwest Florida, thousands of residents may need temporary shelter. That’s where the American Red Cross comes in. Executive Director for the Red Cross in Lee County Heidi Ruster says one of the challenges is providing shelter for people with special needs.
"It’s very important that you work with your doctor and determine is there a need for you to be in a special needs shelter. Is there care requirements of having a medical personnel available that would have to sign for you to be in that special needs shelter."
Another challenge people face is what to do with their pets. Lee County Animal Service’s Ria Brown says pet owners need to have a plan.
"We want to encourage people, first of all not to rely on somebody else and to make sure that you know you have a plan for your pet and to take those steps for yourself"
For information on Red Cross shelters visit the Red Cross website. For information about pet shelters go to the Lee County Animal Services website.