Few trickling into Miami-Dade shelter

Shelter at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School is pet friendly

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:58:46 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 26 2012 01:26:07 AM EDT
NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. -

Few people had gone to the American Red Cross sponsored shelter in northeast Miami-Dade.

Local 10's Baron James reported that nine people, including four children, had gone to Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

"When they're watching all the stations, they understand that this is an iffy situation," said Sam Tidwell, the CEO of South Florida American Red Cross. "People don't really get concerned until things to change and pick up."

The shelter has accommodations for up to 500 people. It is also pet friendly.

"I'm a vet tech. We're supposed to have a doctor on staff here as well so, you know, whatever you have," said Anthony Casas with Miami-Dade Animal Services. "For now, it's just supposed to be dogs and cats but if you had something else or another crazy critter on your mind, then I won't say no."

Two other shelters -- Booker T. Washington Senior High School at 1200 NW 6th Avenue and Robert Morgan Senior High School 18180 SW 122nd Avenue -- were also open.

In Miami-Dade, evacuation orders for people living in mobile home parks, low-lying areas, and unsafe structures have been issued.

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Dozens of people came out to Homestead to collect sandbags. About 21 tons of sand was available for residents. Others collected sand and dropped it off to family members.

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In Florida City, Local 10's Christina Vazquez reported several people decided to bail on their trips to the Florida Keys.

"We didn't want to wait too late to leave, just in case they evacuated or whatever," said one woman.

Others stopped to fuel up their cars and get extra gasoline for their generators.

"Although the hurricane isn't, quote unquote, that bad, it can make you uncomfortable, at least, for a couple days without power, without anywhere to go if there's a lot of debris in the road," said Tina Perez.