Four Hurricane Irma shelters open in Miami-Dade

Mayor Carlos Gimenez says shelters should be 'last resort'

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer, Christian De La Rosa - Reporter

MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - The Salazar family didn't wait around in Homestead. They were the first to arrive at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exhibition shelter that opened Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Irma. 

Enrique Salazar said he still remembers the Hurricane Andrew catastrophe, so when they couldn't find a hotel room they knew what to do. Andrew, a Category 5 storm that stuck South Florida 25 years ago, was a traumatic experience for him. 

"We don't want to go through that experience again you know," Salazar said. 

Miami-Dade County opened four shelters Wednesday ahead of Mayor Carlos Gimenez's order to evacuate coastal areas in Zones A and B. 

The family brought their 6-year-old dog Pookie and their 1-year-old dog Riley.  The shelter at 10901 Coral Way, in Miami-Dade, is the only pet-friendly shelter in Miami-Dade.

Here is a list of the shelters in Miami-Dade County:

North Miami Beach Senior High at 1247 NE 167 St.

South Miami Senior at 6856 SW 53 St.

Felix Varela Senior at 15255 SW 96 St.

The Miami-Dade County Fair and Exhibition at 10901 Coral Way, in Miami-Dade's Tamiami area. This shelter welcomes one pet per evacuee. 


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