State of emergency issued for Monroe County

Four schools will serve as shelters in Florida Keys

By Carlos Suarez - Anchor/Reporter

KEY WEST, Fla. - A local state of emergency was issued by Monroe County Emergency Management Officials Friday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac's probable arrival.

County leaders announced that four schools in Monroe County will serve as shelters should evacuations orders be issued for the Florida Keys.

They include Key West High School, Sugarloaf School, Switlik School and Coral Shores High School.

County officials said those who do not feel safe in their homes, live in mobile homes or on boats, in low lying areas or are homeless should move to a designated shelter. Shelters will not have any supplies. Those seeking shelter should bring bedding, food, medicine and anything else you might need. Pets are welcome to shelters, but will be housed in a separate location from people.

City and county officials took part in a conference call at 3 p.m. on Friday to discuss the storm's path and potential impact on the Florida Keys, but decided not to force tourists to evacuate.

Store owners on Duval Street say they will wait until Sunday to determine whether or not to close and put up shutters.

"Its going to rain. Its just rain. Nothing is going to happen. We are safe in this town. Floods a little bit, but overall everything is perfect," added one business owner.

All schools and government offices, including the Sheriff's Offices and county courts in Monroe County will be closed on Monday.

Key West International Airport will most likely stop commercial traffic Saturday evening and all day Sunday, the EMA office said. Air travel will resume once the tropical storm-force winds subside.

For up-to-date information about the storm, you can call the EMA office at 1-800-955-5504. You can also get up to date information about the storm in the following locations: Monroe County's website:; The Sheriff's Office Blog:; Facebook: MCSO-Florida Keys; Twitter: @mcsonews; and the Sheriff's website:

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