Hurricane Dorian shelters, school cancelations, sandbag locations, and more for Tampa Bay

We will update this list as more information becomes available.

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As of now, it’s still unclear Tampa Bay how bad Dorian will be for the Tampa Bay region, but that doesn't mean you shouldn’t be prepared. From school closures, to pet-friendly hurricane shelters, to local evacuation zones, here are some important resources to help you prepare for the storm.

We will update this list as more information becomes available. 

Evacuation Zones:

Hillsborough

Pasco

Pinellas

Sarasota

Manatee

Shelters:

Hillsborough 

Pasco 

Pinellas 

Sarasota 

Manatee 

Pet-Friendly Shelters: 

Hillsborough: Wharton High, Yuengling Center, Burnett Middle, Turkey Creek Elementary, Riverview High

Pinellas: Palm Harbor University High School, Largo High, Gibbs High

Manatee: Braden River High, Manatee High, Mills Elementary

School/University Closures:

Hillsborough: Classes are canceled for Tuesday, Sept. 3. 

Pasco: No updates as of yet

Pinellas: All Pinellas County schools and related activities will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 3. and Sept. 4. 

St. Petersburg College will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 3. At this time, the college plans to continue normal operations and activities throughout the weekend. Please remember, the college is closed on Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day. College leadership, working closely with Pinellas County Emergency Management, will continue to monitor the storm over the holiday weekend. Leadership will hold daily calls to discuss updates and make a determination about reopening

Polk: Polk County Public Schools will be closed due to Hurricane Dorian on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Wednesday, Sept. 4. Polk State College and its collegiate high schools will be closed Saturday, August 31, through Wednesday, September 4; the College will continue to provide updates regarding the storm, closure, and event schedules on polk.edu.

Sarasota: No updates as of yet

Manatee: No updates as of yet

University of South Florida: Closed Saturday at 10 p.m. through Tuesday

Hillsborough Community College: Closed through Wednesday 

Pasco-Hernando State College: No updates as of yet

University of Tampa: No updates as of yet

Eckerd College: No updates as of yet

Stetson University: Closed Friday at 5 p.m. through Tuesday

University of Central Florida: Closed Friday at 5 p.m. through Tuesday 

University of Florida: Closed Friday at 5 p.m. through Tuesday 

Florida State University: Daytona Beach and Fort Pierce campuses closed through Tuesday, but main campus will remain open

Event Cancellations/Closures:

Hillsborough County conservation parks and preserves: Closed Friday through Labor Day 

Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center: Closed Friday through Labor Day

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Closed Tuesday 

Pinellas Park Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch Bike Ride and 5K Run: Rescheduled for Sept. 1

State Parks: Alafia River State Park and Anclote Key Preserve State Park have closed their overnight facilities 

Sandbag Locations:

Tampa:

Himes Ave. Complex (4501 S. Himes Ave.)

MacFarlane Park (1700 N. MacDill Ave.) 

Al Barnes Park (2902 N. 32nd St.)

The sandbags will be available daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice, and residents must show ID (valid driver's license, utility bill, or electric bill) to verify that they live within city limits. A 10 bag limit will be enforced.

Social Media Accounts To Follow:

City of Tampa Facebook

Hillsborough County Facebook

Pinellas County Facebook

Pasco County Facebook

Polk County on Twitter

Sarasota County Facebook 

Manatee County Facebook 

National Hurricane Center Twitter 

Tampa Bay NWS Twitter 

Atlantic NHC Twitter

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