Hurricane shelter focuses on special needs

Wesley Chapel, Florida - As many of you keep track of Hurricane Bertha, it's just a reminder that the Atlantic hurricane season is well underway.

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We in the Bay area know that storms don't shy away from us. That's why emergency personnel are making sure they are ready to go when disaster strikes.

"We have individuals registered that require oxygen, require special caregivers. They come to an individualized shelter, separate from the general population," says Jim Weed, an emergency coordinator with Pasco Co. Emergency Management.

During a drill Monday at Wiregrass Ranch High School, personnel made sure they are ready to take care of patients with special needs.

"When you have a shelter like this, it's more than just the health department and emergency management. It's the school, everyone is here during a real-life event," says Mike Napier, Director, Florida Department of Health of Pasco County.

Tropical Storm Debbie was Pasco County's last major storm, and with hurricane season still in full effect here in Florida, emergency officials know first-hand the importance of being ready when mother nature decides to roll on in.

While officials are making sure they are ready, they say you can help. They believe only one percent of people with special needs is registered with the county.

To find out how you can register or where your hurricane shelter's located just visit



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