Posted: 2:57 pm Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
As Hurricane Matthew approaches the state, we’ll continue to keep you up to date on delays, closures and cancellations. If you have any to add to the list please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the latest track on Matthew as well as Nicole keep the Dove Hurricane Guide handy.
POLK COUNTY remains under a Tropical Storm warning and some shelters will be open at 1 pm. The Emergency Operations Center opened this morning. Keep this link handy for shelters, sandbags and more.
ONE BLOOD will shut down all operations along the east coast of Florida and that means other donor centers will be asking for additional donations. Please check here to find your closest donation center. There is a special need for platelets, AB Plasma, as well as O Negative and O Positive blood.
SANDBAGS are available for residents of Polk, Hillsborough and Manatee counties. We have the list from our partners at WTSP News 10. It’s also a good idea to “like” your school on social media as well as your school district for up to date information.
THE RED CROSS has a program with emergency information and a free app to help prepare for emergencies. If you need a little help getting things together to protect your home and family, take a look at how they can give you a helping hand. Doing a little prep now can make a big difference. Be Red Cross Ready!
CLOSURES Polk County schools are closed today and Friday, and all after school activities and sports are also cancelled along with adult evening classes. For additional closures, we have the most current list from our partners at 10 News WTSP.
PERSONAL SAFETY Avoid price gouging and report those who try to take advantage of others in a serious situation. Think it’s no big deal to charge more for something? Think again. You can be fined $1,000 per violation and up to $25,000 for multiple violations during the same 24-hour period.
TUNE IN RADIO APP If the power goes out, having the TuneIn Radio app on your phone will help us keep you informed. Just download it from the Google Play Store. We can also help you keep it charged longer!
ADDITIONAL CLOSURES AND CANCELLATIONS from our partners at 10 News WTSP include the rescheduling of Friday night’s Garth Brooks concert in Orlando.