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Evacuees Begin Bedding Down At Jacksonville Shelters

Bill Bortzfield
Northside resident Roy Hamilton evacuated to the Arlington Middle School Shelter to ride out Hurricane Dorian.

Heeding the call to evacuate, some Jacksonville area residents are now bedding down at area shelters.

Credit City of Jacksonville
Map of Jacksonville's evacuations zones.

At Arlington Middle School some 40 people had already registered to stay at the shelter by 10:15 a.m., according to Principal Evan Daniels.

“Many of them came in, dropped off their belongings, went back to their respective homes in order to prepare their homes for the impending storm,” said Daniels.

Arlington Middle School has a backup generator so the air conditioning, lights and water will keep going, regardless of whether there is a power outage, according to Daniels, who added that all Duval County school shelters have backup generators.

Among those who evacuated was Northside resident Roy Hamilton.

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“The storm and the reports that we have received made me decide to come to the shelter,” said Hamilton.  

Although his home has never been flooded, Hamilton wasn’t taking any chances.

“I just want to be in a secure place," he said. 

As of Monday morning some 40 people had registered to stay at the Arlington Middle School shelter. The shelter has been set up in the school's gymnasium.

Daniels said Arlington Middle School can accommodate up to 150 evacuees.  WJCT News was asked not to take pictures inside the shelter out of respect for the privacy of the evacuees.

People living in Duval County Zones A and B remained under an evacuation order Tuesday as Dorian continued its slow march up Florida’s eastern coast.

The following shelters are open in Jacksonville:

Abess Park Elementary

12731 Abess Blvd Jacksonville, FL, 32225

General population

Andrew Robinson

101 W. 12th Street Jacksonville, FL 32206

General population

Arlington Middle School

8141 Lone Star Road Jacksonville, FL 32211

General population

Atlantic Coast High School

9735 R. G. Sinner Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Special needs, Pet friendly

Chimney Lakes Elementary School

9353 Staples Mill Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32244

General population, Pet friendly

Enterprise Elementary

8085 Old Middleburg Jacksonville, FL, 32222

Special needs

Landmark Middle School

101 Kernan Blvd. N, Jacksonville FL 32225

General population, Pet friendly

Mandarin Middle School

5100 Hood Road Jacksonville, FL, 32257

General population, Pet friendly

Oceanway Elementary School

12555 Gillepsie Ave, Jacksonville FL 32218

General population

Oceanway Middle School

143 Oceanway Ave Jacksonville, FL, 32218

Special needs

The Legends Center (DOH - Special Needs Only)

5130 Soutel Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32208

Special needs, General population, Pet friendly

Twin Lakes Elementary School

8000 Point Meadows Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32256

General population

More information about the shelters, including a Q & A information for those with special needs or pets is at

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.