Hurricane Irma has impacted Jacksonville residents in a variety of different ways. While the Legends Center and Southside Baptist Church continue to offer shelter to those without access to their homes, Mayor Lenny Curry is seeking to support citizens affected by widespread power outages. Through Sunday, the Prime Osborn Convention Center (1000 Water St. – 32204) is opening its doors to help people seeking to “cool off” a bit with air-conditioning and access to electricity and Internet. Persons will need to bring their own equipment (electronics, and charging cords).
“Hurricane Irma left many in our community without the everyday comforts we’re so used to,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “People are hot, tired and frustrated. My greatest priority right now is to help our citizens begin the process of rebuilding their lives and properties. This offering is an opportunity to help them recharge physically and mentally after dealing with the challenges of the past several days. I am grateful to SMG for their support.”
In addition, JEA will have representatives on-site to answer citizens’ questions about power restoration. The Prime Osborn will be open today from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Thursday – Sunday (Sept. 14 - 17) from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Remaining shelter locations:
The Legends Center (5054 Soutel Dr. – 32208) - dual special needs and general population
Southside Baptist Church, operated by the American Red Cross (1936 Hendricks Ave. – 32207) - general population shelter