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Mobile County Opening Shelter Sunday Morning

Mobile County Hurricane Shelter Adjustments

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, 2:45 p.m., Update #7-Ida) – The Mobile County shelter at Theodore High School is closing this afternoon, so the school can be cleaned according to Mobile County Public School System’s COVID-19 sanitation protocols.

Mobile County Health Department concluded its Medical Needs team services at the Mobile County Shelter.Mobile County will transport those who remain at the shelter toSpringhill Community Center (1151 Springhill Ave, Mobile, AL 36604).

Mobile County general population shelter services will continue there for those who remain in need.

The Mobile County Shelter will accept new general population shelter clients at Springhill Community Center beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30. Those in need of shelter services should call 1-800-RED-CROSS. This is not a medical needs shelter. CDC COVID-19 protocols continue to apply, which includes required mask wearing, 6-foot social distancing and pre-admission COVID screenings.


MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 – 6 p.m. – Update #1-Ida) --Theodore High School (6201 Swedetown Road North, Theodore, AL 36582) will be opened as a general population/medical needs shelter beginning Sunday, Aug. 29, 2001 at 8 a.m.in advance of Hurricane Ida.

Those in need of transportation to this shelter should call 251-460-8074.

Mobile County Health Department personnel will be on site for medical needs. 

If you go to the local shelter for Hurricane Ida, due to the impacts of COVID-19 you will be required to do the following:

  1. You will be required to wear a mask at all times unless eating or drinking
  2. You will be required to maintain 6-foot social distancing at all times from other people admitted to the shelter who are not in your family
  3. Mobile County Health Department personnel will screen for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposures. This will include a questionnaire regarding any symptoms, being around someone with COVID-19, etc. and a temperature check may be required at that time.
  4. If you are currently in quarantine for COVID-19 please do not report to the shelter for admission. Please make alternate plans if you must evacuate.

Mobile County will experience tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding beginning Sunday afternoon/evening. This storm will generate life-threatening rip currents, flooding in vulnerable low-lying areas and localized flash flooding due to excessive rainfall.

Those in commonly affected areas are urged to seek shelter.

The social distancing requirement will reduce shelter capacity, if you can go to another safe place with friends or relatives, please do so to allow space for citizens who have no other options.


MCEMA works to protect life and property in Mobile County in emergency situations. Established in 1952 in response to Federal, State, and local guidelines, the Mobile County Commission passed a resolution on June 8, 1987, that made the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency (MCEMA) the office of government to act as the emergency planning district in Mobile County. 


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