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Florida Residents: Text for Hurricane Shelter and Emergency Updates

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Text "SHELTER" and your zip code to 43362 to find the nearest hurricane shelter. Text "FLPREPARES" to 888777 to receive state emergency updates.

First we had Harvey, now we have Irma.

Hurricane Irma started ripping through the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm earlier this week and has caused multiple deaths and major damage in places like Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The storm, now Category 4, is creeping along at 14mph toward the southern Bahamas on its way to Florida, with maximum sustained wind speed clocking in at 155mph.

According to CNN, The Bahamas issued the largest evacuation order in its history in response to Irma’s threat.

The Guardian reports that Irma will reach the south Florida coast late Saturday or early Sunday, and that it could turn into “the most severe hurricane to ever hit the US.”

Florida and Georgia have both issued mandatory evacuation orders affecting over a million people in Irma’s path.

The Miami Heralds reports that many wireless carriers are offering free calls and texts to customers in affected areas.

According to ABC Action News, Florida residents can text “SHELTER” and their zip code to 4FEMA (43362) to find a nearby hurricane shelter. In addition, they can also text “FLPREPARES” to 888777 to receive updates from the State Emergency Response Team.

SimpleTexting’s headquarters are in Miami Beach, directly in the hurricane’s path. All staff members are safely out of danger.

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