(Also See Special Needs Residents and Transportation)
Many residents are able to safely shelter at home in the event of a hurricane or other emergency. However, some residents are required to evacuate their homes. The best option is to stay with family or friends outside the evacuation zone. This is the first, best choice and where you will be most comfortable. To the extent possible, shelters provide residents with a safe place to stay and basic assistance to help them get through the emergency.
Emergency shelters are a service of the Broward County Commission, American Red Cross, Broward County SchoolBoard and Florida Department of Health in Broward.
Evacuation and Shelter Information: List of General Population Shelters and a map with their locations.
When Shelters Open
The schedule for opening shelters will be announced on local radio and television stations. Residents and tourists are advised to monitor broadcast stations for shelter openings. General Population Shelters are usually available four hours after an evacuation order is issued.
A General Population shelter is a place of refuge for residents and tourists whose homes or hotels are in the evacuation zone or are deemed unsafe, such as a mobile home. General Population shelters provide a basic level of care and are open to all. No preregistration is required. If you have a self-managed health condition or disability, you will likely be able to shelter comfortably in a General Population shelter. When you arrive at the shelter, be sure to tell shelter personnel what your needs are.
To make your stay at the shelter more comfortable, evacuees should bring:
The following are not permitted in the shelter:
All evacuees must register at the time they enter the shelter. The head of the family may register for all.
Updated June 2017