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 Evacuation Shelter Information

 What You Need to Know

What to Bring to a Shelter

  • Identification 
  • Compact bedding such as pillows, blankets, air mattress 
  • Games, reading materials, cell phone and mobile device with charger, batteries, etc. 
  • Non-perishable snacks (including special dietary foods) 
  • Extra change of clothing 
  • Sanitary wipes or other hygiene products 
  • Flashlight 
  • Medications 
  • Emergency health information card & emergency contacts 
  • Battery-operated radio 
  • Water 
  • Supplies for children, elderly and disabled family members, (games, baby formula, diapers, walker, wheelchair, hearing device, etc.) if applicable 
  • Important documents such as birth and/or marriage certificates, social security cards, passports, immunizations records, wills, vehicle titles, insurance policies, stocks, bonds, important electronics files 
  • Service animals if they meet the requirements under Federal Law 
  • Provisions at the shelter are very limited and cots are not provided! Evacuees are encouraged to carry with them items they will need during their stay at a shelter.

Pet Shelters

The County has identified three locations that can serve as Pet-Friendly Shelters during a state of emergency. These shelters will open as needed and are located at 

  1. Lyons Creek Middle School in Coconut Creek
  2. Everglades High School in Miramar
  3. Falcon Cove Middle School in Weston

Pets accepted include: dogs, cats, domestic birds, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters.  All pets must be in a carrier/crate and all dogs must have a collar with leash.  Evacuees must show proof of rabies certificate for dogs and cats. Broward County residents should also be prepared to show their pet’s Broward County Registration Tag. Remember, staying with family or friends outside an evacuation zone is always the best option.  More...

Transportation to Shelters

When an evacuation is ordered, Broward County Transit buses cease regularly scheduled service and begin emergency evacuation service from evacuation zones. The service coincides with the opening of shelters and will not begin before the shelters open. Under Evacuation Plan A, you can go to any regular bus stop along A1A. Under Evacuation Plan B, buses will run routes along both A1A and Federal Highway. 

Persons with disabilities: If you need transportation to your assigned location, you are encouraged to make arrangements in advance as part of the Special Needs shelter application process. Transportation is coordinated by Broward County Paratransit or the Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, depending on your level of need.​​​

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