Hurricane Shelters

What to Take to a Shelter

In most cases, it would be safe, and smart, to bring all components of your Emergency Kit to the shelter. Remember, this kit should include daily necessities, medications and other supplies that will help you survive an emergency situation and potentially live on your own for at least three days. Your Emergency Kit should include items that get you through your unique daily routine.

Visit the Emergency Kit section of our website for a comprehensive listing of materials which should be included in your personal kit. Special consideration and attention must be given to the preparation of your Emergency Kit. In addition to the items listed on the Emergency Kit page, persons with disabilities, their families and/or caregivers should also be absolutely certain to bring the following items with you to the emergency shelter:

  • A 30-day supply of all required medications
  • Copy of all prescriptions and their dosage or treatment information
  • All medical equipment and supplies (oxygen tanks, etc.) required to sustain the special needs of an individual for a minimum of two weeks
  • Medical information including the name and phone number of medical provider/doctor, home health agency, copies of your medical insurance and/or Medicare and Medicaid cards
  • Personal information (Identification with photo and current address, Social Security card, insurance papers, emergency contacts and any other valuable papers)
  • Any special dietary needs or food (must be non-perishable)
  • Back-up energy sources for essential medical equipment

What to Expect in a Shelter

When disasters occur, the state provides safe refuge in temporary emergency shelters often located in schools, office buildings, tents or other facilities. General population shelters are well stocked with basic necessities for survival including food, water and a warm place to sleep. However, shelters will not be able to provide the same level of convenience as a family member's home or a hotel. Oftentimes, shelters can be crowded, noisy, boring, short-staffed and have very little privacy.

It should also be expected that although a general population shelter is able to provide basic first aid, a person with disabilities/special needs should consider looking into eligibility requirements for a special needs shelter if their particular medical condition requires daily assistance.

Sheltering With Your Pet or Service Animal

Whether you decide to evacuate or stay in your home, you will need to make plans in advance for your service animals or pets. Service animals and pets need appropriate evacuation plans just like you. If you must evacuate your home, take your pets and service animals with you when possible.

If you are going to a public emergency shelter, it is important to remember that most shelters DO NOT PERMIT PETS, although they DO PERMIT SERVICE ANIMALS. There may be pet-friendly shelters located in your area, but you will need to research that in advance to find out where those pet-friendly shelters are located. If there are no pet-friendly shelters in your area, or if you think you will be unable to travel to the nearest one, you will need to identify shelter alternatives that suit your needs, as well as those of your pets.


  • Blue Angels Elementary School: 1551 Dog Track Road, Pensacola
  • Ferry Pass Middle School Gymnasium, 8355 Yancey Ave., Pensacola
  • Global Learning Academy 100 N. P St., Pensacola
  • Jim Bailey Middle School, 4110 Bauer Road, Pensacola
  • R. C. Lipscomb Elementary School, 10200 Ashton Brosnaham Road, Pensacola
  • Marie Young Community Center, 6405 Wagner Road, Pensacola
  • Northview High School, 4100 W. State Road 4, Century
  • Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St., Pensacola
  • Pensacola High School Gymnasium, 500 W. Maxwell St., Pensacola
  • J. M. Tate High School Cafeteria: Gym, 1771 Tate School Road, Pensacola
  • University of West Florida: Bldg. 13-Archeology and Physics Building Bldg. 72-Health, Leisure, Sciences Building, 11000 University Parkway
  • Warrington Middle School Gymnasium: 450 S. Old Corry Field Road, Pensacola


  • West Florida High: Buildings 9, 25 & 26, 2400 Longleaf Drive, Pensacola


  • Molino Park Elementary School-Pet Shelter, 899 State Road 97, Molino

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  • Chumuckla Community Center: 2355 U.S. 182, Chumuckla
  • Jay High School: 3741 School St., Jay
  • Milton Community Center: 5629 Byrom St., Milton
  • S.S. Dixon Intermediate School: 5540 Education Drive, Pace


  • Bennett C. Russell Elementary: 3740 Excalibur Way, Milton. Pre-registration required -SPECIAL NEEDS APPLICATION
  • Sims Middle School: 5500 Education Drive, Pace. *Alternate Special Needs Location


  • Avalon Middle School: 5445 King Arthur's Way, Milton (Open to the public)

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  • Riverside Elementary School: 3400 Redstone Ave., Crestview, FL 32536
  • Baker School: 1369 14th Street, Baker, Florida 32531
  • Kenwood: 634 Eagle Street, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547
  • Shoal River Middle School: 3200 Redstone Ave., Crestview, FL 32536
  • Crestview High School: Building 11, 1304 N Ferdon Blvd., Crestview, Florida 32536
  • Laurel Hill School: Building 8, 8078 4th Street, Laurel Hill, Florida 32567


  • Davidson Middle: 261 Old Bethel Road, Crestview, Florida 32536


  • Antioch Elementary: 4700 Whitehurst Lane, Crestview, Florida 32536
  • Northwest Florida State College: Raider Stadium, 90 College Boulevard East, Niceville, FL 32578

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Please note that this is just a convenient name for Evacuation Centers. We cannot guarantee any particular level of safety at a shelter. They are selected because they are outside of hurricane surge zones and are of generally sturdy construction. Shelters will be opened as needed so not all shelters will automatically open in an emergency. Some special needs and pet shelters require applications prior to a storm. Go to the appropriate county website for the most up-to-date information, applications, and what you can bring.

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