All shelters may not be opened at the same time; therefore, attention must be given to the current shelter status in Santa Rosa County.
Emergency Management in conjunction with the American Red Cross oversees emergency sheltering for impacted and displaced residents during times of emergency.
In Santa Rosa County, hurricane shelters will be opened as needed when evacuation orders are issued. Shelter openings will be announced through all means possible including local media outlets, press conferences and public meetings.
Hurricane evacuation shelters are provided for public use in the event a hurricane evacuation becomes necessary and if you have no other place to go. It is recommended that other arrangements be made with a friend or relative that lives in a well-constructed home, out of the evacuation area, and properly protected to withstand hurricane force winds. You will probably be more comfortable, certainly in a less crowded environment and among friends. Remember, alcohol, weapons and pets are not permitted in public shelters.
Many churches will provide shelter for members and businesses should consider sheltering employees and families if possible.
Buildings used for evacuation shelters are normally public schools that are staffed by Red Cross volunteers and specially trained county staff. Shelters are always crowded, usually uncomfortable when the power goes off because there is no ventilation, long lines to use restrooms and to get food, and very noisy making it difficult to rest or sleep. Keep in mind you may have to stay in the shelter for several days.
If you go to a public evacuation shelter, you will need to take the following items:
Protect Your Pet Information
Proper planning before a hurricane or other natural disaster could save your life and that of your pet. If you live in an area which must be evacuated, you must make preparations for your family and your pets before the threat of a storm.
Shelters are a Last Resort
Buildings used for evacuation shelters are normally public schools that are staffed by specially trained American Red Cross volunteers and staff. Shelters are generally crowded, usually uncomfortable (especially when the power goes off because there is no ventilation), have long lines to use restrooms and get food, and are very noisy, making it difficult to rest or sleep. Keep in mind you may have to stay in the shelter for several days.