is a Special Needs Shelter (SpNS)?
When a major disaster threatens Charlotte County
residents, medically dependent individuals may need to
seek shelter in residents can continue with their oxygen
needs and where limited medical assistance can be
provided. The special needs shelter will have medical
staff on hand to assist with basic medical assistance.
It is important to keep in mind that a special needs
shelter is a shelter of last resort. It is even
more imperative that a person who has medical needs and
cannot care for him or herself have a disaster plan to
address his/her needs. Special needs shelter should only
be relied upon as a back up to an already well thought
does a SpNS offer?
A special needs shelter will provide shelterees with
Basic food and water.
If you are on a special diet, you will have to bring
non-perishable food items with you.
assistance and monitoring will be available from
qualified health care professionals; however, any
advance medical care or equipment is not available.
electricity and liquid oxygen will also be made
yourself and a caregiver
Space for service
animals only. There are no other pets allowed. You
must make arrangements for your pet prior to
entering a special needs shelter.
qualify but is there any reason why I would not be
allowed to stay in the shelter?
Yes. There are several factors that could prohibit you
from staying at the shelter.
If you have a
mental illness, you must have an able-bodied
caregiver with you or else you cannot stay at the
You must have
your medication with you in the shelter. You cannot
be admitted without your life sustaining
If you are
reliant on any medical equipment and do not come
with them, you will not be admitted. We do not
provide wheelchairs, walkers, and etc.
How do I get there?
Please make every effort possible to arrange for your
own transportation. Charlotte County cannot guarantee
transportation. However, registrants that require
transportation to a Public or Special Needs shelter can
pre-register. Transportation is not provided to other
private home, hotels, etc. If a storm approaches, you
should listen to local media for evacuation
recommendations. Special Needs Assistance or
transportation Assistance should be used only as a