If I donít qualify for the Special Needs Shelter, where can I go?

If you do not qualify for placement in the special needs shelter, the American Red Cross has a general shelter and there are refuge sites throughout the county. Refuge sites and Red Cross shelters provide no medical care.

  • Ambulatory (with or without assisting devices (walker, wheelchair, cane, etc)

  • Can perform activities of daily living without nursing assistance.

  • Can administer medications without nursing assistance

  • Persons who have no requirement for electrical power to run a piece of medical equipment

For persons with complex medical conditions, contact your home health agency or private physician about alternative locations during a disaster such as a hospital or skilled nursing facility.




Please do not wait for the last minute to have an emergency plan in place. It is important that you work out the details of your care prior to an emergency situation whether you are planning to evacuate, shelter in place, or stay with a friend; family preparedness planning is the key to making sure that you are taken care of. Visit our preparedness site for more information on getting prepared. Family Preparedness.

For a list of refuge sites visit your local Emergency Management website.

For information after business hours please call 941-624-7200.

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