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Special Needs Shelter Information

Special Needs Shelter Information

The Pasco County Health Department staff’s the Special Needs Shelters in Pasco County.  There are two sites that serve Pasco County; one on the east side and one on the west. The West Pasco Special Needs Shelter will be located at the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Hudson. The East Pasco Special Needs Shelter will be located at the Wiregrass High School in Wesley Chapel.


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Criteria for being placed in a Special Needs Shelter are listed below:


Definition of A Person with Special Needs and

Special Needs Shelter (SpNS) Eligibility Guidelines


1)      A person with special needs is someone, who during periods of evacuation or emergency, requires sheltering assistance, due to physical impairment, mental impairment, cognitive impairment, or sensory disabilities, that exceeds the basic level of care provided at a general population shelter, but does not require the level of care provided at a skilled medical facility.  A person with special needs is not a person residing in a facility required by state law to have an evacuation and emergency management plan for natural and man-made disasters. 

 2)      Eligibility guidelines for Special Needs Shelter client may include, but not limited to: 

a)      A person with a stable medical condition that requires periodic observation, assessment, and maintenance (i.e. glucose readings, vital signs, ostomy care, urinary catheter)

b)      A person requiring periodic wound care assistance (i.e. dressing changes). 

c)      A person with limitations that requires assistance with activities of daily living

d)      A person requiring and needing assistance with oral, subcutaneous or intramuscular injectable, or topical medication

e)      A person requiring minimal assistance with ambulation, position change and transfer (i.e. able to move more than 100 feet with or without an assistive device)

f)        A person requiring oxygen that can be manually supplied

g)      A person medically dependent on uninterrupted electricity for therapies including but not limited to oxygen, nebulizer, and feeding tubes.  Ventilator dependent persons and persons with multiple special needs requiring a higher level of care, may need to be referred to a skilled medical facility

h)      A person with mental or cognitive limitations requiring assistance who is accompanied by an appropriate fulltime caregiver for the duration of their stay in the shelter

i)        A person requiring fulltime care who is accompanied by an appropriate fulltime caregiver for the duration of their stay in the shelter

j)        A person whose weight does not exceed the safety weight restrictions of provided cots. 

k)      A person who can be safely transferred and does not require specialty lifting or transferring equipment.  A person requiring a stretcher to be transported may need to be referred to a higher skilled medical facility. 

3)      Every reasonable effort shall be made to avoid admitting a person with a known communicable condition or a condition that requires airborne precautions, i.e. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or persons who require respiratory isolation such as infectious Tuberculosis (TB). 

4)      Counties with special needs shelters with resources that can safely accept a person exceeding the above criteria may choose to do so.



Special Needs Shelter Guidelines:

Conditions are austere at the shelters; prospective clients are encouraged to seek shelter in more comfortable and safe places whenever possible.  If you do come be sure you bring all your medications, special foods (cereal and sandwiches of peanut butter are often the main menu items.) 

Do bring your own oxygen tank.

Please bring supplies to survive for three days.  It is important to know that no showers available at the shelters.




This page was last modified on: 06/12/2013 03:03:37

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