Emergency Shelters

  • Shelter openings vary with each emergency. These shelters are hurricane evacuation shelters, not tornado shelters, cold weather shelters or flood shelters.
  • Stay tuned to local media to determine which shelters are open. Shelters only open when all other local resources are expected to be expended.
  • Be aware of which shelters are pet friendly. If you plan to go to a pet-friendly shelter, please be familiar with the Pet Requirements for Shelters (below) in advance.
  • Sign up for the Special Needs Registry if you do not have transportation to get to a shelter and will need assistance.
  • Public shelters should be a last option. It is always recommended to stay with family and friends if possible when you're told to evacuate.

Do not go to the shelter until local officials announce, through the media, that the shelter is open.

Manatee County Shelter Listing

View map of emergency shelter locations, or use our Resident Information Tool to find your evacuation level, nearest emergency shelters, and more.

What to Bring to the Shelter

In addition to your emergency supplies (food, water, medicine, flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, etc.), the following are good items to bring with you if you must evacuate to a shelter:

  • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or air mattresses
  • Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, hearing aids (and batteries), etc.
  • Personal toiletries, towels
  • Folding chairs, lawn chairs or cots Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for children
  • Important papers and irreplaceable keepsakes (driver’s license, special medical information, insurance policies and property inventories, photographs)

Pet Shelter Requirements

Pet sheltering requirements and rules are important during disaster situations. Your cooperation in making a pet friendly shelter environment enjoyable is appreciated.

  • Pet(s) must arrive with a carrier or cage. Cages will not be available on site.
  • Pet(s) must remain in carrier (except at scheduled exercise times).
  • Owners must provide pet food and other pet supplies as needed.
  • Owners must provide certification that pet(s) are current with rabies vaccination
  • Owners will not permit other shelter occupants to handle or approach pet(s).
  • Owners are responsible for the care, feeding and handling of their own pet(s).

Pet Survival Kit for Pet-Friendly Shelters

  • Proper ID collar and rabies license tag
  • Carrier or cage
  • Water and food bowls
  • Medications
  • Food supply to last about three days
  • Special care instructions
  • Newspapers/plastic bags for waste disposal
  • Toys and comfort items
  • Muzzles, if necessary
  • First aid supplies
  • Manual can opener
  • Proper ID on all belongings