General Information about all Shelters
A shelter is a place to go in the event of an evacuation. Shelters are noisy, crowded, and have few personal comforts. It is important to note that shelters should be your refuge of last resort if you have absolutely no where else to go. For your comfort, if possible, it would be preferable to arrange to stay outside the area of danger.
Please remember, being in a shelter is stressful for everyone. Please treat your fellow evacuees with courtesy and kindness.
Food and Water
During a storm, the water supply may be interrupted. You are responsible for bringing bottled water to the shelter in the event this should happen. One gallon per person, per day. is recommended. You should also bring a 3-day supply of non-perishable foods or healthy snacks for yourself, your caregiver, and any family member accompanying you. Though food is usually supplied, it may take several hours for meals to be prepared.
In the event of an evacuation, shelter openings will be announced. It is very important to monitor the local television and radio stations for weather updates, evacuation orders, and shelter information. You can also monitor this website under Shelter Openings and Current Press Releases, or you may phone our office at 904-824-5550.
Public Schools in St. Johns County serve as our evacuation shelters. It would be good emergency preparedness to familiarize yourself with the shelter locations. Please remember, the school closest to your home may not necessarily be an evacuation shelter.
House pets are only allowed at designated Pet Friendly Shelters. Please visit our Shelter Locations page for pet Friendly Shelters listings.
- We are quests at the Shelter. Please treat the facility, equipment, and staff respectfully
- You must sign in when you arrive and sign out when you leave
- No disorderly or disruptive behavior
- Absolutely NO SMOKING in the Shelters
- No alcohol or drugs
- No guns or weapons of any kind