Because we realize a portion of the population does not have the option of independent evacuation out of the area, the American Red Cross operates public shelters. However, Public shelters should not be your first choice.
It is not a hospital, nursing home or hotel. The shelter is generally a local school. Public shelters available under emergency conditions will accept anyone who is self-sufficient, and needs no outside professional assistance in performing activities of daily living (ADL).
Shelters are opened on a as needed basis. Please keep yourself informed of the current emergency situation to find out which shelters have been made available.
If you have any questions concerning shelters please call our Resident Information Center at (727) 847-8959.