Hurricane Evacuation Shelters & Locations

Certain St. Johns County Public Schools approved by the Department of Emergency Management serve as evacuation shelters for hurricane situations. Before opting for a shelter, consider evacuating to a friend or family member’s home or a hotel outside your designated Evacuation Area. Shelters are intended to be available if you have no other options.

Stay updated on shelter availability during evacuation orders by checking our website, local radio, television stations, or contacting the Department of Emergency Management at (904) 824-5550.

The school closest to your home may not necessarily be an evacuation shelter.

At the Shelter

What to bring

  • 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable ready to eat food
  • Manual can opener
  • Snacks
  • 7-day supply of medications, diapers, depends, chux, etc.
  • If you are a diabetic on insulin, bring a small cooler for your insulin (or any refrigerated medications)
  • Personal grooming / hygiene items, feminine supplies
  • Baby food and diapers for infants
  • Extra clothing, rain gear, closed toed shoes
  • Eyeglasses
  • Books, magazines, cards, games, etc.
  • Air mattress (twin size) / camping bed
  • Lawn chair / chaise lounge
  • Pillows, blankets, sheets
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Personal identification / Important papers
  • Entertainment items: cards, toys, games, books, magazines, etc.
  • Electronics: cellphones, laptops, tablets, charging cables
  • Wheelchair / walker / cane, if needed
  • Oxygen, if needed – Special Needs Shelters Only
  • Supplies for your service animal – Special Needs Shelters Only

Shelter Rules

  • We are guests 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

Hurricane Evacuation Shelters


Pet-Friendly Shelters

What to bring for your pet (only birds, cats, dogs, pocket pets and rabbits are permitted).

  • Crate/carrier and bedding
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum pans work well) and litter
  • Food, water and bowls
  • Collar, leash, harness and muzzle if needed
  • Pet meds
  • Pet comfort items (blankets, toys, etc.)
  • Current picture of you and your pet together
  • Label all pet supplies with name, address and phone number


special medical needs

Special Medical Needs Shelters

Special Medical Needs Shelters are for persons with medical needs that cannot be met in a General Shelter. This typically includes individuals who require electricity to power life-saving medical devices such as oxygen concentrators or CPAP machines. Pre-registration is required.


All Evacuation Shelter Maps are also available to view, and download, in one location.