You should try to evacuate to the home of a friend or family member outside of the Evacuation Area. A shelter should be your refuge of last resort if you have absolutely no where else to go.
As we can see from Houston, it’s not a good idea to rely heavily on what the government tells you concerning evacuation plans. Furthermore, it is better to evacuate ahead of others so that it cuts down on chaos of trying to get out of “choke zones”.
If you are unsure if you are in an area that is at risk for flooding, type in your address on this FEMA webpage (search bar is on the top right of the page).
The following list is what the team could find regarding best methods of keeping updates in your county, as well as where shelters might be (not all shelters will be open). If you are looking at the possibility of seeking refuge at a shelter, the lists put in here can help you get a number to talk with people on site and find out whether or not they are actually going to be open as a shelter. It will also give you the ability to call ahead and ask if they take pets if that is a concern of yours. If there is a county which did not have a list of shelters, we encourage you to get the Red Cross Hurricane App for Android or iOS respectively.
Bay County uses public schools for hurricane shelters. Depending on the nature of the event and school construction / renovation, different schools may be used each year. Stay tuned to local media or call 784-4000 to find out which schools may be utilized in any given event.
https://twitter.com/DeSotoCountyEM (These pages may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)
Although they do not list shelters, Dixie County is known to take in evacuees from coastal regions during disasters.
Shelters can be found on following app: http://www.coj.net/categories/mobile-apps/jaxready.aspx
http://gadsdensheriff.org/pdf/emergency_mgt_docs/Comprehensive%20Emergency%20Management%20Plan.pdf (To find the locations, Ctl+F then type in “Magnet Elementary”, it will take you to the list)
https://twitter.com/gadsdensheriff (These pages may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)
http://www.hardeecounty.net/Site/content/eoc/shelters.htm (has three different tabs, second tab takes you to shelters for general population)
https://www.facebook.com/Hardee-County-Emergency-Management-1432786133616389/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)
To get text updates on Hurricane Irma for Highlands County by text “HCIRMA” to 888777
http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/stay-safe (Shelters are down the page, and will update as they open)
For Pet-Friendly Shelters:
https://www.facebook.com/Lafayette-County-Sheriffs-Office-147585365268525/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)
(at the bottom of the page)
Read First: https://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/shelters
Leon County Citizens Connect App – Get up to the minute weather alerts and information about flooded roads and downed trees by downloading the app in the App Store and on Google Play.
The following will only update when shelters open
https://www.facebook.com/Levy-County-Sheriffs-Office-107651212629/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)
https://www.facebook.com/Madison-County-Sheriffs-Office-304261746349648/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)
Will Update when Shelters Open
https://www.martin.fl.us/hurricane (Includes information on Evacuation Routes)
Shelter Information N/A
(These pages may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)
Downloadable App http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/default.aspx
Potential Shelters overlay is on the left-hand side of the map
https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/before-a-disaster/shelter-information.stml (general information on shelters)
http://volusiacountyfl.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=4ca520b8e1834d3ca5277644facc25f1 (map for shelter locations)
https://www.facebook.com/wakullasheriffsoffice/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)
Shelter Information N/A
For Potential Shelters you’ll have to scroll down the page a bit