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Special Needs Shelter Information

St. Johns County Department of Emergency Management, St. Johns County Public Health Department, and many other county agencies and volunteers have established Special Medical Needs Shelters for use during an evacuation situation.

A Special Needs Shelter is different than a Public Shelter; it is a refuge for people who have specific medical needs that cannot be met in a Public Shelter.

The Special Needs Shelter is not a hospital or nursing home. It is not for people who need 24-hour dedicated care, who require hospital beds, ventilators, or have other complex care needs. These individuals need to discuss other sheltering arrangements with their caregiver, health care provider, or physician. If ambulance transportation is required, this should be discussed at that time also. These arrangements should be made well in advance, not when the order to evacuate has been announced.


This facility provides us an area to stay during an evacuation situation. A limited number of cots are available and are offered on a first come - first served bases, so there is the possibility there will not be cots available for everyone in the shelter, so prepare your supplies accordingly. Hospital beds will not be available. If you require a hospital bed, you will need to discuss other sheltering arrangements with your caregiver, health care provider, or physician.

The shelter has an emergency generator to supply power to medical equipment. There may be times in order to conserve available power, that air conditioning will not be available.

Medical Care

The Special Needs Shelter is not a substitute for regular health care. Basic medical assistance and monitoring will be available. The shelter is not equipped with advanced medical equipment, and is not staffed to provide advanced levels of care. Individuals who require advanced care should discuss other sheltering arrangements with their caregiver, health care provider, or physician.

Shelter Supply List

  • 3 day supply of water
  • 3 day supply of non-perishable ready to eat food
  • Special dietary foods if needed - Regular meals are provided at shelter
  • Manual can opener
  • 3 day supply of medications, Diapers, Depends, Chux, urinals, etc.
  • If you are a diabetic on insulin, bring a small cooler for your insulin.
  • Personal grooming / hygiene items, feminine supplies
  • Extra clothing
  • Eyeglasses
  • Books, magazines, cards, games, etc.
  • Egg crate or air mattress / sleeping bag
  • Lawn chair / chaise lounge
  • Pillows, blankets, sheets
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Personal identification / Important papers
  • Wheelchair / walker / cane, if needed
  • Oxygen, if needed

For more information regarding Special Needs Shelters and the Evacuation Assistance Program, please visit our Assistance Program page.

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