Be aware of where you live and whether it is likely you will need to evacuate. If you live on a barrier island, near the coast, in a flood zone or in a mobile home within the warning area, there's a good possibility you'll need to leave. If so, figure out well in advance where you will go - either to the home of a friend or relative, a hotel farther inland or, as a last resort, to a shelter. Use MyTampaAddress to determine what evacuation zone you are located in. The Hillsborough County Hurricane Guide can also help you determine if you live in an evacuation zone and can help you identify Red Cross shelters closest to you.
In the event of an emergency, the media will be notified as to which shelters will open and what times.
In the event of an emergency, all shelters may not be opened. Shelters are opened based on the severity of an emergency and the number of residents to be impacted. In an emergency, residents must tune to the media to find out which are open and the times they are open.
For more information:
Shelters with ADA accessible restrooms
% Shelters open for lower intensity storms
@ Pet friendly shelters
& Shelters not open for Category 5 hurricanes
# Shelters not open for Category 4 or 5 hurricanes
Special Needs Shelter Information
Residents with special needs, the elderly, and those without
transportation require extra attention in order to stay safe during a tropical
storm or hurricane. We have programs in place to help these residents prepare
and find safe shelter.
Public shelters do not accept pets, so if you are planning to evacuate during a storm, you must plan in advance where your pets will go. Do not leave pets home alone. It could be days or weeks before you return and your pets could starve to death, or flooding could cause needless drowning deaths.
There are pet friendly hotels and motels where the entire family can stay, and pet shelters are located throughout the county. Put your pet into a carrier as soon as possible when you are preparing to leave, as this will reduce stress and keep them from getting lost.