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Sheltering: General Population Shelters

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Planning BEFORE a hurricane or other disaster is essential! A critical part of this planning is knowing how and where you will go if you need to evacuate or leave your home. In Florida, there are two basic types of shelters. General Population Shelters, which serve people who can survive without special medical assistance, and Special Needs Shelters, sometimes described as medical shelters.

General Population Shelters provide a safe haven in the event persons must evacuate their homes. They provide basics such as food, water, and basic first aid. Persons evacuating to a general population shelter should bring their own supplies such as blankets, toiletries/hygiene items, medications, and clothing.

Other resources available at General population shelters may vary. To assure your needs can be accommodated, contact your local emergency management authority and ask who provides general population shelter services in your area. You may need to explain that you have a disability and need information on accommodations and accessibility if you must evacuate to a shelter. Remember — the best and most comfortable place to shelter is away from the impact area with family and friends. Skip menus and jump to page body

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