It appears that the favorable Hurricane Irma track for the Greater Tampa area that we may have taken for granted on early Thursday has taken a significant turn for the worse.  By now, you have probably heard countless times to make sure you have your valuable papers saved in a plastic bag, to stay in a safe interior room during the worst of the storm, and to (most importantly) stay calm.

If you need to get a shelter in Hillsborough or Pinellas, please seek it as soon as you can.  The following list details the shelters for both counties:

Public Shelter List:


View color coded north & south shelter maps for easy location find. Shelter maps are numbered like the chart below.
Shelter Options

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Please be sure to check which shelters are open, as all shelters may not be open during an evacuation.


General Shelter
Special Needs
Special Needs Shelter
Pet Friendly Shelters
Pet Friendly Shelter
Shelter Name
Address (googlemaps)
Tarpon Springs
Middle School
501 N Florida Ave Tarpon Springs General Shelter
Brooker Creek
Elementary School
3130 Forelock Rd. Tarpon Springs General Shelter
East Lake
High School
1300 Silver Eagle Dr. Tarpon Springs General Shelter
Middle School
3301 Bentley Dr. Palm Harbor General Shelter
Palm Harbor University
High School
1900 Omaha St. Palm Harbor General Shelter
Palm Harbor
Middle School
1800 Tampa Rd. Palm Harbor General Shelter
Dunedin Community Center 1920 Pinehurst Rd. Dunedin General Shelter
Dunedin Highland
Middle School
70 Patricia Ave. Dunedin Special Needs ShelterPet Friendly Shelter
Elementary School
900 Union St. N. Dunedin General Shelter
Closed 10. McMullen Booth
Elementary School
3025 Union St. Clearwater General Shelter
Closed 11. Safety Harbor
Middle School
901 1st Ave N. Safety Harbor General Shelter
Closed 12. Clearwater Fundamental
Middle School
1660 Palmetto St. Clearwater General Shelter
Closed 13. Skycrest
Elementary School
10 N. Corona Ave. Clearwater General Shelter
Closed 14. Belleair
Elementary School
1156 Lakeview Rd. Clearwater General Shelter
Closed 15. Ross Norton Recreation Center 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Clearwater General Shelter
Open 16. Oak Grove
Middle School (no longer accepting pets)
1370 S. Belcher Rd. Clearwater Special Needs Shelter
Shelter Name
Address (googlemaps)
Open 17. Largo
High School
410 Missouri Ave. N. Largo General Shelter
Closed 18. High Point Elementary School 5921 150th Ave. N. Clearwater General Shelter
Closed 19. Pinellas Park
High School
6305 118th Ave N. Largo General Shelter
Closed 20. Bauder
Elementary School
12755 86th Ave N. Seminole General Shelter
Closed 21. John Sexton Elementary School 1997 54th Ave. N. St. Petersburg General Shelter
Closed 22. Lealman
Innovation Academy
4900 28th St. N. St. Petersburg General Shelter
Closed 23. New Heights
Elementary School
3901 37th St. N. St. Petersburg General Shelter
Closed 24. St. Petersburg
High School
2501 5th Ave. N. St. Petersburg General Shelter
Closed 25. Fairmount Park
Elementary School
575 41st St. S. St. Petersburg General Shelter
Closed 26. Boca Ciega
High School
924 58th St. S. Gulfport General Shelter
Open 27. Gibbs
High School
850 34 St. S. St. Petersburg General Shelter
Open 28. John Hopkins
Middle School
701 16th St. S. St. Petersburg Special Needs ShelterPet Friendly Shelter
Closed 29. Campbell Park
Elementary School
1051 7th Ave. S. St. Petersburg General Shelter
Closed 30. Jamerson
Elementary School
1200 37th St. S. St. Petersburg General Shelter
Closed 31. St. Petersburg
College Midtown Campus
1300 22nd St. S.  

St. Petersburg


General Shelter

Closed 32. Gulfport
Elementary School
2014 52nd St. S. Gulfport General Shelter
Closed 33. Thurgood Marshall
Middle School
3901 22 Ave. S. St. Petersburg General Shelter
Closed 34. James Sanderlin PK-8 2350 22 Ave. S. St. Petersburg General Shelter



Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center
Department of Emergency Management
(727) 464-3800
During an emergency activation, call the
Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333.

Evacuation Shelter Information
Posted September 7, 2017 | 7:35 PM

Special Needs and General Shelters to Open Ahead of Irma

Residents will not be permitted to enter the general shelters until 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Hillsborough County is issuing a voluntary evacuation for special-needs residents located in Evacuation Zone A starting Friday, Sept. 8, at 8 a.m. Two shelters will be opened to accommodate special-needs residents only. Residents can confirm evacuation zones at or call (813) 272-5900. Hillsborough County strongly urges special-needs residents to observe to the voluntary evacuation notice.

The special-needs shelters will open at 8 a.m. and remain open until further notice. The special-needs shelters are at the following locations:

  • Strawberry Crest High School, 4691 Gallagher Road in Dover
  • SunDome at USF, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa

The special-needs shelters are only for residents with medical issues that require electricity assistance or cognitive issues that would not be supported in a general population shelter.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, at 8 a.m., Hillsborough County will open 14 shelters for residents in Evacuation Zone A whose homes are vulnerable to wind damage, as well as evacuees from other Florida counties who have been unable to find shelter elsewhere. Below is the list of shelters opening on Saturday at 8 a.m.

  • Middleton High School, 4801 N 22nd Street in Tampa
  • Simmons Career Center, 1202 W Grant Street in Plant City
  • Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Ways in Ruskin (Pet-Friendly)
  • Pizzo Elementary School, 11701 Bull Run in Tampa
  • Cypress Creek Elementary School, 400 19th Ave NE in Ruskin
  • Hammond Elementary School, 8008 N Mobley Road in Odessa
  • Sessums Elementary School, 11525 Ramble Creek Drive in Tampa
  • Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd in Tampa (Pet-Friendly)
  • Brandon High School, 1101 Victoria Street in Brandon
  • Smith, Sgt. Paul Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Drive in Tampa (Pet-Friendly)
  • Burnett Middle School, 1010 N Kingsway Road in Seffner (Pet-Friendly)
  • Valrico Elementary School, 609 South Miller Road in Valrico
  • Summerfield Crossings Elementary School, 11050 Fairway Meadow Road in Valrico
  • Greco Middle School, 6925 East Fowler Ave in Temple Terrace

Residents will not be permitted to enter the general shelters until 8 a.m. on Saturday.


Sandbags are available at seven County Public Works Service Units until 9 p.m. today.

  • West Service Unit – 9805 Sheldon Road in Tampa
  • South Service Unit – 8718 Old Big Bend Road in Gibsonton
  • East Service Unit – 4702 Sydney Road in Plant City
  • Ed Radice Park – 14720 Ed Radice Drive in Tampa
  • South County Community Collection Center – 13000 US Highway 41 in Gibsonton
  • Hillsborough Heights Community Collection Center – 6209 CR 579 in Seffner
  • Central Service Unit – 4115 South 66th Street in Tampa

The nearly 200,000 sandbags distributed so far is six to seven times more than distributed during any previous storm event. Materials will be available for Hillsborough County residents to make their own sandbags. Residents need to bring a shovel for sand bags. Each resident must provide their home address and sign their name acknowledging the receipt of 25 sandbags or less.

Residents can call (813) 272-5900 to request additional information.

Hillsborough County Closings
Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be closed Friday, Sept. 8, and Monday, Sept. 11.

Businesses Prepare for Hurricane Irma
Businesses are reminded to sign up for Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) to receive up to date storm-related information. Businesses will also be able to use FLVBEOC to fill out Damage Assessment Reports and post hours of operation during the storm. To sign up, visit

Get Connected. Stay Alert
Make sure to have a plan. Residents and visitors are encouraged to register for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone, and text, go to For more information, call (813) 272-5900.

Hurricane Preparedness

Shelter Options-Publice Shelters-Hotels-What to Bring - Surviving the Storm-It's Everyone's Responsibility


Making the decision whether or not to evacuate is a life or death decision. Ask yourself these questions:

Do you live in a mobile or manufactured home?
Everyone in a mobile and manufactured home must always evacuate.
Do you live in an evacuation area?
If you don’t know your evacuation zone, you can look it up on the Know Your Zone website. Be prepared to follow the evacuation orders issued by Emergency Management.
Do you have special needs or require transportation assistance in order to evacuate?
Make sure you have a plan and are registered for a special needs shelter or transportation.

If you live in a non-evacuation zone, before deciding to stay in your home, review these statements pdf.

If you are evacuating, do you know where you will go and how you will get there?


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Public Shelter Information & Shelter List:


image of people in a public shelter - Bring Something To Pass The TimeIf you must evacuate, the best choice is to seek shelter with friends, family, or a host home. Public shelters should be a shelter of last resort. While they are safe places to be in a storm, space and comforts are limited. Pack your essentials, but pack light because it is possible you may only have a space that measures 5 feet by 2 feet. Remember, a public shelter is not a cruise ship. It is a life boat with the mission to save lives.


Other things to know about public shelters:

  • What to Expect at a Shelter

    Do not bring jewelry or valuables to the shelter. Make arrangements for those items before leaving home.

  • Do not bring pets to public shelters. If you have a pet, you must register in advance for a pet shelter.
  • Do not bring firearms, illegal drugs, or alcohol to public shelters.
  • Keep an eye on children at all times.
  • Stay out of deserted or restricted areas of the building.
  • Law enforcement officials will be stationed at each open shelter. Report any suspicious behavior to them.
  • Be courteous to others in the shelter by keeping noise to a minimum.
  • Please show respect and gratitude to the Pinellas County School Board or other host organization by leaving the shelter the way you found it.



Host Homes:


Host Home imageHost Homes is a voluntary program offered by faith organizations, community groups, and employers to provide a safe and comfortable shelter alternative. Participating organizations match members who live in a non-evacuation area with those who must evacuate. Then, when a storm is coming our way, the “guest” will stay with the “host” during the storm. For more information, go to our Host Homes page.



Hotels and Motels:


Whether in the county or on the road, hotels and motels are a temporary shelter option. In Pinellas County, there are locations in non-evacuation zones that may take pets or have accommodations for wheelchairs. When a storm is approaching, you can go to for a list of available hotels and motels.


To start your planning early, you can see a list of hotels and motels arranged by evacuation level by clicking here and filling in your address.





Do not stay in a dangerous situation just because you don’t have a ride. If you need special transportation assistance to a public shelter or a special needs shelter, YOU MUST REGISTER FOR TRANSPORTATION IN ADVANCE. To start the process, you need to call (727) 464-3800. Select option 1 and leave your name and address on the answering machine. You will receive an application form in the mail that must be filled out and returned to Pinellas County Emergency Management. Once your application is approved and in the system, your local fire department will be able to pick you up during a hurricane evacuation and take you to a local shelter.



PSTA Bus imagePSTA Buses:


Buses will continue to run routes to help people get prepared for a storm until it is no longer safe to travel. When a storm is coming and people have been ordered to evacuate, special routes will move people to public shelters until the winds reach 40 mph. Rides are free during an evacuation. You can plan ahead by locating your nearest bus stop and public shelter. Learn more on the PSTA website at


Personal Transportation:

If you are taking your own personal transportation to leave town, be sure you are leaving enough time to get to your final destination. Roads get crowded and traffic jams can put you in danger because a hurricane can take many different paths through the state. When a HURRICANE WATCH is issued, you need to be packing your car and ready to leave as soon as the WARNING is issued.



Traffic Information:


There are convenient ways for motorists to receive this up-to-date traffic information: Florida 511 Traveler Information System PSA


    • Visit with interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion, travel times, and crashes.
      • Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
      • Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available for iPhone and Android devices.
      • Follow one of the 12 statewide, regional, or roadway-specific FL511 feeds on Twitter.



Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center
Department of Emergency Management
(727) 464-3800
During an emergency activation, call the
Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333.

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