Nassau County Emergency Shelters
Where will you go if you have to evacuate the area?
Residents and visitors in evacuation zones or mobile homes need to plan ahead! Although NCEM has identified inland facilities that can be opened for emergency shelter (see map of shelters), a public shelter should be your last choice of refuge; they can be crowded, noisy, and uncomfortable, with no privacy and scarce resources. Tropical Cyclone evacuations and shelter openings are timed to ensure everyone will have time to get out of the area, or to a shelter, before the onset of hazardous weather conditions. If you aren't leaving the area, expect to move into a public shelter a day or two before the storm hits!
Depending on the situation, not all shelters may be opened at once. Sign up for Citizen Alerts
to ensure you receive notices for evacuations and shelter openings. Residents can verify local shelter openings with Emergency Management through our Facebook page and Twitter (NassauEM) postings, or by calling the EOC at 548-0900.
If you do not have transportation to an emergency shelter, you must register in advance for transportation assistance.
If you have special medical needs that include equipment that requires electricity (e.g., an oxygen concentrator) or daily home health care, and you plan to evacuate to a public shelter, you must register in advance to ensure the shelter staff will be able to handle your needs.
Note: While service animals are welcome in all public shelters, pets and comfort animals are only allowed in designated "pet friendly" shelters.
If you go to a public emergency shelter, be prepared!
Once you check in, you will likely be housed (i.e. given some space on the floor) in a school gymnasium or similar wind/storm-rated facility until the hazardous conditions have passed and officials have confirmed it is safe to return to your home. Although some food and water will be available in the public shelter, it might take a while; eat a good meal before you go and take your personal "go-kit" packed with sufficient supplies to last you 4-5 days.
Note: There is no place in a shelter to store valuables while you sleep, other than in your pockets.
You will need:
your photo ID and other important documents, sleeping gear (pillow, blankets, air mattress, modest sleepwear, ear-plugs, eye-mask) personal hygiene supplies (toothbrush, baby-wipes for washing), medications, special-diet items, snacks and comfort foods, comfortable clothing, entertainment items (books, cellphone and back-up power source, playing cards, child's favorite toy), mobility aids (cane, wheelchair), and your special medical equipment.
If you have a pet(s) with you
, each must have their own secure cage/crate, proof of rabies vaccination,
food, bowls, bedding, collar and leash. Pets are assigned to a separate room in the shelter building; you will be responsible for your pet's care. (See this page for more Pet Shelter Information
Building Retrofit Shelters in Existing Homes