Volunteer wearing a vest that says Martin Shelter Team

Shelters are opened as needed during an emergency, and not all shelters may be opened at the same time. Shelters are designed to house residents of the barrier islands, those in low-lying or flood-prone areas, in evacuation zones, mobile or manufactured homes, or those who have no other sheltering options. Your first, best choice is to stay with family or friends in a safe place.

When shelters are opened they will indicated below as well as via local radio and television broadcasts, and on social media. If seeking shelter, take your disaster supply kit with you. Cots and blankets will not be provided and shelters will not have everything that you need.

The pet-friendly shelter will accept dogs or cats. You must shelter with your pet (you cannot drop your pet at the shelter and leave). Owners are responsible for feeding and cleaning up after their pet. Be prepared to show proof of rabies vaccine and registration tag.

A special needs shelter will be designated and will provide basic medical assistance and monitoring. Pre-registration is strongly recommended via online registration or by calling Martin County Emergency Management at (772) 287-1652.