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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. Hillsborough County has programs in place to help these residents prepare and find safe shelter.


Shelters

A special needs shelter is a temporary emergency facility capable of providing care to residents whose medical condition may require the use of electrical equipment, oxygen, dialysis, or individuals with physical, cognitive, or medical conditions who may require assistance from medical professionals. Although special needs shelters provide more care than a general shelter, they do not provide the level of care found in a medical facility.


Transportation
If you apply for a special needs shelter, you will be asked about your transportation plans. If you need a ride to a shelter, arrangements will be made with Sunshine Line to pick you up and take you to your assigned shelter.


Eligibility
In order to be admitted to a special needs shelter you will need to complete an evaluation form prior to an emergency and meet certain eligibility requirements. Once you have completed the evaluation form, you will be contacted for more information and your medical needs and eligibility will be assessed. If you are eligible to be admitted to a special needs shelter you will be assigned to one of three shelters. If you do not qualify for a special needs shelter, other options will be discussed with you.


Registering

To register for a special needs shelter and/or transportation, select one of the following options:
 
  • Call the Hillsborough County Health Department at 813-307-8063
  • Call the Hillsborough County InfoLine at 813-272-5900, TTY 813-301-7173
  • Call your home health care provider
  • Complete an evaluation form and mail or fax to:
    Hillsborough County Health Department
    P.O. Box 5135
    Tampa, FL 33675-5135