Emergency Shelters

If you must evacuate to a shelter, be advised:

  • Shelters are opened on an “as-needed” basis.
  • Shelter openings may vary with each emergency.
  • Never go to a shelter unless local officials have announced it is open

The County operates 3 types of shelters during an emergency:

  • General Population Emergency Shelters
  • Pet Friendly Emergency Shelters
  • Special Needs Shelters

Find Your Evacuation Zone


Evacuation Shelters

Shelter Address Status Pet
Barrington Middle 5925 Village Center Dr., Lithia Open X  
Bartels Middle 9190 Imperial Oaks Blvd., Tampa Open X  
Benito Middle 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa Open    
Bevis Elementary 5720 Osprey Ridge Dr., Lithia Open    
Bowers-Whitley Career Center 13609 N. 22nd St., Tampa Open    
Boyette Springs Elementary 10141 Sedgebrook Dr., Riverview Open    
Brandon High School 1101 Victoria St., Brandon Open    
Burnett Middle 1010 N Kingsway Rd., Seffner Open X  
Cannella Elementary 10707 Nixon Rd., Tampa Open    
Cimino Elementary 4329 Culbreath Rd., Valrico Open    
Cypress Creek Elementary 4040 19TH Ave. NE, Ruskin Open    
Dorothy York Elementary 5995 Covington Garden Drive, Apollo Beach Open    
Durant High School 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City Open X  
Erwin Technical 2010 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa At capacity X X
Hammond Elementary  8008 N Mobley Rd., Odessa Open    
Jennings Middle 9325 Govenors Rd., Seffner Open    
Knights Elementary 4815 N Keene Rd., Plant City Open    
Lockhart Elementary 3719 N 17TH St., Tampa Open    
Marshall Middle 18 S Maryland Ave., Plant City Open    
Martinez Middle 5601 W Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz Open    
McKitrick Elementary 5503 Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz Open    
Middleton High School 4801 N 22nd St., Tampa Open    
Mulrennan Middle 4215 Durant Rd., Valrico Open    
Nelson Elementary 5413 Durant Rd., Valrico Open    
Newsome High School  16550 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia Open    
Pizzo Elementary 11701 Bull Run, Tampa Open    
Pride Elementary 10310 Lions Den Dr., Tampa Open    
Reddick Elementary 325 West Lake Dr., Wimauma Open    
Riverview High School 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview Open X X
Sessums Elementary 11525 Ramble Creek Dr., Tampa Open    
Shields Middle 15732 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin Open X  
Sickles High School 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa Open X  
Smith, SGT Paul Middle 14303 Citrus Pointe Dr., Tampa Open X  
Steinbrenner High School 5575 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz Open  X  
Strawberry Crest High School 4691 Gallagher Rd., Dover Open X X
Summerfield Elementary 11990 Big Bend Rd., Riverview Open    
Sumner High School 10650 Co. Rd. 672, Riverview Open X X
Tomlin Middle 501 N Woodrow Wilson, Plant City Open    
Turkey Creek Middle 5005 Turkey Creek Rd., Plant City At capacity
Turner Elementary 9020 Imperial Oaks Blvd., Tampa Open    
Valrico Elementary 609 S Miller Rd., Valrico Open    
Wharton High School 20150 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Tampa Open    
Wilson Elementary 702 English St., Plant City Open    
Yuengling Center  12499 USF Bull Run Drive, Tampa 

General Population Emergency Shelters

These shelters are intended to provide immediate protection and save the lives of those in the path of a catastrophic and deadly storm. It’s important to have a plan – shelters are not resorts. If you do need to shelter in a County evacuation shelter keep in mind:

  • Evacuation shelters will not have cots, blankets or food for residents.
  • Bring water: one gallon per person, per day , Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items, Bedding: pillows and blankets, Medications, medical items and supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.), Sanitation and personal hygiene items, Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • If you have specific comfort needs (i.e. special dietary or snacks), plan to get those items ahead of time.
  • Don't bring alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, weapons

Pet Friendly Emergency Shelters

Hillsborough County offers eight (8) pet friendly shelters. To shelter your pet in case of emergency you must bring:

  • Proof of current rabies vaccination and license for dogs and cats
  • Pet must be on a leash or in a carrier
  • A crate large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around. Cats need a crate large enough to contain litter and food/water
  • Bring all pet supplies to include: crate, food, water, litter, treats, cleaning supplies, medicines, etc.
  • You are responsible for the care of your pet while in the shelter
  • Cohabitation of pets and owners is not permitted

If you are unable to meet these requirements, please make other arrangements to shelter your pet. Learn more about pet disaster planning.

Special Needs Shelters

The County provides special needs shelters for residents whose medical condition may require the use of electrical equipment, oxygen, dialysis, or individuals with physical, cognitive, or medical conditions that may require assistance from medical professionals. Although special needs shelters provide more care than a general shelter, they DO NOT provide continuous bedside nursing, only assistance with daily functions and medical monitoring.

If you believe you or someone you know may need a special needs shelter it is highly recommended you pre-register for the Special Needs Shelter Program before hurricane season. Follow these instructions to register for a special needs shelter.