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Shelter Information

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County

Public Shelters 

Shelters are provided for public use when emergency evacuation becomes necessary and if you have no other place to go. The Santa Rosa County Emergency Management website has information concerning local shelters. Click here to see a map of shelters and evacuation routes in Santa Rosa County.

Special Needs Shelter 

Special Needs Shelters should be considered a last resort. For information about Special Needs Shelters and who is qualified for sheltering, go to the Special Needs FAQ section of the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management website.

Pre-registering is required for a Special Needs Shelter. DOH-Santa Rosa reviews the medical portion of the application to assign the most appropriate shelter to meet the applicant's needs. To register, go to the application section of the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management website.

Pet Friendly Shelter 

A pet-friendly shelter is available for county residents who wish to shelter with their cat or dog. To utilize the pet friendly shelter, all pets must have proof of current vaccinations. The only pets allowed in the shelter are cats and dogs. Upon arrival at the shelter pictures will be taken of pets with their owners. Pet owners must stay at the shelter, and will be responsible for caring for their pet and bringing a pet disaster kit. Pet disaster kits should be prepared now, as there may not be time to do so when a disaster hits. For more information on what to include in your pet disaster kit and how to register for the Pet Friendly Shelter, please visit the Santa Rosa County Emergency Management's pet friendly shelters Web page.