Evacuations & Shelters

We are monitoring announcements for any evacuations -- both voluntary and mandatory -- as well as which shelters are opening and where. 

Any updates will be posted here.  Scroll down to find your county.  A complete list of shelters, including all counties is at the bottom of the story. 


Mandatory evacuations will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday for Brevard County residents living on the barrier islands, including Merritt Island, low-lying flood-prone area and in mobile or manufactured homes.

Shelters will also open beginning at 4 p.m. at sites yet to be confirmed. Those locations will be announced early Wednesday.

Brevard County schools, government offices and courthouse will close Thursday and Friday.

The U.S. Coast Guard has given notice that the Canaveral harbor will close by tomorrow afternoon. Under the Captain of the Port order, no vessel traffic -- including cruise and cargo ships, as well as recreational and commercial fishing boats  -- will be allowed in harbor until after the storm passes and the order is lifted.


Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for four Evacuation Zones in Flagler County as Hurricane Matthew nears the county. The mandatory evacuation of Zones A, B and C began at 6 a.m. Thursday. At 11:00 a.m Thursday, a mandatory evacuation order was given for Zone F, which is in the western side of Flagler County. This includes the St. Johns Park area.

Evacuation Zone A includes everything east of the Intracoastal including Marineland, Hammock, Flagler Beach along A1A.

Evacuation Zone B includes the neighborhoods along Colbert Lane to the south, all of the C section and the F section east of Florida Park Drive and the F section east of Palm Harbor Parkway. This zone also includes the area east of Old Kings Road, south of State Road 100 including Bulow and its adjacent neighborhood, Grand Haven and western Flagler Beach.

Zone C includes The Woodlands neighborhood off Old Kings Road.

Residents in these areas have been notified by CodeRED of the evacuation order.

Flagler County is asking residents to respect the evacuation order, especially on the barrier island. Once sustained winds reach 45 mph, the bridges will close and first responders will not be able to respond to the area.

For the latest storm-related updates and a copy of the evacuation zones, log on to www.FlaglerEmergency.com .
As a reminder, a call-in center is open and staffed around the clock during the storm to help answer questions. That number is 386-586-5111.

Flagler County is asking residents to respect the evacuation order, especially on the barrier island. Once sustained winds reach 45 mph, the bridges will close and first responders will not be able to respond to the area.

In preparation for the impacts of Hurricane Matthew, the Flagler County Emergency Operation Center will open two shelters at 6 a.m., Thursday, one will accommodate special needs while the other will accommodate the general population and people with pets.

"Shelters, whether special needs or general population, are available as a last resort for those who have no other place to go," said Steve Garten, public safety emergency manager. "Special needs shelters provide only limited medical care, and it is up to the individual to bring a 72-hour supply of all medications, and personal items."

Sleeping bags, pillows and blankets should be among those personal items, as cots are available in limited numbers. Air mattresses are not permitted.

Rymfire Elementary, located at 1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast, will accommodate those with special needs - people who require assistance with daily living or who have medical conditions that prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves, as well as those who require electricity for oxygen. A family member or caregiver should stay at the shelter with the individual.

Bunnell Elementary, 305 N. Palmetto Street, Bunnell, will accommodate other residents who have no other place to go. Pets - dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents and turtles - are the allowed pets. There is a four-pet maximum. Pet owners should bring current vaccination records and supplies, including crates and medications.

"We currently have a voluntary evacuation in place in the coastal area and for those who live on tidal waters, and we really encourage those residents to plan to stay with a relative or friend," County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "We want everyone to be safe."


Based on the latest storm track, a mandatory evacuation  has been ordered for the beachside, low-lying areas, and RV and mobile home parks.   Resident are encouraged to evacuate before Thursday night.

Public shelters will open at 8 a.m. Thursday in Volusia County. The list of locations will be announced Thursday morning before the shelters open.  The county’s website, www.volusia.org, is running slow because a high volume of visitors.  Up-to-date storm information can be found on Volusia County’s Emergency Management Facebook page. Residents also can follow the county on Twitter at VCEmergencyInfo. 

At or soon after 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, bridges will be closed to the mainland and exit from the beachside will be impossible. No emergency services can or will be provided to those who fail to evacuate from the beachside.  Emergency services to low lying areas also may be precluded by lack of access.


Lake County has issued a voluntary evacuation order for Astor along the St. Johns River because of expected flooding. 

Local Shelters:

Brevard County:

Pet Friendly Shelters are listed below; 

Pet-Friendly shelters are only open to people and pets coming from mandatory evacuation areas. Titusville Emergency Operations Center Citizen Information Hotline: (321) 264-4067. 

Flagler County:

  • Flagler/PC High School, 3265 East Moody Blvd., Palm Coast
  • Indian Trails Middle School, 5505 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast
  • Rymfire Elementary School (Special Needs Shelter), 1425 Rymfire Dr, Palm Coast
  • Wadsworth Elementary School, 4550 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast
  • Old Kings Elementary School, 301 South Old Kings Road, Flagler Beach
  • Belle Terre Elementary School, 5345 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
  • Rymfire Elementary School, 1425 Rymfire Dr., Palm Coast
  • Matanzas High School, 3535 North Old Kings Rd., Palm Coast

People with Special Needs

  • 1769 E. Moody Blvd. #3, Bunnell, Florida 32110, Tel: (386) 313-4200

Volusia County:

  • Taylor Middle-High School, 100 E. Washington Ave, Pierson, Total capacity: 400
  • Citrus Grove Elementary, 729 Hazen Road, Deland, Total capacity: 150
  • DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave, DeLand, Total capacity: 400
  • DeLand Middle School, 1400 S. Aquarius Ave, DeLand, Total capacity: 250
  • Manatee Cove Elementary School, 734 W. Ohio Ave, Orange City, Total capacity: 150
  • River Springs Middle School, 900 W. Ohio Ave, Orange City, Total capacity: 150
  • University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave, Orange City, Total capacity: 150
  • Debary Elementary School, 88 W. Highbanks Rd., Debary, Total capacity: 150
  • Volusia Pines Elementary School, 500 E. Kicklighter Rd, Lake Helen, Total capacity: 150
  • Timbercrest Elementary School, 2401 Eustace Ave., Deltona, Total capacity: 150
  • Deltona Lakes Elementary School, 2022 Adelia Blvd., Deltona, Total capacity: 150
  • Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Dr., Deltona, Total capacity: 150
  • Discovery Elementary School, 975 Abigail Dr., Deltona, Total capacity: 150
  • Friendship Elementary School, 2746 Fulford St., Deltona, Total capacity: 150
  • Forest Lake Elementary, 1600 Doyle Rd, Total capacity: 150
  • Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona, Total capacity: 150
  • Sunrise Elementary School, 3155 Phonetia Dr., Deltona, Total capacity: 150
  • Osteen Elementary School, 500 Doyle Rd., Osteen, Total capacity: 150
  • New Smyrna Beach High School, 1015 10th St., New Smyrna Beach, Total capacity: 400
  • Cypress Creek Elementary School, 6100 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange, Total capacity: 150
  • Sweetwater Elementary, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd., Port Orange, Total capacity: 150
  • Horizon Elementary School, 4751 Hidden Lake Dr., Port Orange, Total capacity: 150
  • Campbell Middle School, 625 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach, Total capacity: 250
  • Mainland High School, 1255 W. Int'l.  Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Total capacity: 400
  • Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Dr., Daytona Beach, Total capacity: 150
  • Pathways Elementary School, 2100 Airport Rd., Ormond beach, Total capacity: 150
  • Ormond beach Middle School, 151 Domicilio Ave, Ormond Beach, Total capacity: 250

Lake County:

All Lake County primary shelters (general risk, special needs and pet-friendly) will open Thursday at 7 a.m. in the following locations:

  • Astatula Elementary, 13925 Florida Ave., Astatula
  • Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., Leesburg - special-needs
  • Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont - special-needs
  • Mascotte Elementary, 460 Midway Ave., Mascotte
  • Round Lake Elementary, 31333 Round Lake Road, Mount Dora
  • Spring Creek Elementary, 44440 Spring Creek Road, Paisley
  • Treadway Elementary, 10619 Treadway School Road, Leesburg
  • Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St., Umatilla - special-needs
  • Villages Elementary, 695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake - special-needs

Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:


  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself
  • Pets must be brought in a carrier that is marked with the owner's name, address and two phone numbers.

Owners must have documentation of up-to-date rabies vaccinations for their pets. Owners are responsible for taking care of their pets. It is recommended pet owners bring minimal pet supplies, such as food and water, to a county public shelter.

Orange County:

Orange County Fire Rescue personnel will go door-to-door tomorrow morning (Oct. 6) through various mobile home parks in Orange County to encourage evacuations.

General, pet-friendly and special needs shelters in Orange County will open tomorrow starting at 1 p.m. (see below for list and what to bring).

Residents who need assistance booking hotel accommodations can call 407-354-5555. This hotline will help callers identify vacancies to accommodate their families.

Orange County personnel, along with members of the HOPE Team are doing outreach to the homeless to ensure they are aware of the storm and utilize shelters.

Sandbag distribution will continue tomorrow at eight locations throughout the county. Nearly 50,000 sandbags were disturbed to Orange County residents today. 

The next press briefing is scheduled at the Emergency Operations Center tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. (separate information to follow).   Below are shelters that ppen at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

  • Apopka High, 555 Martin St, Apopka, FL 32712,  General Population
  • Corner Lake Middle, 1700 Chuluota Rd, Orlando, FL 32820, Red Cross General Population
  • Timber Creek High School, 1001 Avalon Park S Blvd, Orlando, FL 32828, General Population
  • Odyssey Middle School, 9290 Lee Vista Blvd, Orlando, FL 32829, General Population
  • Bithlo Community Park, 18501 Washington Ave, Orlando, FL 32820, Red Cross General Population & Pet Friendly
  • Barnett Park, 4801 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808, Red Cross General Population & Pet Friendly


Based on the current track of Hurricane Matthew, the following shelters will be open in Polk County today, October 6, 2016 at 1 p.m.: