I am evacuating with family members who have special needs. What do I need to know?

If you have a family member with special needs, you must consider their needs when evacuating:

  1. Determine what they need for health and safety. Are there medications, special foods, equipment, comfort objects, or other necessary items?
  2. Verify that your local shelter will meet their needs. If not, ask if a special needs shelter is available.
  3. If you are the legal guardian or have specific custody papers, bring them in your evacuation folder.
  4. Review FEMA's information on hurricane preparedness for persons with disabilities and special needs.

Still have questions?

If you live or have a case in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas or Sarasota counties, we may be able to help.

How do I apply? Am I eligible?

Call (800) 625-2257

to apply for service.

Or complete our online application

and we will call you back.