Evacuation orders and emergency shelters

Posted at 7:02 PM, Aug 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 19:59:01-04


Palm Beach County officials are ordering mandatory evacuations for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B, effective at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion.

Zone B generally includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.

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The nine general population shelters in Palm Beach County are:

  • Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elem. School, 1501 Avenue U, Riviera Beach
  • Independence Middle School, 4001 Greenway Dr., Jupiter
  • Lakeshore Middle School, 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade
  • Pahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee
  • Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
  • Palm Beach Central High School, 8499 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington
  • Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd, Lake Worth
  • Forest Hill High School, 6901 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach
  • Atlantic Community High School, 2455 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

The special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website

The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth.

Palm Beach County emergency officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of the entire town of Palm Beach, which is located in Zone B, effective at 1 p.m. today, Sunday, September 1.

As of 1 p.m. Sunday, Singer Island and other barrier islands, which are located in Zone B, have been ordered evacuated by the County Division of Emergency Management.


NOTE: As of 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 2, shelters are now in lockdown and no longer accepting residents. Current shelter numbers: 1,396, including 44 people and 22 pets at the pet-friendly shelter.


In Martin County, mandatory evacuations have been issued for the barrier islands (Hutchinson Island and Jupiter Island), Sewall's Point and manufactured/mobile homes, as well as homes in low-lying areas.

General shelters for Martin County include:

  • Port Salerno Elementary School, 3260 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart
  • Jensen Beach High School, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road, Jensen Beach
  • Hidden Oaks Middle School, 2801 SW Martin Highway, Palm City
  • Warfield Elementary School, 15260 SW 150th Street, Indiantown

A special needs shelter for Martin County will open on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Anderson Middle School, located at 7000 SE Atlantic Ridge Drive in Stuart. This shelter includes limited medical oversight and is designed for residents with electricity-dependent needs such as oxygen.

A pet-friendly shelter will be available for residents and their dogs and/or cats at Willoughby Learning Center, located at 5150 SE Willoughby Boulevard in Stuart. It will open on Sunday at 1 p.m. and will accommodate up to 300 residents and their pets. Residents will be separated from pets but can visit to care for them. Please note: if the pet-friendly shelter experiences a loss of power, there will not be any air conditioning.

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St. Lucie County will open emergency shelters on Sunday at 2 p.m. Here are the locations:

Special Needs Shelter
• Havert L. Fenn, 2000 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34982

Pet-Friendly Shelter
• Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, 1801 Panther Lane, Fort Pierce, FL 34947

General Population Shelter
• Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 S 25th St., Fort Pierce, FL 34981
• Treasure Coast High, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34953
• Lakewood Park Elementary, 7800 Indrio Rd., Ft. Pierce, FL 34951


Indian River County officials are encouraging a voluntary evacuation for all residents and visitors east of US 1. Mandatory evacuations for those areas will be issued Monday morning at 8 a.m. Public shelters are prepared to open Monday at noon, including special needs and pet-friendly shelters.

Indian River County shelters include:

  • Treasure Coast Elementary, 8955 85th Street – Special Needs Shelter (this shelter only will open at 8:00 AM)
  • Liberty Magnet Elementary, 6580 81st Street – Pet Friendly Shelter
  • Fellsmere Elementary, 50 N. Cypress Street – General Population
  • Sebastian River Middle, 9400 CR 512 – General Population
  • Freshman Learning Center, 1507 19th Street – General Population
  • Oslo Middle School, 480 20th Ave SW – General Population

Bridges and causeways will close at midnight Tuesday in Indian River County.


A voluntary evacuation order, effective on Sunday, Sept. 1 has been issued for residents living in RVs, mobile home, and low lying areas, and those areas prone to flooding.

The Special Needs Emergency Shelter is now open.

The Special Needs Shelter is located at the Okeechobee Public Works building located at 804 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee. Please note: pre-registration is required at Emergency Operations Center or any Okeechobee County Fire Station. No online registration is accepted at this time. Call the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center at 863-824-6888 for further information on required criteria on special needs admittance.

The county does not provide transportation to or from the general population shelter. Taxi services are available for residents seeking transportation to shelter. Residents eligible and registered for special needs must notify Special Needs Shelter staff that transportation is necessary. Special Needs Shelter staff will coordinate special needs shelter transportation only.

Please contact the Call Center at 863-824-6888 with further questions

The General Shelter and the Pet Friendly Shelter are now open.

General Shelter and Pet Friendly Shelter are both located at South Elementary School located at 2468 SW 7th Avenue, Okeechobee.

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