Hurricane Evacuation Risk Shelters​

Palm Beach County, in cooperation with the American Red Cross (ARC), currently operates  hurricane evacuation shelters across the County. All hurricane evacuation shelters meet current ARC 4496 design standards to withstand hurricane force winds, including window strength and protection, wind and debris exposure, and storm surge inundation. Click Shelters for a list of those shelters.

Host Shelters (All-Hazards)​

The ARC will also shelter disaster victims who are left homeless due to non-tropical weather related disaster events threatening their neighborhood.  Under these circumstances, a designated shelter (i.e., community center, church, or other public facility) will be selected and opened by the ARC, in cooperation with DEM.  The selected shelter will be located in close proximity to the affected area. 

Cold Weather Shelter Program​

When the temperature in Palm Beach County is forecasted to be 40 degrees or less, or with a wind-chill factor of 35 degrees or less, for at least 4 hours, Palm Beach County's Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with other governmental and non-governmental organizations, may open a cold weather shelter for persons needing a place to keep warm.

  • There is no charge for staying at a cold weather shelter.
  • You may not bring pets to a cold weather shelter.
  • You may not bring or consume alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or any weapons to a cold weather shelter.
  • Guests must follow the rules of a cold weather shelter and depart promptly upon the shelter's closure.​

 Cold Weather Shelter and Pick Up Locations (Eastern).pdf

 Cold Weather Shelter and Pick Up Locations (Western).pdf

What to bring to the Shelter

  • Prescription and emergency Medication
  • Extra clothing
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Small board games
  • Books
  • Specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
  • Basic snacks
  • Baby food and formula
  • Diapers
  • Beach chair or camp chair
  • Identification - including license and FP&L or other utility bill
  • Insurance papers
  • Other comfort items