Palm Beach County currently operates hurricane evacuation shelters across the County. All hurricane evacuation shelters meet current American Red Cross design standards to withstand hurricane force winds, including window strength and protection, wind and debris exposure, and storm surge inundation.
A hurricane evacuation shelter is a refuge of last resort; a place to go if you can't stay at home or with a relative, friend, or co-worker or nearby hotel. While shelters are set up in schools, the timing of their opening and locations can change due to the circumstances of the storm. Not all shelters are opened for every storm. Monitor local media for current shelter openings and locations.
Palm Beach County and Palm Beach County Schools manage public shelters. Shelters provide simple meals and beverages; if you have special dietary needs or want snacks, you must bring your own. Shelters provide basic first aid only; cots and medical care are not provided
Click HERE for a list of shelters
Special Transportation Assistance Program
If you are disabled, or do not qualify for the Special Needs Shelter Program, live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and only require transportation assistance in reaching a shelter call Palm Tran Connection for the Special Transportation Assistance Program by calling 561-649-9848 or 877-870-9849 (toll free)
Pet Friendly Hurricane Shelter
The Pet Friendly Shelter is located inside the West Boynton Recreational Center at 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth, FL 33463 and is only available to Palm Beach County residents who reside in a mandatory evacuation zone, in a mobile home, or in sub-standard housing. Proof of residency will be required.
Please note, due to COVID-19 pet owners will NOT be permitted to stay at the Pet Friendly Shelter. Owners may drop pets off at the Pet Friendly Shelter and after checking the pet(s) in, owners and family members may proceed to the general population shelter at Park Vista High School, which is adjacent to the Pet Friendly Shelter.
Equines, livestock, small barnyard animals, exotic pets, and reptiles are not accepted at the Pet Friendly Shelter. Aggressive dogs may be refused if it is determined that it is unsafe for staff to care for and handle the pet.
For more information and pre-registration, visit: PBC Animal Care and Control
Host Shelters (All-Hazards)
Palm Beach County will also shelter residents who are displaced from their homes after a disaster incident. Under these circumstances, a designated shelter (i.e., community center, church, or other public facility) will be selected and opened. The selected shelter will be located in close proximity to the affected area.