Shelter Information

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ABC 7 will broadcast shelter openings and locations as they are announced by county officials. Listen carefully, as the shelter nearest to your home may not be one of the first to open.

Now, before a hurricane threatens, is the time to pack your bag to take with you to the shelter. Keep in mind there are no beds, few chairs, and no entertainment at shelters, and you may spend a few hours or a several days cooped up there. There is very little privacy at the shelters. You'll spend your time in a big room in close proximity to a lot of other people. Volunteers at the shelters supply food, and a safe, dry place out of the storm. But it's up to you to bring the rest.

Here's what to bring to the shelter:

  • Medication
  • Sleeping bag, inflatable mattress, pillow, and a blanket to keep warm
  • Something to sit on, like a folding chair
  • Books, games, radio, cell phone, toys for kids
  • Batteries for all battery operated items
  • Wash cloth, towels and a few changes of clothes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Snacks
  • Flash lights

And be sure to let friends and family, especially those out of town, know what shelter you're going to so they can find you after the storm passes.

Sarasota County Shelters:

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Booker Middle School, 3636 S. Shade Avenue, Sarasota

Tuttle Elementary School, 925 N. Brink Avenue, Sarasota

Bishop Nevins Academy, 4380 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

Sarasota High School, 1000 S School Ave, Sarasota

Brookside Middle School, 3636 S Shade Ave, Sarasota (Yes Pets)

Southside Elementary School, 1901 Webber St, Sarasota

Brentwood Elementary School, 2500 Vinson Ave, Sarasota

Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota (Yes Pets)

Booker High School, 3201 N. Orange Ave.

Phillippi Shores Elementary School, 4747 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Ashton Elementary School, 5110 Ashton Road, Sarasota

Gulf Gate Elementary School, 6500 S Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

Pine View School, 501 Old Venice Road, Osprey (Yes Pets)

Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Avenue S, Venice

Taylor Ranch Elementary School, 2500 Taylor Ranch Road, South Venice

Glenallen Elementary School, 7050 Glenallen Blvd, North Port

North Port High School, 6400 W Price Blvd, North Port (Yes Pets)

Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 W Price Blvd, North Port (Yes Pets)

Toledo Blade Elementary School, 1201 Geranium Ave, North Port

Woodland Middle School, 2700 Panacea Blvd, North Port (Yes Pets)

Atwater Elementary, 4701 Huntsville Ave., North Port

Manatee County Shelters:

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Bayshore Elementary School 6120 26th Street West, Bradenton

Braden River Middle School 6215 River Club Blvd., Bradenton

Braden River High School 6545 SR 70 East, Bradenton

Buffalo Creek Middle School 7320 69th Street East, Palmetto

Daughtrey Elementary School 515 63rd Ave East, Bradenton

Freedom Elementary School 9515 State Road 64 East, Bradenton

Gullett Elementary School 12125 44th Avenue East, Bradenton

Haile Middle School 9501 State Road 64 East, Bradenton

Johnson Middle School 2121 26th Avenue East, Bradenton

Kinnan Elementary School 3415 Tallevast Road, Sarasota

Lee Middle School 4000 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton

Manatee High School 1000 32nd Street West, Bradenton

McNeal Elementary School 6325 Lorraine Road, Bradenton

Miller Elementary School 4201 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

Mills Elementary School 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto

Myakka City Elementary School 37205 Manatee Avenue, Myakka City

Oneco Elementary School 5214 22nd Street Court East, Bradenton

Prine Elementary School 3801 Southern Parkway, Bradenton

Rodgers Garden Elementary School 515 13th Ave West, Bradenton

Rowlett Elementary School 3500 9th Street East, Bradenton

Seabreeze Elementary School 3601 71st Street West, Bradenton

Tillman Elementary School 1415 29th Street East, Palmetto

Williams Elementary School 3404 Fort Hamer Road, Parrish

Willis Elementary School 14705 The Masters Avenue, Bradenton

Witt Elementary School 200 Rye Road, Bradenton

Desoto County Shelters

Desoto County Middle School 420 East Gibson Street, Arcadia

South Florida Community College 2251 NE Turner Avenue, Arcadia Special Needs Shelter (Must be pre-registered)

Charlotte County Shelters

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Cultural Center of Charlotte County 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte

Kingsway Elementary School 23300 Quasar Blvd., Port Charlotte

L.A. Ainger Middle School 245 Cougar Way, Englewood

Lemon Bay High School 2201 Placida Rd, Englewood

Liberty Elementary School 370 Atwater Street, Port Charlotte

Meadow Park Elementary School 3131 Lakeview Blvd. NW, Port Charlotte

Murdock Middle School 17325 Mariner Way, Port Charlotte

Myakka River Elementary School 12650 Wilmington Blvd, Englewood

Port Charlotte High School 18200 Toledo Blade Blvd, Port Charltote

Port Charlotte Middle School 23000 Midway Blvd, Port Charlotte

Sallie Jones Elementary School 1221 Cooper Street, Punta Gorda

South County Regional Park Carmalita & Cooper Street/ 670 Cooper Street, Punta Gorda

Vineland Elementary School 467 Boundary Blvd, Englewood

New Day Christian Church (Special Needs) 20212 Peachland Blvd. Port Charlotte.

The American Red Cross does not recognize any shelters in Charlotte County due to elevation. The refuge sites listed above may be opened depending on the severity of the event. Not all shelters may be opened! Citizens are urged to listen to local radio or television stations or call 211 to find out which shelters may be opened.

Hardee County Shelters

Bowling Green Elementary School 4530 Church Avenue (863) 375-2288

Hilltop Elementary 2401 US Highway 17 N. (863) 773-2750

North Wauchula Elementary School 1120 North Florida Avenue (863) 773-2183

South Florida Community College 2968 US Highway 17 N. SPECIAL NEEDS ONLY

Wauchula Elementary School 400 South Florida Avenue (863) 773-3141

Zolfo Springs Elementary School 3215 Schoolhouse Road (863) 735-1221

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