What do I bring to a shelter?

Take your own supplies:

  • Cots or beds are not provided.  Bring pillows, sheets, blankets, a portable cot or air mattress, a chaise lounge, folding chairs, or sleeping bags.
  • If you are on a special diet, bring a supply of nonperishable food sufficient for three (3) days per person.
  • Multiple changes of clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Required medications and medical support equipment, like wheelchair/walker, oxygen, dressings, feeding and suction equipment, diapers, etc.
  • Personal hygiene items, like toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, towels, brush/comb, dentures, glasses, eye drops, diapers, etc.
  • Entertainment items, like games, cards, books, magazines, etc.
  • Wi-fi and cell signals may not be available.

What to Bring to a Shelter:

  • Masks and Hand Sanitizer
  • Water and Food
  • Drinking water in plastic containers (1 gallon per person per day for three (3) days)
  • Nonperishable food in cans or sealed containers (enough for three (3) days)
  • Special dietary foods, baby food, formula, manual can opener, paper products, and utensils
  • Portable ice chest with ice
  • Clothing and Bedding
  • Extra clothes and shoes
  • Sleeping bag, blanket and pillow, and lightweight, portable lounge chairs
  • Rain gear                    
  • Wash clothes, towels, soap, toothbrush, paper towels, and toilet paper
  • Baby Supplies                 
  • Clothes and blankets
  • Diapers
  • Formula, bottles, and food
  • Medications and First Aid Supplies
  • Medication marked with your name, dosage, type of medication, and doctor's name *Must be able to administer all medications
  • First Aid supplies in a waterproof box
  • Important Papers
  • Name and address of doctors
  • Name and address of nearest relatives
  • Identification and valuable papers


  • Games, cards, toys, battery-powered radios, and flashlights                    
  • Take a bath and eat before you leave home
  • Register immediately upon entering the shelter

Shelter Rules:

  • Residents are required to complete registration before entering the shelter.    
  • No weapons, alcohol, or illegal drugs    
  • No smoking allowed in shelters    
  • 'Lights out' quiet time will be enforced    
  • No pets in the general population area except service animals    
  • Children must be attended to at all times.  Parents are not allowed to leave the premises without them 

Americans Disability Act (ADA) assistance is available at all local shelters.

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1. What is the difference between a WATCH and WARNING?
2. Evacuations?
3. Where are Re-Entry Stickers for Key West Residents to Pick Up?
4. Special Needs Registry
5. What do I bring to a shelter?
6. Pet sheltering information
7. Will power/water be turned off?
8. When do bridges close?