The City of Key West, Florida

The Southernmost City in the Continental United States


Evacuation & Shelters

  • Category 1-2 Hurricane 

    • Evacuation:  Visitors are evacuated ahead of residents. A mandatory evacuation of residents isn't issued unless a Category 3 or greater hurricane is expected. 
    • Shelters:  Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Ave.


  • Category 3-5 Hurricane

    • Evacuation: 
      • Mandatory evacuation of visitors occurs first, followed by the same for residents a day or so later as conditions dictate.
    • Shelters:
      • No Shelters will be open anywhere in the Florida Keys
      • Main shelter:  Monroe County residents and their pets can seek public shelter at the E Darwin Fuchs Pavilion located at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami.   
        • Directions: Take the Florida Turnpike Extension from Florida City to exit 23; take ramp right toward SW 40th St. (Bird Rd.); Take slight left onto SW 117th Ave.; Take 1st right at lights, SW 40th St.(Bird Rd.); Turn left at SW 112th Ave.; Turn right on 24th St.; then make U turn; Entrance on the right.
      • Special Needs Patients: FIU's Recreation Center remains the relocation center for Monroe's special-needs patients, like those requiring regular medical attention.

Contact Us

Scott Fraser,
FEMA Coordinator/Floodplain Administrator
Building Department
1300 White St
Key West, FL 33040
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