Evacuation Information & Special Needs Shelters
Hurricane Evacuation Centers
- Evacuation Centers- Please remember that not all evacuation centers will open when an evacuation order is announced and then a list will be provided. For a list of OPEN SHELTERS, monitor the local radio or television, or dial 3-1-1 (TDD (305) 468-5402)
- People who require special assistance in evacuating can dial 3-1-1 to get information about specialized evacuation centers.
- Pet-friendly Evacuation Centers and Animal Supplies Checklist
Who should evacuate:
- Residents who live in mobile homes
- Residents on life-dependent medical or electric equipment
- Residents who live in an evacuation zone mandated to be evacuated (click on map to download)
Those residents who live in mobile homes as well as those who depend on life-dependent and/or electric medical equipment should evacuate for any category storm. Evacuation orders will be transmitted by direct warnings or through the media.
Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program/ Special Needs Shelters
Residents who require evacuation assistance or special assistance of medical monitoring should register for the Emergency and Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP) before hurricane season to ensure help will be given following an evacuation order. Assistance may also be provided after an emergency.
This program is for individuals with functional and access needs who live alone or with families who
- cannot evacuate on their own due to medical or specialized transportation needs
- are homebound or bedridden, unable to walk and do not have transportation options
- are on life-sustaining medical equipment that requires electricity
- require assistance with daily living activities
If you know of someone with limited mobility and medical issues, help them to sign up for the EEAP to ensure they receive assistance.
Pre-registered residents in the EEAP will receive priority. Visit the Emergency and Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP) page to learn more about the program, printout an application or register online. Call 311 if you would like an application sent to you, including alternate formats such as Braille or large print.
IMPORTANT: Residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or group homes must follow their own facilities’ emergency plans. Facilities implement their mutual aid agreements should they need to evacuate.
Public Transportation Services
During a hurricane evacuation order, Miami-Dade County may provide emergency public bus pick-up for residents who do not have their own transportation to the Evacuation Centers.
Specific Bus Pick-Up sites will be activated only for hurricane evacuations. Residents should listen to the media or call 311 to find out when the buses will transport people from the pick-up sites to Red Cross Evacuation Centers. Buses that will transport people for hurricane evacuations will have a special notice on the front of the bus where the route information is displayed.
If you’re unable to get to an evacuation center, the County has emergency evacuation bus pick-up sites you can use. Emergency evacuation bus pick-up sites are identified by a sign that reads "EMERGENCY EVACUATION BUS PICK-UP SITE."
The buses placed into service for the evacuation will have accessible wheelchair lifts and will have displays that read "EMERGENCY EVACUATION." These buses will only travel between emergency evacuation bus pick-up sites and evacuation centers.
If a designated emergency evacuation bus pick-up site is not located near you, use Miami-Dade Transit to get there. Be sure to tell the bus operator of your intention to go to an emergency evacuation pick-up site. Public transportation may shut down three hours before the storm or when winds exceed 39 mph.
For more information listen to local media, use our SAFE application or call 311.