Hernando County Special Needs Shelter


Brooksville, Florida – In response to Hurricane Ian, the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County prepared for the start of operations of the Special Needs Shelter at the Challenger K8 School of Science and Mathematics, 13400 Elgin Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34609.

If you know or are caring for someone with a disability or special needs, such as a medical condition that requires assistance but not hospitalization, it is important that you pre-register with the Florida Special Needs Shelter Registry.

The Florida Special Needs Registry registers people in need of services with your local emergency management office, so you can get help quickly in an emergency.

You can access the Florida Special Needs Registry here. You will need to sign in with an existing account or create a new account.

In an emergency, such as an evacuation for a hurricane, you may need to go to a special needs shelter. By registering through the Florida Special Needs Shelter Registry, you will receive important information from local emergency management officials about evacuation and shelter options available to you.

If you qualify for a special needs shelter, your kit should include the following:

  • List of drugs and dosage
  • A 30-day supply of medication
  • Vital medical equipment for those who may be dependent on electricity or oxygen,
  • Back-up power sources for essential medical equipment
  • Any special dietary needs or food
  • Personal information, including photo ID, insurance card, emergency contacts, and contact information for your primary care provider

After completing the Florida Special Needs Registry, additional information will be provided by your local emergency management agency regarding evacuation and sheltering options available to you.

For more information on the status of your local shelter, please visit https://www.floridadisaster.org/shelter-status/.

health care providers

If you are a health care provider, please contact [email protected] to obtain a Special Needs Registry ID to ensure that you are able to use all of the health care provider’s features.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, strives to protect, promote, and improve the health of all Florida residents through integrated state, county, and from the community. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @HealthyHernando. For more information about the Florida Department of Health, please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.


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