Hurricane Ian: Shelters opening in Northeast Florida due to evacuations

Columbia County closes all shelter locations

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Here is a list of shelters opening in Northeast Florida counties due to Hurricane Ian.

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Alachua County

In anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Ian, Alachua County has opened a special needs shelter at the Alachua County Senior Recreation Center (5701 N.W. 34th Blvd., Gainesville).

The county EOC says the shelters should only be used by those living in homes that are potentially unsafe in high winds, such as mobile and manufactured homes, and for people living in flood-prone areas.

Special needs shelters provide one cot per patient, not caregiver. Caregivers are asked to bring any needed bedding. When packing to go to a shelter, please bring special dietary foods and any prescription medications. Also, bring spare clothing, personal care items (hygiene, toiletries, etc.), spare eyeglasses/contacts, and identification.

Alachua County has activated the 311 Emergency Information Line. This is for questions and rumor control.

Baker County

The special needs shelter is located at the Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital, 159 N 3rd St, Macclenny. To register, call 904-259-6111.

If you are eligible for a special needs shelter, remember to bring:

  • List of medications and dosage
  • A 30-day supply of medications
  • Vital medical equipment for those who may be electrically or oxygen dependent
  • Backup energy sources for essential medical equipment
  • Any special dietary needs or food
  • Personal information including a photo ID, insurance card, emergency contacts, and your primary care provider’s contact information

Bradford County

The shelter is open for general population, pets and special needs at Starke Elementary School, 1000 Weldon Street, Starke. Pets MUST BE in a crate with its own water and food supply

Clay County

Clay County Emergency Management Director John Ward said evacuations are for zones A, B and C, as well as the North and South prongs of Black Creek. Those in need can begin going to the shelters listed below at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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  • Lake Asbury Junior High School, 2851 Sandridge Rd, Green Cove Springs, 32043 (special needs shelter)
  • Clay High School, 2025 FL-16, Green Cove Springs, 32043
  • Wilkinson Elementary School 4965 Co Rd 218, Middleburg, 32068
  • Keystone Heights High School, 900 Orchid Ave, Keystone Heights, 32656 (pet friendly)
  • Orange Park High School, 2300 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, 32073 (pet friendly)

Columbia County

As of Thursday around 3:30 p.m., Columbia County officials said all emergency shelter locations were closed.

Emergency Shelter Locations:

  • Winfield Community Center, 1324 NW Winfield St., Lake City, 32055
  • Pinemount Elementary School, 324 SW Gabriel Place, Lake City, 32024
  • Fort White High School, 17828 SW State Road 47, Fort White, 32038

Duval County

Four area shelters will open Wednesday at 5 p.m. for anyone who needs shelter.

Citizens are encouraged to be JaxReady by staying up to date with the latest emergency notifications from Duval County Emergency Management. Duval County uses AlertJax (powered by the Everbridge Automated Notification System) to warn citizens of a potential or pending emergency. Register for AlertJax Emergency Notifications.

  • LaVilla Middle School: 501 N Davis St, Jacksonville, 32202
  • Landmark Middle School: 101 Kernan Blvd, Jacksonville, 32225
  • Atlantic Coast High School: 9735 R G Skinner Pkwy, Jacksonville, 32256
  • The Legends Center: 5130 Soutel Dr, Jacksonville, 32208

Flagler County

Effective at 1 p.m. Wednesday, there is an evacuation order for portions of the county.

Residents and visitors in mobile homes and RVs countywide.

Zone A, the barrier island from Flagler Beach to Marineland, as well as the following low-lying areas in Zone B — the Bulowville neighborhoods east of John Anderson Highway and the Palm Drive and Lambert Avenue neighborhoods. Non-elevated homes in the low-lying areas of Zone F, which is the area surrounding and near Crescent Lake and Dead Lake to include Daytona North are also in the evacuation order.

At the website, residents can sign up for the ALERTFlagler notification system, directly accessible at Local shelters are below:

  • Bunnell Elementary: General Population and pets, 305 N. Palmetto Street, Bunnell
  • Rymfire Elementary: Special Needs, 1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast

Nassau County

Two shelters opened Wednesday at noon. Updates will be sent via ALERTNassau, posted on and the county’s social media.

  • Hilliard Middle Senior High, 1 Flashes Drive, Hilliard, 32046 (special needs shelter)
  • Callahan Middle School, 450121 Old Dixie Highway, Callahan, 32033 (pet friendly shelter)

Putnam County

Putnam County Emergency Management on Monday evening recommended that residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas within the county. Most areas are expected to receive between 7 and 15 inches of rain.

Specifically, officials said that residents in evacuation zones A and F, areas with a history of flooding and mobile homes should heed the advice.

Shelters in Putnam County will open at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Emergency Management provided the following list:


  • Robert H. Jenkins, Jr. Elementary School (formerly Interlachen Elementary School), 251 County Rd 315, Interlachen
  • QI Roberts JR-SR High School, 901 State Rd 100, Florahome
  • Browning-Pearce Elementary School, 100 Bear Blvd, San Mateo
  • Middleton-Burney Elementary School, 1020 Huntington Rd, Crescent City
  • Ochwilla Elementary School, 299 State Rd 21, Hawthorne, 32640 (pet friendly shelter)
  • Kelley Smith Elementary School, 141 Kelly Smith School Rd, Palatka, 32177 (special needs shelter)

For more information and to find out your evacuation zone, please visit or call the EOC call center at 386-329-1904.

St. Johns County

St. Johns County issued an evacuation order for around 180,000 residents in areas around waterways that began at 6 a.m. on Wednesday as Hurricane Ian approaches the state.

Residents in evacuation Zones A and B as well as Zone F south of County Road 214 are being asked to leave and get to a safe place on higher ground. The zones being asked to evacuate include all of the City of St. Augustine as well as areas near the coastline and the St. Johns River. Zone maps can be found on the county website.

County Administrator Hunter Conrad said three county shelters will open at noon on Wednesday for residents, including:

  • Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Lane, St. Augustine, 32092 (special needs shelter)
  • Freedom Crossing Academy, 1365 Shetland Drive, St. Johns, 32259 (special needs shelter)
  • South Woods Elementary School, 4750 SR-206 West, Elkton, 32033 (pet-friendly)
  • Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Lane, St. Augustine, 32092 pet-friendly)
  • Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy, St. Johns, 32259
  • Osceola Elementary School, 1605 Osceola Elementary Road, St. Augustine, 32084
  • Creekside High School, 100 Knights Lane, St. Johns, 32259
  • Otis Mason Elementary School, 207 Mason Manatee Way, St. Augustine, 32086
  • Cunningham Creek Elementary, 1205 Roberts Road, St. Johns, 32259
  • Patriot Oaks Academy, 475 Longleaf Pine Parkway, St. Johns, 32259
  • Durbin Creek Elementary School, 4100 Race Track Road, St. Johns, 32259
  • Pedro Menendez High School, 600 SR-206 West, St. Augustine, 32086
  • Hickory Creek Elementary School, 235 Hickory Creek Trail, St. Johns, 32259
  • Mill Creek Elementary School, 3750 International Golf Pkwy, St. Augustine. 32092
  • Tocoi Creek High School, 11200 St. Johns Parkway, St. Augustine, 32092
  • Fruit Cove Middle School, 3180 Race Track Road, St. Johns, 32259

Recommended shelter supplies are listed on the county’s website at