Special needs prep for hurricane season

hurricane_EvacRouteSignIn Hillsborough County, Special Needs (Medical) Shelters provide temporary emergency facilities capable of providing care to residents whose medical conditions exceed the capabilities of a Red Cross Shelter, but not severe enough to require hospitalization. To make sure there are enough facilities to accommodate residents who need evacuation assistance to a special needs shelter, it is very important to register each year, preferably prior to the June 1st onset of hurricane season. If you need these services and have not yet registered, it is not too late!

To register for a special needs shelter and/or transportation, select one of the following options:

  • Call the Hillsborough County Health Department at 813-307-8063
  • Call the Hillsborough County InfoLine at 813-272-5900, TTY 813-301-7173
  • Call your home health care provider
  • Complete an evaluation form (below) and fax to 813-276-8689 or mail to:  Hillsborough County Health Department,P.O. Box 5135, Tampa, FL 33675-5135
  • English form
  • Spanish form

Here are some other great sources for useful information:

The Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management provides links to active storm info, the annual hurricane guide, the hurricane evacuation assessment tool, hurricane shelters, preparation & information, special needs, and transportation.

Also, during a hurricane evacuation, HART buses run special evacuation routes for people without alternative transportation to get to shelters on higher ground. Learn more about HART Emergency Evacuation Services. These routes
are provided to assist those who have no other options for getting to safety and are a critical lifeline.