[Update: Miami-Dade has doubled the number of open shelters. Click here to see a full list with addresses. We will update the box below shortly.]
If you’ve been ordered to evacuate your home and are going to a shelter, you might not know what to expect when you get there.
All residents of Zones A, B and C were ordered to evacuate by Miami-Dade County officials. Plug in your address on this map to see what zone you’re in.
If you’re headed to a shelter, there are 20 currently open in Miami-Dade. But five are already filled to capacity, including one that accepts pets. If you need help getting to a shelter, you can check if transportation is available in your area.
But if you’ve never been to a shelter before, here are a few things you should know.
▪ You must bring your own nonperishable food, one gallon of water (per person, per day, for as long as three days), medications, bedding, towels, toilet paper and clothes.
▪ Shelters include accessible entryways, service areas and bathrooms for those with special needs. Service animals are permitted.
▪ If you have a pet, don’t forget their vaccination records, collar with their name and contact number, their food and water. In Miami-Dade you do not need to preregister your pet. In Broward, you do.
▪ There will be no beds or showers.
▪ Shelters are usually gymnasiums. You will be sleeping or sitting on the floor unless you bring an inflatable mattress or mat.
▪ Each person is given about 20 square feet of personal space.
▪ There will be A/C, as long as the generators are working. Bring a hand fan, officials recommend.
▪ Though shelter volunteers will not ask for your documents, make sure to bring important documents like your passport, ID, insurance cards or anything else you don’t want to lose.
▪ You will not be questioned on your immigration status.
▪ Doors to the shelter will close when winds reach sustained speeds of 40 mph.
▪ There will be a limited number of electric outlets to charge cellphones.
▪ You cannot register to go into a shelter and reserve your spot. If you go back home, you risk the shelter reaching its capacity. At that point, you need a plan B.
▪ If you or your family member have been separated after the hurricane, the American Red Cross will try to reunite you.
▪ Hot food will not be provided until after the storm passes.
Monique O. Madan:@MoniqueOMadan
▪ Pet-Friendly Center, E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exhibition, at Tamiami Park, 10901 Coral Way, Miami. 33165 (full)
▪ Miami Carol City Senior, 3301 Miami Gardens Dr., Miami Gardens
▪ Miami Central Senior, 1781 NW 95th St., Miami
▪ North Miami Senior, 13110 NE Eighth Ave., North Miami, 33161(full)
▪ TERRA Environmental, 11005 SW 84th St., Miami, 33173 (full)
▪ North Miami Beach Senior, 1247 NE 167th St., North Miami Beach
▪ South Miami Senior, 6856 SW 53th St., South Miami (full)
▪ Felix Varela Senior, 15255 SW 96th St., West Kendall, 33196 (full)
▪ Hialeah Gardens Senior, 11700 Hialeah Gardens Blvd., Hialeah Gardens, 33018
▪ Barbara Goleman Senior, 14100 NW 89 Ave., Miami Lakes, 33018
▪ Pet-Friendly Center, Highland Oaks Middle, 2375 NE 203 St., North Miami, 33180
▪ Ronald Reagan Senior, 8600 NW 107 Ave., Doral, 33178
▪ Country Club Middle, 18305 NW 75 Pl., Miami, 33015
▪ W. R. Thomas Middle, 13001 SW 26 St., Miami, 33175
▪ Robert Morgan Senior, 18180 SW 122 Ave., Miami, 33177 (full)
▪ South Dade Senior, 28401 SW 167 Ave., Homestead, 33030
▪ Coral Park Senior, 8865 SW 16 St., Miami, 33165
▪ Lakes Stevens Middle, 18484 NW 48 Pl., Miami Gardens, 33055
▪ American Senior High, 18350 NW 67 Ave., Hialeah, 33015
▪ Hammocks Middle, 9889 Hammocks Blvd., Miami, 33196