List of shelters open along the Gulf Coast

Hurricane Florence

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Here is a list of shelters opening ahead of Hurricane Michael. 

Baldwin County

The commission has voted to open the shelter at the Baldwin County Coliseum for hurricane Michael evacuees.  The American Red Cross will operate the shelter. 

Okaloosa County

Davidson Middle School is now closed to general population evacuees. All general evacuees are asked to seek shelter at Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.

Special Needs Evacuees are still asked to go to Davidson Middle School. The shelter is still opened for special needs evacuees.

The capacity of Raider Arena is 2200. They are currently far under that number of evacuees reporting and will be able to accommodate more, should the need arise.

Please remember, we expect to begin feeling the effects of Hurricane Michael in the Okaloosa County area as soon as 1AM Wednesday morning. Please be evacuated or sheltering in place by that time.

For more information on how to prepare – go to our hurricane guide. This is the link to that guide:

Escambia County

  • Molino Elementary School is open at a pet-friendly shelter. Be sure to bring your pet’s food, water, bedding, medications, collar and id tag, leash, crate and proof of vaccination. Owners MUST remain at the shelter with their pets. Pets without proof of vaccinations will be vaccinated at the shelter. 
  • Escambia County Equestrian Center is open as a shelter for horses. Must have a current Coggins test certificate. For more information, call 850-941-6042
  • Pensacola Bay Center is open as a shelter for general population and those with special needs

If you go to a shelter,  be sure to bring the following items for yourself and members of your family: 

  • A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes
  • Toiletries and personal items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags and pillows
  • ID and any important papers
  • Games, toys or books for children
  • Books for adults
  • Special items for infants or elderly family members
  • Any special dietary needs and nonperishable foods for snacks
  • Battery-operated radio, flashlights and plenty of spare batteries
  • Prescription medications or any over-the-counter medications you normally take

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