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Special Needs Shelter Information

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Emergency Preparedness and Response

Special Needs Definition

A person with special needs is defined as someone, who during periods of evacuation or emergency, requires sheltering assistance, due to physical impairment, mental impairment, cognitive impairment, sensory disabilities, visually or hearing impaired, or requires oxygen. The caregiver of a person with special needs should accompany and remain with them at the Special Needs Shelter for the duration of the emergency event if this type of assistance normally is needed. In addition:

  • You must bring your own medications and medical supplies.
  • Bring your own bedding.
  • Provide your own food if you are on a special diet.
  • Patients requiring oxygen must bring their own supplies or arrange with their supplier to deliver oxygen to the shelter.

Please view our brochure for more information.