In the event of a hurricane, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County is responsible for the medical management and staffing of Special Needs Shelters, if activated. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County works in coordination with Broward County Emergency Management, hospitals, emergency medical services providers, as well as other ESF #8 partners. A Special Needs Shelter (SpNS) is a place to go when there is no other sheltering option. Shelters may be activated during an emergency event to provide mass care for people who cannot safely remain in their home. Special Needs Shelters are designed to meet the needs of persons who require assistance that exceed services provided at a general population shelter. Special Needs Shelters are intended to provide, to the extent possible under emergency conditions, an environment that can sustain an individual's level of health.
For more information and to download the Broward County ADULT (age 21 and over) Special Needs Sheltering application, please visit Broward County's special needs shelter website. The ADULT application is available in English, Spanish and Creole at that website.
Applications should be completed by the client’s primary doctor (if possible) or the client/guardian, and mailed to:ADULT Special Needs Registry
Broward County Emergency Management Division
201 NW 84th Avenue
Plantation, FL 33324
CHILDREN’S Special Needs Registry
Florida Department of Health in Broward County
780 SW 24th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
OR fax children’s application to: (954) 767-5155
We strongly recommend that children and adults register in advance. Please don’t wait until a storm is approaching.
DOH Hurricane and Severe Weather Information