• List of Jacksonville-area shelters open because of Hurricane Matthew


    Note status changes of shelters below. Action News Jax was told that beds are filling up, but people are not being turned.

    Disaster shelters are opening up in Northeast Florida due to Hurricane Matthew. 

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    Duval County

    Action News Jax was told that most, if not all shelters in the Jacksonville area are at capacity for cots. But people can still come.

    Salvation Army in Jacksonville

    The Salvation Army in Jacksonville will open a shelter on Adams Street in downtown for anyone needing shelter from Hurricane Matthew. Shelter will open as weather dictates and will stay open as long as necessary.

    Disaster canteens are prepared to respond with food and water. The Towers Center of Hope will continue to serve free meals to the public on its regular schedule, at 6:30pm every evening. After dinner guests seeking shelter will be given a safe place to sleep for the night, and coffee and breakfast in the morning.

    The Center of Hope information hotline is 904-356-8641.

    The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida has also prepared its disaster canteens in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. 

    City Rescue Mission

    The City Rescue Mission is offering a disaster shelter for those without homes.  The shelter is located at 234 West State St, Jacksonville, FL. 

    Check-in will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and extend through the night.  No one will be turned away. 

    As the severe weather persists into the daytime, shelter hours will be prolonged throughout the day.  It will stay open until the storm has passed.


    Additional Shelters:

    • Chimney Lakes Elementary School (9353 Staples Mill Dr. – 32244; General population, pet friendly)
    • At Capacity -- The Legends Center (5130 Soutel Dr.- 32208; Special needs, general population, pet friendly)
    • Atlantic Coast High School (9735 R. G. Skinner Parkway – 32256; Special needs, general population, pet friendly)
    • Twin Lakes Elementary School (8000 Point Meadows Dr. – 32256; Special needs, general population)
    • Landmark Middle School (101 Kernan Blvd. N. – 32225; Special needs, general population, pet friendly)
    • Mandarin Middle School (5100 Hood Rd. –  32257; Special needs, general population, pet friendly) 

    These shelter locations are primarily for residents with special needs, and people who may live in areas of concern. Individuals with special needs requiring shelter support should contact 630-CITY (2489) for more information. 


    Clay county 

    Action News Jax was told that most, if not all shelters in the Orange Park area are at capacity for cots. But people can still come.

    Clay County announced the opening of four shelters at the following locations:

    • Lake Asbury Junior High 
    • Keystone Heights Junior and Senior High School
    • Orange Park High School
    • Clay High School


    St. Johns County

    The following facilities are currently the only open shelters and that the Pedro Menendez shelter is currently at capacity. 

    • Bartram Trail High School
    • Osceola Elementary School
    • Otis Mason Elementary School
    • Pedro Menendez High School (AT CAPACITY)
    •  South Woods Elementary School
    • Timberlin Creek Elementary School
    • Mill Creek Elementary School
    • Pacetti Bay Middle School

    St. Johns County said that the evacuees should bring bedding, including sleeping bags or air mattresses, pillows, sheets, and blankets.

    A three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, medication, diapers, and other personal items are also suggested.


    Putnam County

    Putnam County Emergency Management officials will be opening the following shelters Thursday at 3 p.m.

    • Kelley Smith Elementary School (for special needs people only)
    • Ochwilla Elementary School (pet-friendly)
    • Middleton-Burney Elementary School
    • Browning-Pearce Elementary School
    • Interlachen Elementary School


    Southern Georgia 

    The American Red Cross has a list of shelters available to coastal Georgia residents. The following shelters are scheduled to open Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.:

    • West Laurens High School in Dexter, Ga
    • Dublin High School in Dublin, Ga 31021
    • East Laurens HS 920 Hwy 80 E.; East Dublin, Ga 
    • Trinity United Methodist Church in Waycross, GA 
    • Waycros Middle School in Waycross, GA  
    • Colquitt First Baptist Church  400 Main Street Moultrie, GA 31768
    • Lowndes Park Avenue Methodist Church 100 E. Park Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31602
    • Peach Ft. Valley State University 
      Bibb Macon City Auditorium 
    • Centreplex
    • N Macon & E Macon Community Centers 

    Residents who need to participate in the Need a Ride program will be taken to the nearest available Red Cross shelter. Pick up will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Oct. 6.  Designated pick up locations are Harris Teeter shopping center on St. Simons and Lanier Plaza in Brunswick.

    Lanier Plaza is a “pet friendly” location for those needing to evacuate with pets.


    Glynn County

    The following Red Cross shelters are currently open:
    • Hephzibah Children’s Home, 6601 Zebulon Rd., Macon, GA 
    • First Baptist Church, 400 Main St., Moultrie, GA
    • Swainsboro Rec. Dept., 632 McLeod Bridge Rd., Swainsboro, GA
    • Park Avenue Methodist Church, 100 E. Park Ave., Valdosta, GA
    • Peach County Fire Station 6, 1770 U S Hwy. 341, Fort Valley, GA
    • Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave., Augusta, GA

    Pet-friendly shelters in Houston, Sumter and Tift counties

    • Houston County  * Horses ONLY* 60 Stalls
    Georgia  National Fairgrounds
    401 Larry Walker Parkway
    Perry, GA 31069

    • Sumter County
    Sumter County Humane Society
    108 Industrial Blvd
    Americus, GA 31719

    • Tift County
    Tift County Extension Bldg
    1468 Carpenter Rd
    Tifton, GA 31794


    Nassau County

    The shelter locations listed below will open at 6 a.m. on Oct. 6.

    General Population Shelters (No Pets)

    Bryceville Elementary School, 6504 Church Ave, Bryceville, FL 32009

    Callahan Intermediate School, 34586 Ball Park Rd, Callahan, FL 32011

    Hilliard Elementary School, 27568 Ohio St, Hilliard, FL 32045

    West Nassau High School, 1 Warrior Drive, Callahan, FL

    Pet-Friendly Shelter
    Callahan Middle School, 450121 Old Dixie Hwy, Callahan, FL 32011

    Special Medical Needs Shelter
    Hilliard Middle-Senior High School, 1 Flashes Ave, Hilliard, FL 32045

    The following location pick-up locations and times are available for those who need transportation to a shelter:

    Fernandina Beach
    -Harris Teeter parking lot, 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.
    -Ball's Shopping Center, 6:45 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m.
    -Atlantic Rec Center, 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.
    -Peck Center, 7:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m.

    -Springhill Baptist Church, 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.
    -Lowe's parking lot, 6:45 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m.
    -Black Rock Baptist Church, 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.
    -Target shopping center, 7:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m.


    Bradford County 

    Bradford County is opening up a shelter due to upcoming Hurricane Matthew at Starke Elementary School. The shelter will be open at 5 p.m. on Oct. 6.


    Marion County 

    The county said it will open up a shelter at the Marion County Sheriff's Office multi-purpose room in Ocala. The shelter will open Oct. 6 at 12 p.m. and will stay open until the end of the storm.

    The Southeastern Livestock Pavilion will open to shelter for livestock during the storm. All livestock will be accepted during regular business hours but owners must provide food and water for animals. The cost for a stall is $10 a day. Stalls are first come first serve with 188 available stalls. Call 352-671-8600 for more information.

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