Hurricane Irma Update - Volusia County Shelters

Public Shelters

Public shelters will begin opening Saturday morning in Volusia County. If possible, evacuees should stay with family and friends prior to seeking public shelter. Residents should not go to public shelters before they open.

Residents are asked to review a list of items to bring with them to the shelters that is posted at

Special Needs Shelters

Residents who are physically, mentally or sensory disabled and those who need supplemental oxygen are asked to seek shelter at one of the special needs shelters that will be opening Saturday.

  • Residents who have signed up for a special needs shelter and have not heard back are asked to go to the special needs shelter, where they will be triaged and admitted accordingly.
  • Residents who did not sign up with the special needs registry are asked to go to the special needs shelter, where they will be triaged and admitted accordingly.
  • Evacuees should be accompanied by a caregiver if this type of assistance normally is needed. 

Special needs shelters cannot accommodate isolation patients and people who need 24-hour dedicated care, a hospital bed, ventilator or other complex care. These individuals should discuss other shelter arrangements with their health care provider or home health provider.

Special needs shelter evacuees should contact Volusia County Animal Services at 386-248-1790 to discuss assistance for sheltering pets.

Evacuees may need to stay at a shelter for several days during an emergency. Since space is limited, they should bring only:

  • Special dietary food, snacks and comfort food
  • Bedding, pillow, blanket
  • Extra clothing, jacket
  • Medications and medical supplies
  • Oxygen supplies (if necessary, arrange with your oxygen company to deliver to the designated special needs shelter)
  • Toiletry items
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Diapers and necessities for infants and elderly and disabled persons
  • Time occupiers such as books, magazines, games and cards
  • Important papers, credit cards, cash and identification

Shelters opening in Volusia County

The following shelters will open at the times noted. Residents are asked to not arrive at a shelter before the opening time.

Opening at 10 a.m. Saturday

  • General Shelters
    • University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City
    • Taylor Middle/High School, 100 E. Washington Ave., Pierson
    • Sweetwater Elementary School, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd., Port Orange
    • Cypress Creek Elementary School, 6100 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange


  • Special Needs Shelters (these are pet friendly for those with special needs)
    • Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave, Daytona Beach
    • Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange
    • Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange
    • Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand
    • Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona
  • General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters
    • Hinson Middle School, 1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach
    • Citrus Grove Elementary School, 729 Hazen Road, DeLand
    • Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Drive, Deltona
    • Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand

Opening at noon Saturday

  • General Shelters
    • Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
    • River Springs Middle School, 900 West Ohio Ave., Orange City
    • Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona
    • DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand
  • General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters
    • Pine Trail Elementary School, 300 Airport Road, Ormond Beach
    • Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Drive, Daytona Beach