Emergency Shelters

  • Shelter openings vary with each emergency. These shelters are hurricane evacuation shelters, not tornado shelters, cold weather shelters or flood shelters.
  • Stay tuned to local media to determine which shelters are open. Shelters only open when all other local resources are expected to be expended.
  • Be aware of which shelters are pet friendly. If you plan to go to a pet-friendly shelter, please be familiar with the Pet Requirements for Shelters (below) in advance.
  • Sign up for the Special Needs Registry if you do not have transportation to get to a shelter and will need assistance.
  • Public shelters should be a last option. It is always recommended to stay with family and friends if possible when you're told to evacuate.

Do not go to the shelter until local officials announce, through the media, that the shelter is open.

Manatee County Shelter Listing

View map of emergency shelter locations, or use our Resident Information Tool to find your evacuation level, nearest emergency shelters, and more.

No. Shelter Name Pets Allowed Status
18 Bayshore Elementary School
6120 26th Street West, Bradenton

13 Braden River Middle School
6215 River Club Blvd., Bradenton

19 Braden River High
6545 SR 70 East, Bradenton
24 Buffalo Creek Middle School
7320 69th Street East, Palmetto

28 Daughtrey Elementary
515 63rd Ave East, Bradenton

2 Freedom Elementary School
9515 State Road 64 East, Bradenton

25 Gullett Elementary School
12125 44th Ave East, Bradenton

11 Haile Middle School
9501 State Road 64 East, Bradenton

15 Johnson Middle School
2121 26th Avenue East, Bradenton

17 Kinnan Elementary School
3415 Tallevast Road, Sarasota

4 Lee Middle School
4000 534d Avenue West, Bradenton

6 Manatee High School
902 33rd St Ct W, Bradenton
5 McNeal Elementary School
6325 Lorraine Road, Bradenton

26 Miller Elementary School
4201 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

20 Mills Elementary School
7200 69th Street East, Palmetto


7 Myakka City Elementary School
37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka City

14 Oneco Elementary School
5214 22nd Street Court East, Bradenton

22 Prine Elementary School
3801 Southern Parkway, Bradenton

9 Rodgers Garden Elementary
515 13th Ave West, Bradenton

16 Rowlett Elementary School
3500 9th Street East, Bradenton
1 Seabreeze Elementary School
3601 71st Street West, Bradenton

8 Tillman Elementary School
1415 29th Street East, Palmetto

27 Williams Elementary School
3404 Fort Hamer Road, Parrish

23 Willis Elementary School
14705 The Masters Avenue, Bradenton

12 Witt Elementary School
200 Rye Road, Bradenton


Printable Shelter Lists

What to Bring to the Shelter

In addition to your emergency supplies (food, water, medicine, flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, etc.), the following are good items to bring with you if you must evacuate to a shelter:

  • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags or air mattresses
  • Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, hearing aids (and batteries), etc.
  • Personal toiletries, towels
  • Folding chairs, lawn chairs or cots Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for children
  • Important papers and irreplaceable keepsakes (driver’s license, special medical information, insurance policies and property inventories, photographs)

Pet Shelter Requirements

Pet sheltering requirements and rules are important during disaster situations. Your cooperation in making a pet friendly shelter environment enjoyable is appreciated.

  • Pet(s) must arrive with a carrier or cage. Cages will not be available on site.
  • Pet(s) must remain in carrier (except at scheduled exercise times).
  • Owners must provide pet food and other pet supplies as needed.
  • Owners must provide certification that pet(s) are current with rabies vaccination
  • Owners will not permit other shelter occupants to handle or approach pet(s).
  • Owners are responsible for the care, feeding and handling of their own pet(s).

Pet Survival Kit for Pet-Friendly Shelters

  • Proper ID collar and rabies license tag
  • Carrier or cage
  • Water and food bowls
  • Medications
  • Food supply to last about three days
  • Special care instructions
  • Newspapers/plastic bags for waste disposal
  • Toys and comfort items
  • Muzzles, if necessary
  • First aid supplies
  • Manual can opener
  • Proper ID on all belongings