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

No. Shelter Name Address 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 YES CLOSED
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 Carlos 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 YES CLOSED
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 YES


7 Myakka 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 G.D. Rodgers Garden Elementary 515 13th Ave West, Bradenton
1 Seabreeze Elementary School 3601 71st Street West, Bradenton
8 Tillman Elementary School 1415 29th Street East, Palmetto
27 Annie Lucy 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