Special Needs Shelter Registration

Broward County Special Needs Shelter Registration

The Florida Division of Emergency Management, in coordination with Broward County’s emergency management agency, developed a registry to allow residents with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. Pre-registration for the Special Needs Shelter is open throughout the year, and while not required, is strongly encouraged to ensure that the shelter will be adequately prepared to meet your needs.

If you have a medical condition that requires a higher level of care than that provided at a General Population Shelter, but you do not require hospitalization or a medical institution, a Special Needs Shelter may be appropriate for you. These shelters offer basic medical assistance and monitoring. They are staffed by qualified medical personnel and have back-up electricity for limited lighting and essential medical equipment. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to accompany you.

Please click the link for an application and additional information on special needs shelters and transportation.  View Details

Reasonable accommodation will be made for shelter residents with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you need transfer assistance, sign language interpretation and other auxiliary aids, or a quiet zone for a cognitive disability or mental health need, call 954-831-3902 or TTY 954-831-3940 for the most updated information.

Residents with service animals are welcome at all shelter sites so long as the pet meets the requirements under Federal law.  Click ADA Requirements for Service Animals for additional information.

In addition, click on this Special Needs Shelter Kit Checklist (PDF)​ to help you when preparing to go to the Special Needs shelter.