Lee County Public Safety





Thank you for your interest in our Special Needs Program.  The information on the following two pages is geared toward helping you to make the best possible decision for your safety and well-being in the event of an impending hurricane.


Our Special Needs Program offers three types of shelters – Emergency Public Shelters, Special Care Shelters and Hospitals.  The Department of Health will determine which is appropriate for your needs based upon the information you provide on the attached application.  We also provide transportation to Emergency Public Shelters.


The Special Needs Program should be your backup plan for an evacuation if your other plans fall through or if you have no other place to go.  If at all possible, you should pre-arrange to evacuate with family, friends or at a motel out of harm’s way.  Making specific preparations now for where you will go if a hurricane is heading this way will take the worry and stress off both you and your loved ones.  Pack your items to take with you well in advance so you will be ready to leave as soon as evacuation orders are issued.


Emergency Public Shelters are usually located in schools and will accept anyone who is self-sufficient and needs no outside professional assistance in performing activities of daily living.  They are places to go if you have no other choice – they are not hospitals, nursing homes or hotels.  There is no smoking anywhere on the campuses of Lee County Schools.


Special Care Shelters are available for individuals that require assistance with activities of daily living.  They do not have advanced medical equipment, medications or the staff to provide advanced medical care – only basic medical assistance and monitoring is available.  A companion/caregiver must accompany you to a Special Care Shelter as there will be very limited hands-on care available.  Your companion/caregiver must bring something to sleep on, such as a cot or lawn chair, in addition to their personal items, food, money, etc.    We plan to provide some amenities at our Special Care shelter, but in a catastrophic hurricane event our focus will be on saving lives, so plan to bring to the shelter any items that are critical to your survival.


Hospitals are assigned if your physician decides that you need to be sheltered in a skilled nursing facility.  Shelter space at the hospital must be reserved in advance.  This requires a letter from your physician, which you will need to take with you to the hospital. This is for sheltering purposes only and does not include any medical care  A companion/caregiver must accompany you to the hospital and they will need to bring something to sleep on, personal items, food, money, etc. 


Transportation to Emergency Public Shelters can be pre-arranged.  If you note on the application that you need transportation to an Emergency Public Shelter, you will be called and notified of your pickup time.  You must be ready to evacuate when your transportation arrives.  If after listening to the radio or television for evacuation information, you are still unsure whether the evacuation applies to your location, you can call 2-1-1 for clarification. 


If you do not pre-arrange shelter transportation and realize you have no way to get to the shelter, you can go to any “LeeTran” bus stop or transfer point and get a free ride to an Emergency Public Shelter.



Hurricane Evacuation Check List





Approaching Storm


Ordered to Evacuate


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If you need further information or have any questions, please call Debbie Quimby, Special Needs Program Specialist at

(239) 533-0640.