Lee County Special Needs Program​​​

The Special Needs Program is available to all Lee County residents at no cost. It provides shelter for those who live in a home and/or area that is not safe from storm surge or wind, and have no other safe place to go. It also provides transportation to a shelter for those residents who do not have a way to get there. You must register to receive these services by completing the Special Needs Program application below. 

Registering with the Special Needs Program does not guarantee you will be assigned a space in the Special Medical Needs Shelter.  Your application will be reviewed by the Department of Health, and you will be assigned to a shelter where your needs can be managed.



Special Needs Application     

Programa de Necesidades Medicas Especiales
 ​Special Needs Program Checklist​   (for JAWS)
Programa de Necesidads Especiales   (for JAWS)

​​    Printable application - English                                       Aplicación imprimible - Español

 Some things you should know about the program:

  • You must update your information every year. 
  • We stop processing applications when Lee County enters the five-day forecast cone of a storm, so submit your application early in the season.
  • Not every shelter will open. Only those safe from storm surge and wind for each particular storm will open.
  • Emergency Public Shelters are open to everyone and do not require pre-registration.
  • Bring to the shelter things you need to survive, such as prescriptions, personal hygiene items, sleeping bag, cot, pillow, change of clothes, glasses, special dietary needs, books/magazines/cards or other things to help pass the time while sheltering.
  • Food and water will be provided, but we suggest you bring some food and drinks with you.
  • Service animals are allowed in all shelters.
  • You can bring your dog or cat to shelter with you at the General Population and Special Medical Needs Shelters.  They will be housed and sleep in a different area from you, but you will have access to them for feeding, walking and spending time.

What you need to know about the Special Medical Needs Shelter:

  • The Special Medical Needs Shelter will be open for those with medical needs that require electricity, such as oxygen dependence, dialysis, ventilators, nebulizers, etc.
  • You must pre-register for the Special Medical Needs Shelter using the application above.
  • You need a companion/caregiver to accompany you during the time you shelter, as we have a limited number of staff working.
  • After a shelter has been assigned to you by Dept. of Health, you will receive a confirmation letter and instructions to advise what to expect if shelters are opening.
  • You will receive a call to let you know when we are opening the Special Medical Needs Shelter.

If you have questions about the Special Needs Program, call 239-533-0640.