Local Emergency Management officials will determine which shelters will be opened during an incident and will communicate this information through the media, social media and the JaxReady App. Before going to a shelter, be sure to secure your home and eat something if time permits. It is important to note that a shelter is a place of safety for those whose homes are unsafe. There is very little privacy in a shelter, and the conditions are often crowded. No smoking, firearms, weapons, or alcohol is permitted in ANY shelter.
The general population shelters are managed by the American Red Cross. These shelters are open to everyone and filed on a first served basis.
There are some additional considerations for going to a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please visit this link from the CDC to learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/covid-19/public-disaster-shelter-during-covid.html