Hurricane Dorian: Martin County Sheltering Information

Hurricane Dorian: Martin County Sheltering Information


  • Residents are encouraged to consider other options before deciding to go to an emergency shelter.
    • Martin County – shelters will open on Sunday
      • General
        • Port Salerno Elementary School in Stuart
        • Jensen Beach High School
        • Hidden Oaks Middle School in Palm City
        • Warfield Elementary School in Indiantown
      • Special Needs
        • Anderson Middle School in Stuart
          • Must pre-register by calling 772-287-1652 or going online to Martin dot FL dot US slash Special Needs
      • Pet Shelter
        • Willoughby Learning Center in Stuart
          • Can accommodate up to 300 residents and their pets.
          • Residents will be separated from their pets, but will be able to visit to care for them.
    • Other info
    • Emergency Hotline

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      • Martin County
        • 772-287-1652
        • 8am-6pm
    • Websites

      Social Media

      • Martin County
      • Martin County is under a local state of emergency as of Thursday, August 29 as Martin County Emergency Management officials continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dorian. Residents are urged to be prepared and finalize plans in advance of the storm.

        • Follow Martin County on Facebook | Twitter
        • Text ALERTMARTIN to 888777 to receive emergency alerts
        • Residents can call to have storm-related questions answered between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at (772) 287-1652.


        Beaches: Martin County beaches will be unguarded as of Saturday, August 31 at 5 p.m., as staff will be reassigned to emergency functions.

        Schools: Martin County School District will have a 2-hour early dismissal for Friday, August 30, and schools will remain closed on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

        Constitutional Offices: The Office of the Clerk & Comptroller of Martin County will be closed at noon on Friday, August 30, until further notice.

        SAND BAGS:

        Sand and bags are available for residents to make their own sand bags at 2151 SE Aviation Way in Stuart. Sand bags will be available until 7 p.m. on Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Limit of 25 bags per person. Residents are encouraged to bring a shovel.


        Emergency shelters will open on Sunday, September 1 for affected residents (opening times to be announced). Residents are encouraged to consider other options before deciding to go to an emergency shelter.


        • Port Salerno Elementary School, 3260 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart
        • Jensen Beach High School, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road, Jensen Beach
        • Hidden Oaks Middle School, 2801 SW Martin Highway, Palm City
        • Warfield Elementary School, 15260 SW 150th Street, Indiantown
        • Anderson Middle School (Special Needs), 7000 SE Atlantic Ridge Drive, Stuart

        What to Bring:

        • 3-5 days of non-perishable food (for those with special diets)
        • Water, medication, clothing, toiletries, snacks
        • Bedding, pillows, cots, sleeping bags
        • Identification, important documents, cash and flashlight
        • Books, magazines, quiet toys for kids
        • For infants: Food, supplies, diapers, blankets, bedding, clothing

        What Not to Bring:

        • Pets
        • Drugs/Alcohol
        • Firearms/Weapons


        A pet-friendly shelter will be available for Martin County residents and their dogs and/or cats at Willoughby Learning Center, located at 5150 SE Willoughby Boulevard in Stuart. The facility will accommodate up to 300 residents and their pets.

        The shelter will be opened on Sunday, September 1 (opening time to be determined). Residents will be separated from pets, but can visit to care for them. Please note: if the pet-friendly shelter experiences a loss of power, there will not be any air-conditioning.

        Items to bring to the pet-friendly shelter:

        • Crate
        • Shot records
        • Current rabies vaccination certificate
        • County animal license tags
        • Medications for you and your pet if needed
        • Food for you and your pet
        • Cleaning supplies if necessary
        • Newspaper or pet pad
        • Comfort items for your pet


        The Special Needs Program provides assistance to eligible citizens in time of disaster or when an evacuation has been ordered. This may be sheltering at a general shelter, or a special needs shelter that includes limited medical oversight and needs such as oxygen, as well as evacuation transportation to and from the shelter. Residents must pre-register and must renew each year. Residents can register online or call (772) 287-1652.


        Waste Management crews will be following the regular pick-up schedule and working through Saturday to clean up all vegetation and trash debris with green tags and any current work orders.


        For additional hurricane preparedness information, view the resources below, or call Martin County Emergency Management at (772) 287-1652.

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