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We've reached out to Bay Area counties to check on shelters for Tropical Storm Elsa.

They are posted below, and we'll update the page as other shelter information becomes available.

For the latest Elsa update, click here.


In preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa, Hillsborough County will open an emergency storm shelter on Tuesday, July 6 for residents who are concerned for their safety.

The shelter is located at Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Road in Riverview. The shelter will open at 8 a.m.

No evacuations have been called in Hillsborough County. The shelter is intended for residents who are concerned about staying in their homes during a tropical storm, such as those dependent on electricity for home medical needs or who live in homes and manufactured housing that are susceptible to storm damage.

Pets will be accepted. Pet owners must bring a sturdy carrier for each pet that allows room for the pet to stand up and move around. Also bring proof of current rabies vaccination and license for dogs and cats, and pet supplies including food, water, litter, treats, cleaning supplies, and medications, etc. The pet must arrive on a leash or in a carrier.

Wherever possible, residents should consider other alternatives to a public shelter, such as staying with friends, family, or in a hotel.

Residents who need transportation to the shelter and have no other options can call to request assistance. Calls can be made to (813) 272-5900 beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

COVID-19 coronavirus protocols will be in place. Health screenings and temperature checks will be conducted at the door. Face coverings will be required to be worn while inside. In addition to face coverings and hand sanitizer, residents should bring only essential items including the following:

  • Bedding
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Special dietary foods
  • Baby supplies
  • Important paperwork
  • Cards, books, and games can help pass the time, especially for young children.


Lealman Exchange and Ross Norton Recreation Center shelters open Tuesday, July 6

Pinellas County will open two shelters at 9 a.m. Tuesday for residents seeking emergency shelter from Tropical Storm Elsa.

  • The Lealman Exchange shelter, located at 5175 45th St. N in St. Petersburg, will open for the general population, those with special needs and persons with pets.
  • Ross Norton Recreation Center shelter, located at 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr Ave. in Clearwater, will open to the general population.

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will offer free rides to the two shelters starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Pets will be permitted on evacuation buses as long as they are in a pet carrier. 

For the latest info on PSTA bus service, call 727-540-1900 or visit


Manatee County will open an emergency shelter at Manatee High School on Tuesday, July 6 at 8 a.m. for those who live in mobile homes, low-lying areas or areas prone to flooding. This is a non-mandatory evacuation, and the shelter is pet-friendly.

Residents on the Special Needs Registry are currently being contacted to set up arrangements for evacuation to the County’s special needs shelter, which is designated for those who are oxygen or electricity dependent to survive.

Manatee County shelters will conduct temperature checks and screen visitors by asking if they’re displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. Shelters will have increased spacing as demand allows for social distancing, masks are encouraged and will be provided and if people feel ill they will be separated into other rooms.


A general population, special needs and pet-friendly shelter will open beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 6, 2021 for residents in some locations. 

Visit to find the location of your evacuation zone.

In Brooksville, a voluntary evacuation order is in place for coastal Zone A, mobile homes and low-lying areas.

The Enrichment Center (ECI) in Brooksville will open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, July 6, as shelter for residents in these zones and will accommodate the general population, special needs and is pet-friendly. The Enrichment Center is located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard. Residents may visit, to find the zone locations.

We'll add Polk, Pasco and Citrus counties when that information becomes available.


Pasco County is opening the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter at 6:30 p.m. as a last resort for anyone wanting to leave their home ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa.

If you do not want to ride out the storm at home, please first attempt to find shelter with relatives, neighbors or friends. If that is not an option, you can self-evacuate directly to the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, located at 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson. Transportation will not be provided, so please plan accordingly.