Category 1 & 2 Storms

For Category 1 and 2 hurricanes, Monroe County offers four shelters. They are located at Key West High School, Sugarloaf School, Marathon High School and Coral Shores High School. The are all pet-friendly, but know how to shelter your pet properly.                                

Key West High School
            Key West High School
            2100 Flagler St.
            Key West, FL
            Capacity: 352
Sugarloaf School
            Sugarloaf School
            MM 19
            255 Crane Blvd.
            Sugarloaf Key, FL
            Capacity: 307
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 Marathon High School
 350 Sombrero Rd.
 Marathon, FL
 Capacity: 280
Coral Shores High School
   Coral Shores High School
    MM 89.5
    89901 Over Seas Hwy.
    Plantation Key, FL          
    Capacity: 236

Map of Shelter Locations

Category 3, 4 & 5 Storms

There are no shelters in Monroe County that would be safe for a Category 3 or above storm. Evacuation becomes mandatory for everyone.

After an evacuation has been ordered, you will not be able to get medical, fire rescue or law enforcement help until a storm conditions subside, roads are made passable, and equipment is operable.

Once an evacuation order has been issued, Monroe County residents seeking public shelter on the mainland, will be informed of the shelter locations. Please note that sheltering options may include, Florida International University, the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fair and  Exposition (which will allow residents to shelter with their pets), and other facilities within Miami-Dade County, based on their availability on a per storm basis.  Information will be disseminated via the Monroe County official alerts, website, social media sites, MCTV Channel 76 & 99, as well as by local media and other local official government agencies.  

E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion: Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, Inc. 

10901 SW 24th Street; Miami, FL 

E Darwin Fuchs Pavilion

Directions to the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion

  • Leave Keys and take Florida Turnpike north toward Orlando (aka 821 or West Dade Expressway)    
  • Exit 23, take ramp right toward SW 40th St/ Bird Road
  • Bear slight Left onto SW 117th Ave.
  • Take the first right at lights, SW 40th St / Bird Road
  • Turn left at SW 112th Ave.
  • Turn right on 24th St., make U turn, entrance on your right.


Special Needs individuals will be transported to the Special Needs Shelter Located at the Florida International University (F.I.U) All Special Needs individuals must be pre-registered with Emergency Management. Click here for the Special Needs Registry Application. 

Florida International University (F.I.U.)
11290 SW 13th Street; University Park, RC 101, Miami, FL 33199

Directions to the Florida International University (F.I.U.)F.I.U.

  • Florida Turnpike north toward Orlando (aka 821 or West Dade Expressway
  • Exit 25, U.S. 41/SW 8th St
  • Bear right & merge with traffic on SW 8th St.  
  • Take the first right into FIU Campus

Pet Sheltering

For more  information about how to shelter your pet, click here.


For additional Information during times of emergency, you may contact the Monroe County Information Hotline at 1-800-955-5504.