Mobile Government


Medical Needs Shelter

Medical needs shelters should only be utilized as a last resort by those persons who live at home with stable medical conditions that require the ongoing assistance of an at-home care provider and who need to relocate because of the storm and who do not have an alternative location and source of care. If possible, such persons should seek shelter at the home of a family member or friend.

Persons seeking shelter in a medical needs shelter MUST be accompanied by one of their usual care providers and bring enough medications, other treatments, supplies and equipment to serve their needs for up to 72 hours.

Examples of persons who may qualify for a medical needs shelter include persons who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and have conditions and/or require equipment or treatment such as:

  • Portable ventilators
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Oxygen, nebulizer, or sleep apnea therapy that has been stable/maintained at home for 30 or more days.
  • Wheel-chair-bound patients
  • Frequently incontinent persons (urinary/bowel)
  • Diabetics who require assistance in their insulin medication
  • Simple-dressing changes of those requiring assistance with ADLs
  • Peritoneal dialysis, if the person self-administers or receives family assistance without complications requiring assistance with ADLs
  • Mild dementia without abusive or wandering behavior
  • Mental illness/mental retardation with non-agitated behavior
  • Ostomy patients
  • Foley/supra-pubic catheter patients
  • ADLs include activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, transfers and ambulation.

Persons with more severe conditions, e.g., those on non-portable ventilators or with an unstable medical condition, should seek shelter or care at a hospital or other appropriate institution. Persons with stable, underlying medical conditions that do not require the assistance of a care provider should seek shelter in mass care shelters.

In the event of an emergency, information about the location of medical needs shelters will be distributed through the media.