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Special Needs Shelter

In the time of disaster, it is important for residents to be informed of the provision of a special needs shelter, who qualifies for this service, what is expected of the shelter and what individuals seeking shelter are expected to provide for themselves.

A special needs shelter is a last-resort refuge from a pending disaster. It is a safe place for those who need a more skilled level of care than a regular shelter can provide.

The important thing to remember is that the special needs shelter is a "lifeboat" rather than the "cruise ship." Special needs people seeking shelter must have caregivers with them. The nursing and medical staff is present in the facility for the emergency and medical needs of the Baker County community. They will offer support to the caregivers, if needed.

If the special needs individual has no caregiver, he or she must make arrangements with his or her family physician for special admission to the hospital with orders so the nursing staff can render the appropriate care.

Nursing homes and adult congregate living facilities (ACLFs) are not candidates for a special needs shelter. Those facilities have their own disaster plan.

Pharmaceutical services are not provided. Special dietary requirements cannot be met in a shelter. Only basic meals will be served.

The caregiver is expected to assume primary responsibility for helping the patient to the bathroom, feeding meals and positioning. The caregiver is expected to be responsible to administer routine medications and to be responsible for managing oxygen, nebulizers, pumps, monitors or any equipment used at home.

If arriving for special needs assistance, go to the front lobby of the hospital. There you will be met by a representative to determine if you qualify as a special needs client. If not, you will be directed to the nearest public shelter.

Registration for special needs is recommended and should be done with the Baker County EMS.

Guide for Evacuees

The following items are required to come with the client and the caregiver and are their responsibility:

  • All medications (a two-week supply is recommended).
  • All medical supplies—dressing supplies, diapers, ostomy supplies, etc.
  • Bedding—pillows, blankets, cots, lawn chairs, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Special dietary needs. Food served at the shelter will be basic, simple meals. Snack food must be brought to the shelter by the clients.
  • Medical equipment—oxygen concentrators, pumps, feeding tube supplies, monitors, nebulizers, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.
  • Personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc.
  • Personal entertainment items—books, puzzles, radios, batteries.

Children need to go to a public shelter with caregivers. A special needs shelter is not the place for them unless they qualify as a special needs client.

Baker County Medical Services Inc., cannot be responsible for loss of personal items.

Public Shelters

The public shelters in Baker County are located in the following places:

  • First Baptist Church—Glen.
  • Family Service Center.
  • Baker County Middle School.
  • Baker County High School.

Contact Information

Baker County Medical Services, Inc.

159 N. 3rd Street

Macclenny, FL 32063


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