Michael Faulkner, Director
499 NW 5th Ave.  Okeechobee, FL  34972
Phone: (863) 763-3212     Fax: (863) 763-1569
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Osceola Middle School         *

825 S.W. 28th St.

Osceola Middle School         ** 825 S.W. 28th St., Bldg 10 75
South Elementary School      *

2468 S.W. 7th. Ave.

Okeechobee High School

2800 Hwy 441 N

Yearling Middle School      

925 N.W. 23rd Lane

North Elementary School

3000 N.W. 10th Terrace

Everglades Elementary School

3725 S.E. 8th St.

Seminole Elementary School

2690 N.W. 42nd Av

Freshman Center Auditorium 610 S.W. 2nd Ave. 660
New Endeavor High School 575 S.W. 29th St. 500
American Legion Post #64 501 S.E. 2nd. St. 200
Moose Lodge 159 N.W. 36th St. 100

First Baptist Church

401 S.W. 4th. St. 65
Ft. Drum Community Church 32415 441N 80
Sacred Heart Catholic Church  01 S.W. 6th St. 500

Under Renovation - Not available:

Okeechobee County Health Department 1728 NW 9th Ave 75
* = Red Cross Shelter
** = Medical Needs Shelter


Things to remember about Shelters:

No citizen is assigned to any particular shelter!

Shelters are opened based on need and capacity.  Just because you reside near one shelter does not mean it will be opened!  Please continue to check this site and listen to your local news sources for the most current information regarding shelter openings.

Shelters are a last resort!

For those whose homes are structurally sound and have proper defenses (such as shutters), it is generally advised to remain in your home.  If you can not, it is recommended that you stay with friends or family outside the affected area.  If that is not possible, hotels and motels are a more comfortable option than a public shelter.  If none of these options are available to you, only then should you seek refuge at a public shelter.

Medical Needs Shelter spaces are reserved for certain needs!

If you are oxygen dependent, or if you require equipment which needs electricity to operate, you are eligible for access to the Medical Needs Shelter.  There may be other factors for each individual that will be considered on a case by case basis, but all others requiring shelter


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