Shelter locations

Indian River County

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the following areas in Indian River County starting at 8:00 AM on Thursday, October 6th:

· Barrier island

· Mobile/manufactured homes

Low-lying areas

Sub-standard housing

***Out of an abundance of caution and with a shift in the track towards the west, a voluntary evacuation is suggested for all areas east of U.S. #1 up to the Intracoastal Waterway*** starting at 8:00 AM on Thursday, October 6th.

If you live in an evacuation area, your best shelter choice is the home of a friend or relative who is located outside the evacuation area. Your next alternative is to leave the area and stay in a hotel/motel. Your last shelter option is to utilize one of the following public shelters, which will open at 8:00 Thursday morning:

Freshman Learning Center (General Population) 1507 19th Street, Vero Beach

Oslo Middle School (General Population) 480 20th Avenue SW, Vero Beach

Sebastian River Middle School (General Population) 9400 C.R. 512, Sebastian

Liberty Magnet School (Pet-Friendly Shelter) 6850 81st Street, Vero Beach

Treasure Coast Elementary School (Special Needs Shelter) 8955 85th Street, Sebastian

St. Lucie County

FORT PIERCE – St. Lucie County Department of Public Safety and the American Red Cross are schedule to open two more shelters starting at noon today.

Three shelters will open today at 8 a.m.:

·        Lakewood Park Elementary School, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce

·        Samuel Gaines Elementary, 2250 Jenkins Road, Fort Pierce

·        Treasure Coast High School, 1000 SW Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie  

Additional shelters include:

·        Fort Pierce Central High School, 4101 South 25th St., Fort Pierce, opening at 10 a.m.

·        Oak Hammock Elementary, 1251 SW California Blvd., Port St. Lucie, opening at noon

·        Westwood High School, 1801 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, opening at noon

Residents planning to stay in a shelter should bring water, food, clothing, sheets, personal items, medications, important papers and miscellaneous items such as games, battery powered radios. No pets, alcohol or firearms are allowed in shelters.

The Public Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), will be activated starting at 8 a.m. today.

St. Lucie County will begin a mandatory evacuation for the barrier island starting this morning. The evacuation order applies to all of Hutchinson Island and manufactured/mobile homes (due to wind), as well as homes in low-lying areas. This evacuation order is due to the predicted storm surge of 3-5 feet associated with Hurricane Matthew. Residents are urged to follow the evacuation order, as once conditions worsen, public safety officials will not put first responders in harm’s way. If residents on the barrier island have not pick up re-entry placards; they should bring along proof of residency such as a valid driver’s license or utilities bill.

St. Lucie County’s Special Needs Shelter (Havert L. Fenn Center, 2300 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce) is operational. If residents have not registered, but feel that they qualify for the Special Needs Shelter they can contact 772-462-8100.

Residents are reminded that information will be posted to St. Lucie County’s website ( and social media sites ( and Twitter @StLucieGov).

St. Lucie County beaches, parks and preserves are closed through Saturday, Oct. 8. Government offices are closed Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7, while all St. Lucie County Branch Libraries will be closed through the weekend, resuming normal hours on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Martin County

Martin County's special needs shelter at Anderson Middle School in Stuart opened Wednesday afternoon. This shelter is for residents with special medical needs who have pre-registered. Residents who come to the shelter and do not meet the requirements will be re-directed to another shelter suitable for their needs. To register for the special needs shelter, contact the Emergency Management at 772-287-1652.

The following shelters are opening Wednesday:

Port Salerno Elementary School, 3260 S.E. Lionel Terrace, opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday

Jensen Beach High School, 2875 N.W. Goldenrod Road, opens at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The following shelters open 7 a.m. Thursday:

Hidden Oaks Middle School, 2801 S.W. Martin Highway, Palm City

Warfield Elementary School, 15261 S.W. 150th St., Indiantown

Okeechobee County Evacuation, Shelter information

Okeechobee County Emergency Management recommend a voluntary evacuation to residents in low lying areas and areas prone to flooding.

A Red Cross general shelter will be established at South Elementary School, 2468 SW 7th Avenue and will be opened at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

A Special Needs Shelter for those with a medical need and pre-registration will be established at the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728 NW 9th Ave. and will also be opening at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Matthew Closings

IRSC will close at 5:30 on Wednesday and stay closed Thursday and Friday all events that were planned for Saturday or Sunday at IRSC are also now cancelled


St. Lucie County Schools will follow an early release schedule on Wednesday and be closed Thursday and Friday.

The FSU College of Medicine, on the main campus of IRSC, will be closed Thursday and Friday due to Hurricane Matthew

John Carroll high school will close at noon on Wednesday and remain closed Thursday and Friday.

Barnabas Christian Academy will close Wednesday at 1:00.  All afterschool activities are canceled.  There will be no school Thursday and Friday.

St. Lucie County Special Needs Shelter will open Wednesday morning.

St. Lucie County government offices will close at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and be closed Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7.

St. Lucie County’s Code Compliance Board Meeting for Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. and the Transportation Planning Organization Meeting at 2 p.m. have been canceled.

St. Lucie County lifeguarded beaches, parks and preserves will begin closing Wednesday, Oct. 5.

This morning, the Port St. Lucie City Council approved a resolution declaring a local state of emergency.  All Port St. Lucie Facilities will close to the public at 2 p.m. Wednesday.


PUBLIC WORKS: All City construction sites have been shut down and are being secured.


 PARKS AND RECREATION: All City facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday. The City will assess the weather conditions to determine when they will reopen.



 WASTE PRO:  Waste Pro will pick up yard waste on Thursday until winds reach 39 mph. Refrain from placing yard debris by the curb.

The Ft. Pierce Lions Club Meeting scheduled for Thursday at 6:30PM has been canceled

Ft. Pierce Friday Fest is postponed.

SafeSpace Walk a Mile in her Shoes scheduled for Melody Lane in Ft. Pierce on Saturday postponed till Oct. 15.

The National Federation of the Blind Meeting scheduled for Saturday October 9th at WQCS has been canceled

Love’s Truck Plaza  415 in Fort Pierce, Florida, is temporarily closed due to Hurricane Matthew (the one on Okeechobee Road). As of right now, the other location on Kings HWY is open.


Martin County Public Schools will have early dismissal on Wednesday with no extended day programs.  Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Martin County is working with its partners to begin activation of Anderson Middle School in Stuart as a Special Needs Shelter Wednesday, October 5 at 2:00 pm. This shelter is for residents with special medical needs who have pre-registered. Residents who come to the shelter and do not meet the requirements, will be re-directed to another shelter suitable for their needs. Residents with special needs who have not registered, please call 772-287-1652.  

The Elliott Museum and House of Refuge will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, October 5 until further notice

Due to Hurricane Matthew, All Martin Co. Tax Collector offices will be closed Wednesday October 5th at 2:00pm and all day Thursday. A Friday opening has yet TBD.

At this time, Martin Health is planning for the following cancelations:

           All outpatient facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday, reopening once they have been assessed for any potential damage and are cleared for use.

           Elective surgeries at all hospitals and outpatient locations are canceled for Thursday and Friday. Our scheduling department is working with physician offices and patients to reschedule.

           Outpatient procedures at our cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology labs at Martin Medical Center will be canceled Wednesday-Friday. Inpatient procedures will be performed Wednesday. Emergency procedures will take place Thursday and Friday as needed.

The Council on Aging of Martin County has announced that the Charles and Rae Kane Center at 900 SE Salerno Road will close at 1 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, and will remain closed through Saturday, Oct. 8. All services, including Meals on Wheels, the Adult Day Program, Kane Carriage, Kane Medical Group, Kane House Calls and care management will be suspended during this time. All clubs and classes are also canceled.

All City of Stuart city offices and recreational facilities will be closed by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Wednesday. City offices are not expected to reopen until Monday, October 10th.

The neighborhood cleanup event scheduled for Saturday, October 8th at "Bahama Terrace" has also been cancelled.


City of Stuart services relating to recycling and commercial sanitation pickup are cancelled for Thursday, October 6th, and Friday, October 7th. However, regularly scheduled sanitation pickup services will still be offered for Wednesday, October 5th. Residents are urged not to leave any debris on or along roadways after Wednesday, until the storm has passed.

Southeast Florida Honor Flight will reschedule the Saturday, October 8th Honor Flight out of Palm Beach International Airport due to the projected path of Hurricane Matthew affecting the local Florida area as well as the Washington, DC area on Saturday.The new, rescheduled date will be announced as soon as possible, once multiple details are confirmed.


Indian River County officials have issued a voluntary evacuation for residents of the barrier island and mobile home communities and low lying areas throughout the county.

Indian River County Schools will dismiss early on Wednesday, all after school activities are canceled. Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew, the Media Breakfast scheduled Wednesday, will be rescheduled to next Wednesday, October 12, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Vero Beach Elks Lodge.

All City of Vero Beach Recreation Department programs and events have been cancelled for Thursday, October 6th through Sunday, October 9th.  City of Vero Beach Recreation Department facilities and beaches will be closed Thursday, October 6th until further notice.  

The Environmental Learning Center will be closed this Wednesday, October 5th at 12 noon and anticipate re-opening Tuesday, October 11th at 10am.

Okeechobee County

Due to the anticipated weather systems associated with Hurricane Matthew, Okeechobee County Schools will be closed Thursday, October 6th and Friday, October 7th.

Brevard County

-- Mandatory evacuations will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday for Brevard County residents living on the barrier islands, including Merritt Island, low-lying flood-prone area and in mobile or manufactured homes.

Shelters will also open beginning at 4 p.m. at sites yet to be confirmed. Those locations will be announced early Wednesday.

Brevard County schools, government offices and courthouse will close Thursday and Friday.

Palm Beach County

Due to Hurricane Matthew, the following will go into effect for all FAU campuses:

• All classes are canceled beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 9; any instructional time missed during these days will be made up later in the semester

• Fall Break, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 10-11, will continue

• Regular classes will resume Wednesday, Oct. 12

•  All non-athletic events are canceled through Sunday, Oct. 9; Athletics will communicate game schedules as they become available

•All offices are closed beginning Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m., through Sunday, Oct. 9, with the exception of essential services

•All residence halls on all campuses remain open to resident students

No garbage collection in unincorporated Palm Beach County Thursday or Friday

Kravis Center Hurricane Closing Notice

Please be advised that the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is closed and will reopen on Monday, October 10th, weather conditions permitting