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St. Lucie County Encourages Special Needs Patients to Register for Shelter

St. Lucie County Encourages Special Needs Patients to Register for Shelter

St. Lucie County's Public Safety Department, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County and other agencies, is scheduled to hold an open house on Thursday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Havert L. Fenn Center. 

The purpose of the event is to remind those residents with special needs that they should pre-register and see what is expected of them if they plan to utilize the Special Needs Shelter during an emergency event. To pre-register for the June 15 event visit:

Constructed in 2008 to serve as St. Lucie County's Medical Special Needs Shelter in the event of a disaster, the Fenn Center is located at 2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce. The facility is equipped with the necessary infrastructure to handle patients with specific needs, including accessible showers, kitchen facilities, additional electrical outlets and medical personal.

"Emergency management staff needs residents with special needs to pre-register, so the shelter is staffed with the proper equipment and required personnel to meet the residents needs" urged St. Lucie County Director of Public Safety Ron Parrish. "During Hurricane Matthew last October, we successfully admitted and cared for more than 100 residents with special needs who rode out the storm at the Fenn Center."

Additionally, pre-registration allows public safety officials to contact special needs patients in the event evacuations are issued. Please go to

to register for the Medical Special Needs Shelter on the left-side links.Hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30.  For more information on hurricane preparedness, and how to prepare for a disaster and create a custom kit and plan visit website. 


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