Mandatory Evacuation Order for Affected Areas Due to Idalia

St. Johns County Issues Mandatory Evacuation Order for Low-Lying, Flood-Prone Areas and Opens Storm Shelters to Public Effective 5 p.m. Today, Aug. 29

10 a.m. – St. Johns County is issuing a mandatory evacuation order effective 5 p.m. today, Aug. 29, for all persons living in low-lying, flood-prone areas, or on a boat, mobile home, recreational vehicle, camper, or similar conveyance.

St. Johns County will also open two storm shelters to the public today, Aug. 29, at 5 p.m.

  • Solomon Calhoun Community Center
    • 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine
    • General Population and Pet Shelter
  • St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building
    • 200 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine
    • Special Medical Needs Shelter

The Solomon Calhoun Community Center pool will close to the public at 12 p.m. to allow County staff to prepare the facility as a shelter.

The St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building will also close to the public at 12 p.m. to allow staff to prepare the facility as a shelter.

While shelters provide safety throughout the storm, residents must bring supplies to maintain personal comfort and sustenance. St. Johns County recommends that all evacuees bring their own bedding, including sleeping bags or air mattresses, pillows, sheets, and blankets. A five-day supply of water, non-perishable food, medication, diapers, and other personal items are also suggested. Please refer to the list below for additional supply suggestions.

  • At least a five-day supply of medications, insulin, and a cooler if you are diabetic 
  • Personal grooming and hygiene items, feminine supplies 
  • Extra clothing, eyeglasses 
  • Books, magazines, cards, games, etc. 
  • Pillows, blankets, sheets, lawn chair/chaise lounge 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries, manual can opener 
  • Personal identification/important papers

SJCEM encourages the public to stay informed through these options:

  • Sign up for the Alert St. Johns emergency notification system at
  • Register for Nixle Alerts by texting StJohnsEOC to 888777
  • Monitor for all storm-related updates
  • Call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904-824-5550 with any storm-related questions