Maps and Shelters

Evacuation Information

Tampa Bay Region Official Recommendations

The Hillsborough County Emergency Management Center and the American Red Cross recommend that all individuals decide well in advance where to relocate in the event of an evacuation order.

The Hillsborough County Hurricane preparation website states: “Make arrangements to stay with family or a friend who lives on higher ground, or find out where your nearest shelter is located. Shelters should be used as a last resort and remember, most do not accept pets.”

***In other words, if a campus evacuation were to occur, University community members should consider relocating to an American Red Cross approved hurricane shelter only if there is no other option!***

UT Students' Emergency Shelter Site

For those students unable to find protected shelter with friends/relatives or other safe locations, The University of Tampa has a designated American Red Cross approved evacuation site:

Lawton Chiles Elementary School
16541 W. Tampa Palms Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33647
(813) 558-5422
chiles.mysdhc.org

Should the UT campus require evacuation, students will be provided with maps illustrating alternative driving routes from the University to Lawton Chiles Elementary School. UT has also arranged for transportation to and from that shelter. Additionally, students will receive comprehensive instructions, checklists and other evacuation information. UT's Residence Life staff members, trained by the American Red Cross, will assist with shelter operations/management and remain there with students.

Evacuation Directions

OPTION 1: UT to Lawton Chiles Elementary School via I-275 North
  • Go NORTHEAST on W. KENNEDY BLVD. towards downtown., .3 mi
  • Turn LEFT onto N. Ashley Dr., .6 mi
  • Merge onto I-275 North toward I-4., 8 mi
  • Take the Fletcher Ave. exit, EXIT 52, toward CR-582A., .2 mi
  • Keep RIGHT at the fork to go on E. FLETCHER Ave., 1.7 mi
  • Turn LEFT onto BRUCE B. DOWNS BLVD., 2.9 mi
  • Turn LEFT onto TAMPA PALMS BLVD. W., 1.5 mi
  • Lawton Chiles Elementary School is located at 16541 TAMPA PALMS BLVD. W.

Evac Map 1
OPTION 2: UT to Lawton Chiles Elementary School via I-4 East and I-75 North
  • Start out going NORTHEAST on W JOHN F KENNEDY BLVD., .3 mi
  • Turn LEFT onto N ASHLEY DR., .6 mi
  • Merge onto I-275 N toward I-4., .8 mi
  • Merge onto I-4 E via EXIT 45B toward ORLANDO., 8.1 mi
  • Merge onto I-75 N via EXIT 9 toward OCALA., 9.4 mi
  • Take the CR-581 S exit, EXIT 270., .5 mi
  • Turn LEFT onto BRUCE B DOWNS BLVD/CR-581 S., .6 mi
  • Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto TAMPA PALMS BLVD W., 1 mi
  • Make a U-TURN at CYPRESS PRESERVE DR onto TAMPA PALMS BLVD W., .2 mi
  • Lawton Chiles Elementary School is located at 16541 TAMPA PALMS BLVD. W.
Evac Map 2
OPTION 3: UT to Lawton Chiles Elementary School via the Lee Roy Selmon (Crosstown) Expressway and I-75 North
  • Start out going NORTHEAST on W JOHN F KENNEDY BLVD.
  • Turn RIGHT onto S. HYDE PARK AVE., .3 mi
  • Turn LEFT onto W. PLATT ST., .1 mi
  • Turn LEFT onto S. PLANT AVE., .1 mi
  • Take the SOUTH CROSSTOWN EXPRESSWAY TOLL EAST ramp., .2 mi
  • Merge onto S CROSSTOWN EXPY/LEE ROY SELMON EXPY (Portions toll)., 8.9 mi
  • Take the I-75 N exit, EXIT 15B, on the LEFT toward OCALA., 14.8 mi
  • Take the CR-581 S exit, EXIT 270., .5 mi
  • Turn LEFT onto BRUCE B DOWNS BLVD/CR-581 S., .6 mi
  • Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto TAMPA PALMS BLVD W., 1 mi
  • Make a U-TURN at CYPRESS PRESERVE DR onto TAMPA PALMS BLVD W., .2 mi
  • Lawton Chiles Elementary School is located at 16541 TAMPA PALMS BLVD. W.
Evac Map 3

Hillsborough County Shelter Information

Emergency Shelter Locations 

In the event of an emergency, the media will be notified as to which shelters will open and what times. All shelters may not be opened. Shelters are opened based on the severity of an emergency and the number of residents to be impacted. In an emergency, residents must tune to local media outlets to find out which shelters are open and the times they are open.

See complete list of Hillsborough County Shelters.