Shelter Volunteers

Monroe County Emergency Management is soliciting HAM Radio Operators to staff in-county Emergency Shelters during local emergencies. These shelters are usually opened for Category 2 storms or less, or for other events that do not fall under a mandatory county-wide evacuation order. Up to six shelters may be opened at predetermined locations in Monroe County for all local sheltering events. They are staffed 24 hours and typically consist of two 12-hour shifts. A minimum of one Radio Operator is needed per shift, per shelter. Shifts can be modified based on the number of available volunteers. You will need to provide your own equipment and extra battery power in the event of a power loss.

In addition to being a Radio Operator you may be asked to participate as a Shelter Worker, should the need arise. Duties include registering shelter residents, maintaining smooth shelter operations, keeping shelter residents informed, and reporting emergencies to onsite school representatives, Law Enforcement, and EMS. Though not required by CARES or Monroe County Emergency Management, it is recommended you attend the annual shelter training so you are familiar with shelter operations in Monroe County.

J. Matthew Massoud Monroe County Emergency Management
Sr. Planner/ Special Needs.
305-289-6043 office

SHELTER SITES: From MC Emergency Management

General Population
Key West High 2100 Flagler Ave, Key West, FL 33040
Sugarloaf School 255 Crane Blvd, Upper Sugarloaf Key, FL 33042
Marathon High 350 Sombrero Beach Rd, Marathon, FL 33050
Coral Shores High 89901 Old Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070

Special Needs
Gato Building 1100 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
Murray Nelson Gov’t Center 102050 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

To apply for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service at the local level, please fill out the form above, save it AS YOUR CALL SIGN, and email it to

If you are with an Established Organization, please state which and after your Call Sign add S/A (Self Assigned) and with whom (i.e. Red Cross).