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Hurricane Irma: Information for Patients/Families

Guidelines and policies for our patients and families about Hurrican Irma

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital was accidentally announced as a shelter for special needs children, instead of John Hopkins Middle School. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is not equpped to serve as a shelter for special needs children. See this list for Pinellas County's shelters for special needs children.


For more of the latest news about Hurricane Irma, check our page of Hurricane Irma news.

The staff at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital realizes that having a child in the hospital is a very stressful event that affects each member of the family and we know its even more so with the threat of a hurricane. We want to assure you that we remain here to serve your child and family.

Your child's physician may facilitate discharge prior to the storm so that you have adequate time to prepare your home and family. Discharge will only occur when it is safe for your child. Please help us help those who must stay by having a plan to go home, or to other shelters, as soon as possible. If your child needs to remain hospitalized we will remain staffed to continue to provide care to your child. That is why we are here.

If an evacuation is required for your home area, we strongly encourage you to make evacuation plans for your family. Please remember that Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital is not an evacuation shelter. If you will be with us in this emergency situation, here are some guidelines that we ask you to consider:

​Family Visitation

Effective September 13 Johns Hopkins All Children's has returned to our normal visiting hours and guidelines.

During this unique time, Johns Hopkins All Children’s has instituted limited visitations for our inpatient families.

For the safety of patients and employees during the impending impact of Hurricane Irma, we must limit the number of people in the hospital building. Only 1 to 2 adult family members per patient will be allowed with your child. Siblings and additional adults will not be allowed.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and your family.  We hope you understand as we strive to make you and your child’s stay during this unprecedented and highly stressful time as comfortable and calm as possible. 

General Guidelines

  • Cafeteria: Our cafeteria will be open daily from 7:30 AM to 12:30 AM.
  • Showers/Bathrooms: Family members staying with the patient will have access to shower/bathroom facilities to maintain adequate levels of personal care. 
  • Pets: Pets will not be allowed on hospital premises.

Recommendations of what to bring if staying with your child

  • Bedding: sleeping bags, blankets and pillows
  • Clothing: Changes of clothing; hospital rooms may be temperature cool
  • Medications:  Personal medications you must have.
  • Toiletries, towels, and soap
  • Reading material, personal technology devices with chargers
  • Labled Belongings: Please label. It is best to keep valuables elsewhere.

For questions or more information, please contact your nursing director on your child's floor.  We know this is a stressful time and we appreciate  your patience and understanding.  The safety and well-being of our patients, families, staff and physicians remain our number one priority while we continue to provide best possible care to your child.