• Central Florida shelter information


    More than 390 shelters are open throughout Florida with more than 72,000 people seeking shelter. More than 60 special needs shelters are open with 5,000 people, Gov. Scott said Saturday night.

    Brevard County:

    General population shelters:

    Apollo Elementary School, 3085 Knox McRae Drive, Titusville

    Imperial Estates Elementary School, 900 Imperial Estates Lane, Titusville

    Space Coast Junior/Senior High, 6150 Banyan St., Port St John (***closed***)

    Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice Jackson Park, 4201 U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa

    Manatee Elementary School, 3425 Viera Blvd., Viera

    Sherwood Elementary School, 2541 Post Road, Melbourne

    Melbourne High School, 74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne

    Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary School, 2700 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne

    Heritage High School, 2351 Malabar Road, Palm Bay (***closed***)

    Bayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Road S.W., Palm Bay

    South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco

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    Pet-friendly shelters:

    Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John

    Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera

    Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne

    Ted Whitlock Community Center at Fred Poppe Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Road NW, Palm Bay

    Special-needs shelters will also open on Friday. Phone calls to registered clients will be made Thursday once county employees determine which residents will require transportation through Space Coast Area Transit buses, Walker said.

    Shelters will provide food, but residents will need to bring their own supplies, including bedding, folding chairs or sleeping bags; medications; multiple changes of clothing and sturdy shoes; personal hygiene items; and entertainment, such as games, cards, books or magazines.

    Officials said residents who don't plan to stay in public shelters are urged to stay with relatives or friends on the mainland, and to evacuate tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles, because of heavy traffic.

    Call the county's community information hotline at 211 for further details.

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    Flagler County

    Four emergency shelters open at 7 a.m. Saturday.

    Rymfire Elementary School - Special needs
    1425 Rymfire Drive
    Palm Coast

    Bunnell Elementary - for residents with crated domestic pets
    305 N. Palmetto Street

    Buddy Taylor/Wadsworth campus
    4500 Belle Terre Parkway
    Palm Coast

    Officials suggest people bring their own sleeping bags, blankets, pillows because cots will be limited. Residents are not allowed to bring king and queen sized mattresses.

    Residents should bring medications, extra chargers and batteries for electronics and no alcohol will be allowed, officials said.

    For pet friendly shelters, they must be crated, officials said. Up to four pets will be allowed and must be current with their medications, officials said.

    For more information on the county's plans, click here.

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    Lake County:

    A voluntary evacuation has been issued for Lake County because of potential rainfall near the Astor and Lake George areas.

    General public shelters (pet friendly)

    Mascotte Elementary, 460 Midway Ave., Mascotte

    Round Lake Elementary, 31333 Round Lake Road, Mount Dora

    Spring Creek Elementary, 44440 Spring Creek Road, Paisley

    Treadway Elementary, 10619 Treadway School Road, Leesburg

    Villages Elementary, 695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake (***at capacity***)

    Mount Dora High School, 700 N Highland St, Mt Dora, FL 32757 (bring supplies, bedding, food)

    (Pet friendly)

    Astatula Elementary, 13925 Florida Ave., Astatula (***special needs at capacity***) open to general public

    Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., Leesburg (***special needs at capacity***) Open to general public

    Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont (***special needs at capacity***) Open to general public

    Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St., Umatilla - Open to general public

    Mount Dora High School, 700 N. Highland St. - Special needs sheter, not pet friendly

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    Additional shelter locations (not pet friendly; not special needs)

    Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg

    East Ridge Middle School, 13201 Excalibur Road, Clermont

    Tavares High School, 603 N. New Hampshire Ave., Tavares

    Eustis High School, 1300 E. Washington Ave., Eustis

    Supplies to bring to shelters: 

    One gallon of water per person and pet for three days

    Non-perishable food and snacks items for three days

    Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements

    Prescriptions and emergency medications

    Important personal documents

    Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, hygiene supplies and other comfort items

    Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

    Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

    Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you

    Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

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    Pets at shelters:

    Pets must be brought to shelters in a carrier or crate that is marked with the owner’s name, address and two phone numbers. Owners must have documentation of up-to-date rabies vaccinations for their pets. Owners are responsible for taking care of their pets. It is recommended pet owners bring all pet supplies, such as food and water, litter and litter box and leash.

    Pet friendly emergency shelters are open only to domestic pets only. No livestock will be admitted. For livestock, it is recommended to safely mark animals and leave them in pastures.

    The Citizens Information line is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please call 352-253-9999 for more information.

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    Marion County:

    Marion County Public Schools and the Marion County Division of Emergency Management updated the school closings and shelter information Friday in preparation of Hurricane Irma.

    Officials said Marion County Public Schools are closed Friday through Tuesday.

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    Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order for those living in mobile homes and modular-type homes within Marion County. Emergency Management officials urge those living in those types of homes to be evacuated by 8:00 p.m. on Sept. 9.

    Emergency Management officials said additional shelters will be opening at 5 p.m. Friday.

    List of shelters for Marion County

    General population shelters:

    North Marion Middle School, located at 2085 West Highway 329 in Citra (***at capacity***)

    Fort McCoy School, located at 16160 North East Highway 315 in Fort McCoy (***at capacity***)

    Lake Weir High School, located at 10351 South East Maricamp Road in Ocala

    Forest High School, located at 5000 South East Maricamp Road in Ocala

    Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary, located at 4397 South West 95th Street in Ocala 

    Belleview Middle School located at 10500 SE 36th Avenue in Belleview. (***at capacity***)

    Madison Street Academy located at 401 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Ocala

    Dunnellon High School at 10055 SW 180th Avenue Road, Dunnellon

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    Special needs shelters:

    Belleview Middle School, located at 10400 South East 36th Avenue in Belleview

    West Port High School, located at 3733 South West 80th Avenue in Ocala. (***at capacity***)

    Special needs individuals can contact the Citizens Information Line at 352-369-7500 to arrange transportation to a shelter. 

    Pet-friendly shelter:

    Vanguard High School, located at 7 North West 28th Street in Ocala. Pet(s) must be caged, and owners are required to provide recent immunization documentation. (***at full capacity for pet sheltering, but residents can still bring their pets and Marion County Animal Services will find a place to shelter those emails***)

    Please bring whatever supplies are needed in order for pets to be self-sufficient, and please pick up after them.

    Registered sex offenders and predators are required to report to the Marion County Jail for sheltering. There will be law enforcement presence at all shelters for extra security.

    Emergency Management officials encourage citizens to bring supplies to the shelters to last them for up to 48 hours, such as clothing, bedding, medications, food, water, etc.

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    Orange County:

    Orange County will open shelters 9 a.m. Saturday.

    Open to the general population:

    Apopka High School - 555 Martin St., Apopka  (***at capacity)

    Apopka Middle School - 425 N. Park Avenue, Apopka

    Colonial High School - 6100 Oleander Dr., Orlando (***at capacity. Urged to go to Union Park Middle School***)

    Conway Middle School - 4600 Anderson Road, Orlando

    Dr. Hepburn with Jump Ministries Global Church - 2550 W. Colonial Dr. Suite 300 (no pets, no special needs)

    East River High School - 654 Columbia School Rd., Orlando

    Edgewater High School - 3100 Edgewater Dr., Orlando

    Gotha Middle School - 9155 Gotha Road, Windermere

    Hunter's Creek Middle School - 13400 Town Loop Blvd., Orlando

    Lakeview Middle School - 1200 West Bay Street, Winter Garden

    Meadow Woods Middle School - 1800 Rhode Island Wood Circle

    Memorial Middle School - 2220 29th St., Orlando

    Odyssey Middle School - 9290 Lee Vista Blvd., Orlando

    West Orange High School - 1625 Beulah Rd., Winter Garden

    Barnett Park Community Center - 4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando

    Bithlo Community Center - 18501 Washington Ave., Orlando

    Ocoee High School - 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway, Ocoee

    Union Park Middle School - 1844 Westfall Drive, Orlando

    Oak Ridge High School- 6000 Wineguard Road (Pet Friendly)

    Special needs shelters:

    Residents have been asked to call 407-386-3111 or 407-836-9319 for more information and fill out a registration form here. 

    Residents have been asked to bring their own emergency supply kit, a pillow, blanket, toiletries, important paper and medications, snacks, water, flashlight and other essential personal items.

    Osceola County:

    Shelters and special needs shelters opened at 3 p.m. Friday. However, the county suggests people call 407-742-0000 or 407-742-9000 for up to the minute shelter information. The phone numbers are for English and Spanish speakers.

    Click here for a list of all shelters. 

    Pet-Friendly Shelters:

    The following schools will be open as a pet-friendly shelter for dogs and cats only at 12 p.m. Saturday.

    Harmony High School, 3601 Arthur J Gallagher Boulevard, St Cloud, FL 34771

    Kissimmee Middle School, 2410 Dyer Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34741 (**at capacity**)

    Liberty High School, 4250 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746 (**at capacity**)

    People need to bring the animal's crate, leashes, water, food, etc.  

    Three more shelters are scheduled to open on Saturday at 8 a.m. for the general public:

    Celebration High, 1809 Celebration Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34747

    Horizon Middle, 2020 Ham Brown Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746

    Narcoossee Middle School, 2700 N. Narcoossee Road, St. Cloud, FL 34771

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    Seminole County:

    A mandatory evacuation has been issued for mobile and manufactured homes. A voluntary evacuation has been issued for low-lying areas in Seminole County.

    Shelters opened Saturday.

    Bentley Elementary School: 2190 S. Oregon Avenue, Sanford: Special needs/pet friendly (**near capacity**)

    Crystal Lake Elementary School: 231 Rinehart Rd, Lake Mary, FL 32746: General population shelter

    Highlands Elementary School: 1600 Shepard Road, Winter Springs: Special needs shelter

    Lake Mary High School: 655 Longwood lake Mary Road, Lake Mary: General population shelter

    Lawton Chiles Middle School: 1240 Sanctuary Drive, Oviedo: General population shelter

    Layer Elementary School: 4201 FL-419, Winter Springs: Special needs shelter

    Lyman High School: 865 S. Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Longwood: General population/pet friendly (***near capacity***)

    Midway Elementary School: 3811 Brisson Avenue, Sanford: General population

    Winter Springs High School: 130 Tuskawilla Rd, Winter Springs, FL 32708: General population shelter

    The following shelters have closed: Hagerty, Lake Brantley and Oviedo high schools; Markham Woods and Millennium middle schools; and English Estates, John Evans, Geneva and Walker elementary schools

    For more information, click here.

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    Volusia County:

    Countywide curfew is 9 p.m. through noon Monday. Mandatory evacuations are in effect for residents who live on the beachside and countywide for those who live in low-lying areas, mobile and manufactured homes.

    All shelters are at capacity.

    General Shelters

    ◦New Smyrna Beach High School, 1015 10th St., New Smyrna Beach (***at capacity***)

    ◦University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City (***at capacity***)

    ◦Ormond Middle School, 151 Domicilio Ave., Ormond Beach (***at capacity***)

    ◦Taylor Middle/High School, 100 E. Washington Ave., Pierson (***at capacity***)

    ◦Sweetwater Elementary School, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd., Port Orange (***at capacity***)

    ◦Cypress Creek Elementary School, 6100 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange (***at capacity***)

    Special Needs Shelters (these are pet friendly for those with special needs) 

    ◦Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave, Daytona Beach (***at capacity***)

    ◦Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange (***at capacity***)

    ◦Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange (***at capacity***)

    ◦Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand (***at capacity***)

    ◦Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona (***at capacity***)

    General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters

    ◦Hinson Middle School, 1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach (***at capacity***)

    ◦Citrus Grove Elementary School, 729 Hazen Road, DeLand (***at capacity***)

    ◦Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Drive, Deltona (***at capacity***)

    ◦Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand (***at capacity***)

    General Shelters

    ◦Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach (***at capacity***)

    ◦River Springs Middle School, 900 West Ohio Ave., Orange City (***at capacity***)

    ◦Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona (***at capacity***)

    ◦DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand (***at capacity***)

     General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters

    ◦Pine Trail Elementary School, 300 Airport Road, Ormond Beach (***at capacity***)

    ◦Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Drive, Daytona Beach  (***at capacity***)

    Polk County

    Polk Shelters will open September 9, 2017 

    Lake Region High School 1995 Thunder Road Eagle Lake

    Tenoroc High School 4905 Saddle Creek Rd. Lakeland

    Spook Hill Elementary 321 Dr. J.A. Wiltshire Ave., E. Lake Wales

    Mulberry Middle School 500 Martin Luther King Ave. Mulberry

    Lake Marion Creek Elem. 3055 Lk. Marion Creek Rd. Poinciana

    Horizons Elementary 1700 Forest Lake Drive Davenport

    Chain of Lakes Elementary 7001 CR 653         Winter Haven

    Davenport School of the Arts 4751 N CR 547 Davenport

    Donald Bronson Community Center 124 Bronson Trail Polk City

    "Special Needs" Shelters will also open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, for those residents with special medical needs. Polk County Emergency Management Special Needs Program is designed to provide shelter and/or transportation for residents with medical or physical conditions and/or dependent on medical electrical equipment who require assistance during an emergency. The "Special Needs" Shelters are located at:

    Polk Co. Health Department 1255 Brice Blvd. Bartow

    Ridge Community H. S. 500 W. Orchid Dr. Davenport

    McKeel Academy 1810 W. Parker St. Lakeland

    The only "pet friendly" shelter that will be open on Saturday at 8 a.m. will be at Lake Region High School, 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake. Pet owners must bring shot records for their pets, an airline-approved carrying case or crate and pet food. 

    For the most updated information, please continue to monitor your local news media or call the Citizen's Information Line at 863-401-2234 (locally) or toll-free 866-661-0228. Check the county website for updates at www.polk-county.net. You may also obtain further emergency information at www.facebook.com/polkcountyem and www.twitter.com/polkemergency.

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