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Shelters


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2020 Polk County Shelters

Potential Shelter Locations (PDF)

2020 Polk County Public Shelters Map

Polk County Shelters Directions Info


Evacuating Your Home

It is the policy of Emergency Management to recommend in-place shelter as the primary option during a disaster. For those unable to remain in place, especially those in mobile homes, the remaining choices should be considered in order of preference. Whichever of the following options is selected, it is advised that a 72-hour survival kit be assembled and ready, a course of action be planned and that the plans be executed as soon as practicable before the disaster hits.

Recommended options are:

  • In-Place Shelter | Plan to remain in residence during the emergency, if possible.
  • Evacuate to Friends or Relative Residence - If forced to evacuate, it is less traumatic for all concerned to be sheltered with familiar people, in more comfortable surroundings.
  • Evacuate the Area - Other people leaving this area or areas in the projected path of the storm will also be on the road; leave at least 48-72 hours before the storm is expected to strike.
  • Evacuate to the Hotel/Motel | Make arrangements early as rooms will fill quickly with other evacuees.
  • Evacuate to a Public Shelter | Please see the Public Shelter policy. Download the 2018 Polk County Hurricane Shelters Map, or visit a Polk County Public Library or Publix Super Market near you to pick up a hard copy.

Source: Polk County Emergency Management

  • Sheltering During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Due to COVID-19, Polk County emergency shelters will have a smaller capacity than in past years. If you have to evacuate, have a plan for where you’ll go and know what sheltering resources are available.

    The CDC's Going to a Public Disaster Shelter During the COVID-19 Pandemic Guide has useful info on the following:

    • Preparing to Shelter
      • "Go-Kit" Packing List
      • Weather Alerts
      • Making a Disaster Plan
      • Safety Precautions

    • Protecting Yourself and Others While In a Public Shelter
      • Social Distancing
      • Preventative Actions
      • Shelter Policies
      • Cleaning & Disinfecting

    • Helping Your Children Stay Safe While In a Public Shelter

    Remember, It is always more comfortable to seek shelter with family and friends if at all possible.  Have several plans and locations you can evacuate to if necessary.