Polk County Public Shelters  

Hurricane Guide

Polk County Public Shelters

Primary Shelters       Special Needs Shelters       Pet-Friendly Shelters

Map Shelter City Type
7
Horizons Elementary School Davenport Primary Shelter
12
Pinewood Elementary School Eagle Lake Primary Shelter
13
Alta Vista Elementary School Haines City Pet-Friendly Shelter
14
Boone Middle School Haines City Primary Shelter
32
Southwest Elementary School Lakeland Primary Shelter
33
Tenoroc Senior High School Lakeland Primary Shelter
34
R. Bruce Wagner Elementary School Lakeland Primary Shelter
36
Spook Hill Elementary School Lake Wales Primary Shelter
35
Karen M. Siegel Academy Lake Alfred Primary Shelter
1
Auburndale High School Auburndale Primary Shelter
8
Loughman Oaks Elementary School Davenport Primary Shelter
16
Haines City High School Haines City Primary Shelter
17
Sandhill Elementary School Haines City Primary Shelter
18
Combee Elementary School Lakeland Primary Shelter
19
George Jenkins High School Freshman Academy Lakeland Primary Shelter
20
Highlands Grove Elementary School Lakeland Primary Shelter
21
Kathleen Elementary School Lakeland Primary Shelter
22
Lake Gibson High School Lakeland Primary Shelter
23
Lakeland Adult Daycare Center Lakeland Special Needs Shelter
24
Lakeland Highlands Middle School Lakeland Primary Shelter
25
Philip O'Brien Elementary School (formerly Lime Street Elementary) Lakeland Pet-Friendly Shelter
26
Lincoln Avenue Academy Lakeland Primary Shelter
27
McKeel Academy Lakeland Primary Shelter
28
Dr. N.E. Roberts Elementary School Lakeland Primary Shelter
29
Rochelle School of the Arts Lakeland Primary Shelter
2
Stambaugh Middle School Auburndale Primary Shelter
3
PCHD Specialty Care Units Bartow Special Needs Shelter
4
Bartow Senior High School Bartow Primary Shelter
5
Stephens Elementary School Bartow Primary Shelter
6
Spessard L. Holland Elementary School Bartow Primary Shelter
9
Ridge Community High School Davenport Primary Shelter
10
Ridgeview Global Studies Academy Davenport Primary Shelter
11
Lake Region High School Eagle Lake Pet-Friendly Shelter
15
Haines Adult Daycare Center Haines City Special Needs Shelter
30
Scott Lake Elementary School Lakeland Primary Shelter
31
Sleepy Hill Elementary School Lakeland Primary Shelter
37
Purcell Elementary School Mulberry Primary Shelter
38
Lake Marion Creek School Poinciana Primary Shelter
39
Laurel Elementary School Poinciana Primary Shelter
40
Palmetto Elementary School Poinciana Primary Shelter
41
Chain of Lakes Elementary Winter Haven Primary Shelter

• Do not proceed to any shelter until you have confirmed that it is open and operating.

• Public Shelter Policies
  • All shelters are not automatically activated for each possible emergency. Shelters are opened as they are needed. They are not preassigned by geographic area.
  • For shelter information, monitor local radio and television.
  • Have a 3-day survival kit ready to take with you.
  • NOPETS (except at designated pet-friendly sites), NO WEAPONS and NOALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are allowed in Public Shelters.
  • For information about pet-friendly shelters, call the Emergency Management office at (863) 534-5600 or www.polk-county.net
  • For further information, please consult the reverse side of this brochure.


• 3-Day Survival Kit

You should plan to be self-sufficient for at least three days during and after a disaster. You should anticipate no water, electrical power or utilities for that period of time. To ensure the comfort of your family, whether at home or evacuated to another location, it is suggested that the following items, at a minimum, be assembled and readily available:
  • Food (canned goods and nonperishable foods)
  • Prescription medicines and first aid kit
  • Infant care items
  • Infant/Adult Diapers
  • Drinking water in nonbreakable containers (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Special dietary food, if required
  • Identification, valuable papers, policies & photographs in a waterproof container
  • Books, magazines, cards, toys, games
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Carrying container for items
  • Utensils, including manual can opener, disposable tableware
  • Sleeping bag, blanket, sheets & pillow
  • Extra personal aids, such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.
  • Portable chairs
  • Change of clothes
  • Battery operated items (radio, flashlight, etc.) with extra batteries
  • Credit cards, cash & extra set of car keys
  • Rainwear
  • Make arrangements for the boarding of your pets, if possible. (Pets are NOT allowed in any public shelters, except in the three pet-friendly shelters, where space is limited.)


• Special Needs Program

The Polk County Special Needs Program is designed to provide sheltering at Special Needs Shelters 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 Lakeland Adult Daycare Center (21), Haines City Adult Daycare Center (13) and Polk County Health Dept. Bartow Specialty Care Unit (2).

The program also provides transportation to public shelters and pet friendly shelters for those unable to evacuate on their own. Pre-registration in the program, for medical needs or for transportation only, is preferred by contacting Emergency Management (863) 534-5600.

• Pet-Friendly Shelters

Pet-friendly shelters have been established at Philip O'Brien Elementary School (23), Lakeland (formerly Lime Street Elementary); Lake Region High School (10), Eagle Lake; and Alta Vista Elementary School (12), Haines City. Due to space limitations, the sites will be strictly for pet-friendly groups and will be limited to providing shelter only for dogs, cats, birds, and their owners. As in any other sheltering situation, residents are advised to consult the local media or Citizens Information Line to ensure a specific shelter is open and operating before proceeding to that facility. Other shelter requirements include complete shot records for each pet, which will be reviewed upon arrival at the shelter; an airline-approved carrying case, in which each animal brought to the shelter will remain for the duration of their stay; food for the pet for at least a three-day period; and an agreement, signed by the pet owner upon registration, that confirms that the pet will be accompanied by an owner throughout the duration of the sheltering.

Failure to comply with any of these items could preclude someone being able to enter the shelters.  
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