Shelters open in Central Florida

With Hurricane Irma headed towards Florida, here is list county-by-county for shelters in Central Florida.

For a complete list of evacuations click here.


Alachua County:

The City of Gainesville will open two shelters Friday, September 8 at 10 a.m.

Senior Center (for special needs)

    5701 NW 34th Blvd. and Easton Newberry Sports Complex (24800 NW 16th Ave, Newberry)


Pet-friendly shelter will open on Friday, September 8 at 5 p.m. for cats, dogs, and their owners.

    Waldo Community School

    14450 NE 148th Ave



Brevard County:

Friday at 3 p.m., the following pet-friendly shelters will open:

    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 Rd NW, Palm Bay


Friday at 3 p.m., the following general population shelters will open:

    Apollo Elementary School, 3085 Knox McRae Dr., Titusville

    Imperial Estates Elementary School, 900 Imperial Estates Lane, Titusville

    Space Coast Junior/Senior High, 6150 Banyan Street, Port St John

    Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice Jackson Park, 4201 US 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, 2700 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne

    Heritage High School 2351 Malabar Rd., Palm Bay

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

    South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco


Special needs shelters will also open on Friday.


Flagler County:

Four emergency shelters will open at 7 a.m. Saturday for residents seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma.


Buddy Taylor/Wadsworth Campus – General Population

4500 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast



Bunnell Elementary – Pet friendly

305 N. Palmetto Street, Bunnell



Rymfire Elementary – Special Needs

1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast



Limited cots will be available at the shelters. Residents will be permitted to bring single/twin size inflatable mattresses. Queen and king size mattresses will not be allowed.

All residents should bring:

       72-hour supply of all medications

       Sleeping bags, pillows, and blankets

       Extra chargers and batteries for electronics

       Headphones for music devices

       Snacks and “comfort foods” – meals will be served

       Those with special diets should bring appropriate foods

       No weapons allowed

       No illegal narcotics allowed

       No alcohol allowed


Residents with pets (Bunnell Elementary only):

       Animals must be crated

       Animals must have current vaccination records and supplies, including medications

       “Pets” are dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, and turtles

       Four (4) pet maximum

       No snakes, reptiles or farm animals and livestock

       No drop offs


Residents with special needs (Rymfire Elementary):

       Special needs residents are those who require assistance with daily living or who have medical conditions that prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves, as well as those who require electricity or oxygen

       A family member or caregiver should stay at the shelter with the individual

Special needs shelters provide only limited medical care


Lake County:

UPDATE, 4:30 PM, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017:

We currently have 4,166 general public, 239 special needs and 487 pets sheltered at 14 shelters. To sum up, The Villages is entirely at capacity, our 4 original special needs shelters are at capacity in the special needs sections only, and we have opened a new special needs shelter at Mount Dora. Thanks for getting the word out.



  • 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 (AT CAPACITY)
    695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake


    13925 Florida Ave., Astatula
    2229 South St., Leesburg 
    1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont 
    401 Lake St., Umatilla
    700 N. Highland St.

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



SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTERS: Leesburg Elementary and Lost Lake Elementary's special needs shelter sections are at capacity. (Space remains for the general public.) Residents with special needs should instead go to Umatilla Elementary at 401 Lake St., Umatilla or Astatula Elementary at 13925 Florida Ave., Astatula.

Lake County is opening a total of 13 emergency shelters at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 9. Shelter guests are asked to bring a form of identification.


    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


    Astatula Elementary, 13925 Florida Ave., Astatula
    Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., Leesburg - AT CAPACITY
    Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont - AT CAPACITY
    Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St., Umatilla

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


    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


    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.

Marion County:

The following shelters will be opening in Marion County at 5:00 p.m. Friday evening (with the exception of Madison Street Academy) in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Madison Street Academy will open at 7:00 p.m. on Friday also as a general population shelter. 


Two Marion County shelters have reached maximum capacity on Saturday night. West Port High School (a special needs shelter) and North Marion Middle School have both reached capacity.


Here is a current list for the remaining shelters that are open in preparation for Hurricane Irma:

General Population Shelters:

Fort McCoy School (16160 NE Highway 315, Fort McCoy)

Lake Weir High School (10351 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala)

Forest High School (5000 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala)

Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary (4397 SW 95th Street, Ocala)

Belleview Middle School (10500 SE 36th Avenue, Belleview)

Madison Street Academy (401 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Ocala)

Dunnellon High School (10055 SW 180th Avenue Road, Dunnellon)


Special Needs Shelter:

Belleview High School (10400 SE 36th Avenue, Belleview - Special Needs ONLY)


Pet-Friendly Shelter:

Vanguard High School (7 NW 28th Street, Ocala)

*A caregiver should accompany the special needs individual(s) to the shelter, if possible.


Pet-Friendly Shelter:

Vanguard High School (7 NW 28th Street, Ocala)

Special needs individuals can contact the Citizens Information Line at 352-369-7500 to arrange transportation to a shelter, if necessary. If Sex Offenders or Sex Predators need to evacuate, they are encouraged to first seek shelter with family or friends, in a non-residency restricted area. If that is not an option, they must report to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender /Predator Unit office for shelter.

Emergency Management officials are encouraging citizens to bring supplies with them to the shelters to last them for 24-48 hours, such as clothing, bedding, medications, food, water, etc. If you are bringing your pet(s) to the pet-friendly shelter, they must be crated and you will be required to provide recent immunization documentation. Please bring whatever supplies are needed in order for your pets to be self-sufficient, and please pick up after them as well.

Orange County:

Orange County will open shelters for the general population, including pet-friendly shelters beginning Saturday, September 9, at 9 a.m.


Apopka High School -- 555 Martin St. Apopka, FL 32712              

General Population


Colonial High School -- 6100 Oleander Dr., Orlando, FL 32807           

General Population


East River High School   

654 Columbia School Rd. Orlando, FL 32833         

General Population


Edgewater High School -- 3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804   

General Population


Memorial Middle School -- 2220 29th St., Orlando, FL 32805           

General Population


Odyssey Middle School -- 9290 Lee Vista Blvd., Orlando, FL 32829           

General Population


West Orange High School -- 1625 Beulah Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787             

General Population


Barnett Park Community Center -- 4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808           

General Population

* Pet Friendly


Bithlo Community Center -- 18501 Washington Ave., Orlando, FL 32820           

General Population

*Pet Friendly


OURM emergency shelter locations:

FAMILY HOME: (Accommodating single mothers, single fathers, single women and families)

1525 W. Washington St.

Orlando, FL 32805

MEN’S HOME: (Accommodating men only)

410 W. Central Blvd.

Orlando, FL 32804


Islamic Society of Central Florida

ISCF will have three locations where the community can take shelter.

    MECCA Center

    1586 North Goldenrod Rd.

    Orlando, FL 32807


    Islamic Society of Central Florida

    4962 Old Winter Garden Road

    Orlando, FL 32811


    Masjid Al-Aziz

    9501 Satellite Blvd.

    Orlando, FL 32837


Osceola County:

Osceola County shelters will only be listed upon activation.

Pet-Friendly shelters will open Friday, September 8 at noon for dogs and cats.

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

Kissimmee Middle School, 2410 Dyer Boulevard, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Liberty High School, 4250 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Contact the Osceola County Citizen Information Center at 407-742-0000 for any questions.



Polk County:

Polk County shelters will open on Saturday, September 9 at 8 a.m.

    Auburndale High School -- 1 Bloodhound Trail, Auburndale
    Bartow High School -- 1270 S. Broadway, Bartow
    Davenport School of the Arts --  4751 N CR 547, Davenport
    Horizons Elementary -- 1700 Forest Lake Drive, Davenport
    Lake Region High School -- 1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake
    Haines City High School -- 2800 Hornet Drive, Haines City
    Spook Hill Elementary 321 Dr. -- J.A. Wiltshire Ave., E., Lake Wales
    George Jenkins High School -- 6000 Lakeland Highlands, Lakeland
    Phillip O’Brien Elementary -- 1255 E. Lime Street, Lakeland
    R. Bruce Wagner Elementary -- 5500 Yates Road, Lakeland
    Sleepy Hill Elementary -- 2285 Sleepy Hill Drive, Lakeland
    Tenoroc High School -- 4905 Saddle Creek Rd., Lakeland
    Mulberry Middle School -- 500 Martin Luther King Ave., Mulberry
    Lake Marion Creek Middle -- 3055 Lk. Marion Creek Rd., Poinciana
    Donald Bronson Community Center -- 124 Bronson Trail, Polk City
    Chain of Lakes Elementary -- 7001 CR 653, Winter Haven

"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:


UPDATE: As of 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017. the McKeel Academy special needs shelter was at capacity. Ridge Community High School and the Polk County Health Department still have room.

Polk Co. Health Department
1255 Brice Blvd.   

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

McKeel Academy -- AT CAPACITY AS OF SATURDAY, SEPT. 9, 2017.
1810 W. Parker St.


Seminole County:

Shelters are currently on standby (not open) and anticipated to open Saturday.


Sumter County:

  • Sumter County Fairgrounds -- 7620 SR 471, Webster, FL 33513 (Pet Friendly)
  • Wildwood Elementary School-- 300 Huey Street, Wildwood, FL 3478
  • Sumter County Fairgrounds -- 7620 SR 471, Bushnell, FL (Pet Friendly)
  • Wildwood Community Center -- 6500 Powell Road, Wildwood, FL 34785 (Special Needs)
  • Webster Elementary School -- 349 S Market Blvd. SR 471, Webster, FL 33597
  • South Sumter High School -- 706 N. Main St., SR 475,  Bushnell, FL 33513 (Pet Friendly)


Volusia County:

The following shelters will open at the times noted. Residents are asked to not arrive at a shelter before the opening time.


Opening at 10 a.m. Saturday

 General Shelters

        New Smyrna Beach High School, 1015 10th St., New Smyrna Beach

        University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City

        Ormond Middle School, 151 Domicilio Ave., Ormond Beach

        Taylor Middle/High School, 100 E. Washington Ave., Pierson

        Sweetwater Elementary School, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd., Port Orange

        Cypress Creek Elementary School, 6100 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange


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

        Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave, Daytona Beach

        Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange

        Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange

        Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand

        Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona


General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters

        Hinson Middle School, 1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach

        Citrus Grove Elementary School, 729 Hazen Road, DeLand

        Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Drive, Deltona

        Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand


Opening at noon Saturday

General Shelters

        Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

        River Springs Middle School, 900 West Ohio Ave., Orange City

        Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona

        DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand


General Public Pet-Friendly Shelters

        Pine Trail Elementary School, 300 Airport Road, Ormond Beach

        Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Drive, Daytona Beach

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