Polk County hurricane evacuations, shelters and sandbag locations

Central Florida prepares for potential impact from Hurricane Irma

Sandbags being filled in Kissimmee          [PHOTO: WKMG/TEE TAYLOR]
Sandbags being filled in Kissimmee [PHOTO: WKMG/TEE TAYLOR]

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Florida officials are preparing residents for the worst, as Hurricane Irma’s path is still uncertain on how it will affect the Sunshine State.

As Polk County and city officials announce sandbag locations, shelters and evacuations that information will be updated in this story below.

The county has established a website and a Facebook page for emergency management.

Sandbag locations

Polk County Emergency Management said Thursday that it is expecting a shipment of sandbags to arrive from out-of-state. Sand is also being replenished at the 15 fire station sites around the county.

If residents need assistance filling sandbags, four fire station sites will have workers to help them Thursday between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or until the sand or bags run out. Sites with helpers are: Caloosa Lake, Cottonwood, Crystal Lake Support Station and Cypress Garden.

Take your own shovel to the other locations. There is a 30-bag limit per person. 

  • Babson Park Fire Station 920
  • [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]Caloosa Lake Fire Station 910
  • Crystal Lake Support Station
  • Cypress Garden Station 580
  • Golfview Fire Station 870
  • Indian Lake Estates Fire Station 960
  • Jan Phyl Village Fire Station 450
  • Mulberry Fire Station 720
  • Nalcrest Fire Station 950
  • Polk City Fire Station 130
  • Sleepy Hill Fire Station 110
  • Willow Oak Fire Station 710

Evacuation routes and announcements

Residents and visitors are encouraged to find their evacuation zone and route by county determined by the Florida Division of Emergency management in case of evacuations.

Polk County shelters

Will be posted as they are announced by county officials.