These Central Florida shelters will open for Hurricane Dorian

Pet-friendly, special needs shelters also open

(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

ORLANDO, Fla. – As Hurricane Dorian treks toward Florida, Central Florida counties are preparing for the powerful storm's potential impact.

County leaders will announce details on shelters as the storm nears. Any information regarding shelters in your county will be added to this story as it becomes available.

Brevard County 

County leaders announced Sunday afternoon that shelters would open at 5 p.m. An evacuation shelter is also expected to open at Mims Elementary at Monday at 9:30 a.m.

9/2/19|9:30AM Evacuation Shelter Opening at noon at Mims Elementary, 2582 US1, Mims for #Dorian. Full list pictured...

Posted by Brevard County Emergency Management on Sunday, September 1, 2019

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Orange County

General population shelters open to evacuees: (Note: *indicates a pet-friendly shelter.)

  • Cypress Creek High School
  • Discovery Middle School
  • East River High School*
  • Edgewater High School
  • Evans High School
  • Freedom Middle School
  • Lake Nona High School*
  • Oak Ridge High School*
  • Ocoee High School*

Visit www.ocfl.net/Shelters for a complete and up-to-date list with addresses with information on what to bring, including food, water and bedding material. The shelters do not provide or allow cots. If you require a Special Needs/Medical shelter, please contact 311.

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Osceola County

General shelters will open at noon Monday at the following locations:
(Note: *Indicates pet-friendly shelters)

  • *Harmony High School (pet-friendly shelter) 3601 Arthur J Gallagher Blvd, St Cloud, FL 34771
  • St. Cloud High School- 2000 Bulldog Ln, St Cloud, FL 34769
  • Horizon Middle School- 2020 Ham Brown Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • *Kissimmee Middle School: 2410 Dyer Boulevard

Osceola County's initial Special Needs Shelter will open at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Council on Aging, located at 700 Generation Pt, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Individuals staying at the special needs shelter should bring medicine and other vital supplies.

First responders and their pets will be housed at Osceola Heritage Park at 1875 Silver Spur Ln, Kissimmee, FL 34744.

Sex offenders will be housed at the County's Beaumont Street Facility at 330 N. Beaumont Ave. Kissimmee, FL 34741.

Individual should bring materials to shelter in place, including personal supplies, bedding, snacks and games, as well as food for any special dietary needs.

This story will be updated with specific details on shelter locations as they become available. For more storm information, click here

Seminole County

All seven shelters will close at 1 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, click here

Volusia County

General public shelters currently open:

  • TD Taylor Middle/High, 100 E. Washington Ave, Pierson
  • DeLand High, 800 N Hill Rd, DeLand
  • University High School, 1000 W Rhode Island Ave, Orange City
  • Mainland High School, 1255 W. Intl Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach
  • Sweetwater Elementary, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd, Port Orange

Special needs shelters:
(Note: These shelters will accept people along with their service animal)

  • Atlantic High, 1250 Reed Canal Rd, Port Orange
  • Creekside Middle, 6801 Airport Rd, Port Orange
  • Freedom Elementary, 1395 S. Blue Lake Avenue, DeLand
  • Galaxy Middle, 2400 Eustace Ave, Deltona
  • Palm Terrace Elementary, 1825 Dunn Avenue, Daytona Beach
  • Pride Elementary, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona

Pet friendly shelters:
(Note: People and pets are housed in separate locations at the shelter)

  • Hinson Middle,1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach - Full
  • Pine Ridge High, 925 Howland Blvd, Deltona
  • River Springs Middle, 900 West Ohio Ave, Orange City
  • Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 W. State Rd 44, DeLand (*Pets housed with owners)

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Flagler County

General public shelters open:

  • Bunnell Elementary (Open for pets)

Special needs shelters:

  • Rymfire Elementary 

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Flagler County will open the Special Medical Needs Shelter at 8 a.m. Monday, September 2.

"Given the current track and intensity of Hurricane Dorian, we will begin to provide sheltering options, starting with our Special Medical Needs Shelter on Monday morning," said Flagler County Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. "The shelter at Rymfire Elementary is not a general population shelter; it is specifically for those whose special medical needs require daily assistance and prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves. Additional sheltering options will be provided soon."

"Rymfire Elementary will open at 8 a.m. on Monday. The Department of Health Flagler, Flagler Schools, and County staff have done an outstanding job in preparing the shelter, as well as building the Special Needs Registry. All those registered have been contacted over the past several days to coordinate their arrival at the shelter."

If you have special medical needs (requiring daily assistance, or that prevent or hinder your ability to care for yourself) AND

  • Live in evacuation zones: A, B, F, flood-prone areas, or mobile / manufactured homes; or
  • Require electricity for your medical needs, countywide;

Then you are encouraged to seek shelter at the Special Medical Needs Shelter on Monday. 

"Even if you have not registered ahead of time, or need assistance with transportation to get there," urged Lord, "we want you to know that you can utilize the Special Medical Needs Shelter. The shelter is ready to keep all of our most vulnerable residents safe." 

Rymfire Elementary is located at 1425 Rymfire Drive in Palm Coast.

A family member or caregiver is strongly encouraged to stay at the shelter with the Special Medical Needs individual. 

If you need to arrange transportation to the shelter please contact the Flagler County Call Center at 386-586-5111

Marion County

This section will be updated with specific details on shelter locations as they become available. For more storm information, click here

Lake County 

Lake County's six emergency shelters closed at noon Wednesday.

General public shelters:

  • Mount Dora High, 700 N. Highland St. Mt. Dora
  • Round Lake Elementary, 3333 Round Lake Road, Mt. Dora*
  • Spring Creek Elementary, 44440 Spring Creek Road Paisley*

Public, pet friendly and special needs shelters:

  • Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St. Leesburg
  • Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Road, Clermont
  • Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St, Umatilla


This city of Mount Dora issued this statement Sunday evening:

City Officials continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian, which has turned into a Category 5 storm and is expected to move up the coast of Florida this week.
The City is expected to feel the impact from the outer bands of the storm early Tuesday into Wednesday.
At this time, Lake County will be opening their shelters starting at Noon on Monday.  If you need to evacuate in Mount Dora, Mount Dora High School is a public shelter.  Round Lake Elementary School is also a public and pet friendly shelter.  
Mount Dora will update the Citizen's Information Line with a recorded message and Lake County has opened their Citizen's Information Line which is 352-253-9999 and is manned.
Please note that if sustained winds reach 40 miles per hour or higher, our emergency crews will not be able to respond.  9-1-1 operators will still be taking calls for emergencies.  Please do not call 9-1-1 if you power goes out.  
The number to call for power outages is 352-735-7141. That number again is 352-735-7141.
We thank you all for time and efforts to prepare yourselves. Stay inside and stay safe.

Polk County

For Hurricane Dorian, Polk County officials provided the following shelter information: 

Based on the current track and estimated time of arrival in Polk County of Hurricane Dorian, the following public shelters will open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1:

  • Auburndale High School, 1 Bloodhound Trail, Auburndale
  • Chain of Lakes Elementary, 7001 CR 653, Winter Haven
  • Davenport School of the Arts, 4751 N CR 547, Davenport
  • Donald Bronson Community, 124 Bronson Trail, Polk City
  • George Jenkins High School, 6000 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland
  • Horizons Elementary, 1700 Forest Lake Drive, Davenport
  • Kathleen High School, 2600 Crutchfield Road, Lakeland
  • Lake Marion Creek Elem., 3055 Lk. Marion Creek Road, Poinciana
  • Mulberry Middle School, 500 Martin Luther King Ave., Mulberry

Special Needs shelters will also open at 8 a.m. Sunday, for those residents with special medical needs. Polk County Emergency Management's 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. Those staying at the special needs shelters have been prearranged and registered.

The only pet friendly shelter that will be open 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.

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Sumter County

County officials said they plan to open two pet-friendly shelters Monday at 10 a.m. ahead of Hurricane Dorian at the following locations:

Sumter County Fairgrounds (for general population)
7620 State Road 471
Webster, FL 33513

Wildwood Community Center (for those with special needs)
5600 Powell Road
Wildwood, FL 34785

The shelters above are open to local residents living in mobile homes, recreational vehicles and low-lying, flood-proned areas, as well as out-of-county evacuees fleeing from the east coast, according to county officials.

If other shelters are open to evacuees, they will be located at one of the designated locations listed below, according to Sumter County officials:

Sumter County will provide shelter for those with special needs. Before staying at a special-needs shelter, residents would need to apply for eligibility. Those with special needs or a representative can register with the county ahead of a storm online or via a paper application. Both can be found here. County officials ask people to register ahead of time and not wait until a storm is about to hit. They reserve the right to cease application processing during any emergency or disaster.

Indian River County

The following shelters will open Monday at noon: 

  • Treasure Coast Elementary, 8955 85th Street – Special Needs Shelter (this shelter will open at 8:00 AM)

General population shelters: (Note: *indicates a pet-friendly shelter.)

  • Liberty Magnet Elementary, 6580 81st Street*
  • Fellsmere Elementary, 50 N. Cypress Street
  • Sebastian River Middle, 9400 CR 512
  • Freshman Learning Center, 1507 19th Street
  • Oslo Middle School, 480 20th Ave SW

This story will be updated with specific details on shelter locations as they become available. For more storm information, click here