As the summer storm season approaches, Spectrum News 13 and our Weather Experts want to make sure you're well prepared when severe weather threatens. Our Storm Season 2019 section has everything you need to stay ahead of the storm and what to do in the aftermath.

FIND A SHELTER
Click your county to see a map of locations: BREVARD FLAGLER | LAKE | MARION | ORANGE | OSCEOLA | SEMINOLE | SUMTER | VOLUSIA
  • Remember:
  • 1. Bring your disaster supply kit with you!
  • 2. Shelters are not designed for comfort, but to hold as many people as they can. Pack efficiently!
  • 3. Make sure you are going to a pet-friendly shelter, and have their shots updated and pack for them. Many shelters require them to be in a crate or carrier.
BREVARD COUNTY

BREVARD COUNTY has released a list of general population and pet-friendly shelters. If you need a special needs shelter, you need to call 211.

  • General Population Shelters in BLUE.
  • Pet-friendly shelters marked in GREEN.
FLAGLER COUNTY

FLAGLER COUNTY has two shelters -- one is for people and pets, and the other is for special needs.

  • Pet-friendly shelters marked in GREEN.
  • Special-Needs shelters in RED. Questions? Call the Special Needs Hotline at 386-313-4970.
LAKE COUNTY

 

LAKE COUNTY opened six of its shelters.

 

  • GENERAL PUBLIC marked in BLUE.
  • Public and Pet-Friendly shelters marked in GREEN.
  • Combination Public, Pet-Friendly and Special Needs shelters marked in RED.

Shelters that accept pets will need with up-to-date rabies vaccinations. They must be crated and the owner must bring paperwork.

MARION COUNTY
MARION COUNTY has only opened 1 special needs shelter.
  • General Population shelters marked in BLUE.
  • Livestock shelters marked in ORANGE.
  • Special Needs shelters marked in RED.
ORANGE COUNTY

ORANGE COUNTY has released a list of shelters. They will open beginning Sunday at 8 a.m.

  • General Population only shelters marked in BLUE.
  • Gen. Pop./Pet-Friendly shelters marked in GREEN.
  • To reserve a spot in a special-needs shelter, call 407-836-9319.
OSCEOLA COUNTY

OSCEOLA COUNTY special needs shelter opens at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 31. General and pet-friendly shelters will open at noon on Sunday, September 1.

  • General population shelters marked in BLUE.
  • Pet-friendly shelters marked in GREEN.
  • Special-needs shelters in RED.
SEMINOLE COUNTY

SEMINOLE COUNTY has released a list of shelters.

  • General Population shelters marked in BLUE.
  • Pet-Friendly shelters marked in GREEN.
  • Special-Needs shelters marked in RED.
SUMTER COUNTY

  • General population shelters marked in BLUE.
  • Pet-friendly shelters marked in GREEN.
  • Special-needs shelters marked in RED.
VOLUSIA COUNTY

VOLUSIA COUNTY will open shelters between noon on Sunday and noon on Monday.

  • General Population shelters marked in BLUE.
  • Pet-Friendly shelters marked in GREEN.
  • Special-Needs shelters marked in RED.

Special-needs shelters will also be pet-friendly for special-needs residents only.

Hurricane Shelters 101
  • Usually schools or other solidly constructed buildings that provide a large, safe area
  • Should always be considered a last resort if relatives or friends aren’t available
  • Tend to lack many comforts such as bedding, pillows and food - so bring your own
  • Space can be limited: Leave ASAP if your home is vulnerable and under evacuation order
  • Locations can change from year to year - keep informed through television, radio and the Internet
  • Be prepared to live with strangers in close quarters for the duration of the storm
  • Daycare is not provided - supervise your children
What to Bring?
  • Water
  • Food
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Personal items
  • Medications
  • First-aid supplies
  • Important papers
  • Miscellaneous items like games, toys, battery powered radios, flashlights, batteries
Have a Pet?
  • Do not leave your pet behind
  • Find a pet-friendly relative or friend’s house out of evacuation area
  • Stay at a pet-friendly motel or hotel
  • Last resort: Find a pet-friendly emergency shelter
  • Local kennels and vet’s offices may not be the best places to house pet because their buildings might not be built to withstand hurricane force winds either.
Other tips
  • Be ready to set up a home away from home
  • Take a shower and eat before leaving home
  • Register immediately upon entering the shelter
  • Obey shelter rules

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