Central Florida Shelter Information

Here’s a list of general population, special-needs and pet-friendly shelters in Central Florida.

All shelters are closed until county administrators make the decision to open them based on the storm’s track and intensity.

Not all shelters will open during a storm. They will open according to capacity needs. Check back for updates and location changes. 



Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. JohnViera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, VieraWickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, MelbourneTed Whitlock Community Center at Fred Poppe Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Rd NW, Palm Bay

General Population

Apollo Elementary School, 3085 Knox McRae Dr., TitusvilleMims Elementary, 2582 U.S. Highway 1, MimsImperial Estates Elementary School, 900 Imperial Estates Lane, TitusvilleSpace Coast Junior/Senior High, 6150 Banyan Street, Port St JohnWalter Butler Community Center at Bernice Jackson Park, 4201 US Highway 1, CocoaManatee Elementary School, 3425 Viera Blvd., VieraSherwood Elementary School, 2541 Post Road, MelbourneMelbourne High School, 74 Bulldog Blvd., MelbourneMeadowlane Intermediate Elementary, 2700 Wingate Blvd., West MelbourneHeritage High School 2351 Malabar Rd., Palm BayBayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Rd. S.W. Palm BaySouth Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco

Special needs shelters will also open on Friday; telephone calls to registered clients will begin today, as County staffers determine which residents will require transportation via Space Coast Area Transit buses.

Although shelters will provide food, residents going to shelters will need to take their own supplies, including bedding, folding chairs or sleeping bags; any needed medications; multiple changes of clothing and sturdy shoes; personal hygiene items; and entertainment items, like games, cards, books, or magazines.

Residents who do not plan to stay in public shelters are encouraged to stay with family or friends on the mainland, and to evacuate tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles, as traffic on highways and interstates is likely to be heavier.


All Lake County shelters are pet-friendly. People with health or medical conditions that may require transportation or special assistance should register here or call (352) 343-9420. Lake County residents should check the Lake County Emergency Management website.

Astatula: Astatula Elementary School, 13925 Florida Ave. Accepts pets.

Clermont: Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Road. Accepts pets and special-needs.

Lady Lake: Villages Elementary, 695 Rolling Acres Road. Accepts pets and special-needs.

Leesburg: Leesburg Elementary School, 2229 South St. Accepts pets and special-needs.; Treadway Elementary, 10619 Treadway School Road. Accepts pets.

Mascotte: Mascotte Elementary, 460 Midway Ave. Accepts pets.

Mount Dora: Round Lake Elementary School, 31333 Round Lake Road. Accepts pets.

Paisley: Spring Creek Elementary School, 44440 Spring Creek Road. Accepts pets.

Umatilla: Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St. Accepts pets and special-needs.


The Islamic Society of Central Florida will have three locations for residents to take shelter during Hurricane Irma.

MECCA Center, 586 N Goldenrod Rd, OrlandoMasjid Al-Rahim, 4962 Old Winter Garden Road, OrlandoMasjid Al-Aziz, 9501 Satellite Blvd, Orlando

The ISCF asks residents to bring their own sleeping bag, hygiene products, medicine, food and water, as well as coloring books and toys if you bring children.

General Population:

Apopka High School, 555 Martin St. Apopka, FL 32712Colonial High School, 6100 Oleander Dr. Orlando, FL 32807East River High School, 654 Columbia School Rd. Orlando, FL 32833Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804 Memorial Middle School, 2220 29th St.,Orlando, FL 32805Odyssey Middle School, 9290 Lee Vista Blvd.,Orlando, FL 32829West Orange High School,1625 Beulah Rd.,Winter Garden, FL 34787

General Population, Pet-Friendly:

Barnett Park Community Center, 4801 W. Colonial Dr.,Orlando, FL 32808Bithlo Community Center, 18501 Washington Ave.,Orlando, FL 32820

Orange County will open PSN, "Persons with Special Needs" shelter. Individuals who have registered for a PSN shelter will be contacted with the location information of the shelter that they have been assigned, along with information on transportation assistance if needed.


Osceola will open three pet-friendly shelter locations at noon on Friday, Sept. 8.

Harmony High School, 3601 Arthur J Gallagher Blvd, St Cloud, FL 34771Kissimmee Middle School, 2410 Dyer Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741Liberty High School, 4250 Pleasant Hill Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746

Special Needs (Service animals only):

Barney Veal Center at Osceola Council on Aging

General Population:

Narcoossee Middle, 2700 N. Narcoossee Road, St. Cloud, FL 34771Horizon Middle, 2020 Ham Brown Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746Celebration High, 1809 Celebration Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34747


People with health or medical conditions that may require transportation or special assistance should register at www.seminolecountyfl.gov/specialneeds or call 407-664-0000. Seminole County residents should check the Seminole County Emergency Management website.

Altamonte Springs: Lake Brantley High School, 991 Sand Lake Road

Chuluota: Walker Elementary School, 3101 Snow Hill Road

Fern Park: English Estates Elementary School, 299 Oxford Road

Geneva: Geneva Elementary School, 275 1st St.

Lake Mary: Crystal Lake Elementary School, 231 Rinehart Rd.; Lake Mary High School, 655 Longwood-Lake Mary Rd.; Markham Woods Middle School, 6003 Markham Woods Rd.

Longwood: Lyman High School, 865 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd. Accepts pets.

Oviedo: John Evans Elementary School, 100 Chapman Rd.; Hagerty High School, 3225 Lockwood Blvd.; Lawton Chiles Middle School, 1240 Sanctuary Drive.; Oviedo High School, 601 King St.

Sanford: Bentley Elementary School, 2190 Oregon Ave. Accepts pets and special needs; Midway Elementary School, 2368 Brisson Ave.; Millennium Middle School, 21 Lakeview Drive

Winter Springs: Highlands Elementary School, 1600 Shepard Road. Accepts special needs; Layer Elementary School, 4201 State Road 419. Accepts special needs; Winter Springs High School, 130 Tuskawilla Road


People with health or medical conditions that may require transportation or special assistance should register here or call 800-374-9689. Volusia County residents should check the Volusia County Emergency Management website.

Daytona Beach: Campbell Elementary School, 625 S. Keech St.; Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Drive; Hinson Middle School, 1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd. Accepts special needs; Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd.; Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave. Accepts special needs.

DeBary: DeBary Elementary School, 88 W. Highbanks Road

DeLand: Blue Lake Elementary School, 282 N. Blue Lake Ave.; Citrus Grove Elementary School, 729 Hazen Rd. Accepts pets; DeLand Middle School, 1400 S. Aquarius Ave. Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave. Accepts special needs; Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave. Accepts pets.

Deltona: Deltona Lakes Elementary School, 2022 Adelia Blvd.; Discovery Elementary School, 975 Abagail Drive. Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court. Accepts special needs Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane; Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Drive; Sunrise Elementary School, 3155 Phonetia Drive; Timbercrest Elementary School, 2401 Eustace Ave.

Lake Helen: Volusia Pines Elementary School, 500 E. Kicklighter Rd. Workers only

New Smyrna Beach: New Smyrna Beach High School, 1015 10th St. Accepts pets. Only used for storms up to Category 3

Orange City: Manatee Cove Elementary School, 734 W. Ohio Ave. Accepts pets; River Springs Middle School, 900 W. Ohio Ave.; University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave.

Ormond Beach: Ormond Beach Middle School, 151 Domicilio Ave. Accepts pets. Only used for storms up to Category 3; Pathways Elementary School, 2100 Airport Road

Osteen: Osteen Elementary School, 500 Doyle Road

Port Orange: Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Road. Accepts special needs.; Creekside Elementary School, 6801 Airport Rd. Accepts special needs.; Cypress Creek Elementary School, 6100 S. Williamson Blvd. Only used for storms up to Category 4.; Horizon Elementary School, 4751 Hidden Lake Drive. Workers only.; Sweetwater Elementary School, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd.

Unincorporated: Forest Lake Elementary School, 1600 Doyle Road


If you or a family member, during periods of evacuation or emergency, requires evacuation and/or sheltering assistance due to physical impairments, mental impairments, cognitive impairment, or sensory disabilities; it is important that you are aware of your County's Special Needs Shelter program and its Registry. While all Special Needs Shelters provide a level of medical care that exceeds basic first aid provided at General Population Shelters, the capabilities of each Special Needs Shelter may vary based upon a community's needs and available resources. It is important that you become familiar with the services available within your community before an emergency or disaster strikes, please reach out to your County directly to obtain more information about its Special Needs program.

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