Orange County Government, Florida

Orange County provides hurricane and storm emergency shelters as part of its comprehensive response to help individuals, families and communities respond to and recover from disasters. In response to Hurricane Irma, Orange County opened emergency shelters for the general population, including pet-friendly and special needs shelters. See below for information on Orange County Shelters.

General Population Emergency Shelters:

Orange County opens general population shelters for Central Floridians who have been evacuated from their homes, for those who live in low-lying areas, and for others seeking shelter from the storm. Shelters are alcohol, drug and weapon free. Individuals should come prepared with supplies.


Emergency Shelters in Orange County


Barnett Park Community Center
Address
4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808
Type of Shelter
General Population
*Pet Friendly
Status
Closed
Odyssey Middle School
Address
9290 Lee Vista Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32829
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
Apopka High School
Address
425 N Park Ave
Apopka, FL 32712
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
Colonial High School
Address
6100 Oleander Dr.
Orlando, FL 32807
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
Apopka Middle School
Address
555 W. Martin St.
Apopka, FL 32712
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
Conway Middle School
Address
4600 Anderson Rd.
Orlando, FL 32812
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
Union Park Middle School
Address
1844 Westfall Dr.
Orlando, FL 32817
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
East River High School
Address
650 East River Falcons Way
Orlando, FL 32833
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
Edgewater High School
Address
3100 Edgewater Dr.
Orlando, FL 32804
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
Memorial Middle School
Address
2220 29th St.
Orlando, FL 32805
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
West Orange High School
Address
1625 Beulah Rd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Type of Shelter
General Population
Status
Closed
Bithlo Community Center
Address
18501 Washington Ave.
Orlando, FL 32820
Type of Shelter
General Population
*Pet Friendly
Status
Closed
Meadow Woods Middle School
Address
1800 Rhode Island Wood Circle
Orlando, FL 32824
Type of Shelter
General Population
HOST
Status
Closed
Ocoee High School
Address
1925 Ocoee Point Parkway
Ocoee, FL 34761
Type of Shelter
General Population
HOST
Status
Closed
Gotha Middle School
Address
9155 Gotha Road
Windermere, FL 34786
Type of Shelter
General Population
HOST
Status
Closed
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Address
13400 Town Loop Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837
Type of Shelter
General Population
HOST
Status
Closed
Lakeview Middle School
Address
1200 West Bay Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Type of Shelter
General Population
HOST
Status
Closed
Oakridge High School
Address
6000 Winegard Road
Orlando, FL 32809
Type of Shelter
General Population
*Pet Friendly
Status
Closed

Items To Bring:

Items to bring to the shelter include:

  • Water and food (3-day supply)
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Personal items, toiletries and medications
  • First-aid supplies
  • Important papers
  • Miscellaneous items like games, toys, battery-powered radios and flashlights
  • Identification card
  • Medical Information card
  • Daily prescriptions (2-week supply)
  • Non-prescription medicines (2-week supply)
  • Mobile phone charger, if needed
  • Other special items such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, walkers, special dietary foods, etc.
  • Medical supplies that you utilize on a daily basis, this includes any portable oxygen, cannula, diabetes testing kit, nebulizer, etc.
  • A book, magazine, or something to occupy your time while you wait for the storm to pass

The American Red Cross and/or Salvation Army provides food at the shelters. You are encouraged to bring some food, snacks, and water with you.

In addition, please bring the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of family and friends should you need to contact them or to provide information of your whereabouts. Also, leave your porch light on; this will assist the authorities that drive around your neighborhood after the storm to indicate that you have electricity.

Can I bring my family to the Special Needs shelter? Can they stay with me?
Persons seeking sheltering are encouraged to bring a caretaker with them to the Special Needs shelter. Your family will be allowed in the Special Needs shelter with you. Please ensure to bring bedding, food and supplies for them as well.

Can I bring my pets?
Pets are welcomed at all "Pet-Friendly" shelters. It is important to bring shot records, food, and a crate. Pets are not allowed in General Public Shelters unless they are service animals.

Do I need to register if I am a resident of a nursing home, convalescent and retirement home, or adult congregate living facility?
Residents of nursing homes, convalescent and retirement homes, or adult congregate living facilities are responsible for the evacuation of their own patients and must have emergency plans to handle these types of situations.

Why can't I go to a hospital instead of a Special Needs Shelter?
Local hospitals must maintain the capability to provide for the needs of the very sick or those with life-threatening injuries. Unless you have a life-threatening health/medical condition requiring continuous medical attention, you should go to a designated American Red Cross or Special Needs Shelter.

How long should I plan on staying?
You should plan on staying for the duration of the event or until it is safe to leave.


Pet-Friendly Shelters:

Orange County reminds families to include pets in their hurricane prep plans:

  • Ensure pet vaccinations are current.
  • Consider microchipping pets if not already done so to ensure you can find pets in the event you are separated.
  • Have a copy of your pet&rsqcauo;s medical records, which should be included in your “Pet Disaster Kit.”
  • Arrange for a safe place to stay that permits pets.
  • Research places that are pet friendly. (Note – animals are not allowed in Red Cross Shelters, except for service animals, so you may want to stay with a friend or relative, or motel/hotel that is pet-friendly).
  • If possible, PLEASE do not leave pets behind during an evacuation or emergency.
  • With pending serious weather, bring all households pets inside.

For pet-friendly shelters, individuals are asked to bring a carrier, copy of medical records to ensure pets are current on vaccines, food, water and any necessary medications and identification for the pet.