Preparing for Hurricane Matthew

If you are currently visiting Polk County, please scroll down for information about Emergency Management and our local news outlets. 

If you plan to evacuate your primary residence and seek shelter in Polk County, you can find a list of accommodations in our Directory. This directory can be sorted by Type and Location (City). 

You may also contact our Visitor Information Center in Davenport for assistance by calling 863-420-2586.

Polk County Emergency Management

Follow advisories from the National Hurricane Center at

Polk County Emergency Management is responsible for planning and coordinating actions to prepare, respond, and recover from natural or man-made disasters in Polk County. You can follow them on social media at and

Emergency Public Shelters

Not all public shelters are automatically activated for each emergency. They are opened as needed and are not pre-assigned by geographic area. 

Download the 2016 Hurricane Shelter Map.

For more information about local, public shelters, go to

Local Media Sources Covering Central Florida's Polk County

Local Newspapers

Tampa, Florida Television News Stations

Orlando, Florida Television News Stations

Radio Stations

For local radio updates, tune into the following stations:

  • 97.5 FM
  • 98.3 FM
  • 96.7 FM
  • 1430 AM 
  • 1230 AM

Other Resources

Florida Emergency Information 24-hour Hotline:  800-342-3557

Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System WEBSITE

Florida Division of Emergency Management WEBSITE