Preparing for Hurricane Irma

If you are currently visiting Polk County, please scroll down for information about Emergency Management and our local news outlets. Also, if you need assistance or an Emergency Shelter Map, please call our Visitor Information Line at 800-828-7655.

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). For the most up to date list of available accommodations, please call our Visitor Information Center in Davenport at 800-828-7655.

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 2017 Hurricane Shelter Map.

For more information about local, public shelters, go to

Attraction Updates

Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Polk Museum of Art will be closed beginning Friday, Sept. 8 and remain so until further notice.

Bok Tower Gardens

The Gardens will be closed Saturday - Monday, and will reopen at on Tuesday (pending any storm damage). The Gardens is offering half off admission on Friday with Code: IRMA. Visitors should mention the code prior to purchase. 

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park and Water Park will be closed Saturday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Sept. 11.
LEGOLAND Hotel will remain open to admit arriving guests; LEGOLAND Beach Retreat guests will be relocated to LEGOLAND Hotel. They encourage guests in need of shelter to seek other accommodations as we cannot guarantee resort amenities or access to electricity during severe weather.Guests are encouraged to email with any questions.

Safari Wilderness

Safari Wilderness will be closed through Monday. Guests with existing reservations will be contacted for future tour dates.

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