Hurricane Dorian

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 finding area accommodations, please call our Visitor Information Line at 800-828-7655.

View Emergency Shelter Map PDF

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. 

View Emergency Shelter Map PDF

For more information about local, public shelters, go to

Attraction Updates

LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND® Florida theme park and water park is open.

Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is open.

Lake Wales Museum

The Lake Wales History Museum will be closed on Saturday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 4, pending post storm impact and utilities services. 

Explorations V Children's Museum

The Museum will follow Polk County School schedule. Should the school district cancel school due to the storm, Explorations V Children's Museum will also be closed. If the building is unaffected once the storm passes and they are able to open while school is out, we will announce it on our web site and social media pages.

Elite Cable Park

Elite Cable Park in Auburndale will be temporarily closed until further notice. Follow their social media accounts for updates.

Florida Southern College

Florida Southern College will be closed during the week of September 2. The school will not host Frank Lloyd Wright architecture tours during this time.

Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College

The Museum will be closed on Monday, September 3 to observe Labor Day and on Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4 due to the hurricane.

Central Florida's Visitor Information Center

Our Visitor Information Center in Davenport is open.

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