Stay Safe in an Emergency
Safe shelters have been established and those residents that plan to evacuate should think twice about staying in “shelters” that are not designated by the American Red Cross and Emergency Management. While these shelters are considered to be of the highest safety standards, residents may find the comfort level more accommodating at a friend or relatives site-built home.
Lake County has eight primary shelters, and additional shelters are available if necessary. In most circumstances, the primary shelters will be the first to open. In addition to being general population risk shelters, all primary shelters are pet friendly and many serve those residents who have registered with the County’s Special Needs Program. All pets accepted by authorities at shelters must be crated and have documentation of up-to-date rabies vaccinations.
The eight Lake County area shelters are:
|Astatula Elementary||13925 Florida Ave.||Astatula||Pet friendly|
|Leesburg Elementary||2229 South St.||Leesburg||Special needs and pet friendly|
|Lost Lake Elementary||1901 Johns Lake Rd.||Clermont||Pet friendly|
|Pine Ridge Elementary||10245 County Road 561||Clermont||Special needs and pet friendly|
|Round Lake Elementary||31333 Round Lake Rd.||Mount Dora||Pet friendly|
|Treadway Elementary||10619 Treadway School Rd.,||Leesburg||Pet friendly|
|Umatilla Elementary||401 Lake St.||Umatilla||Special needs and pet friendly|
|Villages Elementary||695 Rolling Acres Rd.||Lady Lake||Special needs and pet friendly|
Public Shelter Registry
Lake County Emergency Management has developed a Public Shelter Registry, which any resident that might use a public shelter during an emergency situation is encouraged to complete and file with the Lake County Emergency Management office. This registry will help Lake County Emergency Management with assisting residents who may not have reliable transportation to a public shelter.
To register for the Special Needs Program or the Public Shelter Registry, residents should call the Lake County Emergency Management Division at (352) 343-9420.