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.

Area Shelters

The eight Lake County area shelters are:
Location Address City Amenity
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.