Shelters

The time may arise that you need to evacuate your home to go to a safer place. Hurricane shelters will be available for people who have no other place to go. The best options for our citizens is to go to a relative or friend’s site built home. Those who need to consider evacuation include:
  • Mobile, manufactured and modular homes and recreational vehicles
  • Low lying, and flood prone areas
  • Special needs
  • Those who do not feel safe by themselves

If you have no choice but to go to a shelter, do not leave your home until officials announce that the shelter is open. Information about shelters that are open in your area will be available through newspapers, television, radio, and Emergency Management. Shelters do not have cots, blankets, or other supplies. You will need to bring your own. Locations can change quickly, so stay informed.

Please bring the following:

  • Identification such as a driver’s licenses
  • Bedding (cot, air mattress, blanket, pillow)
  • Food and water
  • Prescriptions
  • Extra baby food or formula
  • Toiletries (tooth brush and paste, body soap, etc.)
  • Games or sources of entertainment
  • If pet friendly, please bring all necessary supplies for your pet

Please DO NOT bring:

  • Weapons
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol

Please remember to check before proceeding to a shelter. Not all shelters are opened during an event. Please call the Citizen Information Line (352-569-3190) to confirm that they are accepting evacuees before going to a shelter.


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Sumter County General Population Shelters


  • Sumter Fairgrounds                              7620 SR 471                                          Webster, FL 33597                                          - Pet friendly shelter.                                  All pets must be crated. 

  • South Sumter High School                  706 N. Main St., SR 475                        Bushnell, FL 33513

  • Wildwood Elementary School                                                                                    300 Huey Street                                                                                                          Wildwood, FL 34785

  • Webster Elementary School                                                                                      349 S Market Blvd. SR 471                                                                                          Webster, FL 33597

  • Center Hill Recreation Center                                                                                    74 S. Virginia Avenue                                                                                                Center hill, FL 33514

  Special Needs Shelter:
  • Wildwood Community Center
    6500 Powell Road 
    Wildwood, FL 34785

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Evacuation

  • Know if and when to evacuate
  • You might not need to evacuate if you live in a site-built structure, not located in the area subject to flooding. The evacuation order may not apply to you.
  • If you live in a mobile home, even if it’s well away from the water and tied down, wind could pose a threat to your safety.
  • If you feel that you must evacuate, please make sure that you do so far enough in advance. Just remember that the Florida Turnpike and I-75 merge in Wildwood, and everyone south of Sumter County will have the same idea as you.
  • Call 511 Traveler Information System (or visit FL511.com) before you leave, to receive up-to-date traffic information. You can also download the free Florida 511 mobile app, available for iPhone and Android devices.
Please visit the Florida Department of Emergency Management for more information on evacuation routes.