Severe Weather Emergencies

South Sumter High School
If a hurricane or severe weather threatens, heed early warnings and seek safety for you and your pets. There are very few shelters in Sumter County that will take in animals. However, as of 2008, South Sumter High School is a designated pet friendly shelter during an event. It is the owner's responsibility to find shelter for their pets.

When staying at a pet friendly shelter, your animal should have:
  • Proper identification
  • Rabies tag
  • County license
  • Leashes
  • Carriers
  • Food / water dishes
  • Food / water supply for 3 days
  • Necessary medications
  • Specific care instructions if needed
  • Emergency phone numbers for you or your family
All vaccinations must be current to protect your animal from disease. You are responsible for cleaning up after your pets.

Large Animals
For large animals, such as cattle and horses, turn them out into an open pasture to reduce injury. Animals have a natural instinct of survival. Do not shut your animals up in a barn.