Evacuation & Shelters

The time may arise that you may need to evacuate your home to go to a safer place. Here at Emergency Management we strive to ensure that there are enough shelters to accommodate those who need sheltering. We have several locations around Sumter County.

Hurricane shelters will be available for people who have no other place to go. The best options for our citizens are to go to a relative or friend’s site built home. 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. Locations can change quickly, so stay informed.

Please bring your own chairs, bedding, food, water and prescription drugs with you to shelters. Do not bring pets (unless the shelter is specified as a pet-friendly shelter), weapons, alcohol or illegal drugs.

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


  • Webster Elementary School
    349 S Market Blvd. SR 471
    Webster, FL 33597
  • Sumter Fairgrounds 
    7620 SR 471
    Webster, FL 33513
    • Pet-friendly shelter. All pets must be crated.
  • Wildwood Elementary School
    300 Huey Street
    Wildwood, FL 34785
  • Center Hill Recreation Center
    74 S. Virginia Avenue
    Center Hill, FL 33514
  • South Sumter High School
    706 N. Main St., SR 475
    Bushnell, FL 33513
    • Pet-friendly shelter. All pets must be crated.
  Special Needs Shelter:
  • Wildwood Community Center
    6500 Powell Road (CR 139)
    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.