In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, the Emergency Operations Center will activate shelters around the county. Not all shelters will open at the same time and will open on an "as needed" basis only. Stay tuned to local television, radio, and the Osceola County EOC facebook and twitter page to receive updates on shelter openings.
Pet Friendly Shelters
Osceola County Emergency Management in partnership with Osceola Animal Services, the American Red Cross, and the School District of Osceola County offers pet friendly sheltering. Only certain shelter facilities are designated as "pet friendly". As with all shelters, specific locations are announced prior to an event. However, in an effort to better help our citizen's plan and prepare for an emergency, the 3 "pet friendly" shelters are Harmony, Kissimmee Middle, and Liberty High. Emergency managers will still determine resource requirements based on the actual threat. If you intend to evacuate during a hurricane or other situation, please contact the Office of Emergency Management for specific details regarding pet friendly shelters at (407) 742-9000.
Many emergencies require you to shelter in place. Hazardous materials incidents are an example of an emergency which may require you to stay-put. Your venturing outside or going anywhere may pose a great risk to yourself or your loved ones.
Florida Statute requires county emergency management to provide the leadership and direction to effectively care for the community of special needs individuals in times of disaster.