Hurricane Irma Recovery


We survived Hurricane Irma. Now is the time to restore and rebuild the damage. That takes time and money.

Donations to the Lake-Sumter Hurricane Relief Fund made be made by clicking this link.

Governor Scott stressed that if people are physically or financially unable to evacuate, they should call 1-800-955-5504 and the state will evacuate them.

Lake County Shelters. All shelters are pet friendly.

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Sandbags are available for Lake County Residents. CLICK HERE to see the locations where sandbags are available in Lake County.

Animals must be current on rabies vaccines and crated. Owners need to bring pet food and water.

  1. AstatulaElementary, 13925 Florida Ave., Astatula
  2. Leesburg Elementary, 2229 South St., Leesburg – special needs
  3. Lost Lake Elementary, 1901 Johns Lake Rd, Clermont – special needs
  4. MascotteElementary, 460 Midway Ave., Mascotte
  5. Round Lake Elementary, 31333 Round Lake Road, Mount Dora
  6. Spring Creek Elementary, 44440 Spring Creek Road, Paisley
  7. Treadway Elementary, 10619 Treadway School Road, Leesburg
  8. Umatilla Elementary, 401 Lake St., Umatilla – special needs
  9. Villages Elementary, 695 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake – special needs

ADDITIONAL SHELTER LOCATIONS (not pet friendly; not special needs)

  • Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg
  • East Ridge Middle School, 13201 Excalibur Road, Clermont
  • Tavares High School, 603 N. New Hampshire Ave., Tavares
  • Eustis High School, 1300 E. Washington Ave., Eustis


One gallon of water per person and pet for three days Non-perishable food and snacks for three days Food for special dietary requirements Prescription medications Important personal documents Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, hygiene supplies and other comfort items Children and infant supplies including diapers, formula andtoys Items required by the elderly or disabled Chargers for electronic devices Books or games for entertainment


Pets must be in a carrier or crate with the owner’s name, address and two phone numbers on the outside. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required. Owners are responsible for their own pets. In addition to food and water, bring necessary supplies including litter, litter box and leash.

Only domestic pets are allowed in shelters. No livestock is allowed.

Sumter County General Population Shelters

Sumter County Shelters will open on Saturday afternoon, September 9. The shelters will not open until Saturday. Also, Sumter County is not issuing or filling sandbags.

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  • 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