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Shelter Locations in Sumter County

With Hurricane Ian heading in the direction of Sumter County, now is the time for people to begin looking at their best housing options, particularly for Sumter County citizens who are unsure about the safety of their home. For residents in The Villages development, this master-planned community not only constructed homes above the 100-year floodplain but also to standards to withstand the predicted winds; therefore, at this time, it is recommended that Villagers shelter in-place for this storm. For those being advised to consider evacuation out of the storm path or evacuation to a shelter includes:

• Mobile, manufactured and modular homes and recreational vehicles.
• Low-lying and flood-prone areas near the river.
• Individuals with special needs.
• Those who do not feel safe by themselves.

For anyone who has no choice but to go to a shelter, do not leave your home until officials announce that the shelter is open. Information about shelters can be found online through the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) website or by calling the Citizen Information Center at 352-689-4400. Shelters do not have cots, blankets or other supplies, so bring your own. Locations can change, so stay informed. All pets are welcome at the shelters.

General Population Shelters:

Sumter Fairgrounds: 7620 SR 471. Webster, FL 33597
South Sumter High School: 706 N. Main St. Bushnell, FL 33513.

Special Needs Shelter:

Wildwood Community Center: 6500 Powell Road, Wildwood, FL 34785.

Remember to check before proceeding to a shelter. Not all shelters are opened during an event or they may have reached capacity. Please call 352-689-4400 to confirm that they are accepting evacuees before going to a shelter. Visit SCSO website for more information.