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Updated: 06/04/2014 09:48:02AM

Polk County Public Shelters map is available

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These shelter maps are available at Publix or they can be downloaded from

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In preparation for hurricane season, which began Sunday, Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing and Polk County Emergency Management and Publix Super Markets got together to produce and distribute the “Polk County Public Shelters” map for 2014. This annual map is designed to assist both resident and tourist evacuees in finding shelter during an impending storm.

“In the event a hurricane threatens Central Florida, we will work closely with our accommodations partners to determine the supply of available accommodations. This information is critical in helping evacuees find available lodging. We want our guests to have a safe and pleasant experience, in spite of the circumstances,” said Mark Jackson, director of Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing. PCTSM relays this vital information to Polk County Emergency Management and area lodging facilities. PCEM uses this data to decide when and where to open shelters, once area accommodations reach capacity. Evacuees can then be directed to open shelters using the “Polk County Public Shelters” map, which lists shelter locations on one side and directions to those shelters on the other. The map also provides sources of emergency information, important telephone numbers and a list of recommended items to include in a “3-Day Survival Kit.”

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