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Seminole County Opens Emergency Shelters, Announces Voluntary Evacuation

Seminole County issued voluntary evacuations for individuals and families in mobile, manufactured homes and low-lying, flood prone homes due to Tropical Storm Nicole. Individuals with special needs should also consider evacuation.

Seminole County Emergency Management, in coordination with Seminole County Public Schools and Florida Department of Health in Seminole, opened emergency shelters at Bentley Elementary School and Lawton Chiles Middle School. The shelters are pet-friendly.

Shelters should be considered a last resort; if possible, evacuees should stay with family or friends. Shelter clients will be assigned a space of 3’ x 7’; belongings should fit in this space if staying at a shelter.


  • Bentley Elementary, 2190 S Oregon Ave, Sanford
    • For persons with special medical needs
    • Pet-friendly
    • Cots available
  • Lawton Chiles Middle School, Lawton Chiles Middle School – 1240 Sanctuary Dr, Oviedo
    • General population shelter
    • Pet-friendly
    • Cots not available

For more information, check the Seminole County Storm Dashboard.

In Orlando, Orange County government also opened two emergency shelters for Central Floridians needing to evacuate or seek shelter from Tropical Storm Nicole.

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