Seminole County is conducting our annual Hurricane Drill.


  • The Seminole County Special Needs Program is a voluntary program for residents, allowing Emergency Management to identify vulnerable individuals requiring extra assistance. Residents with special medical needs such as electricity to operate a medical device, refrigeration needs for medications, an enhanced level of wound care, or other eligible criteria should register at Seminole County Special Needs. A caregiver may also register on behalf of the resident.
  • Emergency Management recommends using this program only as a "last resort" and individuals with special needs should consider sheltering with relatives or friends prior to the use of a shelter.
  • ASL/Deaf: - Special Needs Program Video

 Last Updated: August 18, 2023 3:16pm


Think about your family’s needs in the event of a disaster and make a plan before disaster strikes to make responding to an emergency faster and safer.

  • AT HOME: Identify the safest area of your home in the event of severe weather; a lower-level space with no windows is preferred. Know how, when and where to shut off water, gas and electric at the main sources to your home. Check your insurance coverage – flood damage, for example, is not covered by homeowner's insurance.
  • EVACUATION/SHELTERS: If your home is unsafe during a tropical storm or hurricane, consider staying with a friend or family member. Or, plan an evacuation route. Emergency shelters should be considered a last resort.
  • CHILDREN: Contact your child's school or daycare to determine the facility's emergency notification and evacuation plans. Ask what type of authorization is required to release a child to someone else if you are not available to pick them up. Include your children in the planning process and discuss any fears they may have.
  • ANIMALS: Make arrangements for pets or livestock in advance. Make sure your pet has a license tag and a collar, and use a break away collar for cats.
  • COMMUNICATIONS: Consider purchasing a weather radio to alert you of severe weather conditions.

 Last Updated: August 25, 2023 2:07pm


 Prepare a disaster kit that contains all of the necessary supplies for several days or longer. 

  • WATER: Have one gallon of water per person/pet per day on hand for drinking, food preparation, and sanitation.
  • FOOD: Plan for a five-day supply of non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration and need minimal preparation and water.
  • FIRST AID & MEDICATION: Have plenty of first aid supplies, non-prescription drugs, prescriptions, and other important health supplies like contact lenses or baby items on hand.
  • IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS: Keep records, like insurance policies and passports, in watertight plastic containers if possible.
  • CONTAINER/STORAGE: Store your emergency kit in a watertight container to prevent damage.


 Last Updated: August 25, 2023 2:09pm



  • Stay informed about this storm by signing up for text alerts. Text "Storm2024" to 888-777. Information on sandbag operations, closures and other storm preparations will be sent via text.
  • Residents are also encouraged to register for emergency alerts through AlertSeminole, Seminole County’s emergency notification and warning system.
    • Those who register will receive emergency alerts via text, email, or voice call about a variety of potential public safety and environmental hazards, including weather events, evacuations, shelter-in-place orders, disruptive road closures, boil water notices, and other safety concerns.
    • Participating residents will receive time-sensitive messages specific to their specified home or business location within Seminole County. Residents can unsubscribe to alerts at any time through their account. Visit to register.
  • Follow Seminole County on Facebook, Instagram, X/Twitter, and Nextdoor for the latest updates.
  • Watch Seminole Government Television (SGTV) at, on Spectrum Cable Channel 498, or on YouTube.

 Last Updated: May 31, 2024 9:36am


  • Under Florida Law, the Governor’s State of Emergency Executive Order 20-52 allows residents to refill their prescriptions early.
  • Individuals with recurring prescriptions may obtain a 30-day early refill in order to ensure medications are on hand.
  • This law is applicable even if the prescription has been recently filled; early refills will be noted to insurance companies and added to the patient's refill schedule. For example, if there are 10 days left on a prescription and a 30-day emergency refill was received, the patient must wait the full 40 days before the prescription may be filled again.
  • Read the complete State Statute
  • ASL Video: Prescription Refills

 Last Updated: September 29, 2022 7:54am



  • Candyland Park, Longwood
  • Central Winds Park, Winter Springs
  • Eastmonte Park, Altamonte Springs
  • Lake Mary Sports Complex, Lake Mary
  • Geneva Wilderness Area, Geneva
  • Oviedo Public Works, Oviedo
  • Red Bug Lake Park, Casselberry
  • Sanford Public Works, Sanford
  • Seminole County Sports Complex

Sandbag locations are not staffed.

SANDBAG DISPOSAL: Do not put filled sandbags on the curbside. They will not be picked up. If dry, consider keeping them through the end of Hurricane Season (November 30). Otherwise, empty the sand or dirt and dispose of bags in normal trash. They may also be brought to the Landfill. 

VIDEO: Proper Sandbag Use

 Last Updated: May 31, 2024 9:21am



The following locations are open for residents seeking shelter.

  • Crystal Lake Elementary
  • Lake Mary High School
  • Midway Elementary
  • Teague Middle School
  • Winter Springs High School
  • Lawton Chiles Middle (Pet Friendly)
  • Bentley Elementray (People with Special Needs (PSN)/Pet Friendly)
  • Highland Elementary (PSN)
  • Layer Elementary (Enhanced PSN)
  • County Administration Building (Dependent/Family Shelter)

 Last Updated: May 31, 2024 11:21am