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Polk County Hurricane Guide
With hurricane season officially beginning on June 1st, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners' Emergency Management Division, the City of Bartow and WBF would like to remind citizens of the importance of advance preparation in the event of a storm.
With the current tracking capabilities, no one should be surprised by a hurricane. The time is now to start making preparations in the event a disaster strikes.
Be prepared to be self-sufficient (no electricity, no water, no telephone) for a minimum of 72 hours. Assemble a "72-hour Survival Kit" consisting of items such as non-perishable food items, water (1 gallon per person per day), clothing, medicines, flashlights, batteries, etc. Place your kit in a central location and in containers that are easily transportable in case evacuation is necessary.
Plan to shelter at home, if possible, and assemble the supplies necessary to protect your home from wind and water damage. If unable to shelter at home, decide where you will sheller and proceed to that location at the earliest available time. All occupants of mobile homes should plan to evacuate. If you do evacuate, take your "72-Hour Survival Kit" with you.
Confirm that the shelter is open. Not all shelters will be open in the initial stages of a disaster. Tune in to local media or call the Citizens Information Line, 863-534-0321, for shelter opening announcements (activated only during an emergency).
Download the 2017 Hurricane Shelter Map.
Polk County has three pet-friendly shelters that allow residents who own pets to shelter with their pets. Pre-registration is strongly suggested to ensure you have a spot at the shelter and some limitations apply. ONLY dogs, cats and birds and their owners will be allowed to shelter in Polkís pet-friendly shelters. Download our ĎDonít Forget Petsí flyer for complete information including:
Residents with special needs, the elderly, and those without transportation require extra attention in order to stay safe during a disaster. Polk County has programs in place to help these residents prepare and find safe shelter.
A special needs shelter is an emergency facility capable of providing special medical or nursing care which does not necessitate an acute care hospital setting. Eligible persons desiring special needs sheltering should pre-register with Emergency Management. A special needs shelter is a temporary emergency facility capable of providing care to residents whose medical condition may require the use of electrical equipment, oxygen, dialysis, or individuals with physical, cognitive, or medical conditions who may require assistance from medical professionals. Although special needs shelters provide more care than a general shelter, they do not provide the level of care found in a medical facility.
If you need a ride to a shelter, regardless of special need status, arrangements will be made with Polk County Transit Services to pick you up and take you to your assigned shelter. If you are a special needs client, you will be asked about your transportation plans.
Polk residents are eligible at any age, who meet the any following conditions:
During a hurricane, WBF will implement its own in-house hurricane plan. Part of this plan involves the monumental job of keeping the station on the air. WBF has an on-site 15,000 watt electrical back-up generator, powered by propane, with a runtime of 60 hours per tank. Our studio and transmitter site have been designed for hurricane force winds. We will do everything possible to maintain our on-air service.