Welcome To The Polk County Emergency Home Page

Polk County is currently in recovery mode for Hurricane Irma. Residents can continue to check this page for the latest storm-related updates and information regarding recovery efforts.

Citizen's Information Line:
(863) 401-2234
Toll Free: 1-866-661-0228

Storm Debris Hotline:
(863) 451-3357

Licensed hauling contractors who are interested in providing services collecting hurricane debris in Polk County may contact:

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  • First Point of Distribution (POD) Site Set Up In Fort Meade

    A Point of Distribution (POD) has been set up at Fort Meade Park, located at 1235 9th St NE, Fort Meade, FL 33841.

    Residents in need of water and food are able to get one case of water and one Meal, Ready-to-Eat, commonly known as MRE, per visit. The MRE is a water-activated self-contained complete meal. Those in need may also visit the POD multiple times.

    The County is working on setting up more ...

  • Prevention & Wellness Subcommittee Meeting Cancelled

    Bartow, Fla. (September 14, 2017) — The Prevention & Wellness Subcommittee Meeting scheduled for Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:30a.m. at the Neil Combee Administration Building, 330 W. Church Street, Bartow, FL has been cancelled. 

  • To Burn Or Not To Burn

    There is no burn ban in unincorporated Polk County, however it’s important to note cities may have different rules. For example, residents are NOT allowed to burn yard waste, tree trimmings, trash, etc. in the City of Lakeland.

    In unincorporated Polk County, you may burn yard waste, which is any vegetative debris such as grass clippings, brush, leaves, tree limbs and palm fronds. The yard waste...

  • Polk County Hotel Room Availability

    The latest Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing Hurricane Irma Room Inventory as of  2 p.m. on September 13, shows a 160 room availability in hotels throughout the county. 

    For assistance locating these rooms, please contact Visit Central Florida at 863-420-2586.

    Please note: every effort is made to make this list as accurate as possible but inventory availability changes rapidly.

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