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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  • POD In Lake Wales Opens Today

    A Point of Distribution (POD) will open in Lake Wales from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at 1750 Longleaf Blvd. in Lake Wales. Starting tomorrow, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Residents in need of water and food are able to get two cases of water and one case of Meal, Ready-to-Eat, commonly known as MRE, per visit. The MRE is a water-activated self-contained complete meal.

    Other POD locations...

  • Polk County Lifts Order for Curfew

    Polk County has lifted the county’s curfew, which was issued earlier this week during a declared state of emergency following Hurricane Irma. County Manager Jim Freeman signed the order today and it goes into effect immediately.

    The county’s curfew was established to deter crimes of opportunity, such as looting, and to provide safety for Polk residents in damaged areas. As a result of the...

  • Planning Commission Meeting

    Bartow, Fla. (September 15, 2017) —  The Planning  Commission will meet Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room at the Neil Combee Administration Building, 330 W. Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830.

  • Fire Rescue Calls More Than Double Post Hurricane Irma

    Polk County Fire Rescue calls for service spiked since Hurricane Irma passed. Before the hurricane, the average call volume was around 200 calls per day. Now, it’s more than 500 calls per day. Due to the increase, additional ambulances and staff were put into service to meet the demand.

    The highest increase in calls is linked to stress-related illnesses, such as high blood pressure, chest pain...

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