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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  • 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...

  • PODs set up across Polk County with food and water

    Bartow, Fla. (September 14, 2017) — Points of Distribution (POD) have been set up in several Polk County locations to help residents who have been without food and/or water due to Hurricane Irma.

    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.

  • Polk Environmental Lands Opens Limited Sites

    BARTOW, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2017) – While Polk County Environmental Lands sites received damage due to Hurricane Irma, the following sites are now open:
    • Lakeland Highlands Scrub
    • Marshall Hampton Reserve
    • Crooked Lake Prairie
    • Crooked Lake Sandhill
    • Hickory Lake Scrub
    • SUMICA
    • North Walk-in-Water Creek

    Large debris has been cleared from the trails and public use areas and there are portions of these ...
  • World War I Commemoration Postponed

    Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, the World War I Commemoration at Oak Hill Cemetery in Bartow on Saturday, Sept. 16. has been postponed until a later date.

    The History Center will re-open to the public at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 15.

    About the Polk County History Center: The Polk County History Center is located at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through...

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