Only when instructed by local emergency management officials through local media sources.
The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management recommends that mobile home residents and students in portable classrooms evacuate during a tornado watch.
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Pets are not allowed in public shelters unless they are service animals. If you have to leave your pets, make sure they have plenty of food and water. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has a "pet-friendly" hotel/motel guide that is available to AAA members.
Call Visit Orlando at 407-363-5872 for availability, or look online or in the Yellow Pages.
A Hurricane Watch is issued whenever a hurricane becomes a threat to the area, and the arrival of tropical storm force winds is expected within 36 to 72 hours (39 MPH or higher). Listen for further advisories and be prepared to act promptly if a warning or evacuation order is given.
A Hurricane Warning is issued when tropical storm force winds are expected within 24 to 36 hours. Precautionary actions should begin immediately. Evacuation orders will be issued for residents in manufactured homes and special needs residents.
A Tornado Watch is given when weather conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes, i.e., during severe thunder storms. During a Tornado Watch, keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen.
A Tornado Warning is given when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by radar. You should take shelter immediately. Because tornadoes can form and move quickly, there may not be time for a warning, so it is important to stay alert during severe storms.
The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management endorses the use of weather alert radios as the primary means to notify the public about severe weather.
Weather alert radios can alert you 24 hours a day in your home, school, or office, about severe weather conditions or other threats to public safety, specifically in the middle of the night when you are not monitoring TV or radio.
Weather alert radios vary in cost (with basic, hand-crank models beginning around $15) and are available at most retail electronic stores.