Public Health & Safety

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Orange County Fire Rescue Team Helps Weather Storm Despite Pandemic Challenges

On August 26, 2020 the Central Florida Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force 4 (TF4) deployed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just ahead of Hurricane Laura. The category 4 hurricane was forecast to bring catastrophic storm surge and heavy winds upon making landfall.

When the state of Louisiana requested emergency resources – particularly teams with swift water rescue capability – Region 5 Statewide Emergency Response Plan (SERP) coordinator and Division Chief of Orange County Fire Rescue Michael Wajda quickly mobilized the team in preparation for deployment.

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Orange County Firefighter Encourages Asian Community to Consider Public Service

The Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) is looking for a few good men and women to join its ranks.  Joining the recruitment campaign...

Eye on Hurricane Isaias

Hurricane Isaias Update

Key Takeaways for Hurricane Isaias | July 31, 2020


Orange County COVID-19 Snapshot

Orange County COVID-19 Snapshot

The COVID-19 Dashboard for Orange County, Florida summarizes the latest data relating to Coronavirus cases.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Local Face Covering Executive Order 2020-25

On June 18, 2020, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced an Executive Order 2020-23 Requiring Face Coverings in public places. On June 24,...

Chief Lauraleigh Avery at Orange County’s Emergency Operations Center

New Emergency Manager Preparing Orange County to Meet All Public Safety Challenges

When Lauraleigh Avery was appointed Orange County Emergency Manager by Mayor Jerry L. Demings on June 2, 2020, it had historic overtones. She is...

With COVID-19 Scams on the Rise, Here are Some Tips on How to Avoid Them

With COVID-19 Scams on the Rise, Here are Some Tips on How to Avoid Them

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, fraud schemes to get people’s personal information are on the rise.  The Federal watchdogs...

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Orange County Offering Personal Protective Equipment to Small Businesses to Assist in Economic Recovery

PPE for Small Biz in Orange County, an Orange County Government COVID-19 initiative through the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, will provide personal...

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FAQs for Governor DeSantis’s “Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” Executive Order, 20-112


When did the Governor’s Executive Order take effect? How long does it last?

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Telehealth Tips for COVID-19

As we continue to battle COVID-19, many Central Floridians may be considering where to go for care if they develop potential symptoms. One important...