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Orange County Office of Emergency Management Activates to Level 1

Orange County Office of Emergency Management Activates to Level 1 – 10.06.2016 Morning Briefing

Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd III, Orange County Emergency Manager Ron Plummer, Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) CEO Edward L. Johnson and Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings join Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs for a press briefing on October 6, to deliver the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The most recent report by the National Hurricane Center indicates that Hurricane Matthew’s current track shows possible landfall by EARLY Friday morning in Brevard County.

Orange County is currently preparing for the potential of hurricane-force winds, in excess of 74 miles per hour, with gusts up to 90 miles per hour between late Thursday night, and all day Friday. It is anticipated that the east side of Orange County could experience tropical storm winds for more than 24-hours.

Please see the latest announcements from Orange County as of 11 a.m.

  • For Hurricane Matthew updates, visit
  • Download OCFL Alert on your mobile device in the event you lose power, and need updated information.
  • Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs issued a Declaration of State of Local Emergency which allows for additional resources to support the community.
  • Orange County Fire Rescue Personnel are going door-to-door RIGHT NOW throughout manufactured home communities encouraging residents to evacuate to safer shelter.
  • Last night, Orange County Fire Rescue expanded the “Code Red” Alert to all manufactured home communities in Orange County.
  • Citizens Assistance Response Teams (CARTS) are being staged to ensure supplies and resources are in place once the storm passes.
  • Shelters (general, pet friendly and special needs) in Orange County open at 1 p.m. today. (See below for list of what to bring.)
  • Residents are asked to be off the roads by 6 p.m. tonight.
  • Sandbag distribution for Orange County ends at 3 p.m. (weather pending) today.
  • After the storm, residents are asked to stay off the roads so that Orange County can complete its assessment of damage.


Six general shelters in Orange County open at 1 p.m., with two being pet friendly. There are also shelters available for persons with special needs (PSN). Residents MUST call 407-836-9319 for information on PSN shelters.

Shelter information is posted at

Please note: Shelters will not be able to accommodate early arrivals. Shelters are alcohol, drug and weapon free zones.

Sandbag Distribution:

Sandbag distribution ends at 3 p.m. (weather pending) today. For locations and more visit

  • Apopka – 3258 Clarcona Road
  • Bithlo – 18753 Old Cheney Highway
  • Goldenrod – 2530 N. Forsyth Rd.
  • John Young – 4200 S. John Young Pkwy.
  • Taft – 11442 Intermodal Way
  • Three Points – 4631 Young Pine Road
  • West Orange – 644 Beulah Road
  • Zellwood – 3400 Golden Gem Road

Hotel and Lodging:

Individuals may call 407-354-5555 if they need assistance identifying rooms to meet their family’s needs.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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