Carrie Proudfit, Orange County Government Public Safety Public Information Officer

Orange County Declares State Of Local Emergency

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs Signs Emergency Executive Order 17-09

ORLANDO, Fla. – September 7, 2017 – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, in her official capacity as Director of Emergency Management, which includes unincorporated and incorporated areas of Orange County, issued today a local state of emergency to prepare for possible threats associated with Hurricane Irma. This declaration is a pro-active emergency management protocol, and is NOT prompted by any new storm related information.   Through the execution of this document, Orange County will be positioned to access emergency resources necessary for the health, safety and welfare of its residents, guests and businesses.

“As Mayor, my top priority is the health, safety and welfare of our residents, guests and businesses,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “It is urgent that we receive the full cooperation of the people of Orange County in preparing for possible affects from Hurricane Irma. As a region, we are deeply aware of the threats posed by the weather, and must be well prepared for weather emergencies. Through the issuance of Emergency Executive Order 17-09, I am authorizing the full use of Orange County’s public safety resources to assist in preparing for impacts from Hurricane Irma.”

Orange County Government is encouraging residents to prepare for Hurricane Irma and continues to monitor and assess updates from the National Hurricane Center. Orange County currently has 45,000 pre-filled sandbags and expects to distribute more than 70,000 to residents.  For more information please visit

Orange County Government remains open for business and advises residents to ready their hurricane preparedness supply kit. For storm preparedness information, please visit

Orange County has several tools that are available to residents during a tropical weather system. Download Orange County’s news and information apps free on Apple and Android devices, to receive emergency management communications and to stay informed before, during and after a storm,

  • OCFL Alert is an emergency notification and information smartphone app that      provides critical information during times of emergency. Life-saving information      includes open shelter locations, water and ice distribution centers, evacuation routes, public service announcements and much more
  • OCFL News provides you with breaking news about Orange County Government in action. Stay informed of important information and emergency news releases through push notifications.
  • OCFL 311 is a smartphone app that allows users to photograph, pinpoint and report any problem you may encounter before, during or after the storm. All of this can be done directly from your smartphone to Orange County’s 311 Service Center.
  • OC ALERT is an alert system that allows Orange County Government to contact you via email or cell phone text message during an emergency affecting Orange County. Register free-of-charge for OCAlert,

Orange County will also be providing updates through social media.  Please follow us:

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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