Orange County – Hurricane Dorian Update #3

Key Information for Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian: Aug. 30, 2019

Orange County, Fla. – Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings signed an Emergency Executive Order declaring a State of Local Emergency in Orange County this morning, Aug. 30, 2019.

Resident Information Line and Emergency Alert Info

For any information or questions regarding Hurricane Dorian, call 311 or visit to chat online or download the OCFL 311 app, which allows users to photograph, pinpoint and report any issues you may encounter before, during or after the storm.

Sign up for the free alert system notification at OC ALERT, which enables you to get alerts via email or text during Hurricane Dorian. Visit


Orange County Government is slated to open to open nine shelters on 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, which will include three pet-friendly shelters. There will also be special needs/medical shelters. Please DO NOT arrive before Sunday, Sept. 1 at any of the shelters. They will not be open beforehand.

General population shelters: (Note: *indicates a pet-friendly shelter.)

  1. Cypress Creek High School
  2. Discovery Middle School
  3. East River High School*
  4. Edgewater High School
  5. Evans High School
  6. Freedom Middle School
  7. Lake Nona High School*
  8. Oak Ridge High School*
  9. Ocoee High School

Visit for a complete and up-to-date list with addresses with information on what to bring, including food, water and bedding material. Please remember, the shelters do not provide cots, but you may bring your own cots and bedding. If you require a Special Needs/Medical shelter, please contact 311.

Garbage & Recycling Collection

Garbage, recycling, large items and yard waste will not be collected for residents of unincorporated Orange County on Monday, Sept. 2, and Tues, September 3. Visit for more information.

In addition, residents can take their yard waste to various landfill sites ( and follow their guidelines as provided. Disposal sites will close at noon on Sunday, Sept. 1. 


Distribution of pre-filled sandbags are open at various locations today and on Sat., Aug. 31. Self-serve sandbag locations are also available. Visit for details. Informational fliers will be provided at pick-up on how to properly use sandbag. A “how-to” video on sandbags is also available on Orange County’s storm webpage.

Generator Safety

  • Orange County Fire Department reminds residents to be mindful of generator safety.
  • Generators should only be used in well-ventilated locations OUTSIDE at least five feet away from all doors, windows and vents.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
  • Place generators so exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings; the exhaust must be directed away from the building.

Orange County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools will be closed officially on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Visit for additional information and to stay up-to-date.

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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