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Email: PIO@ocfl.net

Ian Updates

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For resources and information on storm recovery, visit www.ocfl.net/storm. To watch any past news conference, visit the OrangeTV YouTube playlist or the OrangeTV Vimeo playlist.

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Update: FEMA Update | November 22, 2022 | 3 p.m.

FEMA Extends Deadline to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance

Hurricane Ian survivors who suffered damage to their property have additional time to apply for federal disaster assistance. FEMA has extended the application deadline for Orange County residents to January 12, 2023. There are multiple Disaster Recovery Centers operating throughout the impacted area.

To find a center close to you, go to floridadisaster.org, or text DRC along with your Zip Code to 43362. If you have insurance, you are encouraged to file a claim for damage to your home, personal property and vehicles before you apply for FEMA assistance. For more information, visit floridadisaster.org.

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Update: Boat Ramps Update | November 16, 2022 | 4 p.m.

The following Orange County boat ramps are now open, effective immediately:

  • Trimble Park – Lake Dora
  • Magnolia Park – Lake Apopka
  • Barnett Park – Lake Lawne

Boat ramps at Moss Park, Bywater and Woodsmere will reopen at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, November 17, 2022. Orange County’s remaining boat ramps remain closed due to high lake water levels.

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Update: Boat Ramps Update | October 28, 2022 | 5 p.m.

The following Orange County boat ramps are now open effective immediately:

  • Bywater Boat Ramp
  • Woodsmere Boat Ramp

The following boat ramps continue to operate during regular park hours:

  • Barnett Park Boat Ramp
  • Kelly Park Canoe Launch
  • Magnolia Park Boat Ramp
  • Trimble Park Boat Ramp

Additionally, the Moss Park boat ramp will reopen on Saturday, October 29, 2022. All other Orange County boat ramps continue to remain closed until further notice.

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Update: Community Update | October 27, 2022 | 5 p.m.

To date, Orange County has collected nearly 90,000 cubic yards of debris. Contractors continue to work 12-hours days, seven days a week, to pick up storm debris. Residents should remember:

  • Separate items to be collected – vegetative debris, construction and demolition, appliances, electrics and household items like furniture.
  • Place debris on the curb at the edge of your property.
  • Do not stack or lean debris near or on trees, poles, fire hydrants, water meters, mailboxes or other structures.
  • Do not block roadways or storm drains. Please limit obstructions to sidewalks.

Orange County anticipates all areas of unincorporated Orange County will have received a first-pass of debris collection by mid-November 2022, before the Thanksgiving holiday. Orange County thanks residents for their patience.

REGULAR YARD WASTE VS STORM DEBRIS

Below are additional guidelines differentiating storm debris removal and yard waste collection.

  • Regular Yard Waste Collection: items include leaves, twigs and small vegetative debris. Please bundle small branches and bag small debris like leaves.
    • Three cubic yards per household collection
    • Bags must weigh less than 60 pounds
  • Storm Debris Removal: items too large for solid waste collection, includes tree logs, large branches, furniture, and construction and demolition debris. Storm debris is managed by Orange County Public Works.

If you have questions about storm debris removal, please call 311 or 407-836-3111.

RED CROSS SHELTER

The need for community sheltering due to affects of Hurricane Ian has significantly decreased from the beginning of the storm. Orange County Government, the American Red Cross and community case workers will conclude their operations at South Econ Recreation Center today at 5 p.m. (Full Release)

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Update: Boat Ramps & Lake Advisory Update | October 21, 2022 | 5 p.m.

LAKE ADVISORY

The Orange County lake advisory has been lifted for recreational use. However, please continue to use caution and reduce wakes as there are waterbodies still experiencing high water levels and may have submerged structures and docks or floating debris.

BOAT RAMPS

The following Orange County boat ramps will reopen effective immediately:

  • Barnett Park Boat Ramp
  • Kelly Park Canoe Launch
  • Magnolia Park Boat Ramp
  • Trimble Park Boat Ramp

All other Orange County boat ramps will remain closed until further notice.

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Update: Debris Collection Update | October 21, 2022 | 1 p.m.

Entering day 18 of activation, Orange County Public Work’s crews and contractors have removed more than 60,000 cubic yards of debris. The majority of debris is made up of vegetation and construction materials.

Within hours of Hurricane Ian exiting Orange County, teams from Public Works were on the ground assessing damage and beginning to remove debris from County maintained streets and roads.

The Public Works Department activated the County’s debris removal efforts on October 3, 2022, and focused on the removal of debris from the County right of way and neighborhoods, which were identified as significantly impacted in each of the six commission districts.

Crews will continue to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week to clear debris and meet the needs of Orange County residents. Contractors will continue to survey the County daily to ensure all needed cleanup is scheduled and completed.

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Update: Storm Recovery Update | October 17, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

AERIAL MOSQUITO TREATMENTS

In response to a recent spike in the local mosquito population due to Hurricane Ian flooding, the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services will support Orange County Mosquito Control with aerial mosquito treatments.

These aerial mosquito treatments will begin tonight after sundown in the following areas:

  • Apopka
  • Bithlo
  • Christmas
  • Hunter’s Creek
  • Union Park
  • Wedgefield

These efforts strategically take place during nighttime and do not include the application of materials known to be harmful to humans, animals or other insects, including bees when applied according to label directions.

Coverage Area Map
Frequently Asked Questions

FLORIDA LICENSING ON WHEELS MOBILE OFFICE

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and its Florida Licensing on Wheels (FLOW) mobile office is at the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Orlando assisting residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Ian and need a replacement Florida driver’s license. The mobile office will be at Barnett Park on Monday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services include:

  • Change from out-of-state to Florida license
  • Renewals
  • Duplicates for lost or stolen license
  • Address/name changes
  • ID cards
  • Reinstatements
  • Emergency contact information registration

For a list of materials needed in order to get a replacement Florida driver’s license, please visit flhsmv.gov/whattobring.

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Update: Reams Roads Reopened  | October 13, 2022 | 5:00 p.m.

For the first time since Hurricane Ian moved through Central Florida, Reams Road is open to traffic.

Crews from Orange County Public Works Roads and Drainage Division removed the barricades and reopened the road Thursday afternoon after flood water receded far enough to make the road passable.

Variable message signs stating “CAUTION. WATER ON THE ROAD AHEAD!” will be placed at the intersections of Floridian Place and Reams Road; and at Reams Road and Bay Court.  Drivers are urged to adhere to the signs when using Reams Road and to be attentive to conditions along the road.

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Update: News Conference | October 10, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

The Local State of Emergency has been extended an additional seven days. This enables Orange County to work with our state and federal partners more efficiently, and help our residents in need.

DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is open at Barnett Park. Yesterday, the DRC services more than 100 individuals.

  • Location: Barnett Park
  • Address: 4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL, 32808
  • Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily (gates opening at 7 a.m.)

Along with volunteer groups, representatives from state and federal agencies will be available to provide a one-stop shop for in-person individual and business assistance, including but not limited to:

  • FEMA Individual Assistance, FEMA Mitigation
  • Small Business Administration
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Florida Dept. of Children and Families
  • Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities

It is not necessary to visit a center to apply. Residents can visit DisasterAssistance.gov, dial 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA mobile app.

DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (D-SNAP)

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) provides food assistance for individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ian and who are not receiving food assistance benefits through the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

  • Individuals in Orange County can complete pre-registration online beginning on Monday, October 17, 2022 through Sunday, October 23, 2022.
  • Following online registration, applicants must call the D-SNAP Call Center on a designated day to complete a phone interview.

More information on the program, eligibility requirements and important dates can be found by visiting myflfamilies.com/DSNAP.

RECOVERY STATISTICS

  • Debris Removal: Crews are clearing roughly 2,000 cubic yards of debris from homes each day. It is estimated that it will take 5-6 weeks to remove all debris from the county.
  • Utilities/Solid Waste: During the last week, more than 38,000 tons of materials were delivered to Orange County Solid Waste facilities – an increase of 57 percent from this time last year.
  • Damage Assessment: More than 1,517 properties have been assessed by the Orange County Property Appraiser. Of that number, nearly 1,100 have sustained damages resulting in an estimated loss of $188.8M.
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Update: FEMA Disaster Recovery Center | October 8, 2022 | 5 p.m.

A Disaster Recovery Center is set to open on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 9 a.m., to serve residents impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Location: Barnett Park
Address: 4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL, 32808
Operating Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily
* gates to Barnett Park opening at 7 a.m.

The Disaster Recovery Center is established and run by FEMA and the Florida Department of Emergency Management. Along with volunteer groups, representatives from state and federal agencies will be available to provide a one-stop shop for in-person individual and business assistance, including but not limited to:

  • FEMA Individual Assistance
  • FEMA Mitigation
  • Small Business Administration
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Florida Dept. of Children and Families
  • Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities
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Update: FEMA Transitional Shelter Assistance | October 7, 2022 | 3 p.m.

FEMA Transitional Shelter Assistance is now available to eligible Orange County residents who are unable to return to their primary residence because their home is either uninhabitable or inaccessible due to Hurricane Ian.

This FEMA program can provide short term hotel stays for eligible survivors when other housing options are not available after a presidentially declared disaster.

Additional information for Transitional Sheltering Assistance:

Residents can apply now by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov, dialing 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or downloading the FEMA mobile app.

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Update: News Conference | October 6, 2022 | 2 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance can help residents recover after Hurricane Ian. Residents can apply now by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov, dialing 800-621-3362 or downloading the FEMA mobile app.

Facts sheets and additional information:

Additionally, the following resources are available for businesses in need of disaster assistance after Hurricane Ian:

DEBRIS COLLECTION

Orange County Public Works debris removal contractors have been deployed to collect large storm debris in unincorporated Orange County. It is important for residents to know:

  • Separate items to be collected by vegetative debris, construction/demolition debris, appliances and electronics.
  • Do not stack or lean items on or near trees, poles, fire hydrants or other structures. Additionally, do not block roadways or storm drains.
  • Haulers may not pick up all items at one time. They will need to make multiple passes through your community to collect all storm debris.

Keep sidewalks clear for students walking to school. Please try to limit the obstruction of sidewalks with debris.

(Debris Information Handout – English) | (Debris Information Handout – Spanish)

SHELTER

The shelter at South Econ Recreation Center is still available for individuals who may need to relocate from their homes. The shelter location is managed by the American Red Cross of Central Florida.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/shelters.

PARKS AND RECREATION CLOSURES

South Econ Recreation Center continues as a shelter, and its programs and rentals are canceled until further notice. Moss Park campground remains closed until further notice due to flooding, and Clarcona Horse Park remains closed due to on-going construction. County boat ramps remain closed until further notice.

COMMUNITY AND FAMILY SERVICES

To date, Orange County Government’s Community and Family Services team has distributed resources to some of the county’s hardest-hit neighborhoods.

  • +2,700 meals
  • +1,000 cases of water

All six Orange County Commissioners have been involved in the relief efforts, along with partners including the American Red Cross, FEMA, Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Update: Environmental Protection Division Update | October 5, 2022 | 10 a.m.

LAKE, WAKE & BOAT RAMPS

Orange County is still under a lake advisory for all lakes and rivers until further notice. Please refrain from any recreational activity in the waters that creates wakes, as well as from any contact in or around water bodies including swimming and fishing. Additionally, Orange County public boat ramps remain closed. Boating on waters at this time is very dangerous due to possibly submerged structures, sunken vessels, low visibility of floating debris, potential for contamination in waters, and other concerns for property.

If you have any questions about your lake, please email Lakes@ocfl.net.

DOCK PERMITTING POST-HURRICANE

It is important to know that there is a Lake Advisory in effect. However, if residents need to make emergency repairs, they may remove damaged and/or dangerous portions of boat docks to improve safety without notice or permit from Orange County’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD). Repairs and maintenance, to include replacing boards and other repairs above the waterline can also be done without a permit. The original permitted design and footprint must be maintained or else the repair would be considered a modification and need a permit. However, other than removal or minor maintenance/repair as described above, there is no expedited permitting process for repairs that require reinstallation of pilings or boards below the waterline.

Residents can email questions to wetlandpermitting@ocfl.net.

SEAWALL REPAIRS

In order to utilize the Emergency Resolution for expedited EPD authorization for storm-related seawall repairs for a property, submit a Shoreline Alteration/Dredge and Fill (SADF) application.

  • The seawall must have been permitted by Orange County as a SADF permit and/or Building permit.
  • The permit and the permitted plans from the old permit must be attached with the application.
  • If the application meets the resolution requirement then EPD staff will write up an emergency authorization permit.
  • EPD will review emergency authorization requests on a case by case basis.

EPD will review emergency authorization requests on a case by case basis. Some may have to go to Board, depending on whether they have a permit on file, or in staff’s opinion the wall does not appear to be in imminent danger of failure, or other factors. Be advised that EPD will not penalize anyone with a leaning wall if they proceed with the work in order to prevent catastrophic failure and then go through the required process after-the-fact. Photo-documentation of site conditions that demonstrate any problem/issues with the structures prior to any repairs is required in every case.

Residents with questions can email wetlandpermitting@ocfl.net.

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Update: Debris Removal Update | October 3, 2022 | 6 p.m.

(Debris Information Handout – English) | (Debris Information Handout – Spanish)

Orange County Public Works debris removal contractors are scheduled to deploy beginning on Thursday, October 6, 2022, to collect large storm debris.

What to Expect
  Contractor crews will begin collecting large storm debris starting on October 6, 2022.
  Crews will make multiple passes to collect storm debris, focusing on vegetative debris first.
  We appreciate your patience as we collect debris from all areas of the county.

How to Prepare
  Place debris on the curb at the edge of your property.
  Debris may be collected in multiple phases. Vegetative debris is currently the immediate focus.
•  Separate items to be collected by vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, appliances, and electronics.
•  Do not stack or lean debris near or on trees, poles, fire hydrants, or other structures.
•  Do not block the roadway or storm drains. Please limit obstruction of sidewalks.

Vegetative Debris*
  Large branches
  Tree limbs
  Logs
  Plants

Construction and Demolition Debris
  Steel
  Wood products
  Drywall and plaster
  Brick and clay tile
  Asphalt shingles
  Concrete

*Leaves and small debris can be collected with normal yard waste removal.

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Update: News Conference | October 3, 2022 | 4:30 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

EXTENSION OF EXECUTIVE ORDER

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings signed an extension of the Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in Orange County. This order allows Orange County the flexibility to provide services, resources and support to residents.

FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance can help residents recover after Hurricane Ian. Orange County residents may qualify for:

  • Up to $37,900 for home repairs from FEMA
  • Up to $37,900 for other lost property (damaged automobile or other property from FEMA)

Apply now at DisasterAssistance.gov, dial 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA mobile app.

Additionally, the following resources are available for businesses in need of disaster assistance after Hurricane Ian:

ROAD CLOSURES

There are currently 5 roads in Orange County that continue to be closed due to flooding:

  • Rouse Road north of Buck Road
  • Reams Road
  • Lake Elleanor Drive
  • Lake Underhill at the Econ Trail
  • Buck Road—west of Rouse Road

SHELTERS

There is currently one shelter open in Orange County, operated by American Red Cross and Salvation Army. This shelter is located at the South Econ Recreation Center, as well as pet-friendly and handicapped accessible.

For information about Orange County shelters, visit ocfl.net/shelters.

DEBRIS REMOVAL

Orange County Public Works has initiated the County’s Monitoring and Debris Removal contracts. The contractors’ teams have started operations and crews are mobilizing now.

The contractors are hired by Orange County to haul away large amounts of debris – the large amount of debris that is too big for normal yard waste collection. Detailed plans will be provided soon, including direction of when to place items at the curb. More information will be posted to ocfl.net/Ian.

PARK AND RECREATION CLOSURES

The following Orange County Parks and Recreation facilities are closed until further notice:

  • Recreation Centers: South Econ Recreation Center
  • Parks and Trails: Moss Camping & Park, West Beach Park, Blanchard Park/Little Econ Trail and Dr. Phillips Park

LAKE ADVISORY AND BOAT RAMPS

Orange County is still under a lake advisory for all lakes and rivers until further notice. Please refrain from any recreational activity in the waters that creates wakes, as well as from any contact in or around water bodies.

Orange County public boat ramps remain closed.

ANIMAL SERVICES

During the storm, pets can easily get separated from their families. Orange County Animal Services has a Lost and Found Pet Forum where people can report if they’ve found or lost a pet.

More information at ocnetpets.com.

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Update: Parks and Recreation | October 3, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES UPDATE

The Orange County Parks and Recreation continues to evaluate their facilities and locations in order to safely reopen to the public. At this time, all Orange County parks and programs have reopened except for the following locations which are closed until further notice:

RECREATION CENTERS – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

CAMPING GROUNDS – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

PARKS AND TRAILS – CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

BOAT RAMPS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

All public boat ramps under the control of Orange County are currently closed. Please refrain from any recreational activity in the waters and refrain from any contact with water bodies until further notice.

For updates reopening dates, residents can visit ocfl.net/Parks.

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Update: Debris Update | October 2, 2022 | 8 a.m.

In response to Hurricane Ian, Orange County Public Works has initiated the County’s Monitoring and Debris Removal contracts. The contractors’ teams are starting operations and crews will be mobilized early this upcoming week.

Vegetative debris too large to meet the Solid Waste Guidelines for pickup as a part of normal yard waste removal will be picked up under this contract. Detailed plans will be provided soon, including direction of when to place items at the curb.

For residents who want to assist in cleanup, the Orange County Landfill and transfer stations will be open to residents only on Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for vegetative debris and household waste. NO commercial, account or roll-off customers will be accepted on Sunday.

Please remember vegetative debris must be separated from other storm related debris. Hazardous household waste (such as cleaning supplies, chemicals, oils, and pesticides) must be taken to County-provided disposal sites.

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Update: Assistance Funds | October 1, 2022 | 4 p.m.

FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance can help residents recover after Hurricane Ian. Orange County residents may qualify for:

  • Up to $37,900 for home repairs from FEMA
  • Up to $37,900 for other lost property (damaged automobile or other property from FEMA)

Facts sheets and additional information:

Apply now at DisasterAssistance.gov, dial 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA mobile app.

Have this information ready when you apply:

  • Social Security number (one per household)
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address
  • Bank account & routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Additionally, the following resources are available for businesses in need of disaster assistance after Hurricane Ian:

The FEMA website is available in 8 languages in addition to English: Español | 简体中文 | Kreyòl |Deutsch 한국어 | Português | Tagalog Tiếng Việt.

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Update: Shelters | October 1, 2022 | 3 p.m.

As of 3 p.m. this afternoon, the only general population shelter that is open is South Econ Recreation Center. This is a pet-friendly shelter. For information about Orange County shelters, visit ocfl.net/shelters.

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Update: News Conference | October 1, 2022 | 12 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

RESCUE EFFORTS

Orange County is in the second day of rescue, recovery, and assessment since Tropical Storm Ian left the County. Orange County Fire Rescue crews have performed more than 1,700 rescues since the storm began. Many of these rescues were in life-threatening situations with submerged cars, raging waters, and flooded homes.

We are extremely grateful for the bravery of these first responders by putting themselves at risk in these dangerous situations.

FEMA DECLARATION

Orange County was added to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance for Florida. This authorizes FEMA to provide individual assistance for residents of Orange County.

For assistance, residents can visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. For TTY (Text Telephone) call 1-800-462-7585.

SHELTERS

Orange County shelters are still assisting residents, with more people arriving overnight. There are currently 200 people staying in 4 different shelters. This afternoon those people will be bussed to the Renaissance Community Center on Econlockhatchee Trail which will be operated by the American Red Cross in concert with the Salvation Army.

WATER AND FOOD DISTIBUTION

Orange County Community and Family Services are working with community support centers and volunteers to provide food and water distribution stations in the hardest hit areas of the County. The distribution locations will focus on the flood-stricken areas to assist residents in this difficult time.

POWER OUTAGES

The local power companies have been working around the clock to restore electricity to homes and businesses. As of this morning, OUC is reporting just under 7,000 customers without power and anticipate restoration by midnight tonight. Duke Energy has 65,000 customers without power and expects restoration by midnight Sunday night. Both companies state there may be a few homes that have heavy flooding that may take longer to restore as they make damage assessments.

BUILDING ASSESSMENT

Orange County Building Assessment teams have performed more than 12,000 inspections of homes and buildings looking for storm damage. The majority of those inspections have shown the buildings safe for habitability.

PUBLIC WORKS

Orange County Public Works have been assisting with road blocks and barricades on many of the flooded streets in the area. They are partnering with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for assistance at major intersections.

We remind everyone to not attempt to drive through standing water. It is extremely dangerous and could become a life-threatening situation. Follow the detours and do not cross a barricaded road.

LAKES CLOSED

Orange County issued an advisory for all lakes and rivers until further notice. Public boat ramps under the control of Orange County are currently closed. Please refrain from any recreational activity in the waters and refrain from any contact with water bodies. This advisory is expected to be in effect for at least one week.

YARD WASTE

Residential curbside collection in unincorporated Orange County resumes on Monday, Oct. 3. There will be delays expected with yard waste collection during this extremely busy time. We appreciate everyone’s patience as our crews work hard to get everything back to normal.

LANDFILL

The Orange County Landfill and transfer stations are open today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can use these facilities tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday is for RESIDENTS only.

Normal operating hours will resume on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

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Update: Utilities | October 1, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

Residential curbside collection in unincorporated Orange County will resume Monday, Oct. 3. During the storm recovery period, excess household garbage that doesn’t fit in the roll cart can be set out for collection on your next large item pickup day. Please keep it separated from yard waste, and leave carts and items curbside for service. We appreciate everyone’s patience as yard waste collection delays are expected over the next few weeks.

More info: www.ocfl.net/GreenClean

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Update: Utilities | September 30, 2022 | 4 p.m.

The Orange County Landfill and transfer stations will reopen at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, and close at 5 p.m.

To help with storm cleanup, RESIDENTS ONLY can use these facilities on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. NO commercial, account or roll-off customers will be accepted on Sunday.

Normal operating hours will resume Monday, Oct. 3.

More info: www.ocfl.net/WasteSites

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Update: Lake Apopka Natural Gas District | September 30, 2022 | 4 p.m.

As Central Florida recovers, Lake Apopka Natural Gas District is accepting all calls regarding potential natural gas emergencies and outages. If you smell gas, don’t hesitate; call the District at 407-656-2734. Again, that is 407-656-2734. And, remember to call 8-1-1 before you begin any storm clean up that involves digging or disturbing the ground. Your safety is our priority.

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Update: Shelters | September 30, 2022 | 2 p.m.

Ocoee High School is closed and no longer accepting evacuees. Additional Orange County shelter locations can be found at ocfl.net/shelters.

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Update: News Conference | September 30, 2022 | 10 a.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

EMERGENCY DECLARATION

Orange County has been added to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster declaration for Florida. This authorizes FEMA to provide individual assistance for residents of Orange County. It also provides 100 percent federal funding for debris removal and emergency, life-saving measures for 30 days.

For more information on FEMA reimbursement for residents please visit disasterassistance.gov.

Public safety partners continue to assess locations for recovery, evacuation and resident assistance.

POWER OUTAGES

Electricity provider updates are applicable as of 10 a.m. this morning:

  • Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC): Approximately 10 percent of customers are without power. At this time, 72 percent of outages have been restored. Customers are asked to visit Orlando Utilities Commission’s storm webpage for additional restoration updates.
  • Duke Energy: Approximately 35 percent of customers are without power. More than 130,000 customers have had their power restored. The current estimated time of restoration for 90 percent of Duke customers in Orange County is no later than 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 2, 2022. For more information visit Duke Energy.

UTILITIES SERVICE UPDATE (UNINCORPORATED)

Orange County Utilities personnel are providing essential services to residents and businesses, including ensuring uninterrupted delivery of safe and reliable tap water. Staff have completed initial assessments of our infrastructure and facilities for power outages, damages, and flooding.

For wastewater emergencies such as sewage backing up into a home or the street, please call Orange County Utilities Emergency Dispatch at 407-836-2777. Residents in apartment complexes should report sewer issues to their property management company.

Additional updates are applicable as of 10 a.m. this morning:

  • Curbside Collection: Regular schedule resumes on Monday, October 3, 2022. Residents may experience some delays with yard waste collection for the next few weeks. It is important to remember that yard waste at the curb for regular service is limited to three cubic yards each week and must still be set out according to the guidelines, including limbs cut to three feet in length, tied, and each bundle under 60 pounds. The county will be working on separate collections just for storm debris, details are forthcoming.
  • Facilities: The Orange County Landfill and Transfer Stations will be closed to the public today, Friday, September 30 with the goal to reopen on Saturday, or Monday at the latest. An updated schedule for operations will be posted on ocfl.net/Ian later today.

LAKE ADVISORY AND BOAT RAMP CLOSURES

Orange County Environmental Protection has issued an advisory for all lakes and rivers in Orange County until further notice.

Public Boat ramps under the control of Orange County are currently closed. Please refrain from recreation and contact in and around waterbodies. Many of these systems may have been adversely impacted by Hurricane Ian and are experiencing high water levels, potential for contamination, displaced and disoriented wildlife and submerged structures.

If you have any questions about your lake, please email Lakes@ocfl.net.

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Update: News Conference | September 29, 2022 | 6 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

WEATHER UPDATE

Hurricane Ian is expected to leave Florida by 10 p.m. tonight. The storm is now in the Atlantic Ocean and moving slowly away from Central Florida.

The rainfall situation remains very serious as historic flooding is taking place. So far, the County has received 10 – 16 inches of rain with more taking place this afternoon. Orange County remains under a tropical storm warning. Wind gusts remain on the far east side of the County and are expected to gradually diminish soon.

Mayor Jerry L. Demings toured the Orlo Vista area, of the hardest hit areas in Orange County. This area has a history of severe flooding issues. Because of this, the Orange County Public Works teams were in the area in advance of the storm working hard to lower the water levels in the area. Despite this proactive effort, the double-digit rainfall caused the area to flood. Orange County is committed to making significant improvements to this area.

SHELTERS

Orange County continues to operate shelters for evacuees, keeping residents safe from the storm and flooding. As of 6 p.m. there were approximately 1,300 people in the shelters, 220 of those are people with special needs.

UTILITIES

Orange County Utilities staff completed initial assessment of infrastructure and facilities for power outages, damages and flooding. Our water services were not interrupted.

Customers are being asked, when possible, to reduce their water usage to minimize the impact on the pump stations. This allows crews to more effectively complete their emergency operation activities.

For wastewater emergencies such as sewage back-up, please contact Orange County Utilities Emergency Dispatch at 407-836-2777 or call 311.

POWER OUTAGES

Representatives from Duke Energy and Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) provided updates.

Duke Energy has already restored 30,000 customers as of 6 p.m. They will issue estimated time of restoration to others tomorrow starting at 10 a.m.

OUC currently has 54,000 customers without power. Additionally, they experience three watermain breaks that have all been repaired.

The power companies remind everyone to not touch downed power lines and to operate generators with proper safety precautions.

Emergency Operations Center

Chief Lauraleigh Avery provided updates on restoring Orange County communities back to normal. They are fully engaged in monitoring the weather with the team working around the clock to keep the County safe.

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Update: Shelters | September 29, 2022 | 2:30 p.m.

Memorial Middle School is at capacity and no longer accepting evacuees. Additional Orange County shelter locations can be found at ocfl.net/shelters.

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Update: News Conference | September 29, 2022 | 11:30 a.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

WEATHER UPDATE

Tropical Storm Ian continues to move north as it makes its way out of Central Florida. Orange County can continue to expect sustained winds of 30-40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph throughout the day.

The tropical storm winds are expected to leave the county by 1 a.m. Friday.

Orange County experienced heavy rains which produced widespread flooding in multiple areas. Rainfall totals have been from 8 – 12 inches in the County and up to 16 inches in some areas. We are cautiously optimistic the rain will start to subside and the flooding will recede.

The rain situation remains serious. Flash Flood Warnings were issued earlier this morning. Orange County received multiple calls for flooding rescue. Orange County Fire Rescue responded to these calls and evacuated dozens of people. One of hardest hit areas was in Hope Circle in the Orla Vista area.

SHELTERS

Orange County has approximately 1,300 residents in the shelters. This number is fluctuating while some evacuees head home and others in serious flood areas are arriving at the shelters.

Two shelters are now closed – Timber Creek High School and Southwest Middle School.

POWER OUTAGES

The local power companies continue to assess the power outage situations. It is estimated there are more 200,000 households in the County without power.

The companies are doing everything possible to restore power as quickly as possible. OUC states their line and water technicians and crews must pause their work when wind speeds reach 35 mph, and all crews are mindful of flooding and other unsafe conditions.

The power companies remind everyone to never touch a downed power line or wire. Instead, they should report the fallen line to the utility company.

ORANGE COUNTY UTILITIES

For wastewater emergencies such as sewage backing up into your home or the streets, please call Orange County Utilities Emergency Dispatch at 407-836-2777.

Residents in apartment complexes should report sewer backups to their property management company.

RESIDENT ASSISTANCE

For questions or information on Tropical Storm Ian, please go to OCFL.net/storm.

For general assistance with needs in Orange County please call 311 or 407-836-3111.

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Update: News Conference | September 29, 2022 | 9:15 a.m.

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WEATHER UPDATE

Hurricane Ian was downgraded to a Tropical Storm overnight. Orange County received as much as 12 – 16 inches of rain during the night with more expected during the day today. The County is seeing widespread flooding throughout the area.

Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 10:45 a.m. and is expected to be extended as the rain continues to fall across the area. This is a multi-day threat for dangerous flooding as rain continues to fall.

For more information, stay tuned to local media and visit the National Weather Services.

FIRE RESCUE

Overnight, Fire Rescue operations began a modified response plan to flooding rescue calls.

Water rescues have occurred in 12 neighborhoods across the county and fire rescue continues to assess the damage.

One fire station, Station 36 in the Winder Garden/Vineland area, received damage from a fallen tree to the front roof. No injuries were reported and replacement units have been provided. The station is able to fully function and provide service to the area.

The National Guard is deploying 6 highwater trucks to 3 Fire Stations (#30, 51, 80) for evacuations.

SHELTERS

The Orange County shelters are housing more than 1,500 residents. Some shelter guests have returned to their homes, while new evacuees are arriving due to the increased flooding in the County.

Timber Creek High School and Southwest Middle School have closed down this morning and are no longer shelter facilities.

For a complete list of shelters and important information on what to bring with you to a shelter, visit ocfl.net/shelters. For Orange County residents requiring a Special Needs/Medical Shelter please dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111.

POWER OUTAGE

As of 9 a.m. this morning, more than 200,000 households in Orange County are without power.

All utility companies in the area, Duke, OUC, and Winter Park Utilities, continue to assess the situation and are working fast to get those homes up and running again.

UTILITIES REMINDER

Orange County Utilities Solid Waste reminders:

  • Solid Waste Update: Residential curbside garbage, recycling, yard waste and large item collections in unincorporated Orange County have stopped. No service will be provided Thursday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Sept. 30. Any materials still out at the curb should be removed and safely stored. Residents who did not receive service on Wednesday, as well as those with Thursday and Friday collection schedules, will be serviced the following week on their regularly scheduled days: Wednesday, Oct. 5, Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7. Yard waste collection, however, may be delayed for all households during storm recovery.
  • Solid Waste Facilities Update: The Orange County Landfill and transfer stations are currently closed to the public through Friday, Sept. 30. The facilities will reopen when conditions are safe to do so. Reopening details will be announced on ocfl.net/Ian.
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Update: News Conference | September 28, 2022 | 6 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

WEATHER UPDATE

Individuals in Orange County should be sheltering in place to brace for the effects of Hurricane Ian.

  • Hurricane Ian is now a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 140+ mph.
  • The storm is approximately 120 miles south/southwest of Orlando, moving northeast at approximately 10 mph
  • Orange County remains in a tornado watch until 1 a.m., Thursday morning.

The strongest effects of the storm will most likely be felt tonight through tomorrow morning. Orange County is anticipating damaging winds at 55-77 mph and gusts up to 100 mph. Flooding rain is still expected to be up to 24 inches.

For more information, stay tuned to local media and visit the National Weather Services.

SHELTERS

Earlier today, Orange County opened three new shelters to assist Hurricane Ian evacuees.

  • Memorial Middle School
  • Timber Springs Middle School
  • Southwest Middle School

For a complete list of shelters and important information on what to bring with you to a shelter, visit ocfl.net/shelters. For Orange County residents requiring a Special Needs/Medical Shelter please dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111.

UTILITIES REMINDER

Orange County Utilities has comprehensive emergency plans in place for our water and wastewater facilities to provide essential services to residents during severe weather. This includes delivering safe and reliable tap water, an important resource for hurricane preparedness and recovery.

  • During power outages: Dedicated field staff monitor more than 800 wastewater pump stations and can utilize backup generator power and provide emergency response as needed. During periods of widespread and extended power outages, residents are asked to reduce their water usage where possible. Heavy amounts of wastewater can strain our pump stations and cause sewage backups.
  • After power outages: When power is restored, it is important to limit large, immediate water usage in dishwashers, washing machines and baths, as well as any large quantities of water down the drains. Immediately after the storm when traffic lights are still being restored, we also ask residents to limit nonessential road travel so crews can quickly get to service locations.

UTILITIES SERVICES UPDATE (UNINCORPORATED)

As of 6 p.m. this evening, updates to Orange County Utilities Solid Waste includes:

  • Solid Waste Update: Residential curbside garbage, recycling, yard waste and large item collections in unincorporated Orange County have stopped. No service will be provided Thursday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Sept. 30. Any materials still out at the curb should be removed and safely stored. Residents who did not receive service on Wednesday, as well as those with Thursday and Friday collection schedules, will be serviced the following week on their regularly scheduled days: Wednesday, Oct. 5, Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7. Yard waste collection, however, may be delayed for all households during storm recovery.
  • Solid Waste Facilities Update: The Orange County Landfill and transfer stations are currently closed to the public through Friday, Sept. 30. The facilities will reopen when conditions are safe to do so. Reopening details will be announced on ocfl.net/Ian.

ORLANDO UTILITIES COMMISSION (CITY OF ORLANDO)

Electric and water crews are in-place and ready to restore services, as needed and when conditions are safe. Customers are encouraged to visit OUC.com/StormCenter for more information.

Customers may sign up for outage alerts in English and Spanish by texting REG to 69682 (MYOUC).

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Update: Shelters | September 28, 2022 | 5 p.m.

As of September 28, 2022, at 5 p.m., Orange County has opened two additional general population shelters to assist Hurricane Ian evacuees. These shelters are not pet-friendly. New shelters include:

  • Timber Springs Middle School — 16001 Timber Park Ln.
  • Southwest Middle School — 6450 Dr. Phillips Blvd.

For a complete list of shelters and important information on what to bring with you to a shelter, visit ocfl.net/shelters. For Orange County residents requiring a Special Needs/Medical Shelter please dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111.

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Update: News Conference | September 28, 2022 | 11:30 a.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

WEATHER UPDATE

Orange County Government remains at a Hurricane Warning. A tornado watch is also in effect for Orange County until 5 p.m. this evening. Flood watches are also in effect.

  • Rainfall is projected to be as much as 24 inches
  • Wind threat remains high, potential strong tropical force winds and frequent hurricane force gusts expected this evening
  • Sustained winds of 95 mph possible by tomorrow

Dangerous winds are expected at 2 p.m. today. Orange County Government urges residents to limit travel during this time, due to strong winds. Hurricane Ian is a multi-day threat of dangerous widespread flooding, rain and tornadoes. For more information, stay tuned to local media and visit the National Weather Services.

EVACUATIONS

Orange County Fire Rescue is again visiting mobile/manufactured home communities, as well as neighborhoods in low-lying areas with historic issues of flooding, to urge residents to evacuate. Public safety partners, in conjunction with LYNX, will assist these residents in evacuation.

Residents in these areas are requested to evacuate due to expected flooding rains and hurricane-force winds. Those with homes in unsafe areas should consider staying with a friend, family member, or plan an evacuation route to an emergency shelter. Residents should relocate no later than 2 p.m. today.

SHELTERS

Residents seeking shelter are urged to do so earlier rather than later. For Orange County residents requiring a Special Needs/Medical Shelter please dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111.

For a complete list of shelters, addresses and important information on what to bring with you to a shelter, visit ocfl.net/shelters.

POWER OUTAGES

Losing power because of a hurricane can be a huge inconvenience and safety hazard. When possible, report outages to your electric provider in Orange County.

GENERATOR SAFETY

Residents are urged to take precaution while using portable generators. Although generators are extremely useful tools, they can also be extremely dangerous if not used correctly. Orange County is asking residents to take a moment to review these important generator safety tips:

  • Review the owner’s manual and follow all instructions that come with your generator.
  • Never use a generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces or where people or animals are present. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up in the home.
  • Always connect a generator to the appliances with heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Never store fuel for your generator in your house, and do not store fuels near a fuel-burning appliance.
  • Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline spilled on a hot engine can ignite.

For more storm preparedness information, visit ocfl.net/storm.

TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Residents that approach an intersection with traffic signals that are not functioning normally, follow these rules:

  • Flashing Red: If the traffic signal is flashing red, treat it as a stop sign and come to a complete stop at the intersection. Look carefully in all directions before proceeding. Other directions may have a different type of signal indication.
  • Flashing Yellow: If the traffic signal is flashing yellow, proceed cautiously through the intersection. You should also slow down and observe cross streets to determine if it is safe to proceed.
  • Inoperable (No Lights): If the traffic signal is completely inoperable, treat it as a 4-Way STOP. Remember that other drivers may not know how to react when a traffic signal is inoperable. Always stay alert and proceed cautiously through an intersection. No matter the condition of a traffic signal, you should always observe cross streets and other drivers to make sure you can proceed safely.

Residents can report inoperable lights by dialing 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111.

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Update: News Conference | September 27, 2022 | 5:30 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

Key Takeaways: Hurricane Ian Update – 9/27/2022

WEATHER UPDATE

Orange County is now in a Hurricane warning, meaning hurricane conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. Rain is expected to be the primary threat, with approximately 12-18 inches. Peak winds are expected on Wednesday afternoon, as high as 74-80 mph.

For more information visit the National Weather Services.

EVACUATION CONSIDERATION

Orange County Fire Rescue crews will be heading out tomorrow to all mobile home parks in the County. The crews will be encouraging residents to consider staying with family or friends during the storm. Additionally, Orange County Public Works, along with the Sheriff’s Office, is making every effort to identify areas prone to street flooding and will perform necessary road closures.

Public Works plans on closing a portion of Reams Road, from Bay Court to the Disney Parking Lot, tomorrow at 9 a.m. until further notice due to flooding. Other areas that are prone to flooding, include:

  • Lakes of Windermere at Peachtree-Reams Road
  • Oasis-Reams Road
  • Orla Vista/Westside Manor
  • Bonny Brooke-Oakridge/John Young

It is recommended residents consider evacuating flood-prone areas sooner rather than later.

SHELTER REMINDER

Orange County Government announces Hurricane Ian shelter locations. The following shelters in Orange County will open tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 28 for residents needing to evacuate or seek shelter from Hurricane Ian. ID cards are not required to enter shelters.

  • Apopka High School, 8 a.m. (pet friendly)
  • Dr. Phillips High School, 9 a.m.
  • Ocoee High School, 9 a.m.
  • Timber Creek High School, 9 a.m.  (pet friendly)
  • Memorial Middle School, 1 p.m.

Visit ocfl.net/shelters for important information on what to bring with you to a shelter. For Orange County residents requiring a Special Needs/Medical Shelter please dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111.

UTILITIES SERVICES UPDATES

  • Solid Waste Collection: Until noon on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, Orange County Utilities will collect residential curbside garbage, yard waste and large items; recycling carts will not be collected. After that time, remove and safely store all materials until your next regularly scheduled collection day. There will be no collections on Thursday, September 29, 2022. Curbside service will resume when conditions are safe to do so; however, yard waste collection may be delayed.
  • Solid Waste Facilities: Due to Hurricane Ian, the Orange County Landfill and transfer stations will be closed to the public at noon on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 through Thursday, September 29, 2022. They will reopen when conditions are safe.

COUNTY CLOSURES

  • County Offices: In anticipation of Hurricane Ian and in accordance with Orange County’s disaster/emergency policy, normal County operations have been suspended beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2022.
  • Head Start Centers: All Orange County Head Start Centers will be closed from Wednesday, September 28, 2022, to Friday, September 30, 2022, with current plans to re-open on Monday, October 3, 2022.
  • Parks and Recreation: All Orange County Parks and Recreation locations will be closed Wednesday, September 28, 2022, through Friday, September 30, 2022. Programs will be closed Wednesday, September 28, 2022, through Saturday, October 1, 2022. Camping at Kelly, Magnolia, Moss and Trimble Parks is closed until further notice. Clarcona Horse Park remains closed due to construction.
  • Animal Services: Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) will be closed from Wednesday, September 28, 2022, through Friday, September 30, 2022, with plans to reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2022. For the safety and security of our animals, OCAS staff will be sheltering in place. Staff will be onsite monitoring and caring for shelter pets.
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Update: Shelters | September 27, 2022 | 1:30 p.m.

Orange County Government announces Hurricane Ian shelter locations. The following shelters in Orange County will open tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 28 for residents needing to evacuate or seek shelter from Hurricane Ian. ID cards are not required to enter shelters. (Full Release)

  • Apopka High School, 8 a.m. (pet friendly)
  • Dr. Phillips High School, 9 a.m.
  • Ocoee High School, 9 a.m.
  • Timber Creek High School, 9 a.m.  (pet friendly)
  • Memorial Middle School, 1 p.m.

Visit ocfl.net/shelters for important information on what to bring with you to a shelter. For Orange County residents requiring a Special Needs/Medical Shelter please dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111.

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Update: News Conference | September 26, 2022 | 12:30 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

Key Takeaways: Hurricane Ian Update – 9/26/2022

WEATHER UPDATE

Orange County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the shifting track of Hurricane Ian and its impact to Orange County. As of 11 a.m. this morning, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Orange County. Heavy rainfall and winds estimated at 39-73 mph are expected for later this week. For more information visit the National Weather Services.

To prepare for storm conditions, Orange County Public Works has been working to mitigate the potential for flooding throughout the community by lowering the water levels in lake and other water bodies.

By Tuesday evening, residents are asked to make sure homes are prepared and loose items are clear from outside homes. Additionally, residents should have essential supplies and an emergency preparedness plan for their family and pets. For more preparedness information, visit ocfl.net/storm or ready.gov.

SPECIAL-NEEDS COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS 

Residents who require a Special Needs/Medical Shelter are urged to contact Orange County by dialing 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111 to ensure that they have the necessary access to resources and transportation before a storm arrives.

Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can start a chat online by visiting ocfl.net/311.

SANDBAGS AVAILABLE

To ensure that residents are prepared for the potential impact of a storm, Orange County has re-opened its free, self-serve sandbag program at five Parks and Recreation sites across the county.

Sites will operate during normal park hours. Individuals are reminded to bring their own shovels to fill sandbags. For more information visit ocfl.net/storm.

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 www.OCFL.net or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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