Hurricane Irma Information

Yard Waste Running Behind Due to Volume, Crews Expand Shifts

Garbage and recycling curbside collection for residents of unincorporated Orange County continues to operate according to the regular schedule. Due to volume, yard waste service is running a few days behind. Crews are working extended hours and Saturdays to try to catch up on the yard waste collections and return to the regular schedule.

Residential guidelines apply for all curbside collections. Information: www.ocfl.net/GreenClean.

The weekly yard waste service of three cubic yards (about the size of a small pickup truck) differs from the storm debris removal program. Residents who do not want wait for storm debris collection are encouraged to drop off vegetative debris at any of the 11 free drop-off sites operating from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Information: www.ocfl.net/Debris

For issues with regular curbside service, residents should call the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Hotline at 407-836-6601 or email Solid.Waste@ocfl.net.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 20, 2017 | 4 p.m.

Orange County Pump Stations Restored, Normal Water Use Resumes Post Hurricane Irma

All of Orange County’s nearly 800 wastewater pump stations have been restored, after more than 50 percent had been impacted by Hurricane Irma. Residents were asked to limit their water usage to reduce the impact on the wastewater system. However, However now that all pump stations have been restored, water consumption, including use of dishwashers and washing machines, may resume to normal levels.

Just after the storm, more than half of the county pump stations (446) were offline due to power disruptions in the wake of the storm. Crews and generators were in the field by 3:30 a.m. Monday, September 11, to begin restoration.

The public’s assistance reducing the amount of wastewater produced was asked to aid crews with these efforts.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 16, 2017 | 11 a.m.

On September 15, 2017, at the direction of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, the state and federal legislative delegation for Orange County received a briefing on recovery efforts from the County’s emergency response managers and directors. The meeting was held at the Orange County Administration Center.

The agenda included updates about critical community services, debris removal for residents, trash collection schedules, traffic lights and utility services.

Emergency managers from the County’s emergency hotline, 311, provided an overview of what types of calls they are tracking and reported 26 percent of their interactions are through Orange County’s social applications and through the County’s Irma Recovery website.

Additionally, the delegation received post-hurricane updates from community partners, including Orange County Public Schools, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and LYNX. The briefing also included a report on power restoration efforts from OUC and Duke Energy.

Community recovery resources can be found on the county’s website by visiting Irma Assistance.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 15, 2017 | 3 p.m.

The Zellwood Maintenance Unit citizen drop-off site for vegetative debris (trees/branches, etc.) located at 3500 Golden Gem Road is now open, along with 10 other drop-off sites.

 

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 15, 2017 | 2 p.m.

Orange County Lakes Advisory

Orange County is issuing an advisory for all lakes and rivers until further notice.  Please refrain from recreation and contact in and around waterbodies.  Many of these systems may have been adversely impacted by Hurricane Irma and there is a high potential for contamination, displaced wildlife and submerged structures.

According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, there are five deaths related to Hurricane Irma in Orange County. One was due to blunt force injuries – a driver was involved in unwitnessed collision – and one death due to electrocution because of contact with a downed power line. Three are due to carbon monoxide intoxication by inhaled generator exhaust. Carbon monoxide is odorless and kills. Do NOT use a generator in your home, garage or business.

“I am deeply gratified to announce that on Wednesday, we were notified that Orange County has qualified for FEMA assistance through the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Florida. Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management initiated the process for FEMA assistance on Sunday, Sept 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. with the submission of our preliminary application for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “We were able to complete that application on Tuesday, when we received the initial damage assessment from the Property Appraiser’s office. Our Emergency Management team worked immediately to request that the Governor amend Florida’s declaration to include Orange County. As a result of swift action locally and the immediate response by the Governor’s office, Orange County was the first Central Florida county to be added to the Declaration. This is an incredibly important milestone for our community, and will allow individuals and households to seek Individual Assistance from FEMA in order to recover from Hurricane Irma.”

Others included in the Declaration consist of Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia counties.

Extension of Emergency Executive Order

On Friday Sept 7, 2017, Mayor Jacobs issued Emergency Executive Order #17-09, declaring a local state of emergency. This order allowed us to prepare for threats associated with Hurricane Irma. Mayor Jacobs extended that order for 10 additional days. This extension will allow Orange County to continue to access emergency resources necessary for the health, safety and welfare of our residents, guests and businesses and to recover from Hurricane Irma.

Curbside Debris Removal

Curbside debris removal has already started in Orange County. However, the volume of yard debris throughout the county is very large, so please keep in mind that it may be several days before a debris team arrives in your community. It is the county’s intent to serve the community in a well-organized manner. For more information, visit www.ocfl.net/debris.

No Mixed Debris

Vegetative storm debris including tree limbs, branches, and other organic debris should always be separated from storm-related construction debris shingles, fencing, lumber, drywall, etc. Mixed debris will not be accepted at Drop-Off Sites, and for curbside removal, construction debris will be collected separately, and if not separated, neither may be picked up. Also, household garbage should NEVER be mixed with storm or construction debris.

Private Gated Communities

County contractors cannot enter private gated communities for debris removal, except in cases of critical life/safety emergencies. For gated communities, an authorized community representative should contact 311 to arrange for permission for the community’s contractor to drop off debris at a designated Citizen Drop-Off Site. Alternately, the community representative can arrange for a County debris contractor to meet the community’s contractor at or near the entrance to the gated community, to accept debris.

If residents within a community do not own the property, such as a trailer park, manufactured home community or condominium building, the community is not eligible to participate in this program. These communities are considered commercial and must arrange for their own debris removal.

Private Property

Debris will only be removed from private property in the case of severe damage, per the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy. If the debris is an immediate threat to residents, State or local government may enter private property to remove debris to eliminate threats to life, public health and safety. Visit www.ocfl.net/debris for more information.

Debris Drop-off

Orange County has 10 debris sites open with a lot of activity. Hurricane relates debris includes tree limbs and vegetation, not furniture, old TV sets and construction debris like fences. Burning debris during recovery is not permitted.

Permitting Fees Waived

Permit fees to repair damages caused by Hurricane Irma have been temporarily waived in Orange County. Whether you are hiring a licensed contractor or doing the repairs yourself, you need to have a permit and have certified inspectors inspect the work. For additional Information, call 407-836-5550 or email Subpermits@ocfl.net.

Fence Repair

Orange County residents do not need a new zoning permit to repair fences damaged during Hurricane Irma. The previous permit is all that is needed. If you have a fence that needs to be repaired due to hurricane activity, you do not need a new zoning permit before repairing the damaged fence. You may repair or replace portions of the fence under the existing or previous permit.

Utilities/Garbage

  • All curbside collection services have been moved back by one day this week for unincorporated Orange County customers.
  • Friday customers should set out carts for collection on Saturday. This is for garbage, recycling and regular set out limits of yard waste (three cubic yards -the size of a small pickup truck).
  • Yard waste may be collected in limited quantities until the volume is reduced throughout the affected area. Storm debris that does not meet the curbside yard waste collection guidelines will not be collected by the residential curbside collection service.
  • Larger storm debris will be picked up by debris removal contractors beginning today. Please be patient during this recovery.

Utilities/Water/Wastewater

  • Orange County continues to ask residents to conserve water. The storm placed a considerable strain on our wastewater pump stations, but progress is being made.
  • Please reduce toilet flushing, and running washing machines and dishwashers.
  • Please don’t take long showers.
  • Drinking water is safe.

Public Works/Traffic Signals

  • Out of nearly Orange County traffic signals operated by Orange County, 20 do not have power and 5 are flashing.
  • Orange County is working with Orange County Sheriff’s Office to provide safe passage at traffic signals and at crossing guard stations when schools become operational again.

Roadways/Transportation

  • Public Works continues to clear the roads. However, 15 roadway locations still have partial blockage trees/lines down, but drivers are still able to make passage.
  • Trees and debris may continue to fall. Call 311 if you see a down tree in a roadway.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 14, 2017 | 2 p.m.

Schools will be closed Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 with reopening slated for Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Orange County Public Schools will remain closed through Friday. As of this afternoon, it has been determined that many schools will have power tonight, but some schools will not have power until Friday night. All OCPS schools will be closed Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Friday night football games will be rescheduled. Current plans are to reopen all OCPS schools Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 barring any additional delays.

Major Disaster Declaration for Orange County

Statement from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

“I am deeply gratified to announce that yesterday, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, we were notified that Orange County has qualified for FEMA assistance through the Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Florida (DR-4337-FL).

Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management initiated the process for FEMA assistance on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., with the submission of our preliminary application for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.

We were able to complete that application on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, when we received the initial damage assessment from the Property Appraiser’s office. Our Emergency Management team worked immediately to request that the Governor amend Florida’s declaration to include Orange County. As a result of swift action locally and the immediate response by the Governor’s office, Orange County was the first Central Florida county to be added to the Declaration.

This is an incredibly important milestone for our community, and will allow individuals and households to seek Individual Assistance (IA) from FEMA in order to recover from Hurricane Irma.

Information is posted on our website about how citizens and households can apply for assistance.

Other counties included in the Declaration: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia.”

Extension of Emergency Executive Order

Statement from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

“On Friday, Sept. 7, 2017, I issued Emergency Executive Order #17-09 declaring a local state of emergency. This order allowed us to prepare for threats associated with Hurricane Irma. Today, I extended that order for 10 additional days. This extension will allow us to continue to access emergency resources necessary for the health, safety and welfare of our residents, guests and businesses and to recover from Hurricane Irma.”

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 14, 2017 | 12 p.m.

Residents in need of water and food affected by Hurricane Irma are encouraged to visit these local pantries.

Agency Address City Phone Distribution Dates and Times
Operation Love Outreach 505 East McCormick Road Apopka (407) 884-6322 First and third Monday of the month 12-2 p.m.
Shabach Church 1403 South Highland Ave. Apopka (407) 445-1230 Monday 3-5 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Sheeler Oaks SDA 1822 Sheeler Ave. Apopka (407) 925-3598 Every other Wednesday 5-6 p.m
Church of the Good Shephard 331 Lake Ave. Maitland (407) 644-1625 Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Apostolic Church of Faith 485 Wurst Road Ocoee (407) 879-2140 Second and fourth Wednesday of the month 9-10 a.m.
Christian Service Center/West Orange 300 West Franklin Street Ocoee (407) 656-6678 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday 9-11:30 a.m.
Christian Service Center 808 West Central Blvd. Orlando (407) 425-2523 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Christ Sanctified Church 5717 North Pine Hills Road Orlando (407) 758-8684 Thursday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ephraim Project 24 North Rosalind Ave. Orlando (407) 451-0242 Friday 5-7 p.m.
Family Ties Ministries 15695 East Colonial Drive Orlando (407) 592-5881 Second Saturday of the month 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 14, 2017 | 11 a.m.

UTILITIES/GARBAGE

  • All curbside collection services have been moved back by one day this week for unincorporated Orange County customers. Friday customers should set out carts for collection on Saturday. This is for garbage, recycling and regular set out limits of yard waste (three cubic yards -the size of a small pickup truck).
  • Yard waste may be collected in limited quantities until the volume is reduced throughout the affected area. Storm debris that does not meet the curbside yard waste collection guidelines will not be collected by the residential curbside collection service.
  • Larger storm debris will be picked up by debris removal contractors starting beginning today. Please be patient during this recovery.

UTILITIES/WATER/WASTEWATER

  • Orange County continues to ask residents to conserve water. The storm placed a considerable strain on our wastewater pump stations, but progress is being made and there are less than 150 now out of service.
  • Please reduce toilet flushing, and running washing machines and dishwashers.
  • Please don’t take long showers.
  • Drinking water is safe.

Updates from Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management:

Permitting Fees Waived

Permit fees to repair damages caused by Hurricane Irma have been temporarily waived in Orange County. Whether you are hiring a licensed contractor or doing the repairs yourself, you need to have a permit and have certified inspectors inspect the work. For additional Information, call 407-836-5550 or email Subpermits@ocfl.net.

Fence Repair

Orange County residents do not need a new zoning permit to repair fences damaged during Hurricane Irma. The previous permit is all that is needed. If you have a fence that needs to be repaired due to hurricane activity, you do not need a new zoning permit before repairing the damaged fence. You may repair or replace portions of the fence under the existing or previous permit.

Debris

Orange County opened ten (10) citizen drop-off sites. Residents of Orange County may bring vegetative (trees/yard waste) debris to one of the specified 10 locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Residents will need to provide proof of Orange County address to gain access. Debris drop-off sites can be found at www.ocfl.net/debris or by calling 3-1-1.

Orange County can only remove debris from homes in private gated communities if a representative of the community, the president of the association or the association’s management firm, contacts Orange County to arrange debris pickup by calling 3-1-1. Debris removal will begin during the week of Sept. 18 through 22. Debris will be removed from private property only in the case of severe damage, per the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy. If the debris is an immediate threat to residents, State or local government may enter private property to remove debris to eliminate threats to life, public health and safety.

Licensed Contractors

Make sure to hire only licensed contractors for repair work. According to the Orange County Consumer Fraud Office, you should do the following when hiring a contractor:

  • Avoid door-to-door solicitors.
  • Insist on references, a proper license, bonding and insurance. Check out credentials.
  • Make sure the contract can be broken if you don’t receive financing. Hire a contractor with a real office, not just a post office box address.

For more information on the Orange County Consumer Fraud Office and protecting yourself from fraud call, 407-836-2490 or 311, or email fraudhelp@sao9.org.

Traffic Signals

Orange County Public Works reports 52 traffic light locations without power and five with flashing lights. Of the downed traffic lights, 16 are being powered by generators. Of the total 576 lights that Orange County maintains and operates, 123 of them have some type of damage but it is not impacting or impeding the light’s operation.

Generator Use

Make sure to follow the proper generator-use precautions:

  • Follow the instructions that come with your generator. Never use a generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces, including homes, garages, basements and crawl spaces – even those with partial ventilation. Never run a generator in areas where people or animals are present. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up in the home. Place the generator away from open windows.
  • Carbon monoxide fumes emitted by gasoline engines can be fatal, often without the victims – especially those who are sleeping – ever realizing the danger. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to warn when carbon monoxide levels from any source pose a serious health risk.
  • Always connect the generator to appliances with heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Never store fuel for your generator in your house. Gasoline, propane, kerosene, and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. Do not store them near a fuel-burning appliance, such as a natural gas water heater in a garage.

Water Conservation

Orange County is asking residents to conserve water due to Hurricane Irma Recovery. The storm placed a considerable strain on Orange County’s pump stations. Please reduce how often you are flushing toilets and refrain from running washing machines and dishwashers. Please be mindful of taking long showers. We also ask that if you conserved water in a bathtub, do not drain that water yet. Visit www.ocfl.net/Irma for more information.

As Orange County continues recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma, it is important for residents to be informed on debris removal.

Orange County can only remove debris from homes in private gated communities if a representative of the community, or the president of the association or the association’s management firm, contacts Orange County to arrange debris pickup by calling 311. Debris removal will begin during the week of Sept. 18 through 22.

Once the request is received, a County representative and a County contractor will visit the site to determine the amount of debris that needs to be removed. From there, the County’s contractor will provide a time for the community to move the debris to a public location so that Orange County will be able to receive it.

Alternatively, the community can take the debris to a citizen site designated by Orange County. A letter will be provided to the community and its contractor specificying the designated citizen site and starting and ending dates for the debris removal. No debris should be discarded of prior to the start date indicated in the letter to the community. Debris removal is a lengthy process.

Those locations can be found at www.ocfl.net/debris.

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Orange County opened ten (10) citizen drop-off sites. Residents of Orange County may bring vegetative (trees/yard waste) debris to one of these 10 locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Residents will need to provide proof of Orange County address to gain access. Debris drop-off sites are:

  • Barnett Park – 4801 W Colonial Dr.
  • Conway Water Treatment Plant – 3590 Manatee St.
  • Cypress Grove Park – 290 Holden Ave.
  • Fort Christmas Park -1300 Fort Christmas Rd.
  • Harrell Road – 8503 Trevarthon Rd.
  • Meadowoods Park – 1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir.
  • Northwest Water Reclamation Facility – 701 W McCormick Rd.
  • Rose Place Park – 8200 Old Winter Garden Rd.
  • Across from Renaissance Senior Center – 3800 S. Econlockhatchee Trl.
  • West Beach Park Addition – 9227 Winter Garden Vineland Rd.

Debris will only be removed from private property only in the case of severe damage, per the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy. If the debris is an immediate threat to residents, State or local government may enter private property to remove debris to eliminate threats to life, public health and safety.

If residents within a community do not own the property, such as a trailer park, manufacture home community or condominium building, the community is not eligible to participate in this program. These communities are considered commercial and not eligible for debris pick up support.

If Orange County is subject to a large-scale disaster where debris needs to be removed from private property to protect public safety, the County will submit a request for reimbursement and seek approval from FEMA authorities.

Visit www.ocfl.net/debris for more information. Follow Orange County Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Division on NextDoor.com.

Permit Fees for Storm-Damaged Properties Temporarily Waived

Homeowners and contractors need to be vigilant about getting repairs made quickly and correctly to storm-damaged properties in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Permit fees for storm damage caused by Hurricane Irma have been temporarily waived in Orange County. It is important for citizens to be aware that work done without a permit may not be covered by homeowners’ insurance.

“We are glad to be able to waive fees during this difficult time of recovery,” said Alan Plante, Orange County’s manager of building safety. “The County also wants to ensure that our citizens’ assets are protected.”

The following items will be required by homeowners in order to obtain hurricane repair permits:

  • Valid form of identification or a recorded warranty deed to determine ownership
  • Completed Permit application (Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Roof) based on scope of work
  • Completed Owner Builder Disclosure Statement

(Florida Statute Section 489.103(7), requires all property owners acting as their own contractor to complete the following disclosure statement and personally appear to sign for the building permit. This is an affidavit for contractor exemption for an owner/builder applying for a building permit.)

  • Signed and sealed construction plans (if required) for scope of work

If value of work exceeds $2,500, the following is also required:

  • Notice of Commencement form
  • Page 2 of the applicable application

The fee(s) to obtain permit(s) to make repair due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma are being waived.

All forms and applications can be found online at www.ocfl.net.

For the public, Fast Track online services allows the customer public access to browse and research permit activity. You can find current and historical data and other information to include checking the status of your permit, search permits by parcel or address, schedule inspections, and follow the status of your scheduled inspection. www.fasttrack.ocfl.net

For contractors, Fast Track Member Services is currently offered for sub-trades license holders for electrical, plumbing, irrigation, gas, roofing and HVAC/mechanical contractors. Permits that are created online can be paid for online. Building (Including Pool, and Specialty) contractors may only use Fast Track to pay for re-inspection and after-hours inspection fees. View Registration Information.

The Division of Building Safety is located in the Orange County Administration Center at 201 S. Rosalind Ave., 1st Floor and are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 407-836-5550 or email Subpermits@ocfl.net.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs in partnership with Orange County Fire Rescue, held a briefing on generator safety in the wake of Hurricane Irma recovery.

“I was absolutely heartbroken to learn of the three deaths in Orange County resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning related to the use of an emergency generator. Every life is so deeply valued, and I can only imagine the suffering of the families who have sustained this terrible loss,” Mayor Jacobs said.

“On behalf of our entire Orange County region, I share my deepest condolences with all those who are grieving, as well as our prayers for those who are recovering. Together with all Floridians and countless others worldwide, we join in mourning this tragic loss. Sadly, Orange County is not alone, as neighboring counties have also suffered the loss of life due to carbon monoxide poisoning. As we continue to recover from Hurricane Irma, I’m asking all Central Floridians to please be sure to observe safety procedures and do not use generators inside your home, your garage, or your business.”

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), here are tips for safely using generators:

  • Follow the instructions that come with your generator. Never use a generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces, including homes, garages, basements and crawl spaces – even those with partial ventilation. Never run a generator in areas where people or animals are present. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide build-up in the home. Place the generator away from open windows.
  • Don’t assume that you are safe. Carbon monoxide fumes emitted by gasoline engines can be fatal, often without the victims – especially those who are sleeping – ever realizing the danger. You cannot smell or see carbon monoxide. So even if you do not smell exhaust fumes, you may be exposed. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately. The carbon monoxide from generators can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. If you experience serious symptoms, get medical attention right away and inform medical staff that carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected. If the symptoms occurred while indoors, call the fire department to determine if it is safe to re-enter the building.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms inside your home to warn when carbon monoxide levels from any source pose a serious health risk. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended placement.
  • Always connect the generator to the appliances with heavy-duty extension cords. Hooking up your generator directly into your home power supply could energize the outside power lines and potentially injure or electrocute an unwary utility lineman. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices. If you must connect the generator through the house wiring to power appliances, use a qualified electrician to install the appropriate equipment in accordance with local electrical codes. Or, ask your utility company to install an appropriate power transfer switch.
  • Never store fuel for your generator in your house. Gasoline, propane, kerosene, and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass safety containers. Do not store them near a fuel-burning appliance, such as a natural gas water heater in a garage. If the fuel is spilled or the container is not sealed properly, invisible vapors from the fuel can travel along the ground and be ignited by the appliance’s pilot light or by arcs from electric switches in the appliance. Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool down. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite, and invisible vapors from the fuel can travel along the ground and be ignited by the generator’s pilot light or by arcs from electric switches in the appliance.

Water Conservation for Hurricane Irma Recovery

Water Conservation

Orange County is asking residents to conserve water due to Hurricane Irma Recovery. The storm placed a considerable strain on Orange County’s pump stations. Please reduce how often you are flushing toilets and refrain from running washing machines and dishwashers. Please be mindful of taking long showers. We also ask that if you conserved water in a bathtub, do not drain that water yet.

Visit www.ocfl.net/Irma for more information.

Lake Jessamine and Lake Pearl

Due to power outages caused by Hurricane Irma, a sewage overflow has occurred adjacent to Lake Jessamine – located near the Conway area, as well as to Lake Pearl – located near the UCF area. Residents should avoid all contact with these lake waters and avoid recreation in the lake until further notice. Orange County Government is monitoring the situation and will perform sampling of the lake water during the next few days. An update will be provided when the lake is safe again. For questions, please contact Orange County’s Environmental Protection Division at 407-836-1400.

Wakes from Boating

Due to the high water levels in many area lakes, the Orange County Environmental Protection Division is advising residents to avoid creating wakes when boating on our lakes. Even after a hurricane has passed, our local lakes and rivers may continue to increase for several days as their watersheds drain downstream. It can take days for lakes that are landlocked or have limited discharge capacities to return to their normal water levels.

Wakes produced by ski boats, jet skis and other motorboats can cause severe erosion and damage to boat docks, seawalls and even property such as pools and other outside structures. In addition, with high lake levels, boat docks may be submerged with no visible signs of their presence at the surface. These submerged items can pose serious threats to personal safety.

Please take precautions for your own safety and respect your neighbor’s shoreline as you boat on our lakes during this time of high water levels.

Updates from the Orange County Office of Emergency Management:

Debris Drop-Off Sites for Orange County Residents

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 Orange County will open ten (10) citizen drop-off sites. Residents of Orange County may only bring vegetative (trees/yard waste) debris to one of these 10 locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents will need to provide proof of Orange County address to gain access. Debris drop-off sites are:

  • Barnett Park – 4801 W Colonial Dr.
  • Conway Water Treatment Plant – 3590 Manatee St.
  • Cypress Grove Park – 290 Holden Ave.
  • Fort Christmas Park -1300 Fort Christmas Rd.
  • Harrell Road – 8503 Trevarthon Rd.
  • Meadowoods Park – 1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir
  • NW Water Treatment Plant – 701 W McCormick Rd.
  • Rose Place Park – 8200 Old Winter Garden Rd.
  • Across from Renaissance Senior Center – 3800 S. Econlockhatchee Trl.
  • West Beach Park Addition – 9227 Winter Garden Vineland Rd.

For questions or more information, contact 3-1-1.

Contractor Debris Pick up

On Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 Orange County’s Debris Removal contractors will begin pick up of vegetative debris only. Orange County has three (3) vendors that will be working on routes for debris pick up Residents may bring vegetative (trees/limbs etc.) to the curb for pick up by our contractor based on the schedule we will provide for pick up in their neighborhood. Residents, nor independent contractors, may NOT drop debris at the contractor sites.

Vegetative debris must be separated from construction materials, household hazardous waste (e.g., paint) or large electrical goods (e.g., refrigerators) when placed on the curb.

Urgent Generator Safety Tips

On behalf of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, please read this urgent safety message:

As so many individuals are still without power, generator use will continue to be widespread. Please use the following safety precautions when using generators:

  • 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
  • Use a generator with a carbon monoxide detector

For more information, please visit the NFPA website.


De parte de la Alcaldesa del Condado de Orange Teresa Jacobs, le agradecemos su atención a este urgente mensaje de seguridad:

Como tantos individuos aún se encuentran sin electricidad, continuará el uso generalizado de generadores. Por favor, al utilizar generadores siga las siguientes precauciones de seguridad :

  • Los generadores solo deberán utilizarse en lugares bien ventilados EN EL EXTERIOR, al menos cinco pies de distancia de cualquier puerta, ventana o conducto de ventilación.
  • Nunca use un generador en un garage adjunto, aún con la puerta abierta
  • Coloque los generadores de tal manera que los gases de escape no puedan entrar a la casa por las ventanas, puertas u otras aperturas; los gases deben estar dirigidos en dirección opuesta al edificio.
  • Use un generador con detector de monóxido de carbono

Para más información, por favor visite el sitio web de NFPA.

Lake Jessamine and Lake Pearl

Due to power outages caused by Hurricane Irma, a sewage overflow has occurred adjacent to Lake Jessamine – located near the Conway area, as well as to Lake Pearl – located near the UCF area. Residents should avoid all contact with these lake waters and avoid recreation in the lake until further notice. Orange County Government is monitoring the situation and will perform sampling of the lake water during the next few days. An update will be provided when the lake is safe again. For questions, please contact Orange County’s Environmental Protection Division at 407-836-1400.

Wakes from Boating

Due to the high water levels in many area lakes, the Orange County Environmental Protection Division is advising residents to avoid creating wakes when boating on our lakes. Even after a hurricane has passed, our local lakes and rivers may continue to increase for several days as their watersheds drain downstream. It can take days for lakes that are landlocked or have limited discharge capacities to return to their normal water levels.

Wakes produced by ski boats, jet skis and other motorboats can cause severe erosion and damage to boat docks, seawalls and even property such as pools and other outside structures. In addition, with high lake levels, boat docks may be submerged with no visible signs of their presence at the surface. These submerged items can pose serious threats to personal safety.

Please take precautions for your own safety and respect your neighbor’s shoreline as you boat on our lakes during this time of high water levels.

On behalf of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, please read this urgent safety message:

As so many individuals are still without power, generator use will continue to be widespread. Please use the following safety precautions when using generators:

  • 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
  • Use a generator with a carbon monoxide detector

For more information, please visit the NFPA website.


De parte de la Alcaldesa del Condado de Orange Teresa Jacobs, le agradecemos su atención a este urgente mensaje de seguridad:

Como tantos individuos aún se encuentran sin electricidad, continuará el uso generalizado de generadores. Por favor, al utilizar generadores siga las siguientes precauciones de seguridad :

  • Los generadores solo deberán utilizarse en lugares bien ventilados EN EL EXTERIOR, al menos cinco pies de distancia de cualquier puerta, ventana o conducto de ventilación.
  • Nunca use un generador en un garage adjunto, aún con la puerta abierta
  • Coloque los generadores de tal manera que los gases de escape no puedan entrar a la casa por las ventanas, puertas u otras aperturas; los gases deben estar dirigidos en dirección opuesta al edificio.
  • Use un generador con detector de monóxido de carbono

Para más información, por favor visite el sitio web de NFPA.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 12, 2017 | 3 p.m.

Orange County will be opening five (5) debris sites for citizen drop off only. Citizens of Orange County may only bring vegetative (trees/yard waste) debris to one of these five sites from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. today-September 12, 2017. Residents will need to provide proof of Orange County address to gain access. View location information for Tuesday, Sept. 12.

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Orange County will open an additional (5) citizen drop-off sites. Again, citizens of Orange County may only bring vegetative (trees/yard waste) debris to one of these 10 locations from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Residents will need to provide proof of Orange County address to gain access. View location information for Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Orange County Office Of Emergency Management 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12, Press Briefing

Sept. 12, 2017 – It’s been more than 24 hours now since Hurricane Irma impacted Central Florida. The Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at a level 1 so that Orange County’s recovery can help the community and citizens return to normal day-to-day activities.

Orange County personnel have been working around the clock, as well as first responders, Utilities, Public Works and community partners. For official Orange County emergency information, visit www.ocfl.net/Irma.

SHELTERS

  • The majority of Orange County shelters closed at 10 p.m. last night.
  • The morning of Sept. 12, approximately 90 stranded passengers were being transported back to airports to catch flights.
  • Orange County is hosting approximately 70 individuals in shelters who will need longer-term assistance. The American Red Cross will be stepping in to help with that support.

FLOODING

  • There is extensive flooding in the Orlo-Vista community. Orange County Fire Rescue (OCFR) and National Guardsmen helped to rescue more than 135 individuals, as well as their animals.
  • Some individuals have stayed behind. Today, OCFR will continue going door-to-door today encouraging residents to seek safety.

POWER

  • Similar to our neighbors across the state, Orange County continues to experience significant power outages.
  • Reports this morning suggest that more than 300,000 household remain without power.

PUBLIC WORKS/TRAFFIC SIGNALS:

  • Orange County monitors nearly 600 traffic signals.
  • With the power out, many of our traffic signals are still out.
  • OCFR reported 35 traffic accidents last night, a few of which involved vehicles crashing into law enforcement.
  • When approaching an intersection and the light is out – drivers are required to make a 4-way stop – even if you do not see immediate oncoming traffic.

PUBLIC WORKS/DEBRIS ASSISTANCE

  • As of noon today, five sites were open. On Sept.13; five more will open. Please continue to check ocfl.net for location information.
  • If you live in one of our cities, please check with them on how their debris pick up will plan/locations will work.
  • Curbside debris pick up assistance will not begin before Thursday morning. Please check ocfl.net for details.
  • The Orange County landfill is open with regular hours.

UTILITIES/GARBAGE

  • Garbage service resumed today. This is for regular garbage. Orange County will pick yard waste. If it will fit in your container, Orange County will pick it up. Larger items will be picked up at a later date.
  • Daily garbage service has been moved back by one day in Orange County. If you were Monday pickup, you are Tuesday this week moving through Saturday.

UTILITIES/WATER

  • Orange County is asking residents to conserve water. The storm placed a considerable strain on our pump stations.
  • Please reduce how often you are flushing toilets.
  • Please also refrain from running washing machines and dishwashers. And please don’t take long showers now.
  • We also ask that if you conserved water in a bathtub, do not do drain that water yet.

BUILDING SAFETY

  • Orange County has dispatched 12 damage assessment teams in the field yesterday, more today. Their focus is on safety.

ROADWAYS/TRANSPORTATION:

  • Based on the 311 calls and inspections, we believe that all roads are passable. However, there may be some limbs. Call 311 if you are aware of any roadways that are not passable.

PUBLIC SAFETY REMINDERS:

  • Be careful with food that may have spoiled with power outages.
  • Tip, Toss and Cover. There is a lot of water collecting in small items. Empty them to help minimize the potential for mosquito-borne illnesses.
  • PLEASE be careful with generators and chainsaws. This is a time in which accidents can easily happen.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE/CONSUMER FRAUD

  • One of Orange County’s main goals is to help residents recognize fraud and teach them how to avoid becoming a victim.
  • A valid license is the first indication that your contractor might be qualified to do the job. According to the Orange County Consumer Fraud Office, you should do the following when hiring a contractor:
  • Avoid door-to-door solicitors.
  • Insist on references, a proper license, bonding and insurance. Check out credentials.
  • Make sure the contract can be broken if you don’t receive financing. Hire a contractor with a real office, not just a post office box address.
  • For more information on the Orange County Consumer Fraud Office and protecting yourself from fraud call 407-836-2490 or 311, or email fraudhelp@sao9.org.

 

WHAT: Hurricane Irma Media Briefing

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 12 – 11:30 A.M., Media Set up 11:15 A.M.

WHO: – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
– Orange County Emergency Management officials including Fire Rescue, Utilities and additional personnel

WHERE: Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
6590 Amory Court, Orlando, FL, 32796, Room 111 (first floor EOC)

Orange County, Fla. – Sept. 11, 2017 – The following updates are from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management:

CURFEW
Orange County remains under curfew until 6 p.m. tonight. Safety hazards include more than 50 percent of traffic signals out in the county, as well as debris on the roadways and downed power lines.

When the curfew lifts at 6 p.m., it will be essential that everyone follows the four-way stop procedure at traffic intersections without a working signal.

POWER
Power remains out of service to 372,000 Orange County residents and damage crews are continuing to survey.

There are six million people without power in the state of Florida. Please be patient with power companies as they work to restore power in a safe and effective manner.

Also, when you report an outage with your power company, please only call once.

UTILITIES
Orange County Utilities’ post-storm assessment has confirmed that all regional water treatment facilities and the County’s drinking water system are operational and safe with no system-wide precautionary boil water advisories in place.

Orange County Utilities has received reports of one water main break and multiple individual service line breaks that may be affecting customers in isolated areas and are working to address these impacts.

If customers have an outage or experience decreased water pressure, call 407-836-2777. Customers will be notified if a break or service outage requires any action on their part including precautionary boil water advisories. Other post-storm water and utility-related tips can be found at www.ocfl.net/emergencyutilities.

DEBRIS
Public Works officials are currently meeting and preparing a schedule for debris removal.

If you live in one of Orange County’s municipalities, check their websites to learn about their debris pick up and locations. On Tuesday, Orange County will announce more details about debris removal.

PUBLIC WORKS/TRAFFIC SIGNALS
Orange County monitors and maintains nearly 600 traffic signals. Drivers are reminded they are required to stop in all four directions upon approaching any traffic signals that are out.

Orange County, Fla. – Sept. 10, 2017 – Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to stay vigilant and informed on the path of Hurricane Irma. Even though the brunt of the storm will be to the west of the region, Orange County must still prepare.

Now that Orange County’s curfew is in effect, residents should be sheltered in place and safe. Almost all of Central Florida remains under a tornado warning. The mandatory countywide curfew is in effect from Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. through Monday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. This curfew will not apply to emergency responders, employees at hospitals and health care facilities and critical staff for businesses that provide essential services.

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center is activated at a Level 1. For official Orange County emergency information, please visit www.ocfl.net/Irma. For official information on all shelters, as well as full emergency preparedness plans, visit Orange County’s official website www.ocfl.net/storm.

STORM UPDATE

Orange County continues to monitor storm activities and hot spots as they appear. Orange County expects to experience strong tropical-force winds starting at 9 p.m. Sunday until noon on Monday.

Based on the current forecast, the western portion of Orange County is predicted to experience hurricane-strength winds between midnight and 4 a.m. Remember, that this is a current projection and hurricanes are unpredictable. Orange County Fire Rescue already has crews on standby ready to deploy post-storm activities.

MOBILE HOME EVACUATIONS

Orange County Fire Rescue has reached 100 percent saturation of messages to people living in mobile homes. Between the hurricane-force winds expected on the west side of Orange County and potential for tornados, if anyone is still in a mobile home, you are urged evacuate now. If you are evacuating to one of our shelters, you are exempt from the curfew.

SHELTERS

Out of our 18 total shelters – including three Persons with Special Needs Shelters – Orange County is at 35 percent overall capacity, with secondary shelters opening. Orange County is housing 4,200 people at local shelters and more than 200 pets.

PUBLIC SAFETY REMINDERS

Each of Orange County’s 41 fire stations are equipped with a weather monitoring device that helps capture wind speeds. Once the winds hit 50 mph sustained, or wind gusts of 65 mph, Orange County Fire Rescue will cease roadway operations until it is determined to be safe.

At the height of the storm, responders will be unable to respond to calls for safety concerns. However, if you have an emergency, still call 9-1-1 and they will respond as soon as possible, and our 9-1-1 operators may be able to provide assistance to you over the phone.

If you see a downed power line, assume it is live. Stay a safe distance away and contact 3-1-1 either by phone or Orange County’s 3-1-1 app. If using our app, you have the capability to pinpoint the powerline via geolocation. If you encounter a traffic signal that is out, treat it like a four-way stop and report it to 3-1-1.

Please report any damages and power outages in your homes to your power or utility provider and then call 3-1-1.

Even after the storm passes, there is still danger. Stay indoors and stay cautious of debris and fallen trees. Please let the winds subside before beginning to move any debris.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 10, 2017 | 5:45 p.m.

Orange County Mayor And Office Of Emergency Management: Hurricane Irma Media Briefing, 6:15 P.M. Sept. 10

WHAT: Hurricane Irma Media Briefing
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 6:15 P.M., media set up at 6 P.M.
WHO:
– Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
– Orange County Emergency Management officials, including Public Works, Fire Rescue, Utilities and additional personnel
WHERE: Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
6590 Amory Court, Orlando, FL, 32796, Room 111 (first floor EOC)

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 10, 2017 | 2 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect until midnight for all of Central Florida. Be aware that tornadoes could develop and prepare to take immediate action if a warning is issued

Per Florida Highway Patrol: Please avoid I-4 if possible. If you must travel on I-4 use extreme caution. Water is pooling on the roadway, especially in the attractions area.

Orange County Office Of Emergency Management 10 A.M. Press Briefing

Orange County, Fla. – Sept. 10, 2017 – Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to stay vigilant and informed on the path of Hurricane Irma.  This is a large, dangerous storm. Even if the center of the storm passes the region, Orange County will be affected. Given the size of the storm and that Orange County is on the east side of Irma, there is still concern about tornado activity.

There are noteworthy changes in the projected track of the storm with another shift to the west.

Based on current projections, by 1 p.m. Sunday, Orange County will begin to feel tropical-force winds. On Monday, Orange County will experience the strongest part of the storm.

The Orange County Emergency Operations Center is activated at a Level 1. For official Orange County emergency information, please visit www.ocfl.net/Irma. For official information on all shelters, as well as full emergency preparedness plans, visit Orange County’s official website www.ocfl.net/storm.

CURFEW

In an effort to ensure safety, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, in her official capacity as Director of Emergency Management, which includes unincorporated and incorporated areas of Orange County, has issued  a mandatory countywide curfew to be in effect from Sunday, September 10 at 7 p.m. through Monday, September 11 at 6 p.m. This curfew will not apply to emergency responders, employees at hospital and health care facilities and critical staff for businesses that provide essential commodities and services.

SHELTERS IN ORANGE COUNTY NOW OPEN

As of 10 a.m. Sunday morning, Orange County continues to man a total of 18 shelters. These include three pet-friendly shelters.

Apopka High School, Colonial High School and Odyssey Middle School are at capacity. Orange County opened an additional pet-friendly shelter Sunday morning at Oak Ridge High School. At last check, Barnett Park was also near capacity. Residents are encouraged to go to the alternate pet-friendly shelter, which is located at Bithlo Community Park – located on 18501 Washington Ave in Orlando.

As of midnight last night, 3,142 individuals checked in at our Orange County shelters. Five teams of National Guardsman are helping staff shelters, along with Orange County personnel, in partnership with the American Red Cross.  A list of those shelters with information on what to bring to the shelters can be found at www.ocfl.net/shelters or call 311.

Transportation assistance for individuals registered at “PSN” (Persons with Special Needs shelters) is expected to cease around noon given pending wind forecasts.  Individuals that are registered are still welcome at PSN shelters, but must make their own transportation arrangements. There approximately 400 individuals currently in the county’s three PSN shelters. The locations of these shelters are not public.

Orange County’s 9-1-1 call center has been reporting that people are mistakenly calling 9-1-1 instead of 3-1-1 for general information and questions. Please remember to call 3-1-1 for information – not 9-1-1.

EVACUATION OF MOBILE HOMES

Orange County residents in mobile homes are under a mandatory evacuation and should seek safe shelter immediately.  Since Friday, Orange County Fire Rescue has coordinated teams going door-to door with fliers to mobile home parks informing residents  of the a mandatory evacuation.

In addition, to reach landline users, Orange County has sent out its Code Red – reverse 9-1-1 alerts. Orange County is also utilizing FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) system to reach cellular users. This innovative, new system was approved just last month by the Board of County Commissioners for critical public alerts and warnings.

Through noon on Sunday, Orange County Fire Rescue will continue door-to-door outreach and loud-speaker announcements through mobile home parks.

UTILITIES

Curbside residential yard waste pick up has ceased operations and the Orange County landfill and transfer stations have closed until after the storm. Now is the time for homeowners and property owners to make one last pass around your property to secure any loose material.

ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is not a public shelter.  The Convention Center is housing almost 1,500 vehicles including Duke Energy, OUC, black hawk helicopters and Red Cross vehicles. These teams will be ready to deploy to impacted areas of the state immediately after Hurricane Irma passes.

CITIZEN INFORMATION

Orange County’s 3-1-1 line has a language line with a translator option.

Residents with questions and concerns can call 3-1-1 for assistance. Finally, we will put out all information via social media and our website, www.ocfl.net.

Communication Tools: To stay informed before, during and after a storm, www.ocfl.net/apps.

  • 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, http://ocalert.net.

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

 

Orange County Mayor And Office Of Emergency Management: Hurricane Irma Media Briefing, 10 A.M. Sept. 10
WHAT: Hurricane Irma Media Briefing

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 10, 10 A.M., Media Set up 9:40 A.M.

WHO: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Orange County Emergency Management officials, including Public Works, Fire Rescue, Utilities and additional personnel

WHERE: Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
6590 Amory Court, Orlando, FL, 32796, Room 111 (first floor EOC)

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 9, 2017 | 10 p.m.

Orange County announces an additional pet-friendly shelter opening Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at Oak Ridge High School, 6000 Winegard Road, Orlando, FL 32809.

In an effort to ensure safety, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, in her official capacity as Director of Emergency Management, which includes unincorporated and incorporated areas of Orange County, will issue a mandatory countywide curfew to be in effect from Sunday, September 10 at 7 p.m. through Monday, September 11 at 6 p.m. This curfew will not apply to emergency responders, employees at hospital and health care facilities and critical staff for businesses that provide essential commodities and services.

Additional updates include:

SHELTERS IN ORANGE COUNTY

As of 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Orange County opened shelters for the general population, including pet-friendly shelters. Currently, Orange County has a total of 17 shelters open. New shelters that have opened today include Union Park Middle School, Conway Middle School and Apopka Middle School. Apopka High School and Colonial High School shelters are at capacity. Barnett Park is at 80 percent capacity.

As of 8 p.m. today, there have been 2,289 individuals checked in at our Orange County shelters.

LYNX is offering free transportation to any Orange County shelter. For questions, contact GoLynx.com or call LYNX’s customer service line at 407-841-5969.

A list of those shelters with information on what to bring to the shelters can be found at ocfl.net/Shelters or call 311.

EVACUATION OF MOBILE HOMES

The primary threat of the storm is wind, which is why Orange County residents in mobile homes are under a mandatory evacuation and should seek safe shelter.

Since Friday, Orange County Fire Rescue has had teams going door-to door with informational fliers to mobile home parks to inform them that there is a mandatory evacuation. Fire Rescue has already contacted 4,936 mobile homes as of 2 p.m. today. There has been a 100 percent saturation on the east side and Fire Rescue is continuing outreach on the west side. They will continue door-to-door outreach from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow.

Orange County Fire Rescue is also sending out an emergency alert text message to those residents.

For official Orange County emergency information, please visit www.ocfl.net/Irma.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 9, 2017 | 7 p.m.

LYNX Hurricane Irma Statement

The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) is releasing the following statement pertaining to Hurricane Irma:

The agency is continuing to monitor the impacts to the region from Hurricane Irma in coordination with our local, state and federal partners.

All LYNX routes and Road Rangers will be off the street at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. until further notice. This is to comply with Central Florida’s emergency operations request to keep all roads clear for emergency situations.  Passengers are encouraged to check the times for their route and to travel on the last full run prior to 10 a.m.

LYMMO and ACCESS LYNX will not be providing service on Sunday until further notice.

LYNX has more than 100 bus operators and employees on standby for when the storm passes. This will assist the agency in quickly reestablishing service as quickly as possible to keep the community moving forward. The agency is currently providing service to those with special needs as requested by authorities.

LYNX staff will monitor the effects of the storm and will keep the community up-to-date as the storm passes through the area via:

  • golynx.com
  • facebook.com/golynx
  • twitter.com/lynxbusorlando or @lynxbusorlando
  • LYNX Customer Service (407) 841-LYNX (5969)
  • Your favorite media outlet.

The agency is asking staff to monitor the LYNX Employee Emergency Hotline, 407-254-6120, or golynx.com.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this situation.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 9, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.

Apopka High School is at capacity. We are now opening Apopka Middle School, located at 425 N Park Ave, Apopka, FL 32712 as well as Conway Middle School, 4600 Anderson Rd, Orlando, FL 32812.

The shelter at Colonial High School is at capacity. Residents are encouraged to go to Union Park Middle School, located at 1844 Westfall Drive, Orlando 32817. Visit www.ocfl.net/shelters for more information.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 9, 2017 | 2:20 p.m.

Orange County Office Of Emergency Management Press Briefing Sept. 9, 12 p.m.

Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to stay vigilant and informed as Hurricane Irma approaches the state of Florida.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Gov. Rick Scott held briefings at Orange County’s Emergency Operations Center at 11 a.m. and noon.

As of 7 a.m., Orange County has activated to a Level 1, which includes bringing in additional support personnel for preparedness efforts at the Emergency Operations Center. Activation levels may adjust as the storm approaches. Based on the most recent update, the Office of Emergency Management anticipates that on Sunday morning Irma will reach southwest Florida and begin a northwest turn. The turn will determine the threat to Orange County.

A curfew for Hurricane Irma has not been established in Orange County. However, Mayor Jacobs and the County Emergency Management Team continue to monitor storm activities. If the current hurricane trajectory remains, Mayor Jacobs will consider imposing a curfew from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon, with an exception for individuals traveling to and from work. Mayor Jacobs will receive her next briefing today at 5 p.m.

Citizens should finalize preparedness efforts to ensure that any loose items in yard or home are secured; make sure that emergency supply kits are stocked with water and non-perishable foods enough to last 3 – 5 days. Consider visiting the ATM, prior to any potential power outage. Check on neighbors, particularly seniors and those who may have special needs. Finally, please bring pets inside and ensure the safety of livestock.

For official Orange County emergency information, please visit www.ocfl.net/Irma. For official information on all shelters, as well as full emergency preparedness plans, visit Orange County’s official website www.ocfl.net/storm.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – STORM

For the latest updates and information on the path of Hurricane Irma visit: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#irma

SHELTERS IN ORANGE COUNTY NOW OPEN
As of 9 a.m. this morning, Orange County opened shelters for the general population, including pet-friendly shelters. Orange County has a total of 17 shelters open. These include three (3) for Persons with Special Needs (PSN), five (5) host shelters, seven (7) general population and two (2) pet friendly shelters.

There are currently 1,154 individuals at Orange County Shelters.
A list of those shelters with information on what to bring to the shelters can be found at www.ocfl.net/Shelters or call 3-1-1.

Orange County’s 9-1-1 call center has been reporting that people are mistakenly calling 9-1-1 instead of 3-1-1 for general information and questions. Please remember to call 3-1-1 for information – not 9-1-1.

Timber Creek High School is NOT a designated shelter. Jones High School will only open as a shelter if and when Memorial Middle School reaches capacity. Remember, for shelter information, visit www.ocfl.net/irma or call 3-1-1.

ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is not a public shelter.

CURFEW
A curfew for Hurricane Irma has not been established in Orange County. However, Mayor Jacobs and the County Emergency Management Team continue to monitor storm activities. If the current hurricane trajectory remains, Mayor Jacobs will consider imposing a curfew from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon, with an exception for individuals traveling to and from work.

Mayor Jacobs will receive her next briefing today at 5 p.m.

EVACUATION OF MOBILE HOMES

Since Friday Sept. 8, Orange County Fire Rescue has had 25 teams going door-to door with informational fliers to the 117 mobile home parks to inform them that there is a mandatory evacuation. Fire Rescue has already contacted 1,857 homes.

Orange County mobile home residents should follow the evacuation orders and be safe.

Fire Rescue has also been making code red messages (reverse 9-1-1 calls).

SANDBAGS

Orange County Public Works has distributed 122,692 sandbags, or 5,500 sandbags per hour. Sandbag distribution locations are not open Saturday and Sunday.

CITIZEN INFORMATION

Orange County’s 3-1-1 line has a language line with a translator option.

Since Tuesday, our 3-1-1 call centers have taken more than 6,250 calls from citizens. A vast majority of the calls are answered within 30 seconds, and we are staffing 3-1-1 in shifts for coverage 24 hours per day.

Florida Highway Patrol reminds citizens that just because there was an announcement that the storm may go west, to not go back home and to listen to officials. Hurricanes are unpredictable and safety should be your number-one priority.

Residents with questions and concerns can call 311 for assistance. Finally, we will put out all information via social media and our website ocfl.net.

Communication Tools: To stay informed before, during and after a storm, www.ocfl.net/apps.

  • 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, http://ocalert.net.

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

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 9, 2017 | 1 p.m.

A curfew for Hurricane Irma has not been established in Orange County. However, Mayor Jacobs and the County Emergency Management Team continue to monitor storm activities. If the current hurricane trajectory remains, Mayor Jacobs will consider imposing a curfew from Sunday evening through Monday afternoon, with an exception for individuals traveling to and from work.

Mayor Jacobs will receive her next briefing today at 5 p.m.


Orange County Mayor And Office Of Emergency Management: Hurricane Irma Media Briefing, 11 A.M. Sept. 9

WHAT: Hurricane Irma Media Briefing

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 A.M., Media Set up 10:40 A.M.

WHO: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Orange County Emergency Management officials, including Public Works, Fire-Rescue, Utilities and additional personnel

WHERE: Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
6590 Amory Court, Orlando, FL, 32796, Room 111 (first floor EOC)

Orange County Opens Host Shelter for South Florida and Coastal Evacuees

UPDATE: Second host shelter is now open at Meadow Woods Middle School, 1800 Rhode Island Wood Circle.

Orange County has opened Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway, as a shelter to host evacuees coming from South Florida and coastal communities of Florida this evening. The shelter is now open.

Evacuees are asked to ensure that any pets are in crates, have leashes, food, water, and medications for animals traveling with them, along with proof of vaccination.

For a list of Orange County general population and pet-friendly shelters opening tomorrow, Saturday Sept 9, visit: www.ocfl.net/shelters

Shelter Name Address Type of Shelter
Apopka High School 555 W. Martin St.
Apopka, FL 32712
General Population
Colonial High School 6100 Oleander Dr.
Orlando, FL 32807
General Population
East River High School 650 East River Falcon Way Orlando, FL 32833 General Population
Edgewater High School 3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804 General Population
Memorial Middle School 2220 29th St.
Orlando, FL 32805
General Population
Odyssey Middle School 9290 Lee Vista Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32829
General Population
West Orange High School 1625 Beulah Rd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
General Population
Barnett Park Community Center 4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808
General Population
* Pet Friendly
Bithlo Community Center 18501 Washington Ave.
Orlando, FL 32820
General Population
*Pet Friendly
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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 8, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.

For official Orange County emergency information, please visit www.ocfl.net/Irma. As of late this afternoon, shelter openings were announced. For official information on all shelters, as well as full emergency preparedness plans, visit Orange County’s official website www.ocfl.net/storm.

Orange County Issues Mandatory Evacuation Notice for Residents of Mobile Homes Due to Expected Impact

In the interest of public safety, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs issued a mandatory evacuation notice to all residents living in mobile homes in Orange County. These structures are particularly high risk for storm-related damage and the order has been issued in an effort to preserve the safety of those residents. Upon notice to evacuate, residents are expected to make final preparations and plans to seek shelter prior to the onset of Hurricane Irma which is anticipated to affect Central Florida beginning Sunday morning.

At this time, Orange County Fire Rescue personnel are going door-to-door in various communities to deliver the evacuation notice. Personnel are encouraging residents to stay with family or make their way to shelters which will open at 9 a.m. Saturday. Residents can find information regarding what to bring and how to prepare for sheltering at ocfl.net.

Those affected with access to a safe location with family or friends are encouraged to relocate immediately. In the event that staying with loved ones is not feasible, Orange County recommends relocation to one of the below shelters:

Shelter Name Address Type of Shelter
Apopka High School 555 Martin St.
Apopka, FL 32712
General Population
Colonial High School 6100 Oleander Dr.
Orlando, FL 32807
General Population
East River High School 654 Columbia School Rd. Orlando, FL 32833 General Population
Edgewater High School 3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804 General Population
Memorial Middle School 2220 29th St.
Orlando, FL 32805
General Population
Odyssey Middle School 9290 Lee Vista Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32829
General Population
West Orange High School 1625 Beulah Rd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
General Population
Barnett Park Community Center 4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808
General Population
* Pet Friendly
Bithlo Community Center 18501 Washington Ave.
Orlando, FL 32820
General Population
*Pet Friendly

Residents with special medical needs who require transportation assistance to a shelter can contact 311 (or 407-836-3111) for additional information and support.

Evacuees should bring emergency supply kits containing water, important paperwork and medications. For pet owners in affected areas, pet-friendly evacuation shelters are available. Those utilizing this option are encouraged to bring supplies for their pets, including food, necessary medications, vaccination records and a carrier/crate. Visit www.ocfl.net/irma for more information.

Throughout this emergency, the safety, security and survivability of citizens remains the top priority for Orange County.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 8, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.

The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) is releasing the following statement pertaining to Hurricane Irma:

The agency is continuing to monitor the impacts to the region from Hurricane Irma in coordination with our local, state and federal partners. LYNX has more than 100 bus operators and employees volunteering to be on standby when the storm passes. This will assist the agency in quickly reestablishing service as quickly as possible to keep the community moving forward. The agency is currently providing service to those with special needs as requested by authorities.

So far the only route canceled has been the University of Central Florida area KnightLYNX 212 Red/Downtown Orlando for tonight and Saturday. All other LYNX fixed route, NeighborLink and LYMMO services will be provided as scheduled until further notice.

If sustained winds reach 35 mph from Hurricane Irma, the LYNX transit system will shut down temporarily for safety reasons. LYNX staff will monitor the effects of the storm and will keep the community up-to-date as the hurricane passes through the area.

Road Rangers will patrol I-4 until Central Florida reaches sustained winds of 35 mph, at which time they will be pulled off the street and return when it is deemed safe.

Policies for ACCESS LYNX are slightly different. The period beginning 12 hours before sustained winds are expected to reach 35 mph, ACCESS LYNX will ONLY be providing life sustaining medical trips.

LYNX staff will monitor the effects of the storm and will keep the community up-to-date as the storm passes through the area via:

  • golynx.com
  • facebook.com/golynx
  • twitter.com/lynxbusorlando or @lynxbusorlando
  • LYNX Customer Service (407) 841-LYNX (5969)
  • Your favorite media outlet.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this situation.

-LYNX-

For more information please contact Matt Friedman, Director of Marketing Communications, at 407-254-6206 or mfriedman@golynx.com.

“We enhance people’s lives everyday through passion, pride, and performance.”

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 8, 2017 | 5 p.m.

Due to the extreme high demand at several Orange County sandbag distribution locations, all cars currently waiting may not be served.  As a result, our team will assess the estimated wait time in line. If your car reaches the service entrance by 4:00 p.m., it is our intent to serve you by our closing hour of 7:00 p.m.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 8, 2017 | 2:30 p.m.

Orange County Shelters to Open Tomorrow
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs to Provide Update on Hurricane Irma

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will provide a briefing regarding Hurricane Irma and an overview on local preparedness and emergency management efforts, including planned response, shelter information and more.

WHAT: Hurricane Irma Media Briefing
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 8 at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Orange County Administration Building – Commission Chambers
201 S. Rosalind Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
WHO: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs

Orange County Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level 2 “partial activation.” More than 100,000 sandbags have been distributed, approximately 5,500 per hour. There will be no sandbag distribution on Saturday, September 9.

Garbage, recycling, and yard waste will not be collected for residents of unincorporated Orange County on Monday, Sept. 11. Monday routes will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Collections will be made one day later for the remainder of the week. Customers whose regular collection day is scheduled for Monday should plan to place garbage, recycling, and yard waste at the curb when conditions are safe for collection on Tuesday. The Orange County Landfill and transfer stations will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, and will reopen when conditions are safe.

The First Library Budget Public Hearing Meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 and the Board of County Commissioners Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12 have both been cancelled.

Orange County Government will be closed Sunday, Sept. 10 at 12:01 a.m. and will reopen on Tuesday.

Orange County will open shelters for the general population, including pet-friendly shelters beginning tomorrow morning, Saturday Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. A list of shelters is enclosed. Additional shelters will be announced, as needed. Orange County will also open PSN, “Persons with Special Needs” shelter. Individuals who have registered for a PSN shelter will be contacted with the location information of the shelter that they have been assigned, along with information on transportation assistance if needed.

When planning to stay in a shelter, individuals are asked to bring an emergency supply kit, a pillow and blanket, toiletries, important papers and medications, snacks, water, flashlight and other essential personal items. These items should last individuals for at least 72 hours.

For a list of what to bring with you when you evacuate and the latest information on Hurricane Irma’s impact to Orange County, please visit www.ocfl.net/irma.

Types of Shelters:

  • General Shelters: All Orange County shelters follow the practices and procedures established by the American Red Cross (ARC); all shelter workers and volunteers are trained by the ARC. At Orange County’s general population shelters, individuals are asked to complete an informational registration form, but no identification is required. For individuals participating in a state registry, appropriate shelters are available; staff and volunteers can help direct individuals as necessary. Please note that shelters are alcohol, drug and weapon free zones.
  • Pet-Friendly Shelters: Ensure pet vaccinations are current and consider microchipping pets if not already done so to ensure you can find pets in the event you are separated. Have a copy of your pet’s medical records, which should be included in your “Pet Disaster Kit.” Arrange for a safe place to stay that permits pets and research places that are pet-friendly. (Note – animals are not allowed in Red Cross Shelters, except for service animals, so you may want to stay with a friend or relative, or motel/hotel that is pet-friendly.) If possible, PLEASE do not leave pets behind during an evacuation or emergency. With pending serious weather, bring all house pets inside.
Shelter Name Address Type of Shelter
Apopka High School 555 Martin St.
Apopka, FL 32712
General Population
Colonial High School 6100 Oleander Dr.
Orlando, FL 32807
General Population
East River High School 654 Columbia School Rd. Orlando, FL 32833 General Population
Edgewater High School 3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804 General Population
Memorial Middle School 2220 29th St.
Orlando, FL 32805
General Population
Odyssey Middle School 9290 Lee Vista Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32829
General Population
West Orange High School 1625 Beulah Rd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
General Population
Barnett Park Community Center 4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808
General Population
* Pet Friendly
Bithlo Community Center 18501 Washington Ave.
Orlando, FL 32820
General Population
*Pet Friendly
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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 8, 2017 | 12 p.m.

Orange County Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level 2 “partial activation.”  Below is a current status of operations:

Declaration of Emergency Issued: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs issued a local Declaration of Emergency as a proactive emergency management protocol to position access to emergency resources that may be necessary on Thursday, Sept. 9.

Shelters: Orange County will open shelters beginning Saturday morning. Shelter locations will be announced as confirmed. Residents are encouraged to frequently check www.ocfl.net/shelters for the most recent information or call 311. Orange County will open Persons with Special Needs shelters, pet-friendly and general shelter populations. The County does not post the location of PSN shelters; outreach to individuals registered comes directly from a health services representative.

Orlando International Airport: Orlando International Airport will cease commercial flights at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept., 9, 2017. Guests are asked to check their current flight status with their airlines.

Orange County Public Schools On Sept. 7, 2017, at 8:27 p.m., Gov. Rick Scott ordered all public K-12 schools closed in the state of Florida beginning Friday, Sept. 8 and including Monday, Sept. 11. Orange County Public Schools is following the Governor’s order.

Status of Hotels: Orange County Government continues to closely monitor the availability of hotel rooms in the tri-county area of Central Florida. Through the assistance of Visit Orlando, we have determined that the available hotels are near capacity.  It is important to note that this situation is very fluid and small amounts of individual rooms may continue to open up due to group meetings being canceled or hotel cancelation policies being more flexible or lifted if a hurricane warning for Orlando is issued. The Visitor Information team is prepared to respond and help evacuees with frequently requested information and resources.  Visitors coming to the area can reach us at:

  • Call 800-972-3304
  • Online with live chat  at  VisitOrlando.com/Hurricane
  • Also check Twitter and Facebook  –  @VisitOrlando – for updates

Sandbags: As of 3 p.m. yesterday, more than 66,000 sandbags had been distributed in Orange County. Updated numbers will be provided this afternoon. Our intention is to serve all residents by closing hour of 7 p.m. in an efficient manner for efficient traffic flow and service. Distribution locations are open today, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. For sandbag distribution locations, please visit www.ocfl.net/sandbags.

Curfew: No curfews have been issued.

Evacuations: No evacuations have been ordered in Orange County.

Garbage: If Friday is a resident’s regularly scheduled day for garbage, recycling and yard waste, and collection will occur tomorrow. Residents who need to dispose of large items that will not fit in the roll cart must schedule an appointment prior to placing the items at the curb. Yard waste cleared in storm preparation will resume after the storm. Please secure any loose items.

Manufactured Homes: Orange County Fire Rescue will begin going door-to-door tomorrow in in various Orange County manufactured home communities identified in the path of Hurricane Irma to ensure residents are aware of the pending forecast and encourage residents to consider alternative shelter for their safety.

Homeless: Orange County is working with homeless providers to implement a coordinated effort to ensure individuals that are homeless have access, information and transportation to safe shelter.

Hurricane Prep: Orange County Government continues to encourage residents to prepare for Hurricane Irma and to monitor and assess updates from the National Hurricane Center.

Water: Residents are reminded that tap water is an excellent option and can be stored in containers for drinking and cooking. Bath tubs are also great to hold larger amounts of water for washing and flushing toilets. Information can be found here:http://bit.ly/2xaGcTv

Communication Tools: 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, www.ocfl.net/apps.

  • 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, http://ocalert.net.

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

Curbside Collection for Monday, Sept. 11, Moved to Tuesday, Sept. 12, County Landfill and Transfer Stations to Close

Due to Hurricane Irma, garbage, recycling, and yard waste will not be collected for residents of unincorporated Orange County on Monday, Sept. 11. Monday routes will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Collections will be made one day later for the remainder of the week.

Customers whose regular collection day is scheduled for Monday should plan to place garbage, recycling, and yard waste at the curb when conditions are safe for collection on Tuesday.

Regular setout guidelines will still apply for all collections.

The normal service schedule will return the following week beginning Sept. 18.

The Orange County Landfill and transfer stations will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, and will reopen when conditions are safe.

If the storm path projections are altered, further updates will be issued.

For more information: call the Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Hotline at 407-836-6601, email Solid.Waste@ocfl.net or go online to www.ocfl.net/GreenClean.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 8, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.

Orange County Library System Branches to Close Due to Hurricane Irma

The Orange County Library System will close all library branches, including the Orlando Public Library, from Saturday, September 9, through Monday, September 11, due to the approach of Hurricane Irma.

As of now, all library branches plan to reopen on Tuesday, September 12 for normal business hours, conditions permitting. We will update our website and social media with additional information if further closures are necessary.

The library urges the community to be safe and not to attempt to return library materials until our facilities reopen. Fines will not be charged during the closed period.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 8, 2017 | 9:30 a.m.

Orlando International Airport

Orlando International Airport will cease commercial flights at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept., 9, 2017. Guests are asked to check their current flight status with their airlines.

Orange County Public Schools

On Sept. 7, 2017, at 8:27 p.m., Gov. Rick Scott ordered all public K-12 schools closed in the state of Florida beginning Friday, Sept. 8 and including Monday, Sept. 11. Orange County Public Schools is following the Governor’s order.

Orange County Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level 2 “partial activation.”  Below is a current status of operations:

Declaration of Emergency Issued: Today, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs issued a local Declaration of Emergency as a proactive emergency management protocol to position access to emergency resources that may be necessary.

Shelters: Orange County will open shelters beginning Saturday morning. Shelter locations will be announced as confirmed. They will not be announced tonight. Residents are encouraged to frequently check www.ocfl.net for the most recent information or call 311. Orange County will open Persons with Special Needs shelters, pet-friendly and general shelter populations.

Status of Hotels: Orange County Government continues to closely monitor the availability of hotel rooms in the tri-county area of Central Florida. Through the assistance of Visit Orlando, we have determined that the available hotels are near capacity.  It is important to note that this situation is very fluid and small amounts of individual rooms may continue to open up due to group meetings being canceled or hotel cancelation policies being more flexible or lifted if a hurricane warning for Orlando is issued. The Visitor Information team is prepared to respond and help evacuees with frequently requested information and resources.  Visitors coming to the area can reach us at:

  • Call 800-972-3304
  • Online with live chat  at  VisitOrlando.com/Hurricane
  • Also check Twitter and Facebook  –  @VisitOrlando – for updates

Sandbags: As of 3 p.m. today, more than 66,000 sandbags have been distributed in Orange County. Due to the extreme high demand at several Orange County sandbag distribution locations, cars currently waiting to be served might not reach the service point by 7 p.m. today. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., we began asking those who have not yet joined the line to return in the morning. Our intention is to serve all residents by our closing hour of 7 p.m. in an efficient manner for efficient traffic flow and service. Distribution locations will reopen on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. For sandbag distribution locations, please visit www.ocfl.net/sandbags. For information on Hurricane Irma, visit www.ocfl.net/Irma.

Curfew: No curfews have been issued.

Evacuations: No evacuations have been ordered in Orange County.

Garbage: If Friday is a resident’s regularly scheduled day for garbage, recycling and yard waste, and collection will occur tomorrow. Residents who need to dispose of large items that will not fit in the roll cart must schedule an appointment prior to placing the items at the curb. Please secure any loose items.

Manufactured Homes: Orange County Fire Rescue will begin going door-to-door tomorrow in in various Orange County manufactured home communities identified in the path of Hurricane Irma to ensure residents are aware of the pending forecast and encourage residents to consider alternative shelter for their safety.

Homeless: Orange County is working with homeless providers to implement a coordinated effort to ensure individuals that are homeless have access, information and transportation to safe shelter.

Hurricane Prep: Orange County Government continues to encourage residents to prepare for Hurricane Irma and to monitor and assess updates from the National Hurricane Center.

Water: Residents are reminded that tap water is an excellent option and can be stored in containers for drinking and cooking. Bathtubs are also great to hold larger amounts of water for washing and flushing toilets. Information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2xaGcTv

Communication Tools: 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, www.ocfl.net/apps.

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, http://ocalert.net.

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

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 7, 2017 | 6 p.m.

Greetings,

With Hurricane Irma approaching our state, safety remains our top priority! As a region, we are deeply aware of the threats posed by the weather, and must be well prepared for weather emergencies. Now is the time to ready your hurricane supply kits and finalize emergency plans.

Here in Orange County, and along with our neighbors throughout Florida, we continue to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Irma – currently a category five hurricane with winds up to 185 mph. Our emergency operations center is activated, operating at a level two.

As Director of Emergency Management for Orange County, today I issued 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. Through the issuance of Emergency Executive Order 17-09, I am also authorizing the full use of Orange County’s public safety resources to assist in preparing for impacts from Hurricane Irma.

This critical step generates the authority to take critical actions, including decisions for shelters, evacuation efforts and potential curfews. The Order also allows for mutual aid from neighboring cities and counties to help us obtain urgent resources to provide assistance for any impacts related to Hurricane Irma.

For the present time, Orange County Government will be open for business Friday, September 8, 2017. A decision is still pending for Monday, September 11, 2017. Orange County Public Schools will be open on Friday, September 8 and closed on Monday, September 11, 2017.

Sandbags – Distribution will take place Friday, September 8 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at designated locations while supplies last. Due to high demand, Orange County residents will need to present proof of residency. Residents may collect up to 10 sandbags per vehicle. www.ocfl.net/sandbags

Updates – Download Orange County’s news and information apps free on Apple and Android devices, to receive emergency information updates and to stay informed before, during and after a storm, www.ocfl.net/apps.

Water – Orange County is aware that some residents have had difficulty locating bottled water. Residents are reminded that tap water is an excellent option and can be stored in containers. Bath tubs are also a great means to hold larger amounts of water to refill commodes, etc.

Shelters – Orange County is closely monitoring the path of the storm, and will make decisions regarding the opening of any shelters once there is a better determination of the storm’s path and its impact. We will continue to watch the storm and provide updates via email, social media and media.

Persons with Special Needs – Are you housebound or require special medical assistance? Please call 311 (or 407-836-3111). Orange County has shelters for those who require special medical care. Call 311 for information, or 407-836-9319 for registration forms and instructions.

Trash – Garbage collection and yard waste pick-up will occur Friday, September 8, 2017, as normally scheduled. Information regarding Monday garbage collection will be forthcoming. Unless you are already scheduled for trash or recycling collection, PLEASE DO NOT PLACE TRASH OR OTHER ITEMS ON THE CURB. Keep secure items safely, and await debris and trash pickup information post-Irma.

Online Resources – Mobile Apps for emergency communications before, during and after a storm can be accessed online, via www.ocfl.net/apps. Additionally, 311 is another reliable source for information and assistance. And don’t forget …you can reach 311 by dialing the numbers 311 from your mobile or landline phones, or by calling 407-836-3111.

Emergency and information apps: www.ocfl.net/apps
Hurricane Irma: www.ocfl.net/Irma
Storm Preparedness: www.ocfl.net/storm
Sandbags: www.ocfl.net/sandbags
Emergency Medical Information: www.ocfl.net/EmergencyMedical
Orange County’s Social Media: https://newsroom.ocfl.net/social-media
Water and garbage tips: http://bit.ly/OCFLWaterGarbage

As we prepare for Hurricane Irma, please re-evaluate your family and business emergency plans, and prepare your disaster kits. Remain safe and keep up-to-date with information from Orange County and your local news.

Sincerely,
Teresa Jacobs
Orange County Mayor

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 7, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.

Due to the extreme high demand at several Orange County sandbag distribution locations, cars currently waiting to be served might not reach the service point by 7 p.m. today. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., we will be asking those who have not yet joined the line to return in the morning. Our intention is to serve all residents by our closing hour of 7 p.m. in an efficient manner for efficient traffic flow and service.

Our distribution locations will reopen on Friday, September 8, 2017.

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 www.ocfl.net/sandbags

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

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, www.ocfl.net/apps.

  • 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, http://ocalert.net.

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

Orange County Office Of Emergency Management To Provide Hurricane Irma Update Before Orange County Board Of County Commissioners

At the start of the 5:01 p.m. Budget Hearing to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Office of Emergency Manager Ron Plummer will provide an updated briefing on Hurricane Irma regarding local preparedness and emergency management efforts, including overview of planned response, availability of sandbags, management of lakes/water management, shelter information and more.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 6, 2017 | 6:30 p.m.

Statement from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs regarding Hurricane Irma solid waste information

This afternoon, the Orange County District 5 Commissioner’s Office issued unauthorized and incorrect information regarding Hurricane Irma preparation. The information was provided in an email that went out to approximately 20,000 Orange County residents. The email misinformed residents that they could place large waste items at their curb on Thursday, September 7, and call to have them picked up on Friday, September 8. Large items will not be picked up this week unless they had been scheduled prior to today.

All items on your property need to be safely secured for the safety of you and your neighbors. I regret that this information was provided. I urge residents to take all precautions for the safety and welfare of our community.

Orange County Government will be open for business on Thursday and Friday and advises residents to ready their hurricane preparedness supply kit.

As of Wed., Sept. 6, Orange County Public Schools will be open on Thursday and Friday.

Sandbag distribution will take place on Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. -7 p.m. while supplies last. Due to high demand, Orange County residents will need to present proof of residency. Residents may collect up to 10 sandbags per vehicle. www.ocfl.net/sandbags

Download Orange County’s news and information apps free on Apple and Android devices, to receive emergency information and to stay informed before, during and after a storm, www.ocfl.net/apps.

Water – Orange County is aware that some residents have had difficulty locating bottled water. Residents are reminded that tap water is an excellent option and can be stored in containers. Bath tubs are also a great means to hold larger amounts of water.

Shelters – Orange County is closely monitoring the path of the storm, decisions regarding the opening of any shelters will be announced once there is a better determination of the path and its impact. This is likely an announcement that would come closer to Saturday morning.

Online Resources:

Mobile Apps for emergency communications before, during and after a storm: www.ocfl.net/apps
Sandbags: www.ocfl.net/sandbags
Storm Preparedness: www.ocfl.net/storm
Hurricane Irma: www.ocfl.net/Irma
Emergency Medical Information: www.ocfl.net/EmergencyMedical
Orange County’s Social Media: https://newsroom.ocfl.net/social-media
Water and garbage tips: http://bit.ly/2xaGcTv

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will host a 2 p.m. press briefing at Orange County administrative headquarters located at 201 South Rosalind Ave., Orlando, in room 105.

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Update: Hurricane Irma Update | Sept. 6, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.

On Sept. 6, 2017, Orange County will distribute sandbags from 3 -7 p.m. at specific Public Works facilities. Sandbag distribution will take place again on Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. while supplies last. Due to high demand, Orange County residents will need to present proof of residency. Residents may collect up to 10 sandbags per vehicle. For sandbag distribution locations, please visit www.ocfl.net/sandbags. For information on Hurricane Irma, visit www.ocfl.net/Irma.

Orange County Government is encouraging residents to prepare for Hurricane Irma and continues to monitor and assess updates from the National Hurricane Center. An announcement regarding Orange County sandbag distribution will be made tomorrow afternoon. Orange County currently has 45,000 pre-filled sandbags and expects to distribute more than 70,000 to residents.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens 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, the nation’s second-largest convention center, 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 the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

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