Orange County – Hurricane Dorian Update #3

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

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

Resident Information Line and Emergency Alert Info

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

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

Shelters

Orange County Government is slated to open to open 12 shelters on 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, which will include four pet-friendly shelters. There will also be special needs/medical shelters. Please DO NOT arrive before Sunday, Sept. 1 at any of the shelters. They will not be open beforehand.

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

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

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

Garbage & Recycling Collection

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

In addition, residents can take their yard waste to various landfill sites (www.ocfl.net/WasteSites) and follow their guidelines as provided. Disposal sites will closed at noon on Sunday, Sept. 1. 

Sandbags

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

Generator Safety

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

Orange County Public Schools

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

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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. It was kind of fun watching the Orange County elected officials on tv today going over hurricane preparations. Former Orange County Mayor, Teresa Jacobs, stood there talking, and turned around to Mayor Demings and referred to him as Sheriff Demings. She then realized her mistake and said, “there I go again”…..and laughed. There were so many elected job switchers gathered there, no wonder she forgot the title…..LOL

  2. Looking at people filling up sand bags at Barnett Park…..good Lord, is it me, or did the county obtain bigger bags than what were used in the past hurricanes??? They sure looked way bigger to me. Looked like 50 pound bags. I decided we didn’t need them that badly, to lug those heavy things home. I learned from the past hurricanes to pass on taping the glass windows too….a nightmare to remove the tape if you don’t get around to removing it before the sun helps bake it on. Live and learn from mistakes and boo boos.

  3. The weather on tv said that the hurricane is loaded with a huge amount of lightning strikes. I sure wasn’t happy to hear that either, plus they can spin off some horrible tornados. Maybe, SHARKNADOS! Really, it is depressing, and I am getting worried, and so I am trying to joke a little. When it gets here, and gets bad, I plan on sleeping ,or doing some sewing to get through the stress of all of this ordeal. That is my plan, or to drink some beer, and pray.

  4. That was a very nice tribute that Apopka City Commissioner, Kyle Becker, had in the Apopka Chief Newspaper today for Apopka Fire Chief Carnesale’s retirement. An entire full page print!

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