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Orange County announces shelter openings and locations


Apopka High School is the nearest shelter for local residents

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 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:

Persons with Special Medical 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. Individuals traveling to a PSN shelter are asked to prepare before arriving to the shelter. Learn what you’ll need to stay prepared here. Please note, Orange County does not publicly disclose the addresses of Persons with Special Needs 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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