Orange County Government, Florida
Hurricane Matthew Information
Orange County Emergency Manager Ron Plummer, Orange County District 6 Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin, Orange County District 5 Commissioner Ted B. Edwards, Orange County Fire Rescue Chief Otto Drozd III, Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings and Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) CEO Edward L. Johnson join Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs for an afternoon press briefing on October 7 to deliver Hurricane Matthew recovery updates.

UPDATE October 10, 2016 1:30 p.m.

All Orange County Parks and Recreation facilities are now open.


UPDATE October 10, 2016 9:00 a.m.

Due the effects of Hurricane Matthew, Orange County Parks’ Trimble Park is closed.


UPDATE October 8, 2016 1:00 p.m.

Orange County’s Emergency Operations Center has suspended operations and is activated at Level 3. Normal Orange County Government operations resume on Saturday, October 8. All employees who normally work on Saturdays and Sundays will need to resume their normal duties at their usual times this weekend. Orange County Government will also be open for business as usual on Monday, October 10.

CURFEW: The mandatory curfew announced by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs was lifted on Oct. 7, 2016 at 2 p.m.

SCHOOLS: The Orange County Public Schools’ Board Policy Group has announced normal operations as of Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

SHELTERS: All general population shelters are closed. The last remaining Persons with Special Needs has been transferred to their homes.

WATER UTILITIES: There were minimal impacts to water facilities and no outages. Only four of the lift stations are operating on generator power. As electric power restoration efforts continue, these will resolve themselves.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT: Crews are out surveying the damage. So far, there are 18 residences that sustained moderate to major damages. The Orange County Building Department is performing safety assessments on residences in unincorporated areas. Municipal building officials are responsible for theirs separately.

PUBLIC WORKS: Nearly all traffic signals have been restored to normal operations. Most work is concentrating on trees down and debris clearing.

TRANSPORTATION: LYNX buses are operating normally. Orlando International Airport is under normal operations.


UPDATE October 8, 2016 10:30 a.m.

Statement from Mayor Teresa Jacobs

"I’m deeply sorry to announce the death of an Orange County resident as a result of Hurricane Matthew. According to the Medical Examiner’s office, the death early Friday morning of a 70-year old woman appears to be the result of a medical device failure during Hurricane Matthew power outages. The victim’s name has not yet been released. Orange County Fire-Rescue responded to the scene, which occurred at a private residence, not at a special needs shelter. It does not appear that the victim had registered with Orange County’s ‘People with Special Needs Program.’ A full investigation regarding this death will be conducted. We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss, and extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends."

We will not be releasing any additional information at this time.


UPDATE October 8, 2016 10:15 a.m.

The following Orange County Parks are closed until further notice: Fort Christmas, Bithlo, Kelly, Magnolia and Trimble Parks. All other Orange County Parks should be open as of noon today, October 8.


UPDATE October 8, 2016 10:00 a.m.

Orange County’s Emergency Operations Center is demobilizing and is activated at Level 2. Shelters in Orange County closed at 6 p.m. on Friday.

STORM RECOVERY TIPS

If you have property damage and plan to hire a contractor:

  • Avoid door-to-door solicitors.
  • Insist on references, a proper license, bonding and insurance and check 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, read about the importance of hiring a licensed contractor.

REGULAR CURBSIDE COLLECTION

  • Friday routes in unincorporated Orange County are being collected on Saturday, October 8.
  • Regular setout guidelines still apply for Saturday collection.
  • Large items that were scheduled for pickup on Friday will be collected on Saturday, October 8.
  • The normal service schedule in unincorporated Orange County will return the following week.

STORM DEBRIS COLLECTION

  • Do not mix yard waste with garbage.
  • If you have yard tree debris on your property please bag, bundle and contain the debris for pickup. Follow the curbside collection guidelines at www.ocfl.net/GreenClean2016.
  • Limit yard waste to three cubic yards, or about one small pickup truckload, per household weekly.
  • Use your own garbage cans or plastic bags for collection. Cans and bags must be 50 gallons or less and weigh less than 60 pounds each when full. Cans must be waterproof with a tight-fitting lid and have handles on the sides.
  • Bundle limbs, palm fronds, and similar items with string. Keep bundles three feet long or less. Limit weight to less than 60 pounds.

UPDATE October 8, 2016 9:45 a.m.

Due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the following Orange County Parks are closed until further notice:

  • Fort Christmas
  • Bithlo
  • Trimble
  • Kelly
  • Magnolia
  • Tibet-Butler Preserve

Downey Park's splash pad is closed today, Oct. 8.

UPDATE October 7, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Orange County Shelters Update

Approximately 400 individuals remain in Orange County shelters. All general shelters will close at 6 p.m. The special needs shelter located at University High School will remain open until further notice.


UPDATE October 7, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Orange County Government currently has teams in the field to assess the overnight impact of Hurricane Matthew.

As of, 1 p.m., 65,355 residents are without power. Duke Energy and OUC are working to restore service as soon and safely as possible. Citizens using generators should use extreme caution. Never operate generators inside a building or garage. Visit Duke Energy or OUC for more information.

More than 1,400 citizens took refuge in Orange County shelters, including 80 individuals with special needs.

The mandatory curfew for Orange County will be lifted at 2 p.m.; however, citizens should remain vigilant. Significant hazards, including downed power lines, trees or other debris may not have been cleared. While Public Works reports that the majority of traffic signals in Orange County are operational, however, extreme caution should be exercised. Residents are asked to report concerns to 3-1-1.

Please note that the curfew does exempt travel to and from places of employment. Other exemptions include:

All pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking, except for individuals commuting to and from places of employment, the provision of fire, police, emergency and hospital services, medical patients, utility emergency repairs and emergency calls by physicians within the above curfew areas, are prohibited during curfew hours.

“I'm very glad to see the number of citizens who took this seriously and evacuated,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “I’m also proud of the community for honoring the curfew. There are still a lot of reasons to stay off the road. It’s imperative that first responders and emergency personnel can dedicate full attention to emergency response and restoration for our neighbors.”


UPDATE October 7, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Last evening, Mayor Jacobs announced a mandatory curfew to be put into effect for Orange County in an effort to protect the life and safety of all citizens. The curfew is still in effect, but is being assessed and an update is expected this afternoon.

Citizens are encouraged to remain off the roads for their safety and to allow first responders and emergency personnel to do their jobs during restoration. There are exemptions to the curfew:

All pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking, except for individuals commuting to and from places of employment, the provision of fire, police, emergency and hospital services, medical patients, utility emergency repairs and emergency calls by physicians within the above curfew areas, are prohibited during curfew hours.

View the Curfew Executive Order here.


UPDATE October 6, 2016 8:00 p.m.

The most recent report by the National Weather Service indicates that Hurricane Matthew is once again a Category 4 Hurricane. As of 5 p.m., the forecast for Hurricane Matthew calls for Tropical Storm force winds to begin tonight in Central Florida at 11 p.m. Hurricane force winds are expected to start tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. lasting until 11 a.m. with peak winds of up to 101 mph at 7 a.m. Tropical Storm force winds are expected to end Friday evening at 10 pm. The total duration of Tropical Storm force winds will be 23 hours.

The latest announcements from Orange County as of 7 p.m. include:

CURFEW:
In an effort to protect the life and safety of all citizens and first responders, a mandatory curfew has been put into effect for Orange County from Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 a.m. Please stay off the roads unless there are extenuating circumstances.

SHELTERS:
As of 6 p.m., we have 550 citizens in Orange County shelters. One shelter, Bithlo Park, is at capacity. Orange County’s other five other shelters – Odyssey Middle School, Apopka High School, Corner Lake Middle, Timber Creek High School and Barnett Park have availability.

SHELTER AVAILABILITY:

Shelter Name Address Staffed By Type of Shelter
Apopka High 555 Martin St, Apopka, FL 32712 Orange County General Population
Corner Lake Middle 1700 Chuluota Rd, Orlando, FL 32820 Red Cross General Population
Timber Creek High School 1001 Avalon Park S Blvd, Orlando, FL 32828 Orange County General Population
Odyssey Middle School 9290 Lee Vista Blvd, Orlando, FL 32829 Orange County General Population
Barnett Park 4801 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808 Red Cross/Orange County General Population /Pet Friendly

For special needs shelter, call (407) 836-9319

Please note that shelters are alcohol, drug and weapon free zones.

911 CALLS:

When sustained winds reach 50+ mph or wind gusts reach 65+ mph, the operations division chief may enact a No Response Policy. High winds severely limit response time. Orange County Fire Rescue will make every effort to respond to a call, but will make the best judgment to preserve life and safety of all involved.

Today, Orange County Fire Rescue has reached more than 9,200 manufactured home community members. A mandatory evacuation has been issued for mobile homes and should be followed for the safety and security of all.

UPDATE October 6, 2016 6:00 p.m.


As of 6 p.m., we have 550 citizens in our shelters. Only one of the shelters – Bithlo Park – is at capacity. Our five other shelters – Odyssey Middle School, Apopka High School, Corner Lake Middle, Timber Creek High School and Barnett Park have availability.

A decision has also been made to CEASE ALL COMMERCIAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS AT ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT 8 P.M. THIS EVENING.

ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS NOT CLOSED. However, passenger flights will be suspended until the weather conditions warrant and the airlines determine it is safe to fly.

Passengers are advised not to come to Orlando International Airport for shelter or to wait out the storm. ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS NOT AN APPROVED RED CROSS SHELTER. It is anticipated that flight operations will gradually resume on Saturday, October 8th after the airport has undergone a damage assessment and has been deemed safe for passengers and employees after the storm.


UPDATE October 6, 2016 5:00 p.m.


WHO:

  • Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
  • Orange County Emergency Manager Ron Plummer
  • Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III
  • Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings

WHAT:

Hurricane Matthew Media Briefing

WHEN:

6:30 p.m., Media set up 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

6590 Amory Court, Orlando, FL, 32796, Room 111 (first floor EOC)

WHY:

Provide briefing on latest weather tracking, update on shelter numbers and availability, briefing on Orange County’s progress on preparations throughout the day for the storm.


UPDATE October 6, 2016 3:00 p.m.


All Orange County Sandbag Distribution locations are now closed. Orange County Public Works distributed more than 78,000 sandbags to residents since yesterday.


UPDATE October 6, 2016 12:20 p.m.


The most recent report by the National Hurricane Center indicates that Hurricane Matthew’s current track shows possible landfall by EARLY Friday morning in Brevard County.

Orange County is currently preparing for the potential of hurricane-force winds, in excess of 74 miles per hour, with gusts up to 90 miles per hour between late Thursday night, and all day Friday. It is anticipated that the east side of Orange County could experience tropical storm winds for more than 24-hours.

Please see the latest announcements from Orange County as of 11 a.m.

    For Hurricane Matthew updates, visit www.ocfl.net/Matthew.
  • Download OCFL Alert on your mobile device in the event you lose power, and need updated information.
  • Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs issued a Declaration of State of Local Emergency which allows for additional resources to support the community.
  • Orange County Fire Rescue Personnel are going door-to-door RIGHT NOW throughout manufactured home communities encouraging residents to evacuate to safer shelter.
  • Last night, Orange County Fire Rescue expanded the “Code Red” Alert to all manufactured home communities in Orange County.
  • Citizens Assistance Response Teams (CARTS) are being staged to ensure supplies and resources are in place once the storm passes.
  • Shelters (general, pet friendly and special needs) in Orange County open at 1 p.m. today. (See below for list of what to bring.)
  • Residents are asked to be off the roads by 6 p.m. tonight.
  • Sandbag distribution for Orange County ends at 3 p.m. (weather pending) today.
  • After the storm, residents are asked to stay off the roads so that Orange County can complete its assessment of damage.

Shelters:

Six general shelters in Orange County open at 1 p.m., with two being pet friendly. There are also shelters available for persons with special needs (PSN). Residents MUST call 407-836-9319 for information on PSN shelters.

Shelter information is posted at www.ocfl.net/matthew.

Please note: Shelters will not be able to accommodate early arrivals. Shelters are alcohol, drug and weapon free zones.

Sandbag Distribution:

Sandbag distribution ends at 3 p.m. (weather pending) today. For locations and more visit www.ocfl.net/ocsandbaginfo.

  • Apopka – 3258 Clarcona Road
  • Bithlo – 18753 Old Cheney Highway
  • Goldenrod – 2530 N. Forsyth Rd.
  • John Young – 4200 S. John Young Pkwy.
  • Taft – 11442 Intermodal Way
  • Three Points – 4631 Young Pine Road
  • West Orange – 644 Beulah Road
  • Zellwood – 3400 Golden Gem Road

Hotel and Lodging:

Individuals may call 407-354-5555 if they need assistance identifying rooms to meet their family’s needs.


UPDATE October 6, 2016 10:20 a.m.


All commercial airlines at Orlando International Airport will stop flying as of 8 p.m. today, Oct. 6 until further notice.


UPDATE October 6, 2016 10:00 a.m.


Based upon the 8 a.m. advisory and according to Hurricane Matthew modeling, Orange County may experience the following:

  • Onset of Tropical Storm (TS) Winds at approximately 1 a.m. Friday morning.
  • The eastern 1/3 of Orange County could experience more than 25 hours of tropical storm winds.
  • Maximum winds may be experienced across Orange County at approximately 10 a.m. Friday morning.
  • Maximum winds experienced across the Eastern 1/3 of the County 94 mph, Central 1/3 of the County 65 mph, Western 1/3 of the County 63 mph.

UPDATE October 6, 2016 9:45 a.m.


All Orange County Parks & Recreation facilities will close at noon today & tomorrow Oct. 7; all programs and leagues are canceled through Oct. 8.

The Orange County Convention Center will be closed on Friday, Oct. 7. Events scheduled on Friday will be postponed and rescheduled.


UPDATE October 6, 2016 9:30 a.m.


Orange County will be distributing sandbags until 3 p.m. today (weather permitting) at the below locations. Residents must be in line no later than 2:30 p.m.

  • Apopka – 3258 Clarcona Road
  • Bithlo – 18753 Old Cheney Highway
  • Goldenrod – 2530 N. Forsyth Rd.
  • John Young – 4200 S. John Young Pkwy.
  • Taft – 11442 Intermodal Way
  • Three Points – 4631 Young Pine Road
  • West Orange – 644 Beulah Road
  • Zellwood – 3400 Golden Gem Road

Residents must go to the appropriate jurisdiction for pick-up.

If your street sign has a fountain logo, you may pick up sandbags until 12 p.m. noon today from the City of Orlando's Streets and Stormwater Division at 1010 Woods Avenue.

If your street sign has an orange logo, you may pick up sandbags at Orange County locations.


UPDATE October 5, 2016 8:45 p.m.


ORANGE COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
HURRICANE MATTHEW MEDIA BRIEFING, 10:30 AM, OCT. 6


WHO:

Slated participants include:
– Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
– Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings
– LYNX CEO Edward Johnson
– Orange County Emergency Management officials, including Public Works,
Fire-Rescue, Utilities and additional personnel

WHAT:

Hurricane Matthew Media Briefing

WHEN:

10:30 AM, Media Set up 10 AM

WHERE:

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

WHY:

Provide briefing on local preparedness and emergency management efforts, including latest weather update of the storm’s path, update on shelter availability and information, transportation, sandbags, management of lakes/water management and more.

UPDATE October 5, 2016 8 p.m.

Orange County Shelters will open at 1 p.m. tomorrow. For information on a special needs shelter, please call 407-836-9319. For continued Orange County updates, visit www.ocfl.net/Matthew.

Shelter Name Address Staffed By Type of Shelter
Apopka High 555 Martin St, Apopka, FL 32712 Orange County General Population
Corner Lake Middle 1700 Chuluota Rd, Orlando, FL 32820 Red Cross General Population
Timber Creek High School 1001 Avalon Park S Blvd, Orlando, FL 32828 Orange County General Population
Odyssey Middle School 9290 Lee Vista Blvd, Orlando, FL 32829 Orange County General Population
Bithlo Community Park 18501 Washington Ave, Orlando, FL 32820 Red Cross/Orange County General Population /Pet Friendly
Barnett Park 4801 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32808 Red Cross/Orange County General Population /Pet Friendly

 

Items to bring to the shelter:

  • Water and food
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Personal items, medication
  • First-aid supplies
  • Important papers
  • Miscellaneous items like games, toys, battery-powered radios, flashlights and batteries

 

UPDATE October 5, 2016 3:30 p.m.

Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to stay vigilant and informed as Hurricane Matthew approaches the state of Florida. The latest projected storm path indicates Orange County and eastern neighboring counties may be impacted as early as Thursday evening. At this time, Orange County has activated to a Level Two, which includes bringing in additional support personnel for preparedness efforts. Activation levels may adjust as the storm approaches.

Citizens are being asked to finalize preparedness efforts to include: ensuring that any loose items in yard or home are secured; make sure that emergency supply kits are stocked with water and nonperishable foods enough to last 3 to 5 days. Please top off vehicles with fuel. 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.

Please see the latest announcements and requests from Orange County as of 2 PM:

  • For Hurricane Matthew updates, visit www.ocfl.net/Matthew.
  • Sandbag distribution at the Goldenrod facility is at capacity – citizens are asked to go to alternative sites.
  • All Orange County Public Schools will be closed and activities cancelled through Sunday, Oct. 9. Please visit www.ocps.net for information.
  • Garbage, recycling, and yard waste will not be collected in unincorporated Orange County on Friday, October 7. Friday routes will be collected on Saturday, October 8. Please remove empty garbage and recycling roll carts from the curb and secure any loose items.
  • Courts in Orange and Osceola counties will be closed Thursday and Friday.
  • The Central Florida Expressway Authority has announced that tolls on the 528 have been suspended until further notice.
  • Today, Orange County Fire Rescue issued a “Code Red Alert” to 54 mobile home parks that have been identified to be in areas with the potential to sustain hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall.

Shelters:

  • No evacuations have been ordered for Orange County residents; however individuals who live in mobile homes are encouraged to closely monitor the storm and be prepared to find alternative residence if needed.
  • Orange County is working to open several shelters to accommodate residents who feel that they need safe haven, as well as individuals form Brevard County or other impacted communities. These announcements will be made once finalized. Shelters will NOT open today, Oct. 5.
  • Sandbag Distribution – Orange County Public Works has already distributed more than 10,000 sandbags. Sandbag distribution will continue at seven remaining locations listed below on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 5 sandbags will be distributed from 7 a.m. though 3 p.m. (pending weather). Residents are eligible for up to 10 sandbags per vehicle. For information and locations, visit www.ocfl.net/ocsandbaginfo.

Apopka – 3258 Clarcona Road
Bithlo – 18753 Old Cheney Highway
John Young – 4200 S. John Young Pkwy.
Taft – 11442 Intermodal Way
Three Points- 4631 Young Pine Road
West Orange - 644 Beulah Road
Zellwood - 3400 Golden Gem Road

Ongoing:

  • Residents are encouraged to visit www.ocfl.net/Matthew for the latest Hurricane Matthew information as it pertains to Orange County.
  • Orange County Public Works, Stormwater Management Division is proactively checking drainage infrastructure to include stormwater drains, canals and ponds as well as other sites in anticipation of potential heavy rainfall in Orange County. In addition equipment to remove debris and tree limbs is being inventoried and tested.

UPDATE October 5, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Follow us on social media to stay weather aware as Hurricane Matthew nears Orange County. For the most up-to-date information, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.

UPDATE October 5, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

The Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division will not collect garbage, recycling and yard waste on Friday, October 7, due to Hurricane Matthew. Friday routes will be collected on Saturday, October 8. Customers whose regular day is scheduled for Friday should plan to place garbage, recycling or yard waste at the curb when conditions are safe for collection on Saturday. Regular set out guidelines will still apply for Saturday collection. Large items that were scheduled for pickup on Friday will be collected on Saturday, October 8. Curbside collection service on Thursday, October 6, will occur as regularly scheduled. Please remove empty garbage and recycling roll carts from the curb and secure any loose items. The normal service schedule will return the following week. If the storm path projections are altered, further updates may be issued. For more information, visit www.ocfl.net/GreenClean2016.

UPDATE October 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Via the Central Florida Expressway Authority: Due to Hurricane Matthew, all tolls on SR 528 have been suspended until further notice. Please drive safely.

UPDATE October 5, 2016 at 1:45 p.m.

All Courts in the Ninth Judicial Circuit – Orange and Osceola Counties – will be closed Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7.

UPDATE October 5, 2016 at 12 p.m.

Orange County Public Schools to close Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7 due to Hurricane Matthew

All schools, including the campuses of Orange Technical College will be closed Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 and Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. All activities planned for schools on and off campus are cancelled beginning Thursday and lasting through Sunday, October 9th.

We want to allow our OCPS students and families the opportunity to prepare for any impact Orange County may have from Hurricane Matthew. The district’s maintenance and facilities staff will also be preparing our school sites for anticipated hurricane conditions and the potential use of our schools needed as shelters.

OCPS will continue monitoring the storm through communications from the National Weather Service and with local emergency management offices. Updates will be delivered to families and staff through our ConnectORANGE phone messages, OCPS website at www.ocps.net and through district Facebook and Twitter feeds.

District offices and select facilities will remain open on Thursday but will be closed on Friday.

For more information, please contact Orange County Public Schools Media Relations at 407-317-3458

UPDATE October 5, 2016 at 11:45 a.m.

Orange County Public Works has distributed more than 10,000 sandbags from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

UPDATE October 5, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.

The National Hurricane Center has extended the hurricane warning through Orange County from the Sebastian Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County line.

UPDATE October 5, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to stay vigilant and informed as Hurricane Matthew approaches the state of Florida. The latest projected storm path indicates Orange County and eastern neighboring counties may be impacted as early as Thursday evening. At this time, Orange County has activated to a Level Two, which includes bringing in additional personnel to support preparedness efforts. Activation levels may adjust as the storm approaches.

Citizens are being asked to finalize preparedness efforts as well to include: ensure that any loose items in yard or home are secured; make sure emergency supply kits are stocked with water and nonperishable foods enough to last 3 – 5 days. Please top off vehicles with fuel. 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.

Please see the below announcements and requests from Orange County:

  • Residents are encouraged to visit www.ocfl.net/storm for the latest Hurricane Matthew information as it pertains to Orange County.
  • Orange County Emergency Management officials are working in partnership with the Orange County School Board to identify shelters, in the event of evacuations. NO EVACUATIONS have been ordered in Orange County.
  • Orange County Public Works, Stormwater Management Division is proactively checking drainage infrastructure to include stormwater drains, canals and ponds as well as other sites in anticipation of potential heavy rainfall in Orange County. In addition equipment to remove debris and tree limbs is being inventoried and tested.

UPDATE October 05, 2016 at 10:45 a.m.

Visitors to the region may reference the US Foreign Consular Offices photo directory, here.

UPDATE October 05, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

Orange County Animal Services Reminds Families to Include Pets in Hurricane Prep Plans.

While the Orange County Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the track of Hurricane Matthew, Orange County Animal Services is urging residents to include pets in their disaster plans

“We often find that residents simply do not think that a storm will impact them, and therefore do not have a disaster plan, or do not include their pets in those plans. But the best way a family can protect themselves, along with their four-legged friends is to be prepared. We are asking that everyone please don’t forget their furry friends in emergency disaster plans,” says Dil Luther, Orange County Animal Services Division Manager. It is vital that in the event of an emergency, families and their pets know where they will go, what they need to bring for their four-legged family members, as well as have a two-week supply of food for their pets.”

Although Orange County is NOT under evacuation orders, residents are encouraged to be prepared for Hurricane Matthew.

Getting Ready

  • Ensure pet vaccinations are current.
  • 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.
  • 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 households pets inside.

Pet Disaster Kit

  • A list, including phone numbers of pet-friendly places.
  • A pet carrier for each pet, in which the animal can stand and turn around. Write your name, address and phone number and include additional contact information for someone outside the area.
  • Pet Health Record in a waterproof container (each pet should display a current rabies tag at all times).
  • Current picture of your pet in a waterproof container and an extra identification tag.
  • Collar and leash for dogs, and an adjustable collar for cats.
  • Two-week supply of pet food, water, bowls, cat litter/box and any necessary medications.
  • Plastic bags to hold contents such as pet treats and small toys.
  • Newspapers, plastic bags, cleaner and disinfectants to handle pet waste.
  • A cotton sheet to cover the carrier to keep the pet calm.
  • Pet First-Aid Kit: Ask your veterinarian for the supplies appropriate for your pet.

For more information on how to prepare your pet for a disaster, contact your veterinarian; call Orange County Animal Services at (407) 254-9140 or visit www.ocnetpets.com/preparedpet.

UPDATE October 4, 2016 at 10 a.m.

Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management is advising residents to stay vigilant and informed as Hurricane Matthew approaches the state of Florida. The latest projected storm path indicates Orange County and eastern neighboring counties may be impacted as early as Thursday evening. At this time, Orange County has activated to a Level Two, which includes bringing in additional personnel to support preparedness efforts. Activation levels may adjust as the storm approaches.

Citizens are being asked to finalize preparedness efforts as well to include: ensure that any loose items in yard or home are secured; make sure emergency supply kits are stocked with water and nonperishable foods enough to last 3 – 5 days. Please top off vehicles with fuel. 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.

Please see the below announcements and requests from Orange County:

  • Residents are encouraged to visit www.ocfl.net/storm for the latest Hurricane Matthew information as it pertains to Orange County.
  • Orange County Emergency Management officials are working in partnership with the Orange County School Board to identify shelters, in the event of evacuations. NO EVACUATIONS have been ordered in Orange County.
  • Orange County Public Works, Stormwater Management Division is proactively checking drainage infrastructure to include stormwater drains, canals and ponds as well as other sites in anticipation of potential heavy rainfall in Orange County. In addition equipment to remove debris and tree limbs is being inventoried and tested.
  • Sandbag Distribution – Orange County Public Works will begin to distribute sandbags at all eight locations listed below starting Wednesday, Oct. 5, beginning 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. Residents are eligible for up to 10 sandbags per vehicle. For information and locations, visit www.ocfl.net/ocsandbaginfo.

    • Apopka - 3258 Clarcona Road
    • Bithlo - 18753 Old Cheney Highway
    • Goldenrod - 2530 N. Forsyth Road
    • John Young - 4200 S. John Young Pkwy.
    • Taft - 11442 Intermodal Way
    • Three Points- 4631 Young Pine Road
    • West Orange - 644 Beulah Road
    • Zellwood - 3400 Golden Gem Road

When making a storm preparedness list, consider the Five Ps: People, Prescriptions, Papers, Personal Needs and Priceless Items.

PEOPLE
People, pets and other animals or livestock.

PRESCRIPTIONS
Prescriptions with dosages; medicines; medical equipment; batteries or power cords; eyeglasses; and hearing aids.

PAPERS
Papers and important documents (hard copies and electronic copies saved on thumb drives).

PERSONAL NEEDS
Personal needs—such as clothes, food, water, first aid kit, cash, phones, and chargers.

PRICELESS ITEMS
Priceless items, including pictures, irreplaceable mementos and other valuables. For more information, visit www.ready.gov and www.ocfl.net/hurricaneguide..

Get Notifications and Stay Informed

Download Orange County, Florida's OCFL Alert, OCFL News, OCFL 311, OC ALERT mobile applications for free on Apple and Android devices to receive emergency management communications and to stay informed before, during and after a storm, bit.ly/OCMobileapps.

  • 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, https://ocalert.net.
  • American Red Cross Emergency App – Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out.