Hurricane Ian Update 1
Last updated on September 26, 2022
Mayor Dyer Encourages Residents, Businesses to Prepare
September 26, 2022 - ORLANDO, FL – Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared a State of Emergency in the City of Orlando.
The City of Orlando’s Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor the storm and city departments are continuing to take precautionary measures for any potential impacts from hurricane Ian. Although its path and the potential impacts to the Orlando area remain uncertain, the city wants to encourage residents, visitors and businesses to prepare now, including assembling disaster kits, stocking up on supplies and reviewing disaster plans.
“I want to encourage everyone to closely monitor hurricane Ian and use today and tomorrow to prepare yourselves, your family and your employees for potential impacts,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Protecting our residents and businesses, preventing loss of life and minimizing damage is our top priority and we are taking this storm seriously.”
Residents should prepare an emergency kit, including water (one gallon of water per person per day), food (a seven-day supply), medication, battery powered radio, batteries and any special items needed like medications. Items that would most likely be need during an evacuation should be kept in an easy-to carry container.
CITY OPERATIONS UPDATE:
At this time, residential and commercial trash, yard waste and recycle pick up is operating as normal.
The city is asking residents to help prevent flooding by not placing tree trimmings or any type of loose waste or yard debris at their curb. During a severe weather event, these items can clog storm drains which may result in flooding of property and/or the street. STREETS & STORMWATER:
Today, city crews started lowering the water levels at several lakes throughout the city. The process will take approximately two days to complete, and lake water will be lowered 8-12 inches depending on need.
City crews have also been out today taking proactive measures with expanded street sweeping. This will continue throughout the week as the city continues to monitor Ian's projected path.
CITIZEN INFORMATION LINE:
At this time, the Citizen Information Line – 407-246- HELP (4357) - is live. In the event of impact from the storm, this is where residents can call to report damage, downed trees, traffic lights that are out and get information from the city on response efforts.
SELF-SERVE SANDBAG LOCATIONS:
Orange County Government has opened five free, self-serve sandbag locations across the county.
Sandbags are first-come, first-served, while supplies last. Residents must show proof of Orange County residence and will be given 10 bags per address. Residents must bring their own shovel to fill sandbags.
Locations for sandbag distribution are as follows and are available during normal park hours –
- Barnett Park, 4801 West Colonial Drive
- Bithlo Community Park, 18501 Washington Avenue
- Downey Park, 10107 Flowers Avenue
- Meadow Woods Park, 1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle
- West Orange Recreational Complex, 309 Southwest West Crown Point Road
For more information, visit ocfl.net/storm.
For more information, suggested supplies and things to consider while preparing for a storm, visit www.orlando.gov and/or www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare.
Residents can also stay informed and get information from the City of Orlando through social media at:
Additional updates and information on the City of Orlando Emergency Operations Emergency Status will be posted on the City’s website at orlando.gov/ian.