Tropical Storm Nicole Resources

State of Emergency

The state of Florida has declared a State of Emergency for 34 counties, which include Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties.

FEMA Assistance
Central Florida including Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties are now eligible for Individual Assistance under FEMA’s disaster assistance program. Please CLICK HERE to more information and directions on how to apply.


Resources for Central Florida:

Orange County Emergency Management  

Orange County Alert System 

For real-time information and outreach, here are online county resources:

  1. Website: www.ocfl.net/storm
  2. Twitter: @OrangeCoFL
  3. Facebook: Orange County, Florida Government

For the latest updates visit the county’s storm page, www.ocfl.net/Nicole.

Weather and Safety Updates

Orange County Government urges residents to adhere to the following safety messages:

  • Downed Power Lines: Residents can report downed power lines by dialing 9-1-1. Residents are urged to never approach, touch or drive over downed power lines. Always assume lines are electrified.
  • Inoperable Traffic Lights: Residents can report inoperable traffic lights by dialing 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111. Residents can learn more about what to do when they drive up to inoperable or malfunctioning traffic lights by visiting the county’s online newsroom.

Emergency Shelters

The general population shelter located at the West Orange Recreation Center has closed. Currently, the only general population shelter that is open in Orange County is located at South Econ Community Park.

For more information about shelters, visit ocfl.net/shelters.

Solid Waste Collection and Facilities

The Orange County Landfill and Transfer Stations will reopen on Friday, Nov.11, at 8 a.m.

Due to the storm, there were no residential collections on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. Customers whose regular collection day is Thursday will be picked up on Friday, Nov. 11, and Friday customers will be picked up on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Households in unincorporated Orange County that did not have curbside collection on Wednesday will be serviced next Wednesday, Nov. 16. Those customers can put out extra garbage on their yard waste and large item collection day for pick up. 

Residents may continue to experience some delays with yard waste collection for the next few weeks. Additionally, it is important to remember that yard waste at the curb for regular service is limited to three cubic yards each week and must still be set out according to the guidelines, including limbs cut to three feet in length, tied, and each bundle under 60 pounds. Storm debris outside of these guidelines will be collected separately.

Public Works Pump Stations

Orange County Public Works reports that all of its pump stations are operational and no major flooding has been reported.

Lakes and Green Places

The following updates were issued by Orange County’s Parks and Recreation Division and Environmental Protection Division.

  • Boat Ramps: Orange County is issuing a precautionary lake advisory due to the storm. Due to rain, high lake levels may hide submerged debris that can cause damage or injury. All public boat ramps under the control of the county are closed. Residents are asked to refrain from any recreational activity and contact with water bodies until further notice. Boat ramps will remain closed until Orange County Parks and Recreation Division conducts an evaluation of each site. For more information, please contact [email protected].
  • Green Place Closures: County-operated Green PLACE properties are currently closed. Properties will remain closed until Orange County Environmental Protection Division conducts an evaluation of each site. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Transportation Agencies

For the latest services updates from transportation agencies in Orange County, please visit:

  • Utilities 
    • Please Check with Your Individual Power Company for Updates on Outages
      OUC
      Duke Energy

Osceola County Emergency Management 


Residents should stay informed by monitoring weather reports and by receiving emergency phone alerts through Osceola’s free AlertOsceola service, by texting the word “alertosceola” to 888777.

Supplies will be provided including bags and sand. Residents are allowed 25 sandbags per household and will need to bring their own shovel or filling tool. Supplies are limited, and sandbags will be available for filling on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sandbag Distribution Location:

  • Osceola Heritage Park, (Shakerag Road): 1211 Shakerag Road, Kissimmee FL 34744
  • Hours of Operation: 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sandbag Safety and Disposal Recommendations:

  • Osceola County recommends that residents store uncontaminated sandbags for reuse during possible future storms. Sandbags that have not come into contact with water can be saved to be used in case of additional flooding.
  • Uncontaminated sand can be used for gardens or flower beds and bags can be thrown in the garbage.
  • Never use the sand from sandbags to fill children’s sandboxes or playgrounds.
  • Residents wishing to dispose of sandbags may take them to the Bass Road Yard Waste Disposal Site at 750 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746.

Osceola County School District: Schools will dismiss one hour early on Wednesday, November 9 and be closed on Thursday, November 10.

All residents should continue to prepare for severe weather by creating a family plan and disaster supply kit, securing personal property and having a place to go in the event of an evacuation. Learn more at readyosceola.org.

Seminole County Emergency Management 

STORM ALERTS: Text Storm2022 to 888-777 to opt into text alerts on storm preparations.

ALERT SEMINOLE: Visit 
AlertSeminole.org to register for emergency alerts (phone, text, and/or email). Participating residents will receive time-sensitive messages specific to their specified home or business location within Seminole County. Residents can unsubscribe to alerts at any time through their account.

Seminole County issued voluntary evacuations for individuals and families in mobile, manufactured homes and low-lying, flood prone homes. Individuals with special needs should also consider evacuation. 

Seminole County Emergency Management, in coordination with Seminole County Public Schools and Florida Department of Health in Seminole, have opened emergency shelters at Bentley Elementary School and Lawton Chiles Middle School. 

Shelters should be considered a last resort; if possible, evacuees should stay with family or friends. Shelter clients will be assigned a space of 3’ x 7’; belongings should fit in this space if staying at a shelter. 

LOCATIONS:

  • Bentley Elementary, 2190 S Oregon Ave, Sanford
    • For persons with special medical needs
    • Pet-friendly
    • Cots available
  • Lawton Chiles Middle School, Lawton Chiles Middle School - 1240 Sanctuary Dr, Oviedo
    • General population shelter
    • Pet-friendly
    • Cots not available

COUNTY SANDBAG LOCATIONS

  •  On Wednesday, November 9, 2022 they will close at 12:00p.m.
    • Old Geneva Volunteer Fire Station, 217 2nd St., Geneva
    • Lake Monroe Wayside Park, 4150 Highway 17, Sanford
    • BOOMBAH Sports Complex, 3450 E. Lake Mary Blvd., Sanford
  • There is a limit of up to 15 bags per household. County sandbag locations are UNSTAFFED, assistance is not available.
  • City sandbag locations are listed at PrepareSeminole.org. If you’d like us to publish your closure times, please let Ally or I know.

STORM DEBRIS

  • Regular curbside service for unincorporated Seminole County Solid Waste customers will stop on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The Landfill and Central Transfer Station close Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
  • Debris that remains curbside should be secured as best as possible whether bundling, covering, moving to a shed or garage or other method to prevent projectiles.
  • Debris can also be brought to the Landfill before Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Fees are temporarily waived for residential debris drop-off (at the Landfill ONLY; fees apply to commercial customers).
Seminole County Schools: Seminole County Schools will be closed from Wednesday, November 9 through Friday, November 11.


Sanford International Airport: Will close at 4 p.m. on  Wednesday, November 9

FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center Dashboard  


For Visitors and Residents:

STAY INFORMED: Visit www.floridadisaster.org to find information on shelters, road closures, and evacuation routes. For live updates on the latest weather patterns, follow the State Emergency Response Team @FLSERT on Twitter and Facebook. VISIT FLORIDA is also providing weather updates and official source links for visitors to keep up with the latest changes here.

Obtaining financial assistance for lodging: Hurricane evacuees in need of financial assistance for lodging can contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) online or by phone at 800-621-3362.

Finding a hotel that accepts FEMA assistance: If you already have FEMA lodging assistance and you are looking for available lodging under FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance Program, a list of participating hotels is available on the www.disasterassistance.gov website. Call the hotel to determine current availability, and be sure to inform the hotel when you call that you are participating in FEMA’s emergency lodging program.

Finding a hotel generally: Visitors and residents can make general lodging relocation plans here. First responders traveling to the impacted areas can also use this information to find available lodging. Search for pet-friendly lodging BringFido.com or PetFriendlyTravel.com.

Shelter Information: If lodging accommodations are simply not an available option for you, you can find a list of open evacuation shelters updated in real time here. Some local shelters require advanced notice for pets.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON TRAVEL: Visitors traveling in or making plans to visit Florida during hurricane season can find frequently asked questions here.

More information:



Generator Safety

CARBON MONOXIDE, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is highly poisonous. The Florida Department of Health recommends the following precautions:

  • Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent, or fireplace.
  • NEVER use a generator indoors, including homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even those with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO build-up in the home.
  • ALWAYS locate the unit outdoors on a dry surface, away from doors, windows, vents, and air conditioning equipment that could allow CO to flow indoors. Follow the generator instructions.
  • REMEMBER that you cannot see or smell CO. Portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly.
  • If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY. DO NOT DELAY.
  • If you have a poisoning emergency, call your nearest Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 immediately.