Orange County Shelter Information
In anticipation of Hurricane Ian, Orange County 's Emergency Operations Center announced that the following shelters for the general population will be open and fully staffed on Wednesday. Times show when the shelter will be open and if it allows pets. For residents who require a Special Needs/Medical Shelter please call 311. Visit the county's shelter page for information about what you can bring with you and about more shelter openings.
Apopka High School opens at 8 a.m. (pet friendly)
Ocoee High School opens at 12 p.m. (no pets)
Dr. Phillips High School opens at 12 p.m. (no pets)
Oak Ridge High School opens at 12 p.m. (pet friendly)
Timber Creek High School opens at 12 p.m. (pet friendly)
Ocoee Sandbag Information
Ocoee will open a self-serve sandbag distribution site on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its Public Works Department, 301 North Maguire Road. People must show a valid ID or city utility bill for proof of residency. Each household will be provided 10 empty sandbags that residents must fill themselves. Tools can be provided but residents are encouraged to bring their own shovel or trowel. Household trash, yard waste and recycle collection services will continue as normal for the time being.
"Having communications face-to-face in real time with real people, it feels so much more connected than being downtown," said District 1 County Commissioner Nicole Wilson about her first go at office hours, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Winter Garden where constituents signed up for 30-minute meetings. She hopes to expand the initiative to other cities.
Have your ID handy to vote for November's midterms? If not, VoteRiders has you covered. Representatives from this nonprofit will be on hand at the Maxey Community Center on Klondike Avenue in Winter Garden on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to help all voters who need to update or replace their identification in order to cast a ballot.
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