Hurricane Dorian Update in HD47 for September 2nd, 2:00pm

  • Orange County Updates: Click here to keep up to date with Orange County Government’s hurricane alerts and click here to download the OCFL Alert app.
  • Local City Updates: You can visit City of Orlando and City of Winter Park’s emergency management pages to keep updated on hyper-local updates. We also recently shared details on Belle Isle’s trash pickup schedule, and you can keep up with the City of Edgewood’s updates at this link.
  • Orange County Public Schools: All OCPS schools and work locations will be closed on Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4. Any closures beyond these days will be determined at a later time. Keep updated with OCPS here:
  • Higher-Ed Institutions: UCF, Valencia College, Rollins College, and Seminole State College have each announced closures. UCF will be closed through Wednesday; Valencia College will remain closed through Thursday; Rollins College announced on Sunday that the school would have to do a damage assessment before it could reopen but it hopes to reopen by Thursday; and Seminole State College will remain closed through at least Wednesday. Full Sail University will be closed until at least Tuesday, too. You can learn more here, and we encourage folks to follow the social media accounts of our higher-ed institutions for the most up-to-date information.
  • Shelters: Eleven shelters are available in Orange County for those who need it. This includes general population shelters, special needs shelters, and pet-friendly shelters. See full list of shelters here.
  • Special Needs: If you or a family member needs support with a special-needs shelter, you can learn more and register at this link:
  • Parking Garages: For those who live in the City of Orlando and need a safe place to park your car — parking fees have been waived at five city-owned garages starting at 12:00PM. today. Those gagarages are City Commons Parking Garage, Jefferson Street Garage, Central Boulevard Garage, Orange County Administration Garage, and the Library Garage. Learn more here and note that trailers, boats and vehicles taller than 6' 7" are not permitted.
  • Public Transportation: Sunrail remains closed until at least Friday, and Lynx buses are on a regular holiday schedule today but will close if there are sustained winds that reach 35mph. ACCESS LYNX will only be providing life sustaining medical trips such as dialysis and cancer treatments until further notice. You can learn more here.
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida: All Orange and Osceola County courts will remain closed until at least Wednesday. If you had jury duty for any of these two days, you have been excused. Click here to learn more.
  • Curfew: According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, no decision has been made yet about curfews. A decision may be made later today. Please follow Orange County Government and Orange County Sheriff’s Office for the latest update.
  • Tollways: The following tolls have been suspended ahead of Hurricane Dorian: Alligator Alley, The Turnpike Mainline (SR 91), including the Homestead Extension (SR 821), Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869), Beachline Expressway (SR 528), First Coast Expressway (SR 23), SR 417, SR 429, I-95 Express Lanes, I-595 Express Lanes, I-75 Express Lanes, I-295 Express Lanes, SR 408, SR 414, SR 451, SR 453, SR 538, and SR 551.
  • Airport: Orlando International Airport has decided to keep operations running today, but passengers are encouraged to check with their airlines about specific flight info.The latest airport update will always be pinned to the top of their Twitter page.
  • SNAP Benefits: To assist families as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to release September food assistance benefits to all 67 counties. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers who were scheduled to receive their benefits between September 1 and September 14 will now be able to access benefits through their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards starting August 31 at noon. Note that this is an early release of regular benefits, not a distribution of additional funds. Learn more here.
  • Homeless Community Members: The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness has been engaged with outreach via the HOPE team to get the word out to our neighbors on the streets about the hurricane, and encourage them to seek shelter. Traditional homeless shelters are available, alongside the Orange County hurricane shelters.
  • Water (reduce plastic waste by using containers/jugs and filling those with water)
  • Food (non-perishable)
  • Medicines
  • Flashlights & batteries
  • Communication devices & chargers
  • Pet Food (and other needs for your furry/feathery/scaly friends!)
  • Gassing up your car/charging up your if your car is electric
  • Getting some cash (without electricity many places may only take cash)
  • Important documents (insurance policies, for example)
  • Emergency contact information



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Anna V. Eskamani

Anna V. Eskamani


Orlandoan, daughter of working class immigrants and UCF grad elected to serve FL HD47. Working for you, fighting for us. #OnwardWithAnna