Orange County hurricane evacuations, shelters and sandbag locations

Countywide curfew starts Sunday at 7 p.m.

Dione Souza (L) and Terry Hirtz pull a wagon loaded with sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Frances September 3, 2004 in Orlando, Florida. Hurricane Francis, a category 3 hurricane, is expected to make land fall early September 4.
Dione Souza (L) and Terry Hirtz pull a wagon loaded with sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Frances September 3, 2004 in Orlando, Florida. Hurricane Francis, a category 3 hurricane, is expected to make land fall early September 4. (Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida officials are preparing residents for the worst, as Hurricane Irma’s path is still uncertain on how it will affect the Sunshine State.

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs declared a local state of emergency Thursday for both incorporated and unincorporated Orange County. 

Jacobs issued a mandatory countywide curfew starting Sunday at 7 p.m. until Monday at 6 p.m.

As Orange County and city officials announce sandbag locations, shelters, and evacuations that information will be updated on this story below.

During the storm, residents are encouraged to get information from the county using these Apple and Android apps: OCFL Alert, OCFL News, OCFL 311 and OC Alert.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer declared a city-wide state of emergency Friday afternoon during a press conference.

Officials said Friday that the city's Emergency Operations Center was at a level 2 partial activation and that a level 1 full activation would be put in place Sunday. Once it is, Orlando residents can call the Citizens Info Line at 407-246-4357 to report any damage, downed trees and issues with traffic lights. Citizens can also use the line to receive information about the city's response efforts, officials said.

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Sandbag locations

The city of Ocoee is has distributed more than 2,000 sandbags to residents and will not be able to provide any additional sandbags before Hurricane Irma's arrival. 

Officials advise residents to visit one of the Orange County sandbag distribution locations. 

Orange County public works

These Orange County locations will begin sandbag distribution on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Proof of Orange County residence is required, up to 10 sandbags per vehicle.

Bithlo 18753 Old Cheney Highway

Goldenrod 2530 N. Forsyth Rd

John Young 4200 S. John Young Parkway

Taft 11442 Intermodal Way

West Orange 644 Beulah Road

Zellwood 3400 Golden Gem Road


The city of Orlando is giving out ten sandbags per address and residents must show proof of residence. An additional location has been added at Camping World Stadium. 

Camping World Stadium: Tampa Avenue

Hours: Thursday until 7 p.m.; Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tampa Avenue

City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division: 1010 Woods Avenue
Hours: Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Officials said residents must arrive at the locations by 4:45 p.m.  and anyone who arrives after 1 p.m. must bring their own bags to fill because of the high demand.


The city of Apopka will provide sandbags starting Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Edward Field, 11 Forest Ave.

Residents can make up to 10 bags of sand, and at least 10,000 bags are available.



Winter Park

The city has distributed over 16,000 sandbags to its residents and will not be getting another shipment of supplies before Hurricane Irma’s arrival.

The city said anyone in need of sandbags should visit one of Orange County’s sandbag distribution locations.

Evacuation and curfew announcements

Orange County residents living in mobile and modular homes are under a mandatory evacuation.

Orange County shelters

Now open for evacuees from South Florida:

Ocoee High School, 1925 Ocoee Crown Point Parkway (pets welcome)

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said the following shelters will open at 9 a.m. Saturday:

(FULL) Apopka High School 
555 Martin St. Apopka, FL 32712 
General Population

(FULL) Colonial High School
6100 Oleander Dr.
Orlando, FL 32807 
General Population

East River High School 
654 Columbia School Rd. Orlando, FL 32833 
General Population

Edgewater High School 
3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804 
General Population

Memorial Middle School 
2220 29th St.
Orlando, FL 32805 
General Population

(FULL) Odyssey Middle School (Residents urged to go to Conway Middle School)
9290 Lee Vista Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32829 
General Population

West Orange High School 
1625 Beulah Rd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
General Population

Union Park Middle School
1844 Westfall Drive
Orlando, FL 32817
General population

Meadow Woods Middle School
1800 Rhode Island Wood Circle
Orlando, FL 32814
General Population

Hunter's Creek Middle School
13400 Town Loop Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837
General Population

Lakeview Middle School
1200 West Bay St.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
General Population

Gotha Middle School
9155 Gotha Road
Windermere, FL 34786
General Population

Barnett Park Community Center 
4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808 
General Population
*Pet Friendly

Bithlo Community Center 
18501 Washington Ave.
Orlando, FL 32820 
General Population
*Pet Friendly

Oak Ridge High
6000 Winegard Rd
Orlando, FL 32809