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.
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.
THIS LOCATION IS OUT OF SANDBAGS: 105 E. Horatio Drive.
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
(FULL) Colonial High School
6100 Oleander Dr.
Orlando, FL 32807
East River High School
654 Columbia School Rd. Orlando, FL 32833
Edgewater High School
3100 Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL 32804
Memorial Middle School
2220 29th St.
Orlando, FL 32805
(FULL) Odyssey Middle School (Residents urged to go to Conway Middle School)
9290 Lee Vista Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32829
West Orange High School
1625 Beulah Rd.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Union Park Middle School
1844 Westfall Drive
Orlando, FL 32817
Meadow Woods Middle School
1800 Rhode Island Wood Circle
Orlando, FL 32814
Hunter's Creek Middle School
13400 Town Loop Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32837
Lakeview Middle School
1200 West Bay St.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Gotha Middle School
9155 Gotha Road
Windermere, FL 34786
Barnett Park Community Center
4801 W. Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32808
Bithlo Community Center
18501 Washington Ave.
Orlando, FL 32820
Oak Ridge High
6000 Winegard Rd
Orlando, FL 32809
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