Hurricane Irma update from Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)

Hi, Neighbors – I want to update you on OUC’s efforts ahead of Hurricane Irma. We are working diligently to staff up to 10 times our normal crews. Line techs and tree trimmers from as far away as Ohio, Michigan and Massachusetts have already arrived to assist with power restoration following the storm.

We expect prolonged outages due to heavy winds and rain that the area hasn’t seen in nearly a decade. Even though 65 percent of our system is underground, we expect a significant impact from damaged trees. They not only take down lines, but block roads and make it more difficult for us to restore power.

As far as water is concerned, we are taking precautions to ensure we maintain water quality, but recommend you fill your tubs and sinks and have plenty of bottled water on hand.

Also, please stay far from downed power lines. Just because they look insulated, they may not be.

It’s imperative that you prepare yourself and your families. In your planning, please ensure you update your contact information via OUC.com or 407-423-9018 (Orlando/Orange County), 407-957-7373 (St. Cloud/Osceola County. Please also jot down your OUC account number. This will speed the process of outage reporting.

Crews will remain in the field until it is unsafe to do so. Once winds reach 35 mph, our crews will take cover and ride out the storm. When the storm passes, we will begin assessing damage and restoring power as quickly and safely as possible.

OUC restores power first to essential services such as hospitals, and fire/police departments, then moves to lines feeding the largest amount of customers. If you rely on electricity for medical purposes, please go to your nearest emergency shelter to ride out the storm. You can find these shelters via your county government website. http://www.orangecountyfl.net/ http://www.osceola.org/

To report outages:

• 407-423-9018 (Orange/Orange County)

• 407-957-7373 (St. Cloud/Osceola County)

OUC.com

For up-to-date OUC storm information, please visit:

OUC.com/stormcenter

Facebook.com/oucthereliableone

Twitter.com/oucreliableone

Please stay safe and rest assured we are making preparations to restore services as quickly and safely as possible.

Your friends at OUC

 

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City of Orlando – Hurricane Irma update

Hurricane Irma Update

As you continue to get prepared for Hurricane Irma, the City of Orlando wants to help you stay informed. Solid Waste The City will suspend residential garbage, recycling and yard waste pick up starting Sunday, September 10 through Monday, September 11.

Following Hurricane Irma, depending on weather and road conditions, the City will work to pick up missed garbage and recycling collections on Wednesday. We will continue to provide updates throughout the storm on garbage and recycling schedules.

The City is asking residents to help us prevent flooding by not placing tree trimmings or any type of loose waste or yard debris at their curb. During a severe weather event, these items can clog storm drains which may result in flooding of property and/or the street.

Sandbag Distribution

The City of Orlando will be distributing sandbags Friday, September 8. Residents must arrive at one of the sandbag locations by 4:45 p.m. We have a limited supply of bags so if you have your own bags to fill (40-pound capacity), please bring them with you. Shovels are provided, but please bring a passenger to help fill the bags so more residents can be served.

Residents must show proof of residence and will be given 10 bags per address.

Locations for sandbag distribution are as follows

• Camping World Stadium, access is off Tampa Avenue (some news update stated that they provide only sand at this location.  You have to bring your own bags).

• City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division, 1010 Woods Avenue

Parking Garage Fees Waived

The City will waive parking fees for the following parking garages beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, for any resident who would like to park a car in a covered garage.

• Central Blvd Garage (53 West Central Boulevard)

• Jefferson Garage (62 West Jefferson Street)

• Orange County Administration Garage (300 Liberty Avenue)

• Library Garage (112 East Central Boulevard)

• Centroplex 1 (441 Revere Street)

All cars should be removed by 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 12, dependent on weather and road conditions.

Recreation and Community Center Closures

All City of Orlando Community Centers, Recreation Centers and Pools will close Friday, September 8 at 5 p.m. and remain closed through Monday, September 11.

Additionally all sporting and event activities and scheduled programs have been canceled at the City’s Recreation Centers, Community Centers, Parks and Recreation Facilities starting Saturday, September 9 through Monday, September 11.

City Operations

City of Orlando services will remain open on Friday, September 8 and operate normal business hours. The City of Orlando’s non-essential offices and services, including City Hall, will close Monday, September 11.

Stay Informed. For updates on City services and resources, visit www.cityoforlando.net/status

To get tips on hurricane preparedness, visit www.cityoforlando.net/emergency/prepared/

You can also stay informed and get information from the City of Orlando through social media on:

City of Orlando’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cityoforlando

Spanish – www.facebook.com/ciudaddeorlando

City of Orlando’s Twitter account: www.twitter.com/citybeautiful

Stay safe!

 

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City of Orlando is distributing free sandbags

Sandbags Will Now Also Be Distributed at Camping World Stadium

WHAT:
The City of Orlando has opened a second location to give sandbags away to help residents prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma.

Residents must show proof of residence and will be given 10 bags per address.

WHEN:
Today, Thursday, September 7, until 7 p.m.
TomorrowFriday, September 8, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

LOCATIONS:
Camping World Stadium, please access site from Tampa Avenue
City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division, 1010 Woods Avenue

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City of Orlando – Hurricane Irma update

Get Prepared for Hurricane Irma
As you continue to get prepared for Hurricane Irma, the City of Orlando wants to help you stay informed.

Sandbag Distribution
The City of Orlando is giving away sandbags to help residents prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Irma. Residents must show proof of residence and will be given 10 bags per address.

WHEN:
Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 8, 2017 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE:
City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division
1010 Woods Avenue

View map (PDF)

Due to construction on West Gore Street, residents are advised to use the following routes to access Woods Avenue:

Coming from the South: Take South Westmoreland Drive north to Columbia Street. Head west on Columbia Street and then take a right to head north on Woods Avenue.

Coming from the North: Take South Westmoreland Drive south to Columbia Street. Head west on Columbia Street and then take a right to head north on Woods Avenue.

Stay Informed
For updates on City services and resources, visit cityoforlando.net/status

To get tips on hurricane preparedness, visit cityoforlando.net/emergency/prepared/

You can also stay informed and get information from the City of Orlando through social media on:

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SOLAR ECLIPSE MONDAY AUG. 21 — PROTECT YOUR PETS!

Between 2 and 3 PM, Monday, August 21, a near total eclipse will occur in central Florida.  It is very important that you keep pets indoors during this time.  If they stare toward the sun, they will still likely incur injury to their eyes, even during the peak of the eclipse.

And people too–use caution! Only look at the sun with genuine protective glasses designed for that purpose.  BEWARE–there are many fake sunglasses being peddled, and they WILL NOT provide sufficient protection.

 

 

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Utility Scams — be informed and vigilant!

Hi, Neighbors –

We want to make sure you’re aware of some common utility scams making their way around town as of late. The first is a door-to-door scam with someone posing as an OUC employee requesting access to homes to conduct water quality tests. Please keep in mind that an OUC representative will never request unscheduled access to a home without an appointment. And, OUC employees always carry proper OUC identification, wear uniforms, and drive OUC-marked vehicles.

The second is a phone scam where an individual claiming to be from OUC threatens disconnection unless an immediate payment is made over the phone. OUC will never request personal information like social security numbers, credit card numbers or banking information over the phone or email.

If you receive a suspicious home visit, call, email or any other communication from someone claiming to be from OUC to request personal information or home access, we strongly encourage you not to respond. If you question the legitimacy of a communication or visit, please contact OUC directly at 407-423-9018 (Orlando/Orange County) or 407-957-7373 (St. Cloud/Osceola County). For more on common utility scams, visit ouc.com/scams.

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THERE WILL BE TRASH PICKUP ON JULY 4!

There have been numerous inquiries about whether or not the city of Orlando will pick up trash this Tuesday, July 4.  Tuesday is the new trash pickup day in effect now, but many have wondered about July 4, being a holiday.  The city has sent out notices that there WILL be trash pickup on July 4, so it is recommended that homeowners put out their trash Monday evening, July 3, like normal.

 

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National Night Out – August 2017

The 34th Annual National Night Out celebration is rapidly approaching across the country. This year’s celebration is scheduled for August 1st, 2017, between the evening hours of 4:00pm-8:00pm.

 The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit would like to be a part of bringing communities together and helping to raise awareness via the “See Something, Say Something” strategy. We welcome communities who will stand in solidarity on August 1st against crime with active events to share and promote with fellow residents.
This years annual event is given the theme- “Making Time for Ridding Crime”. There is an informational meeting scheduled for 7:00pm on July 20th, at the central operations building of the Sheriff’s Office located at 2500 W. Colonial Drive. Please review the attached documents for information on how to RSVP for the Sheriff’s Office attendance at your event, and if interested entering the community contest for best organized event planned for August. Please know that the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contest winners will be visited personally by Sheriff Jerry Demings and his senior staff on that evening. Either way please RSVP and join us and the community at large for a fabulous time with fellow residents and law enforcement. Master Deputy Stanley Murray Crime Prevention Unit Orange County Sheriff’s Office Please click on the attached documents to learn more!
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NEW GARBAGE/RECYCLE BIN SCHEDULE COMING!

Although Fairway Cove and a few other Orlando communities have already been participating in the Pilot program to pick up both Trash and Recycle bins once a week, the schedule is changing in June, 2017.

Starting June 26, 2017, Garbage pickup will be changed to Tuesdays (meaning it’s recommended that FC residents put out their black garbage bins for pickup Monday evenings).  Recycle bin pickup will be changed to Fridays (so bins should be placed at the curb on Thursday evenings).  Lawn debris pickup will stay the same.

Since this is breaking news, please confirm this schedule if you have any doubts by calling the Orlando Solid Waste Division at 407-246-2314 or visit cityoforlando.net/solidwaste or cityoforlando.net/weeklyrecycling.  Mike Carroll is the Solid Waste Division Manager.

 

 

 

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22nd Annual Orange County Community Conference

Orange County Government NPRD Staff
Orange County Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization

We are inviting you to the best conference in Orange County, our Community Conference! It is a fun day filled with informative workshops, exhibitors, awards, and so much more. Join us on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 7:30am to 2:00pm. Registration is only $15! Don’t delay, register today!

More Information at www.ocfl.net/CommunityConference

 

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