CTW Staff Information & Resources – Hurricane Season

NOTE: The Orlando office will remain closed on Tuesday. If you can, please work from home, but the first and foremost priority is to take care of your family and property.

With Hurricane Irma just days away from a potential impact with Florida, here’s a list of resources to help you stay safe. As always, for the most up to date information, call 311.

We will be updating this post as more resources and services are announced.

These local breweries will fill your containers with water from their industrial filtration systems.

Ten 10 Brewing Company
1010 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

Hourglass Brewing
480 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood, FL 32750

Broken Cauldron
1012 W. Church St., Orlando, FL 32805

Dandelion Communitea Cafe will also allow you to fill up jugs of water.
618 N Thornton Ave., Orlando, FL 32803

Planet Fitness—all locations
The fitness chain is offering use of locker rooms, showers for those in need.

Additional Orange County shelters will open on an as-needed basis. Expect those shelters to open Saturday or later. You can find more information on Orange County’s storm preparedness website, by downloading the OCFL app for Apple or Android, by following Orange County on Twitter, or by calling 311.

A list of Seminole County shelters and their availability status can be found here.

Osceola County currently does not have a list of open shelters, but you can check their website for updates as locations are activated.

Orange County will have three designated special needs shelters; their locations will be announced when shelters open Saturday, at the earliest. Persons with special needs should first register with Orange County’s Special Needs Program by calling 407-836-9319, or by visiting their website.

All shelters will not be open at once, so be sure to call 311 to check on availability. Once a shelter opens, you will need to bring your pet in a carrier or cage, as as well as vet records, ID, collar, leash, as well as food and water bowls.

Barnett Park
4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

Bithlo Community Center
18501 Washington Ave., Orlando, FL 32820

Orlo Vista Park
1 N. Powers Drive, Orlando, FL 32835

Fort Gatlin Recreation Complex
2009 Lake Margaret Drive, Orlando, FL 32806

All centers will distribute Thursday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bags are limited to 10 per vehicle, and an ID is required for proof of residency.

City of Orlando Streets and Stormwater Division
1010 Woods Ave., Orlando, FL 32805

Orange County Maintenance Facility—Bithlo
18753 Old Cheney Highway, Orlando, FL 32820

Orange County Maintenance Facility—Goldenrod
2530 N. Forsyth Road, Orlando, FL 32807

Orange County Maintenance Facility—John Young
4200 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32839

Orange County Maintenance Facility—Taft
11442 Intermodal Way, Orlando, FL 32824

Orange County Maintenance Facility—West Orange
644 Beulah Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Orange County Maintenance Facility—Zellwood
3400 Golden Gem Road, Apopka, FL 32712

If possible, park in a roofed garage. Avoid parking where your vehicle is vulnerable to wind-blown debris or falling objects.

For insurance purposes, take pictures of your vehicle before the hurricane arrives. If your vehicle is damaged by the storm, this can reduce hassle when reporting your claim.

Be sure to fill up your tank within the next few days. The Gas Buddy Tracker can be used to find which gas stations near you still have fuel.

The City of Orlando typically opens up its parking garages during hurricanes. We’ll update this post when that information is available.

Florida’s Division of Emergency Management provides a map of recommended evacuation routes for Orange County residents. Check out the photo at the top of the post for Orange County’s evacuation route.

U-Haul is providing free self-storage units in 96 facilities across 54 Florida cities. The units will house items for 30 days.

JetBlue has capped flights out of Florida to reduced fares between $99-$159. The airline will also be waiving cancellation and change fees.

For information on volunteer opportunities and to help with shelters, visit volunteerflorida.org

Storm/Weather Tracking

Hurricane Preparedness

Link Resources

Tips and ideas

  • Double wrap family photos in plastic bags and put valuables and things you don’t want to get wet inside your dishwasher. The dishwasher is water tight and water won’t get in.
  • PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – NEED WATER? Head to Vespr Coffeebar on Alafaya Trail. They have a filtered water system and will fill-up your empty jugs for FREE.
  • Shut all doors in your home during a hurricane.