via Orange County FL on Twitter
Mayor Teresa Jacobs at a press conference Wednesday on emergency preparations
As Hurricane Irma nears, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs has issued a mandatory evacuation order for people living in mobile homes that are significantly more at risk during the storm.
Orange County Fire Rescue are currently going door-to-door in mobile park communities to tell residents they must make final preparations and head to a shelter before Irma comes to Central Florida, which at this time is estimated to be Sunday morning.
The county is encouraging mobile home residents to stay with family or go to one of nine shelters in Orange County.
Orange County shelters will begin opening at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. If you plan to stay at a shelter, bring an emergency supply kit, a pillow, blanket, toiletries, important papers, medications, snacks, water, flashlight and other essential personal items that will last you at least 72 hours. Pet owners who are going to evacuate to a facility must bring supplies for their animals, including food, medications, vaccination records and a carrier. The shelters include:
- Apopka High School, 555 Martin St., Apopka, for the general population.
- Colonial High School, 6100 Oleander Drive, Orlando, for the general population.
- East River High School, 654 Columbia School Road, Orlando, for the general population.
- Edgewater High School, 3100 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, for the general population.
- Memorial Middle School, 2220 29th St., Orlando, for the general population.
- Odyssey Middle School, 9290 Lee Vista Blvd., Orlando, for the general population.
- West Orange High School, 1625 Beulah Road, Winter Garden, for the general population.
- Barnett Park Community Center, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, a pet-friendly shelter for the general population.
- Bithlo Community Center, 18501 Washington Ave., Orlando, a pet-friendly shelter for the general population.
Residents with special medical needs who require transportation assistance to a shelter can contact 311 for help.