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Posted on: August 30, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Hurricane Dorian Message from Town Manager

Hurricane Dorian Image from NASA

Town Staff have been actively monitoring Hurricane Dorian developments and working on Pre-Storm Operations. Here are some updates on areas that we feel are important for you to know.

Mayor Kathy Stark has issued a proclamation for the Town of Oakland declaring State of Local Emergency for Hurricane Dorian. This proclamation commences at 8:00 a.m. on September 1, 2019 and allows the Town to act more quickly in responding to hurricane damage. Please be aware that Town phones may be down at various times during the storm so your patience is appreciated. Town Hall will be closed on Monday, September 2nd for the Labor Day holiday. Town Hall will also be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd due to Hurricane Dorian. Additional closures will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

Before the Storm:

  • You should have your supplies ready; additional details on preparations can be found on our website. You can also visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes and https://floridadisaster.org/ for important information to keep you and your family safe.
  • Plan for the power to be disrupted. This occurs with most storms that come through our Town. Duke Energy is required to prioritize responses to Health and Critical Infrastructure first and then residential areas. This is dependent also on the magnitude of damages as well so please be prepared.
  • Generators should always be kept outside your home.
  • Local sandbag pick-up and fill information went up on our website previously - https://oaklandfl.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=208 and there is also additional information on Orange County’s website regarding additional sandbag fill locations for Orange County residents.
  • Emergency shelter information can be accessed by calling 311. If you or someone you know has special needs and will need to access emergency shelter, please have them call 311 to get on the list.
  • Advanced Disposal trash pick-up dates might change due to the storm. You can sign up for important alerts and updates on Advanced Disposal's website.

During the Storm:

  • First Responders will not be able to respond to calls if winds are sustained at 40 mph.
  • Street flooding is an issue we face during storms so please remain in your home if a curfew is in place.
  • If you need to contact the Town of Oakland PD in a non-emergency situation, please dial (407) 656-9797. This number is active 24 hours a day.
  • In case of emergency, please call 911.
  • If you need to contact the Town of Oakland Public Works Department for after hour water emergencies, please dial (407) 427-8835.

After the Storm:

  • Emergency responders and Public Works staff will be busy ensuring obstacles are removed from roads. Please do not travel outside unless you have been told it is safe to do so. There are a lot of hidden dangers that might hinder travel.
  • Never go near downed power lines! If you see a downed power line, contact Duke Energy immediately at (800) 700-8744. Don’t touch the line or anything that is in contact with it. Don’t attempt to move the line. Keep others away and consider every wire on the ground to be energized and dangerous.
  • The Town already has vendors lined up for debris clean-up. Once it is safe, please place all material to be picked up in the public right-of-way. Be very careful not to place material in the road, near fire hydrants or streets signs, or beneath low hanging tree limbs.
  • Please do not mix construction and demolition debris with vegetative debris; it will not be picked up.
  • Please be patient and know that we will work as fast as we can to get the Town back up and running smoothly.

We will continue to keep you posted on the website and through our Facebook page as we get additional information.

Be safe and keep an eye out for your neighbors,

Steve Koontz, Town Manager

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