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Posted on: August 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Hurricane Idalia Update

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Hurricane Idalia

Update: 8/29/23 3:05 p.m.

State of Emergency

On August 29, 2023, the Honorable Ron DeSantis, Governor of the State of Florida, issued Executive Order 23-175 declaring a State of Emergency in the County of Orange, State of Florida due to Hurricane Idalia. As a result, Town of Oakland Mayor Kathy Stark signed a Proclamation issuing a Local State of Emergency on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. View the Governor's Executive Order.  

Town Operations

  • Following Orange County Government's closure, Town Hall will be closed Wednesday, August 30. 
  • The Oakland Nature Preserve is closing on Tuesday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m. ONP will reopen once staff has assessed the property.
  • The Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center will be closed Wednesday, August 30. 

Oakland Avenue Charter School

The Oakland Avenue Charter School will follow Orange County Schools decision and close on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Reopening may follow a different schedule. 

Trash Collection

Waste Management will suspend all recycling and waste collection on Wednesday, August 30.  Please place all recycling bins and trash cans in your garage or secured location to prevent unnecessary debris. Following the normal schedule, trash collection will resume on Friday, September 1.


In preparation for Hurricane Idalia, sandbags will be available inside Town Hall, 230 N. Tubb Street, until Tuesday, August 30 at 5:00 p.m.

A maximum of 10 bags will be available for each Town address during normal business hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The sandbags will be empty. The bag fill site is located at the northeast corner of S. Walker St. & W. Hull Ave. The fill site will be unmanned. Please bring your own shovel or trowel to fill your sandbags.

Sand Bags are also available through Orange County. View the locations here.

Orange County Public Schools

OCPS will be closed Wednesday, August 30. 


Shelters in Orange County will open Tuesday, Aug. 29, by 1 p.m., for individuals needing to evacuate or seek shelter from Hurricane Idalia. ID cards are not required to enter shelters. All shelters are pet friendly.

General Population Shelters

  • Barnett Park
  • South Econ Recreation Center

Shelters for Individuals with Special/Medical Needs (*for Orange County residents requiring a Special Needs/Medical Shelter please dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111)

  • Silver Star Recreation Center
  • Goldenrod Recreation Center

Visit for important information on what to bring with you to a shelter.

Sign up for Alerts and Notifications

Sign up to receive emergency alerts and severe weather warnings that could directly impact you and your family. The Town of Oakland is able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. Click on Civic Ready > Sign Up > Select "All Severe Weather Alert

For resources and information on storm preparedness and recovery, visit the Orange County Emergency Information site at:

Weather Resources

Emergency Management

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