With a potential threat in the tropics, now is the best time for residents to be prepared and stay informed. The County of Volusia has several platforms available with accurate and up-to-date storm information.
• Follow Volusia County Emergency Management on Facebook
• Download the Volusia County Emergency Management app from the Apple or Google Play store
• Sign up for AlertVolusia emergency notification alerts here: https://www.volusia.org/emergency
• Subscribe to County of Volusia YouTube channel for livestream updates, visit https://bit.ly/vcyoutubesubscribe
• Visit the Volusia County PIN (Public Information Network) website for local info from the county, cities and other vital agencies – http://www.volusia.org/pin
Volusia County will open its Citizens Information Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, and Monday, Sept. 26. Residents may call 866-345-0345 for storm-related information, sandbags, disaster preparation and community resources.
The NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center September 28 Update:
5AM 9/28 | Hurricane Ian is now a Category 4 storm.
Conditions will deteriorate today. Rain amounts of 12-18″ w/ isolated amts of 24″ will cause CATASTROPHIC flooding across portions of Central FL. Its time to shelter in place & be ready to take action when warnings are issued!
The Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1st! Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a long recovery period, too.
Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1-November 30
Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a minimum of three days. And make sure you have extra cash, flashlights and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Volusia County Schools
Due to the path that the storm is expected to take, Volusia County Schools will be canceled Wednesday, September 28th, Thursday, September 29th, and Friday, September 30th. We will provide another update on Friday. Please be safe.
It’s Time to Assemble your Hurricane Disaster Supplies
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with these basic items:
- water (one gallon per person per day for several days),
- food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishables),
- battery-powered or hand crank radio,
- first aid kit,
- extra batteries,
- whistle (to signal for help),
- dust mask (to help filter contaminated air),
- plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place),
- moist towelettes,
- garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation),
- wrench or pilers (to turn off utilities),
- manual can opener (for food),
- local maps and a cellphone with chargers and backup batteries.
Once you take a look at your basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, kids or seniors. To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed by keeping food in a cool, dry place, storing boxed food in tightly closed containers, replacing expired items and updating your keep each year as your family’s needs change. Find an emergency supply list and more tips online at Ready.gov
Volusia County will be offering sand and sandbags at the parking lot of the Volusia County Correctional Facility, 1354 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach. Residents need to bring their own shovel.
Volusia County / Unincorporated
Volusia County will provide free sand and empty sandbags to residents at these times and locations:
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the parking lot of the Volusia County Correctional Facility, 1354 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach
- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Public Works facility, 200 State Road 415, Osteen
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Public Works facility, 200 State Road 415, Osteen
Sandbag supplies will be available for Daytona Beach residents and business owners from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the parking lot near the southeast corner of Orange Avenue and Jean Street. Residents are asked to bring their own shovel. There is no charge for sandbags and there is a 10-bag limit per vehicle.
South Daytona is monitoring the storm and beginning to make preparations as should you. The city is lowering lake levels ensuring all drainage ways are clear.
Sandbag distribution will begin on Saturday, September 24th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, September 25th 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Reed Canal Park at the North Nova Entrance by the Utility Field, 2871 S. Nova Rd. The City will have bags, sand, and shovels. We are allowing 25 bags per resident. Please bring proof of South Daytona residency. If you have any questions please call Public Works at (386) 322-3080.
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The City of Port Orange will provide bags and sand for residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on following days at these sites:
- Coraci Sports Complex, 5200 Coraci Blvd.
- Spruce Creek Recreational Facility, 6040 Central Park Blvd.
- Airport Road Park, 6751 Airport Road
- Port Orange Adult Center, 4790 Ridgewood Ave.
Residents must provide proof of residency and are allowed to fill up to 10 bags. They should bring their own shovels and are responsible for filling the bags themselves. Assistance will be provided.
Sandbags will be available to residents ahead of the forecast arrival of Tropical Storm Ian at the Sports Complex football stadium, 2335 Sunset Dr., during the following dates and times:
– Sunday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– Monday, Sept. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
City staff will be onsite to provide either 10 pre-filled sandbags in the football stadium’s north vehicle loop or 15 fillable bags at a sand pile in the field south of the main entrance. Proof of residency (e.g., photo ID with New Smyrna Beach address) is required. Residents opting to fill their own bags must bring their own shovel.
An electronic message board at U.S. 1 & South Street will direct traffic to the distribution site and a barricade at Sunset Drive & Turnbull Bay Road will be in place to ease ingress and egress of traffic from the area.
Sand piles are accessible 24 hours a day at these locations:
- Fire Station 57, 2628 Hibiscus Drive
- Mango Tree Lake, 901 Mango Tree Drive: This site will be staffed from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25; and 1 to 6:30 p.m. Sept 26-28.
- Airpark staging area, 1898 Airpark Road
The Mango Tree Lake location will be staffed for sand bag distribution on Sunday, September 25, from noon to 6:00 PM and Monday, September 26– Wednesday, September 28 (weather permitting) from 1 to 6 p.m. Ten sandbags will be available per person with proof of Edgewater residency, while supplies last. Residents should bring their own shovels (and bags outside of staffed hours at Mango Tree Lake). Fire Station 57 and the Airpark staging area will not be staffed.
The City of Oak Hill will offer sand and bags from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 234 S. U.S. Highway 1. Residents must provide proof of residency, bring their own shovel and fill their own bags. There is a limit of 10 bags per household.
The Town of Ponce Inlet will provide sand and sandbags starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Ponce Inlet Community Center, 4670 S, Peninsula Drive, until it’s gone. Hurricane passes will also be available. Residents should bring a shovel and be prepared to fill their own bags. There is a limit of 10 bags per resident, and identification is required.
A self-service sandbag station will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The sandbag station will be in the Melching Field parking lot at the corner of East Hubbard Avenue and South Woodland Boulevard.
Sand and bags will be on site as well as limited shovels.
Sand bags will be limited to DeLand residents only so please bring your ID. There will be a limit of 10 bags per household.
In preparation for a possible hurricane affecting Central Florida next week, the City of Deltona will set up sandbag filling stations this Saturday, September 24th, and Sunday, September 25th from 8am -3pm at 191 Howland Boulevard (also known as Festival Park).
Residents must provide proof of residence and fill their own sandbags.
Residents are asked to bring shovels to help expedite the sandbag filling and it is recommended to bring a helper – one to hold the bags and one to fill the bags.
Please note, there is a limit of 10 bags per household.
As we prepare our residents for Tropical Depression 9, the City of DeBary will be distributing sandbags at City Hall this weekend (16 Colomba Road). Here is what you need to know:
-Sandbags will be available on Saturday (9/24) & Sunday (9/25) from 9am to 5pm
-10 bags per household, while supplies last
-Proof of DeBary residency is required i.e. driver’s license
-Households ONLY, no commercial businesses
-Residents will be responsible for filling their own sandbags
-BRING YOUR OWN SHOVEL
The City of DeBary is continually monitoring Tropical Depression Nine. For updates on Sandbag distribution and other storm-related information, visit: https://debary.org/publicsafety/page/tropical-depression-9-0
Orange City residents may pick up sandbags at the Waggin’ Trail Dog Park, 1201 South Leavitt Avenue, Orange City Florida, 32763:
• Sunday, September 25, 10 am to 7 pm
• Monday, September 26, 7 am to 7 pm
Sand and bags will be provided. Residents must bring their own shovel and fill their own bags. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household. ID is required.
The City of Ormond Beach is encouraging residents to begin preparing for hurricane season by picking up their sandbags early this year. A self-serve sand pile and fillable sandbags will be available at the Nova Community Center (440 N Nova Rd).
Self-Serve Sand Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Ormond Beach residents can receive up to 10 complimentary fillable bags from the Nova Recreation Center office during the hours listed above. Residents will need to bring a shovel and fill/load the bags into their vehicle.
Persons with Special Needs:
Residents with special needs can request delivery of sandbags to their residence if they are unable to fill sandbags, or unload sandbags from their vehicle. Residents may request this service through an online form on the City’s website or by contacting the Public Works Department directly. Forms can also be downloaded and then printed and turned into the Public Works Department.
Daytona Beach Shores
Hurricane passes for Shores residents, property owners and business owners and their essential personnel – to expedite return should evacuation be required – are available this weekend, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at City Hall; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Shores Community Center; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, 3050 S. Atlantic Ave. (unless the crews are on a call).
Hurricane passes also will be available at Public Safety and at Daytona Beach Shores City Hall, 2990 S. Atlantic Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proof of residency or ownership required. Hurricane passes are permanent and do not expire. If you received a pass in past years, you do not need to obtain a new one.
Avoid Creating Debris with Yard Work and Trash
Though residents are encouraged to take full advantage of the weekend for storm preparedness, cutting down trees or performing major yard work is strongly discouraged ahead of the forecast arrival of Tropical Depression 9.
Citywide mass cutting places a tremendous strain on solid waste collection operations, and removal of yard waste prior to the storm’s arrival is not guaranteed.
Damage from flying debris is a serious threat, as seemingly harmless branches can puncture siding, break windows, damage roofing, or worse.
When under a storm watch or warning, do not place any materials at the curb for pickup or transport them to a landfill or transfer station as services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for inclement weather.
Comfort in a Storm
Now that you’ve assembled your essential supplies, consider what you can do ahead of a storm to ensure your comfort and less stress – before, during and after a hurricane. Click here to read our tips!
Sign Up for Disaster Alerts
Have you signed up to receive alerts about emergencies? Be sure you sign up today for your local program.
These systems will be used to notify you about: weather alerts, public safety notifications, health notifications, and more.
This emergency notification system allows you to receive communication from the city through a phone call, text message, or e-mail based on your preferences. You pick where, you pick how.
Code Red Notification System: If you have a cell phone or unlisted telephone number, you aren’t in our database! The only way to get notifications about emergencies in your area would be to “opt-in” to the free service. Any information furnished for the purpose of emergency notification is exempt from public records requirement.
This system provides the following:
- Emergency notification regarding situations that may be occurring around your home/location.
- Information about said calls, over the phone, with information to keep you and your family safe.
- Boil water alerts, Missing endangered person information, and dangerous situations near you.
- A very valuable resource for your family and the community.
- To sign up for South Daytona visit: here
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Daytona Beach Shores
Important information will also be sent out to Shores residents and businesses through the ShoresAlert emergency notification system. If you have not signed up, please register at https://member.everbridge.net/
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