The City of Winter Park issued a notice this morning, Sept. 26, that all city departments are preparing for the potential threat of Hurricane Ian.
The hurricane is forecast to make landfall north of Tampa Bay early Friday Sept. 30 as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum-sustained winds of 90 mph. Flooding and high winds are possible mid-to-late week in the central Florida. Residents are advised to stay updated due to the uncertainty of the hurricane’s path.
The list of official city resources is as follows:
- Official Hurricane Guide – cityofwinterpark.org/emergency
- citEnews email service – cityofwinterpark.org/citEnews
- Facebook – facebook.com/WinterParkEmergencyInfo
- Twitter – twitter.com/WinterParkFla
- Nextdoor – sign up at nextdoor.com
- City’s emergency alert system – sign up at cityofwinterpark.org/outreach.
Other resources include:
- Non-emergency information line 407-599-3494 (live upon EOC activation)
- MessageCenter@cityofwinterpark.org (live upon EOC activation)
- Electric utility power outages 1-877-811-8700
- Water & wastewater utilities outages 407-599-3219
Winter Park residents can fill their own sandbags at Ward Park and Showalter Field parking lot, 288 Perth Lane, on Monday Sept. 26 and Tuesday Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a limit of eight sandbags per resident or local business owner, and proof of residency in the form of a driver’s license, valid ID, or utility bill statement is required. Businesses requesting sandbags must be within the city limits.
The city will provide shovels, bags, and sand on a first-come, first-served basis. City staff will be available to assist those who are physically unable to fill their own bags. Check the city website for more information.