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District Updates

District Updates

Disaster Recovery Centers Closed on Sundays
Disaster Recovery Centers Closed on Sundays ORLANDO, Fla. – Hours of operation for all Florida Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are now Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Sunday. Survivors may locate open DRCs near them at https://www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, (TTY) 800-462-7585. Helpline numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. DRC information is also available on the FEMA App. Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of Florida are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out their applications or updating their status. Voluntary organizations are available and offer a variety of services to help survivors recover. The State of Florida does not offer Food For Florida (Disaster SNAP/D-SNAP) at DRCs. A list of Food for Florida sites is available online. The registration process is the first step in your recovery and requires information such as insurance policies and bank information for possible direct transfer of funds. Survivors are encouraged to register before visiting a DRC.

Operation Blue Roof
If your roof was damaged due to Hurricane Irma, Operation Blue Roof may be able to help. The program provides and installs a temporary covering of blue plastic sheeting until permanent repairs can be made. For more information call 1-888-766-3258 or Click Here . 

Let’s Unite and Help Puerto Rico 
You can help the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration provide aid and support to those impacted in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration Office
15 South Orlando Avenue 

Kissimmee, FL 34741
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Emergency Supplies Needed:
• Bottled water
• Garbage bags
• Towels
• Baby wipes
• Hand sanitizer
• Diapers
• Canned foods
• Dry foods
• Baby formula
• Canned milk
• Canned and dry pet food
• Mosquito repellent
• Stomach and diarrhea relief medicine
• Baby and adult pain relief medicine
• Deodorant, soap, brush, toothpaste
• Blankets
• Pillows
• First-aid kits
• Laundry detergents
• Dish soap
• Cots
• Repellents
• Tents and awnings
• Bedding
Construction supplies are also needed, such as electric generators, extension cords, shovels, hammers, utility knives, wood panels, and more. If you are interested in donating construction supplies, please contact 321.287.9109.

Hurricane Irma Yard Debris Collection Update
Since Hurricane Irma, city crews collecting downed trees, limbs, and branches are working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. But there’s limited capacity to pick up large quantities.Debris contractors, hired to assist city crews, are on short supply as they respond to the impact of Hurricane Irma and Harvey across Florida and Texas, but are joining our crews as quickly as they can.
Here’s what you can expect during the cleanup process:
Bags and small bundles
  • These items will be picked up on your regular yard waste collection day.
  • These items will be picked up sooner than large piles requiring claw trucks.
  • Because of debris volume, we might not get to your street on your scheduled day, but will do our best to pick up on the following scheduled collection day.

Claw trucks and large item pick up

  • Pick up is dependent on contractor availability, and crews are working hard to pick up as much debris as possible.
  • Large items, such as appliances or furniture damaged in the storm, should be called in for scheduled pick up. Call 407.246.2314 to schedule.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Bag and bundle as much of your vegetative debris as possible. If you can, help your neighbors who might need assistance bag and bundle their debris.
  2. You can immediately drop off yard debris at one of 11 sites throughout Orange County from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily – visit ocfl.net/debris for locations.
  3. Remember to place all large debris on the curb. Do not place debris in the roadway, on sidewalks or near fire hydrants.
  4. If you have larger items such as appliances or furniture that were damaged in the storm, please call 407.246.2314 (Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.) to schedule a large-item pickup.


Attention District 1 Residents: 10 Tips to Keep Your Home Burglar Free
Lock all of your home’s entryways 24/7:
Most unlawful entry is through doorways and almost 1 in 3 burglaries are through unlocked doors and windows. An unlocked lock does not provide any protection.

  • 51% of break-ins occur during daylight hours.
  • More than 2 million burglaries occur every year; one every 13 seconds.
  1. Deadbolt all exterior entrances: Most burglaries are the result of forcible entry. Every exterior entryway into your home needs a deadbolt with a full 1″ throwbolt.
    • Treat doors leading from the garage to house as exterior doors, install deadbolts.
    • Exterior doors should be solid, 1 – 3/4″ hardwood with secure frames.
  2. Don’t hide your key: Never hide keys under a mat, in planters or taped above a door jamb…burglars know these places.
    • Only leave keys with trusted neighbors and family.
    • Don’t place identification tags on your key or key rings.
  3. Glass can shatter your security: A sliding glass door is lifted into position when installed and easily lifted out if you’re not careful. Adjust screws in the door track to limit clearance.
    • Place a wooden dowel or broom handle in the door’s track.
    • Retrofit ground floor windows with locking hardware.
  4. Maintain the appearance of occupancy
    • Use automatic timers to turn on different lights at different times.
    • Have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers or put on hold until you return.
    • During the winter, arrange to have snow shoveled.
    • Put a radio or a TV on a timer. Turn the ringer on the telephone down or off.
  5. Join neighborhood watch: Neighbors watching out for each other are the most effective method of crime prevention.
    • Keep your block informed of the latest innovations in home security. Host a neighborhood watch meeting for your block, and invite a police department representative to address safety and prevention techniques.
  6. Intruders fear the spotlight
    • Use motion activated light fixtures.
    • Exterior lighting around a home’s perimeter creates a psychological barrier.
    • Light porches and other entrances with at least a 40-watt bulb.
    • Trim overgrown bushes, tree limbs, or landscaping to the height of porches or windows.
  7. Help the police help you
    • Report strangers running through private yards or anyone looking into windows of houses or parked cars.
    • House numbers should be at least 4″ – 6″ high, reflective and visible from the street. Numbers should be illuminated at night.
    • Call the police. Don’t worry about false alarms. Be safe, not sorry.
    • Call 911 if an emergency threatens human life or property.
  8. Burglars prefer cash: Criminals want cash and items easily fenced for cash like small electronic equipment, computers, cameras, jewelry and guns.
    • Leaving empty stereo and television boxes on the curb is a strong temptation for criminals to inquire within.
    • Hide your valuables or keep them under lock and key.
    • Engrave your valuables with “This Property Stolen From…” and include your driver’s license number. Marked property is difficult to fence and easier to recover.
  9. Gone in 60 seconds: Research by the National Crime Prevention Institute shows that burglars generally will work no longer than 60-seconds to obtain entry. Leaving empty stereo  and television boxes in the alley or on the curb is a strong temptation for criminals to inquire within.

Did you know the Orlando Police Department offers free residential security surveys? Under this program, an officer will come out to your property and instruct you on how you can better safeguard your home. To schedule your free security survey, call 407.246.2369.

Narcoossee Road expansion Final Design update
The Engineering final design for the Narcoossee Road expansion is advancing as we move closer to Fall 2017 when the process is expected to be completed. Once the final design is determined the contractor procurement will start, near the end of the year. The construction phase will begin within the first few Months in 2018. Once we get more detailed information about the exact start and end date from our Public Works Department, we will notify you for your convenience.

The duration of the construction is approximately 18 months.  This road expansion will move towards the median of the road and there will be a Landscape plan in place with the appropriate plants and trees to maintain the appeal of the street.
We will be organizing a District 1 community meeting to share the final plans with all of you.  Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns at 407.246.2001

Solid waste Pilot Program
District 1 will be in the Phase 2 of the pilot program, which will start on June 26, 2017. To see attached map Click Here.

Last February 2016, the City of Orlando launched a pilot program in seven Orlando neighborhoods where our Solid Waste Division increased recycling collection from once every other week to once per week and reduced garbage collection from twice per week to once per week. The goal of the program was to meet the demand for increased recycling service by current participants and to encourage more resident participation in our recycling program.

Due to the success of this pilot, we are expanding the pilot citywide in several phases over the coming months. By providing increased recycling pickup, we hope that even more residents will participate in the City’s recycling program and help make Orlando one of the most sustainable cities in America.

Pilot Details :
Weekly collection will increase recycling to once per week and decrease garbage collection to once per week. Yard waste and large item collection will remain once per week. If your household produces more garbage than the one cart can hold, a second garbage cart will be issued at no extra cost as long as you recycle.

New Images of Phase 2 of the Lake Nona Town Center
Images of the new phase of the Lake Nona Town Center have been revelead. The 3.8 M SF Center will feature a movie theater, bowling or sports concept, retail shops, medical fitness facility and a variety of dining options. Click to see Images, for more information Click Here.

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