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Posted on: September 23, 2022

Information on Hurricane Ian Cleanup and Recovery

Photo of city crews making park repairs with words "Hurricane Ian Recovery"

UPDATE 5 p.m. Oct. 17:

Volusia County Government, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and coastal cities have scheduled an extended office hours open house to address emergency permitting for temporary and permanent repairs on coastal structures. The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Daytona Beach Shores Community Center, 3000 Bellemead Drive.

Representatives will be available to answer questions and assist with state or local emergency permitting, especially with respect to seawalls, sand sources and walkover repairs. Residents, consulting engineers and contractors are encouraged to attend so city, county and state employees can guide them through the process.

Residents are also advised to contact city staff for permitting requirements within Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach and Ponce Inlet. Those who live in unincorporated areas should contact the county.

For information on additional coastal questions, contact the following:

  • Volusia County permit for vehicle access for closed beach driving areas: 386-238-4668 or 386-257-6000, ext. 21319
  • Volusia County temporary permit: Jennifer Winters or Ryan Chabot, 386-238-4668
  • FDEP field permit: Trey Hatch, 904-832-6757
  • FDEP Coastal Construction Control Line permit: Doug Aarons, 850-245-7672

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. Oct. 13:

The City of Daytona Beach Shores is temporarily waiving local building permit fees for reconstruction or repairs needed because of damage caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Daytona Beach Shores City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing the temporary fee waiver for storm-related damage. The waiver will be in place through Nov. 10 but may be extended for major reconstruction or repair projects.

The fee waiver applies only to reconstruction or repair of the structure to its previously permitted condition. The property owner or contractor will be required to provide proof of storm damage. Such proof shall be photos, written verification by an insurance adjuster, written verification by an architect, engineer or contractor, or written verification by a city official. Contractors are required to pass the savings from the fee waivers along to the property owner.

Impacts of the storm in Daytona Beach Shores range from minor to major, with damage to air conditioning units, windows, siding, roofs, fences, seawalls and pool decks. A number of businesses and homes were damaged by water intrusion.

The city requires a building permit for projects including sign replacement, decks and patios, air conditioner replacement, fences, re-roofing and roof repairs, shed replacement, swimming pool restoration, balcony enclosures, hurricane shutters, interior remodeling including cabinet replacement, window replacement or alteration, door replacement or alteration, plumbing, electrical, siding replacement, soffit, fascia, and gutters, balcony railing restoration, stucco or exterior finishing, retaining wall replacement, awning replacement and more.

More information about the requirements is available on the city's Building Division website. Property owners and contractors may also call the Building Division at 386-763-5377 with specific questions regarding permit requirements.

UPDATE 8 a.m. Oct. 13:

Disaster Recovery Center updates

FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open to assist Volusia County residents impacted by Hurricane Ian. The DRC is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week at the Florida Department of Health-Volusia, 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach.

In addition to FEMA representatives at the DRC, local and state government entities and other social service providers are on-site to help residents and businesses apply for and obtain assistance. Representatives from the following entities are at the DRC:

  • Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Small Business Administration
  • Volusia County Community Assistance
  • SMA Healthcare
  • CareerSource Flagler-Volusia
  • Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations

Appointments are not available or required to enter the DRC. Residents will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis and are encouraged to arrive as early as possible. 

Votran will provide free trips to the DRC. Residents can coordinate the trip through the Florida Department of Health-Volusia or by calling the Votran Coordinator Liz Suchsland at 386-761-7700.

Tomoka Landfill and West Volusia Transfer Station hours

Tomoka Landfill’s modified hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 

The West Volusia Transfer Station has returned to normal operating hours, which are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It’s closed Sundays.

Update 1:45 p.m. Oct. 4:

Hurricane Ian Recovery Assistance Resources for Businesses

Volusia Business Resources is compiling Hurricane Ian recovery assistance resources for businesses and community and volunteer emergency service organizations. Visit Volusia Business Resources’ website for the most recent resource information.

Get the resource flyer here.

FOR BUSINESSES

FL 17644 Disaster Declaration Fact Sheet: This declaration helps define applicant eligibility for disaster relief programs.

FloridaDisaster.biz Resources: Florida’s comprehensive resource and information website for major disaster preparation, tracking and response.

Business Damage Assessment Survey: A required document for those applying for federal and state disaster assistance. The survey helps define the scope of damage/disruption on households and businesses.

SBA Disaster Assistance Programs: The Federal small business resource website that includes information and links for disaster relief funding, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).

FOR COMMUNITY and VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Florida Disaster Fund Grant Opportunities: Volunteer Florida Foundation’s website containing links and information for donations and an application for emergency service provider grants.

Update 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4:

Permit Info for Emergency Repairs to Coastal Structures

Volusia County Environmental Management is available to assist residents and businesses with emergency beach repairs needed after Ian’s destruction along the coast.

Any construction activity done on the beach may require a county Beach and Dune permit. Any private property owner requiring vehicle access to the beach for cleanup, construction or backfilling will need to coordinate through the County Environmental Management office.

Questions can be directed to Ryan Chabot at 386-386-238-4668. Residents can apply for the emergency permit online or they can apply at the Volusia County Environmental Management Daytona Office at 440 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach.

Volusia County Environmental Management cannot issue permits for permanent structures or repairs to previously unpermitted structures.

Additional information: 

Update 4:30 p.m. Oct. 3:

The City and County are having issues with beachgoers getting too close to damaged seawalls, putting themselves and others in danger.

All private property owners with damage to their seawalls are asked to cordon off an area surrounding the damage to warn people on the beach not to come near the affected area. Please stake off the area as best you can until repairs can be made.

Update 4:20 p.m. Oct. 3:

The City of Daytona Beach Shores’ Tennis Courts are now safe for play, with the exception of Court 6, which remains closed. Additional clay will be needed to bring the courts up to the Shores’ normal standards. Clay has been ordered; however, the City does not yet have an estimated date of delivery. Thank you for your understanding.

Update: 4:25 p.m. Oct. 1:

Regular garbage pickup in the City of Daytona Beach Shores will resume Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Hurricane debris will be collected on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 15. Additional pickups will be scheduled after that, as needed.

Hurricane debris placed at the curb should be separated into the two following categories:

  • Vegetative debris such as tree branches, leaves, palm fronds or plants; and
  • Construction debris such as drywall, lumber, carpet or furniture

All debris should be placed next to the roadway and away from any overhead obstructions such as electrical lines or hanging tree limbs, etc.

Update 4 p.m. Oct. 1:

Shelters

The shelters at Galaxy Middle School, DeLand High School, Mainland High School and Atlantic High School have closed. The Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, is the primary shelter for Volusia County.

Daytona Beach International Airport 

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines resumed commercial flights at Daytona Beach International Airport at 10 a.m. today (Oct. 1).

Beaches and coastal parks

Residents and visitors are urged to stay off pedestrian walkovers, piers and sea walls. Many of these structures are compromised and could collapse without warning, even without visible damage.  

All coastal parks remain closed as crews continue to assess the damage. This includes Smyrna Dunes Park and Lighthouse Point Park. 

Driving through water

Water levels are slowly receding from the roads. However, even a small amount of water can be dangerous.  Drivers are advised to slow down and use extreme caution when approaching water in the road. If you’re not sure your vehicle can negotiate the water, turn around. If you must drive through water, be considerate because wakes can send water into nearby houses. 

Health Department

The Florida Department of Health – Volusia office on Keech Street, Daytona Beach, is closed until further notice.

Update 3 p.m. Oct. 1:

Tomoka Landfill and West Volusia Transfer Station

The Tomoka Landfill and West Volusia Transfer Station will be open Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, at these times: 

•         Tomoka Landfill, 1990 Tomoka Farms Road, Port Orange: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

•         West Volusia Transfer Station, 3151 E. New York Ave., DeLand: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to minor flooding at the entrance, the Tomoka Landfill is currently limited to commercial vehicles. When the waters recede, the landfill will be open to residential customers as well. In the meantime, residents may use the West Volusia Transfer Station.

Citizens Information Center

The Citizens Information Center remains open 24/7 to answer questions and provide information. Residents can call 866-345-0345.

Update 2:30 p.m. Oct. 1:

FEMA Individual Assistance available in Volusia County

Volusia County residents who have been adversely impacted by Hurricane Ian may apply for Individual Assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Available assistance may include grants to pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, together with other serious disaster-related expenses.  

Individual Assistance received through disaster-associated grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, medical waiver programs, welfare assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps, Supplemental Income, Social Security Disability Insurance or any other federal benefits.

Residents may apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov, through the FEMA app, or by calling 800-621-3362. Representatives will be available to take calls through this number from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. County officials encourage residents who are applying for assistance to download the FEMA app; it will allow residents to check the status of their applications.

The county will serve as a resource to assist residents in applying for FEMA assistance. The Volusia County Public Library system has six branches in operation with internet access. Staff is ready to help residents submit applications at these branches:

  • DeBary Public Library: 200 N. Charles R. Beall Blvd., DeBary
  • Deltona Regional Library: 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona
  • Edgewater Public Library: 103 W. Indian River Blvd., Edgewater
  • Hope Place Public Library: 1310 Wright St., Daytona Beach
  • New Smyrna Beach Regional Library: 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach
  • Ormond Beach Regional Library: 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach

For updates regarding available assistance, visit www.volusia.org/pin or call the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345.

FEMA assistance explained (Source: FEMA)

FEMA provides two main types of assistance – Individual Assistance and Public Assistance – following major disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and other incidents.  

Individual Assistance 

FEMA provides Individual Assistance to eligible individuals and households who have sustained losses as a direct result of a disaster that receives a federal disaster declaration. 

  • Homeowners and renters in officially designated counties who sustained damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, businesses or inventory may apply for disaster assistance. 
  • Assistance can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, together with other serious disaster-related expenses. 
  • Disaster assistance grants are not taxable income and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid, medical waiver programs, welfare assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance or any other federal benefits.

As a FEMA partner, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, nonprofits, homeowners and renters. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of federal long-term disaster recovery funds for disaster damages not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. They do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. 

Public Assistance 

Public Assistance can fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of eligible public or certain nonprofit facilities or infrastructure damaged or destroyed by a disaster. 

  • FEMA will provide a reimbursement grant of at least 75% of eligible costs, with the state and local governments sharing the remaining 25%. Eligible public entities include state governments, local governments and any other political subdivision of the state, recognized tribes and U.S. territories. Certain private nonprofits such as schools, utility companies, irrigation systems, emergency, medical, and rehabilitation operations, houses of worship and temporary or permanent custodial-care facilities are potentially eligible to get assistance. 
  • Although funds are awarded to government entities and private nonprofits, the PA program is intended to benefit everyone in the affected community by helping to restore the community after a disaster.

 What to expect after you apply for FEMA assistance 

FEMA may be able to help with temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs or other essential disaster-related needs that are not covered by insurance. There are several ways to apply: Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app for smartphones or call 800-621-3362. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service. 

FEMA will ask for: 

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted. 
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying. 
  • Your Social Security number. 
  • A general list of damage and losses. 
  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit. 
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name. 

If you have homeowners, renters or flood insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your damage expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance. 

Home inspections 

If you report that you cannot, or may not be able to, safely live in your home, FEMA may need to perform an inspection of the damaged dwelling. The inspection may be conducted at the site of the damaged dwelling or remotely. FEMA will contact you to let you know how the inspection will take place. 

For remote inspections, FEMA inspectors will contact applicants to answer questions about the type and extent of damage sustained. Survivors with minimal damage who can live in their homes will not automatically be scheduled for a home inspection. However, they may request an inspection if they later find significant disaster-caused damage. 

Remote inspections have no impact on the types of Other Needs Assistance available that do not require an inspection. This includes child care, transportation, medical and dental, funeral expenses, moving and storage, and Group Flood Insurance Policy Assistance. 

Learn more at www.fema.gov  

Update: 8 a.m. Sept. 29:

The storm has been downgraded to the tropical storm, and Volusia County is now under a tropical storm warning as Ian moves through Daytona Beach Shores.

Please continue to shelter in place. Stay off the roads. Beachside including the Shores has heavy debris and some structural damage, and it is not safe to be outdoors.

Officials will begin assessing conditions as soon as the storm has passed and it’s safe for assessment crews to be out. Announcements will be made once it’s safe to be on the roads. For now, please stay indoors.

For later, as a reminder, if you are approaching a traffic signal that not operating, treat the intersection as a four-way stop. Traffic from all four directions must STOP. Use extra caution because some drivers may be confused by what to do.

Update 7:35 p.m. Sept. 28:

Due to wind speeds, we are closing all bridges across the Halifax River. They will reopen after the Florida Department of Transportation inspects them and determines they are structurally safe. Stay indoors and stay safe everyone!

Update: 4:25 p.m. Sept. 28:

Hurricane Ian is heading for Volusia County. It’s time to hunker down and stay off the roads.

If you haven’t already done so, take one quick, final look around your property. Be sure to take in anything – furniture, tools, flowerpots, wind chimes, yard debris – that could become airborne in high winds and cause damage or injury.

Volusia County remains under a hurricane warning and a flood watch. There will be a high risk for tornado activity during the storm. It’s important for everyone to identify a safe room in their home where they can go during a tornado. This should be an interior room with no windows. Also, be sure to keep your weather radio on and take it to your safe room with you.

Stay off the roads

This isn’t the time to be out on the roads. Residents should shelter in place and stay off the roads until they’re informed that it’s safe to go out. Standing water, downed trees and other debris could make roads dangerous and impassible. Not only that, but at some point during the storm, emergency crews may not be able to respond to calls.

Traffic signals

Some traffic signals are not operating. Intersections with non-operating traffic lights should be treated as four-way stops.

Beaches

Residents and visitors are urged to stay off the beach. This is not the time to surf or go into the ocean. Volusia County beaches are experiencing extremely dangerous rip currents and eight-foot waves.

Bridges

All bridges will close when sustained winds reach 39 mph. 

Flood watch

Volusia County is under a flood watch. Rainfall of 12 to 18 inches is likely today into Sunday. Expect widespread flooding and up to 24 inches of rain in pockets. Due to moderate onshore winds, tides could run 1 to 3 feet above normal today and Thursday.

Curfew

The countywide curfew will be in effect from 8 p.m. tonight through Thursday and will resume from 8 p.m. Thursday through 7 a.m. Friday. The curfew doesn’t apply to regular members of law enforcement bodies, regular employees of business, industries or government entities while traveling from their jobs and all emergency workers.

Downed power lines

If you see a downed line, assume that it’s electrified and don’t touch it or go near it. Report it to your power company as well as the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345.

Generator safety

Never use a generator indoors or outside near windows, vents or air intakes that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. This could be fatal. Also, proper ventilation is critical to reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator’s engine exhaust. When using one, be sure to maintain plenty of air flow space around the generator. And consider buying a CO detector.

Daytona Beach International Airport

With the exception of government and emergency aircraft, Daytona Beach International Airport is closed and all flights have been canceled until further notice. Flyers are encouraged to contact their airline for scheduling updates.

Volusia County Schools

Public schools are closed through Friday.

Updated information

Information on closures and other storm information can be found at www.volusia.org/PIN. Residents are also encouraged to register for emergency alerts at www.volusia.org/emergency

The Citizens Information Center remains open 24/7 to answer questions and provide information. Residents can call 866-345-0345

Update: 3:55 p.m. Sept. 28:

The National Hurricane Center has declared a hurricane warning for Volusia County. Hurricane warnings indicate that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher with frequent gusts) are expected somewhere within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph), the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds to allow for important preparation.

All county divisions and numerous public agencies, including the City of Daytona Beach Shores, are coordinating with the county’s emergency management team. Volusia County has initiated a full emergency activation at the Emergency Operations Center in Daytona Beach.

Bridges

All bridges will close to vehicular traffic when sustained wind speeds reach 39 mph.

The Main Street and Highbridge drawbridges will remain open to vehicular traffic until sustained wind speeds reach 39 mph, but they will not open for marine traffic after 5 p.m. today until the storm passes.

Shelters

Four shelters are accepting residents.

General population shelters are:

  • Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
  • DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand

Special needs shelters are:

  • Atlantic High School, 1259 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange
  • Galaxy Middle School, 2400 Eustace Ave., Deltona

Ocean Center parking garage

The gate arms of the Ocean Center parking garage will remain open from noon today through noon Saturday. Residents may park without charge.

Complete info at www.volusia.org/pin.

Update: 3:40 p.m. Sept. 28:

Volusia County and Daytona Beach Shores are now under a hurricane warning. Emergency management officials are anticipating we will experience 55 to 65 mph sustained winds and gusts of 80-90 mph for as long as 6-12 hours with the most serious occurring between 2 am Thursday and 2 pm Thursday.

We are asking that you now shelter in place and stay off the roads. Standing water and downed debris can be dangerous, and we need the roads to be clear for Public Safety Officers and public works crews. Thank you.

Update: 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28:

Votran

Votran, Volusia County’s public transit system, will cease operations Thursday, Sept. 29, and will reopen Friday if weather conditions permit. Votran will issue service alerts and updates. Riders should check www.votran.org for updates. 

Votran may have to cease operations later today if sustained wind speeds reach 39 mph.

Daytona Beach International Airport to close

The airport terminal building and airfield will close at 12:35 p.m. today. All future flights are canceled until further notice. Flyers are encouraged to contact their airline for scheduling updates.

Rising waters

Emergency Management officials advise residents of Lake Harney Woods, Stone Island, Astor and surrounding areas to pay close attention to weather updates and be prepared to take action before extreme conditions occur. These areas normally flood during periods of excessive rainfall. Residents may want to find accommodations with family or friends, in a hotel, or in a public shelter as a last resort.

Volusia County is expecting at 12 to 18 inches of rain with a potential for 24 inches in pockets beginning today. Residents are advised that rising waters may hinder emergency response. 

Astor is already at minor flood stage and is expected to reach moderate flood stage today or tomorrow

Update: 10:35 a.m. Sept. 28:

Important information about drinking water from Volusia County Emergency Management – www.volusia.org/pin:

Before the storm

  • Store a supply of drinking water before the storm – at least one gallon per person per day, preferably for two weeks. 
  • To store water, use food-grade containers. Clean, airtight containers such as two-liter soda jugs can be filled with drinking water. Sterilize containers by sponging and swabbing them with unscented bleach. Rinse well and dry. Milk containers should not be used as they are difficult to clean thoroughly and don't have an airtight seal.
  • If re-use disposable plastic bottles, do not keep them for more than a month.
  • Sterilize the bathtub in the same manner as containers. Water stored in the tub should be used for washing and flushing the toilet.
  • Purchase water purifying tablets, generally available from a local pharmacy.

After the storm

  • Listen to local news bulletins to determine if there is a boil-water order in effect for your area.
  • If a boil-water notice is issued, do not give water from the faucet to humans or pets or use it for washing, cleaning, cooking, brushing teeth, or making ice or formula. Bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute before using it for drinking, cooking or ice-making. It is not necessary to boil water for showering or other external uses.
  • Restrict the use of running water until power is restored to all areas. During power outages, lift stations that normally pump raw sewage/wastewater may not be operating if they are not powered by a generator. In these cases, the system can eventually back up into your street or showers, toilets and sink drains inside your home.
  • Engage in safe hygiene practices to sanitize hands.
  • If the water quality is questionable, there are three ways to disinfect it:
  • Boil water at a rolling boil for one minute to kill infectious organisms.
  • Use water purifying tablets (generally available from the local pharmacy), according to package directions.
  • Use unscented household bleach. Add eight drops (1/8 teaspoon) of household bleach per gallon of water. Mix thoroughly. Let stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, repeat the dosage and let it stand another 30 minutes. The water will not be toxic, but it will have a chlorine odor and taste.

Private water wells  

  • Remove the plug or cap from the tops of the well casing. 
  • Pour two quarts of bleach into the well. 
  • Replace plug or cap.
  • Open all outlets on the system and allow water to run until the chlorine odor is noticeable. 
  • Allow chlorine to remain in the system at least six hours but preferably overnight, then run water from all outlets until the system is free of chlorine.

Update: 10:20 a.m. Sept. 28:

From Waste Pro:

Services are scheduled to occur as normal today, Wednesday, September 28. All services will be suspended tomorrow, Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30.

Thursday pickups will be rescheduled to the next regular scheduled day (Residential garbage will be picked up on Monday, recycling will be picked up next Thursday).

Friday pickups will be rescheduled to the next regular scheduled day (Residential garbage will be picked up on Tuesday, recycling will be picked up next Friday).

Commercial collections will be made up on Saturday and Monday.

The safety of our customers and our employees is our top priority. We appreciate your cooperation as we prepare for this storm. Please continue to monitor your local municipal website as well as this page for any and all updates. Thank you and stay safe!

https://www.wasteprousa.com/office/daytona-beach/

Update: 9:50 a.m. Sept. 28:

The City of Daytona Beach Shores reminds everyone that when the sustained wind speed reaches 39 mph, all bridges crossing the Halifax River will be closed. Current models show us reaching those speeds this afternoon or evening, Wednesday, Sept. 28. After the storm passes, bridges will reopen once the Florida Department of Transportation inspects them and determines they are structurally safe.

Update: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28:

For East Central Florida, the wind threat from Hurricane Ian has increased, and the National Weather Service in Melbourne warns there is a multi-day threat for dangerous, widespread flooding rain and tornadoes. Pay close attention to the news and official sources of information including the National Weather Service in Melbourne (for our area), the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Volusia County Emergency Management and the National Hurricane Center.

The county’s Hurricane Ian website is at www.volusia.org/pin.

Now is the time to urgently prepare! Please finish your finish prep this morning. Get to where you plan to shelter in place. Remember: when the sustained wind speed reaches 39 mph, all bridges crossing the Halifax River will be closed. They will reopen after the Florida Department of Transportation inspects them and determines they are structurally safe.

Remember: Do not focus on the “center point” on the forecast cone, but remember that hurricane impacts can span well beyond the forecast cone. This is the time to make sure you have your hurricane plan ready for you and your family. Continue to monitor this storm and be ready for its impacts.

Update 4:20 p.m. Sept. 27:

Daytona Beach Shores City Hall and the Shores Community Center will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28 and 29.

Update: 3:35 p.m. Sept. 27:

Due to the approaching storm, Waste Pro will be doing garbage pickups extra early Wednesday, Sept. 28. If you normally put your dumpster out at the road on Wednesdays, please put it out extra early – by 5:30 a.m. at the latest.

Waste Pro will not be picking up garbage in the Shores on Thursday or Friday. If you normally have pickup on Thursday or Friday, please put it out extra early on Saturday.

Update: 3:20 p.m. Sept. 27:

With the current track of the storm, we expect tropical storm force winds to begin around 3-6pm Wednesday. When the sustained wind speed reaches 39 mph, all bridges crossing the Halifax River will be closed. They will reopen after the Florida Department of Transportation inspects them and determines they are structurally safe.

Voluntary Evacuation and Shelters:

Volusia County has issued a voluntary evacuation order. People who live in RVs, mobile homes or low-lying areas may wish to find accommodations with friends or family members. People in these risk areas may use public shelters as a site of last resort.

Volusia County Schools and Volusia County Government will open four shelters at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. 

General population shelters are:

•         Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

•         DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand

Special needs shelters are:

•         Atlantic High School, 1259 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange

•         Galaxy Middle School, 2400 Eustace Ave., Deltona

All four shelters will accept pets. Those staying at a shelter with their pets must bring necessary pet  items and supplies. 

Shelters should be used only as a last resort because the shelters do not provide luxury accommodations. 

Evacuees may need to stay at a shelter for 24 to 72 hours during an emergency. Since space is limited, only take essential items. Avoid bringing valuables; shelters are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Necessary items include: 

•         Special dietary food, snacks or comfort food, water or other non-alcoholic beverages

•         Bedding: pillow, blanket, etc. - general population shelters do not provide cots, so a comfortable beach chair and sleeping pad are recommended

•         Ear plugs

•         Extra clothing

•         Medications and medical supplies

•         Oxygen supplies or arrange with your oxygen company to deliver to the designated special needs oxygen shelter

•         Toiletry items

•         Flashlight and batteries

•         Diapers, infant and elderly/disabled necessities

•         Time occupiers such as books, magazines, games or cards

Special needs shelters

Hospitals are not shelters. 

Special needs shelters are not for isolation patients or people who need 24-hour dedicated care, a hospital bed, ventilator and other complex care. These individuals should discuss other shelter arrangements with their physician or home health service provider or caregiver.

Only one caregiver will be admitted for each patient.

Curfews

The Volusia County Council has issued an emergency countywide curfew to protect and safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Volusia County residents and visitors. The curfew will be in effect from:

•         8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, through 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29

•         8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, through 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30

The curfew does not apply to:

•         Regular members of law enforcement bodies

•         Regular employees of business, industries or government entities while traveling from their jobs

•         All emergency workers

Any person who knowingly violates this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for up to 60 days.

Update: 2:15 p.m. Sept. 27:

Tuesday morning’s update from the National Weather Service has Hurricane Ian’s trajectory with yet another slight nudge toward the east. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Volusia County. 

The probability for tropical storm force winds for Volusia County is now 82% and hurricane force winds, 22%. A continued eastward shift in Ian’s currently projected path is not out of the question, which would make a significant impact on East Central Florida. Volusia County could experience up to 15 inches of rain with 50 to 60 mph sustained winds and gusts to 75 mph likely. The most likely arrival of tropical storm winds is early evening Wednesday.

Bridge Closure Info

With the current track of the storm, we expect tropical storm force winds to begin around 3-6pm Wednesday, Sept. 18. When the sustained wind speed reaches 39 mph, all bridges crossing the Halifax River will be closed. They will reopen after the Florida Department of Transportation inspects them and determines they are structurally safe.

Curfew

A curfew will be in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, to 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, and again 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, to 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Employees of businesses or governments are exempt from the curfew if traveling to and from work, but will need to present identification.

Shelters

Four emergency shelters will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Two for special needs patients (with one caregiver allowed to accompany) at Atlantic High School in Port Orange and Galaxy Middle School in Deltona. Two general population shelters – which are pet-friendly – will be at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach and DeLand High School. Residents with special needs are permitted to go to the special needs shelters even if they have not formally registered in advance.

Closures

The following government agencies will be closed:

  • Classes at the Shores Community Center are canceled for Thursday, and Friday's Free Concert has been canceled.
  • Volusia County offices: Closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Volusia County Public Library system: All library branches will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The Daytona Beach Regional Library on City Island is also closed today.
  • Volusia County beaches: The beaches will remain open, but they will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Tuesday evening until further notice. Beachfront restrooms will also close.
  • Marine Science Center: Closed until further notice
  • Lyonia Environmental Center: Closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • DeBary Hall Historic Site: Closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • SunRail: Service has been suspended until further notice.
  • Florida Department of Health – Volusia: All locations will be closed from Wednesday through Friday.  Patients with appointments scheduled for these days will be notified by clinic staff. 

 Courts

 All courthouses in Volusia County will be closed Wednesday through Friday. Volusia County land records, court records and other helpful information is available for free, 24/7, on the Clerk of Court website at www.clerk.org.

 Schools, colleges and universities

 Check with schools for further changes.

 Volusia County Schools: Schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Stetson University: Undergraduate classes are canceled from Wednesday through Friday.
  • Bethune-Cookman University: Issued a mandatory campus evacuation on Monday. Classes resumed remotely online Tuesday.
  • Palmer College of Chiropractic: All facilities, services and clinics will be closed Wednesday and Thursday
  • Daytona State College: All classes and activities will be canceled Wednesday and Thursday at all campuses.
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Classes are canceled Wednesday through Friday. 

 Hospitals 

  • Hospitals and medical centers are not special needs shelters.
  • All Volusia County hospitals are preparing for the storm, securing supplies and planning staffing needs. They will remain open before, during and after the storm. 

Sandbags

Sandbag information is constantly changing, and county staff is updating the list of sites frequently at www.volusia.org/sandbags. The sandbag station is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Shores residents and businesses. It is located at the Shores Community Center.

Public information

Residents can call the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 24/7 beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The CIC will remain open until further notice. 

To find the most up-to-date information, closures and a list of resources, visit www.volusia.org/pin. 

State of Local Emergency

Volusia County declared a State of Local Emergency at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 in anticipation of Hurricane Ian. The Emergency Operations Center will transition to full activation at 8 a.m. Wednesday, and county offices will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The declaration gives the county additional operational flexibilities during this emergency situation, including the ability to expend additional funds to address preparation and response efforts. If emergency needs arise, staff is able to appropriate funds as needed.

Update: 11:55 p.m. Sept. 27

Classes and activities at the Shores Community Center are canceled for Thursday, Sept. 29. Also, Friday's Free Concert has been canceled.

Update: 1:15 p.m. Sept. 26

Important information from Volusia County Government:

The situation for approaching Hurricane Ian has become more serious for East Central Floridians. There continues to be a great deal of uncertainty in Ian’s trajectory. Models continue to have the storm’s center of circulation entering the west coast of Florida, anywhere from north of Tampa to Big Bend to the Panhandle.

The probability for tropical force winds for Volusia County has increased to 56% and hurricane force winds to 7%. The storm is expected to be a significant rain event for Volusia County.

Residents are advised to continue storm preparations, fill up their gas tanks, and stay tuned to local media outlets and www.volusia.org/pin for updates.

National Weather Service

According to the National Weather Service, the storm is expected to further intensify, becoming a major hurricane by the time it enters the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Its forecasted track has shifted east since yesterday and is now aimed toward the lower section of Florida’s Big Bend for mid to late week as a strong hurricane with a large wind field. Much of East Central Florida is at some risk. Further track shifts to the east are not out of the question.

For East Central Florida, tropical storm watches (for wind) are now in effect for all inland counties and Lake Okeechobee. There is a threat for tropical storm force winds with hurricane gusts – with an increasing concern for hurricane winds north and west of Interstate 4. Also, there is a multi-day threat for widespread flooding rain and tornadoes. 

Depending on the exact track, an additional five to eight inches could occur this week, with locally higher amounts up to 10 to 12 inches in spots. There is a considerable threat for dangerous flooding; flood watches are forthcoming.

Sandbags

Sandbag information is constantly changing, and county staff is updating the list of sites frequently at www.volusia.org/sandbags. Sandbags for Shores residents/businesses are available 8-5 daily at the Shores Community Center. Sand, bags and shovels provided; bags are self-fill. Limit 10 per residence/business. Proof of residency required.

Storm preparations

Residents are encouraged to develop a family plan and take steps to safeguard their homes. Start by filling up your gas tank, stocking up on food and water, removing debris and furniture from your yard, and filling prescriptions. 

Step 1: Make a family plan.

Have a family meeting to talk about the hurricane. Decide where the family will stay during the storm. Together, develop a list of preparation tasks. 

Step 2. Stock a disaster supply kit.

Your disaster supply kit should include:

  • At least one gallon of drinking water per person per day for five to seven days
  • Nonperishable food for three meals per day per person for five to seven days 
  • A five- to seven-day supply of special items such as food, formula, diapers and wipes for infants and those with special needs 
  • At least a two-week supply of medications
  • Toiletries and extra toilet paper
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper goods such as plates, cups, napkins and utensils 
  • Unscented household bleach and medicine dropper
  • Extra bedding such as pillows, blankets and sleeping bags
  • Clothing, including rain gear and sturdy shoes
  • First aid kit, sunscreen and hand sanitizer
  • Mosquito repellent with DEET
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Tool kit including cord, rope, hammer, wood nails, saw, hatchet or axe, crowbar, chain saw blades, tarp, duct tape, rake, bucket, mop, broom and heavy work gloves
  • Plastic trash bags and ties
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Matches in a waterproof container 
  • Extra charcoal or propane for outdoor cooking
  • Hazard alert radio 
  • Extra batteries and car charger for cellphone
  • A canned tire inflator for punctured tires

Your pet disaster kit should include food, water, bowls, leashes, toys, bedding, carrier, medications, newspaper, cat litter, plastic bags for handling waste, and license and vaccination documentation. 

Additional safety tips are available at www.volusia.org/emergency

Shelters

County officials are currently exploring the possibility of providing shelters for people who are unable to evacuate elsewhere or ride out the storms at home. If or when we do open shelters, we will post the information at www.volusia.org/pin

It’s important to note that shelters should be used only as a last resort. They do not provide luxury accommodations, and if your residents plan to stay in a special needs shelter, they should register now by calling 386-258-4088 or downloading a form from www.volusia.org/emergency.

Public information

Residents can call the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 27. If needed, the center will be open additional days.

To find the most up-to-date information and a list of resources, visit www.volusia.org/pin

Closures

The Farmers Market at the Volusia County Fairgrounds is canceled for Wednesday.

Update: 12:10 p.m. Sept. 26:

The city is closely monitoring Hurricane Storm Ian and is making storm preparations and urges residents and businesses to prepare now. This is a major storm that will have impacts statewide.

Sandbags are available to Shores residents/businesses 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Shores Community Center, 3000 Bellemead Drive, as long as weather conditions allow. The city provides bags, sand and shovels, but the sandbags are self-fill. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household/business and proof of residency is required.

Hurricane passes for beachside residents, property owners and business owners and their essential personnel – to expedite return should evacuation be required – are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Daytona Beach Shores City Hall, 2990 S. Atlantic Ave., and the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, 3050 S. Atlantic Ave. Proof of beachside 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.

All classes and activities at the Shores Community Center are canceled for Thursday, Sept. 29, due to the storm.

The City of Daytona Beach Shores will provide storm updates on the city website, www.CityofDBS.org, and its Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/CityofDaytonaBeachShores and www.facebook.com/DBSDPS.

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/index/2590178812100619#/signup to receive important information during the storm. ShoresAlert is free to use, and users can specify how they want to receive the messages – calls to home, mobile or business phones, emails and/or text messages.

Additional sources of good information before, during and after the storm include the county website, www.volusia.org, and the Volusia County Emergency Management Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VolusiaCountyEmergencyManagement.

Information on preparing for the storm is available at www.ready.gov/plan.

Additional important information from Volusia County Government

Volusia County Government and Volusia County Schools are preparing for the possibility that they may need to provide emergency shelters for people who are unable to evacuate or ride out the storm in their homes.

“Shelters do not provide luxury accommodations and should be used only as a last resort,” Jim Judge, interim director of emergency management, stressed. “The best place to shelter is outside the evacuation area, in a hotel, or in a safe and secure structure with family and friends.”

For those who have no alternatives, general, special needs and pet-friendly shelters may be available at key locations across the county during an emergency. Fourteen local schools and the Volusia County Fairgrounds have been identified as potential shelters for 2022. Together, they can provide refuge for up to 5,000 people. If needed, additional shelters will be opened at other facilities.

General population shelters are well stocked with basic necessities for survival, including food, water and a warm place to sleep. However, shelters will not be able to provide the same level of convenience as a family member's home or a hotel. Shelters offer little privacy. Oftentimes, they can be crowded, noisy and boring.

Special needs shelters, which will be staffed by health care professionals, will be available to provide assistance during evacuations. Evacuees should be accompanied by one, and only one, caregiver. 

These shelters are not for isolation patients or people who need 24 hour dedicated care, a hospital bed, ventilator or other complex care. These individuals should discuss other shelter arrangements with their physician or home health service provider or caregiver.

Residents can obtain a special needs shelter registration form by calling 386-258-4088 or downloading it at http://www.volusia.org/core/fileparse.php/4360/urlt/PSNreg.pdf.

Special needs evacuees with pets should contact Volusia County Animal Services at 386-248-1790 to discuss assistance for sheltering pets.

What you should bring: Evacuees may need to stay at a shelter for several days. Since space is limited, bring only:

  • Folding lounge chair, air mattress or cot along with bedding, pillow and blanket
  • Special dietary food, snacks and comfort food
  • Extra clothing
  • Medications and medical supplies
  • Oxygen supplies
  • Toiletry items
  • Earbuds to listen to music
  • A charger for your phone and laptop
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Diapers, infant and elderly/disabled necessities
  • Time occupiers such as books, magazines, games or cards
  • Important papers, credit cards, cash and identification

“You might want to pack your supplies in a rolling suitcase for ease of transport and organization,” Judge suggested.

Although food will be provided at shelters, Judge recommends that evacuees eat a meal before arriving.

Do not bring alcoholic beverages, smoking materials, vaping devices, valuables, weapons, heavy luggage or several pieces of luggage.

Those with pets and service animals are encouraged to use a pet friendly shelter.

Transportation to shelters: Votran and Volusia County Schools provide free transportation to public shelters. All Votran bus stops are evacuation assembly points during a declared emergency evacuation order. If special needs evacuees cannot reach a bus stop, they must call Votran at 386-322-5100 to arrange transportation.

Bus space is limited. Carry-on items are limited to a pillow, blanket and one carry-on bag that is not larger than 22”x16”x8”.

Returning home: Every effort will be made to allow evacuees to return to their home and businesses as quickly as possible. Re-entry to evacuated areas will be authorized based on public safety, security and operational needs of search and rescue teams. The re-entry policy will be established as soon as possible and with as few restrictions as possible. The decision to establish general re-entry will be evaluated through continuous coordination among county and state agencies, municipal law enforcement agencies and adjacent counties and will be announced through the news media.

Generator safety

If you lose power and plan to use a generator, follow these safety tips:

  • Placement is key. Never use generators indoors or outside near windows, vents or air intakes that could allow carbon monoxide (CO) to come indoors. This can be fatal.
  • Use proper care. Proper ventilation is critical to reducing the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator’s engine exhaust. CO poisoning is a common, serious danger that can cause death if generators are used improperly; this is particularly true when the fuel is not burned completely.
  • Keep other items clear. Maintain plenty of air flow space around the generator.
  • Pay attention. Get fresh air immediately if you begin to feel sick, dizzy or light-headed or experience flu-like symptoms.
  • Buy a CO detector. Because CO is invisible and odorless, buy a CO detector (similar to or sometimes combined in a smoke detector) to warn of rising CO levels.
  • Ground your generator. Carefully follow all instructions on properly “grounding” the generator.
  • Keep the generator dry. Short circuits may occur in wet conditions, which can cause a generator fire. If needed, place the generator under an open canopy-type structure.
  • Be prepared. Always keep a fully charged fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Leave it to the professionals. To avoid electric shock or electrocution, do not try to fix or otherwise work on a generator.
  • Organize your cords. Keep cords out of the way to avoid injury, but keep them in plain view to keep track of cord damage (such as fraying or cuts) that could cause a fire.
  • Never back-feed power. Do not plug the generator into a wall outlet. Back feeding will put you and others, including utility line workers, at serious risk because the utility transformer can increase low voltage from the generator to thousands of volts.
  • Don’t touch. It’s hot. The exterior portions of a generator, even if operated for only a short period of time, can become hot. Avoid touching the generator without protective gear and keep debris clear to avoid a fire.

Citizens Information Center

Residents can call the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25; Monday, Sept. 26; and Tuesday, Sept. 27. If needed, the center will be open additional days.

Keep in mind that some shelters will fill up quickly and some might not open at all. Residents are advised to check availability by calling the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345.

For more information, visit www.volusia.org/emergency and www.FloridaDisaster.org.

Update: 9 a.m. Sept. 26:

The City of Daytona Beach Shores is closely monitoring Hurricane Storm Ian and is making storm preparations, and urges Daytona Beach Shores residents and businesses to prepare now.

Sandbag distribution will continue 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Shores Community Center, 3000 Bellemead Drive, Daytona Beach Shores (just west of City Hall). Sandbags will be distributed as long as weather permits. The city will have bags, sand and shovels (the sandbags are self-fill). There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household/business and proof of residency is required.

Hurricane passes for beachside residents, property owners and business owners and their essential personnel – to expedite return should evacuation be required – are available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at Daytona Beach Shores City Hall, 2990 S. Atlantic Ave., and the Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety, 3050 S. Atlantic Ave. Proof of beachside 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.

The city will provide storm updates on the city website, www.CityofDBS.org, and its Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/CityofDaytonaBeachShores and www.facebook.com/DBSDPS.

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/index/2590178812100619#/signup to receive important information during the storm. ShoresAlert is free to use, and users can specify how they want to receive the messages – calls to home, mobile or business phones, emails and/or text messages.

Additional sources of good information before, during and after the storm include the county website, www.volusia.org, and the Volusia County Emergency Management Facebook page at www.facebook.com/VolusiaCountyEmergencyManagement.

Information on preparing for the storm is available at www.ready.gov/plan.

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