News and emergency information
News releases from Volusia and Flagler counties and area cities and organizations
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Hurricane Jones passes; rescue and recovery efforts begin
Hurricane Jones cut a one-mile swath through Volusia County earlier today, entering in southwest Volusia and exiting in northeast Volusia.
There is scattered flooding throughout the county.
Firefighters and law enforcement personnel are evaluating the extent of the flooding and performing search-and-rescue operations.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
- Residents may bring household hazardous waste materials to the Tomoka Landfill, 1990 Tomoka Farms Road, Port Orange; or the West Volusia Transfer Station, 3151 E. New York Ave., DeLand.
- The Tomoka Landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The West Volusia Transfer Station is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION
Water and ice are available at the following locations:
- Dewey O. Boster Center Sports Complex, 1200 Saxon Blvd., Deltona
- Lowe’s, 303 E. International Speedway Blvd., DeLand
- Performing Arts Center, 3999 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach
- The Pierson Town Hall is open to provide information to residents.
- Edgewater City Hall and the Edgewater Police Department are closed due to flooding.
- Riverside Drive is flooded.
- The Kennedy Park boat ramp is closed.
- Lake Helen City Hall and the Lake Helen Equestrian Center are closed.
Hurricane Jones Updates
Update 7 (May 22, 2014 - 3:00 p.m.)
Update 6 (May 22, 2014 - 2:30 p.m.)
Update 5 (May 22, 2014 - 1:50 p.m.)
Update 4 (May 22, 2014 - 1:30 p.m.)
Update 3 (May 22, 2014 - 12:40 p.m.)
Update 2 (May 22, 2014 - 10:45 a.m.)
Update 1 (May 22, 2014 - 9:30 a.m.)
The Citizens Information Center telephone hotline will be open 24 hours a day. Residents may call 866-345-0345.
Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency telephone or e-mail notifications from Volusia County’s Emergency Management Division at www.volusia.org/emergency.
Volusia County Emergency Management officials recommend that persons living in mobile homes and low-lying areas seek appropriate shelter.
The American Red Cross and Volusia County Health Department have opened the following shelters:
- Pine Trail Elementary School, 300 Airport Road, Ormond Beach
- Pathways Elementary School, 2100 Airport Road, Ormond Beach
- Hinson Middle School (PF), 1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach
- Champion Elementary School, 921 Tournament Drive, Daytona Beach
- Palm Terrace Elementary School (FSNS & PF), 1825 Dunn Ave., Daytona Beach
- Campbell Middle School, 625 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach
- Mainland High School, 1255 W. Int’l. Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
- Atlantic High School (FSNS and PF), 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange
- Creekside Middle School (FSNS and PF), 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange
- Horizon Elementary School, 4751 Hidden Lake Drive, Port Orange
- Sweetwater Elementary School, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd., Port Orange
- Cypress Creek Elementary School, 6100 S. Williamson Blvd., Port Orange
- New Smyrna Beach High School, 1015 10th St., New Smyrna Beach
- T.D. Taylor Middle/High School, 100 E. Washington Ave., Pierson
- Freedom Elementary School (FSNS and PF), 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand
- Volusia County Fairgrounds (PPS), 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand
- DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand
- DeLand Middle School, 1400 Aquarius Ave., DeLand
- Citrus Grove Elementary School, 729 Hazen Road, DeLand
- Volusia Pines Elementary School, 500 E. Kicklighter Road, Lake Helen
- Deltona High School (SIP), 100 Wolf Pack Run, Deltona
- Pine Ridge High School (SIP), 925 Howland Blvd., Deltona
- Galaxy Middle School (FSNS and PF), 2400 Eustace Ave., Deltona
- Heritage Middle School (FSNS and PF), 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona
- Friendship Elementary School, 2746 Fulford St., Deltona
- Timbercrest Elementary School, 2401 Eustace Ave., Deltona
- Deltona Lakes Elementary School, 2022 Adelia Blvd., Deltona
- Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Drive, Deltona
- Discovery Elementary School, 975 Abigail Drive, Deltona
- Forest Lake Elementary School, 1600 Doyle Road, Deltona
- Sunrise Elementary School, 3155 Phonetia Drive, Deltona
- Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona
- DeBary Elementary School, 88 W. Highbanks Road, DeBary
- Manatee Cove Elementary School, 734 W. Ohio Ave., Orange City
- River Springs Middle School, 900 W. Ohio Ave., Orange City
- University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City
- Osteen Elementary School, 500 Doyle Road, Osteen
If necessary, DeLand High School will serve as an overflow special needs shelter.
SIP: Shelter Information Point (central location to direct
evacuees to shelters in Deltona)
FSNS: Functional/Special Needs Shelter – Assists evacuees with disabilities or functional medical needs. This is also a pet-friendly shelter. Evacuees and their service animals will remain in the same location.
PF: Pet-Friendly – people and pets are housed in separate locations at the shelter
PPS: People and Pet Shelter (people and pets are housed in the same location – Fairgrounds only)
Duke Energy customers can call 800-228-8485 to report an outage. Storm information is available at www.duke-energy.com.
HORSES AND GOATS
Volusia County Animal Services advises people to move their horses and goats to higher ground. Take them to Spring Garden Ranch in DeLeon Springs or Fiddler’s Green Ranch in Altoona, or bring them out of state. If you need help with transportation, call xxx-xxxx.
About the PIN
What is the main objective of the V/F PIN?
The main objective of the V/F PIN initiative is to ensure that public information practitioners from a wide variety of public agencies in the two-county region will collaborate on and coordinate public information by having a focused message to the public to avoid misinformation and miscommunication.
In addition, the PIN’s operating principle is that public information resources are available to support an incident’s lead agency/incident commander irrespective of agency boundaries.
A major task assignment coming out of the Emmitsburg training was to write a public information plan for the V/F PIN. The plan was completed in February 2005 and has been employed during subsequent incidents including hurricanes and wildfires.
How did the V/F PIN get started?
In the first exercise of its kind in the nation, public information officers from Volusia and Flagler counties attended the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Advanced Public Information Officer training in Emmitsburg, Md., in April 2004. These public information practitioners represented a wide range of agencies including city and county governments, law enforcement,
fire services, ambulance, hospitals, and public schools. They trained together and implemented a unified “mock” joint information center (JIC).
An end result of the Emmitsburg experience was the molding of a public information network that comes together during emergency incidents to provide mutual aid public information support to one another within the counties of Volusia and Flagler. It is formally known as the Volusia/Flagler Public Information Network (V/F PIN).
How have V/F PIN members collaborated?
Since its formation, there have been several instances of V/F PIN members coordinating and working together on incidents involving multiple agencies and where there was a widespread public threat.
The PIN managed a “virtual” JIC during the back-to-back 2004 hurricanes – Charley, Frances and Jeanne.
What are the primary tools of the V/F PIN?
In 2005, the PIN launched its own website. During a disaster, this site includes information from all the agencies involved in a response.
In 2007, the group revised the JIC plan to be compliant with the National Incident Management Systems, thereby creating
a Joint Information System (JIS) plan.
How do I get involved?
Today the Volusia/Flagler PIN consists of more than 40 active members who meet regularly to train, share ideas and discuss experiences. With each incident the PIN continues to improve, gain experience and refine its operating plan. For more information, please contact Volusia County Community Information at 386-822-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request public information support from the Volusia/Flagler PIN, the lead agency should page the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office public information office at 386-691-2460 or call Volusia County Community Information at 386-561-7185.
Organizations active in the V/F PIN
American Red Cross
City of Orlando
For the latest information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, click here.
To find out about volunteering in Volusia County or anywhere throughout Florida, please contact the United Way at 2-1-1 or 386-253-0563 or online at www.UnitedWay-vfc.org
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