Check Here For The Latest Local Hurricane Matthew Information

By on October 4, 2016 in WNDB News

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A list of local information on Hurricane Matthew follows and will be updated as new information arrives in the news room.

Volusia Shelters Update
If you are seeking public shelter and do not have special needs or a
pet, please go to a general public shelter (one that is not for persons
with special needs or is pet friendly).

We are strongly encouraging evacuees to seek shelter at the locations
on the west side of Volusia County, specifically University High School,
Taylor Middle/High School, Pine Ridge High School, Deltona High School
and DeLand High School.

All Votran bus stops are evacuation collection sites to take evacuees
to a transfer point, where they will board school buses for
transportation to a shelter. No fares are charged during an evacuation
or return. All Votran vehicles will be removed from roads when winds are
sustained at 35 mph. Service will resume as soon as possible once
Hurricane Matthew clears the area. Votran has para-transit services for
people with special needs. Special needs citizens can call

Votran bus service will stop at 6:30 p.m. All shelters on the east side of the county and several on the west side of the county are also full.

Shelters that can still accommodate evacuees are:

General Public Shelters
University High School, 1000 W Rhode Island Ave., Orange City
Pine Ridge High School, 925 Howland Blvd., Deltona
River Springs Middle School, 900 West Ohio Ave., Orange City
Deltona High School, 100 Wolf Pack Run, Deltona

Pet Friendly Shelters
DeLand Middle School, 1400 Aquarius Ave., DeLand

Special Needs Shelters for persons with special needs only (not general public)
Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona
Galaxy Middle School, 2400 Eustace Ave., Deltona

Special Needs Shelters (SpNS Shelters)
For elderly, physically, mentally or sensory disabled, visually or
hearing impaired residents or those who need supplemental oxygen.
Caregivers should plan to stay with their person with special needs.
SpNS are not for people who need 24-hour dedicated care, a hospital bed,
ventilator, other complex care or isolation patients. These individuals
should discuss other shelter arrangements with their physician or home
health service provider or caregiver.

Pet Friendly (PF Shelters)
Large and small dogs and cats and other small animals are accepted and
must be crated and cared for by owners (leash, food, water must be
brought and will not be provided); will be housed in a separate location
at shelter. Pet owners should bring all supplies for their pets. Only
the fairgrounds houses people and pets in the same location.

If you evacuate to a shelter, keep in mind that you will not be staying
in a hotel. You will not have a private room or bedding.

Evacuees may need to stay at the shelter for 24 to 72 hours. Since
space is limited, bring essential items only. Avoid bringing valuables;
shelters are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

If you have children, bring snacks, drinks and games to entertain them.

Items you should bring include:
● Special dietary food, snacks and comfort food
● Bedding, pillow and blanket
● Extra clothing
● Medications and medical supplies, including prescription
medications, eyeglasses and dentures
● Charged cell phone
● Ear plugs
● Oxygen supplies (or arrange for your oxygen company to deliver to
them to the designated special needs oxygen shelter)
● Toiletry items and a first aid kit
● Bottled water
● Flashlight and batteries
● Diapers and other necessities for infants and the elderly
● Time occupiers such as books, magazines, board games and cards

Based on the latest storm track, the evacuation order is mandatory for
the beachside, low-lying areas, and RV and mobile home parks. Public
shelters will open at 8 a.m. Thursday in Volusia County. The list of
locations will be announced tomorrow morning before the shelters open.

All Votran bus stops are evacuation collection sites. Evacuees will be
taken to a transfer point, where they will board school buses for
transportation to a shelter. No fares are charged during an evacuation
or return. All Votran vehicles will be removed from roads when winds are
sustained at 35 mph. Service will resume as soon as possible once
Hurricane Matthew clears the area.


   Flagler shelters open 6 a.m. Thursday

  – In preparation for the impacts of Hurricane Matthew, the Flagler County Emergency Operation Center will open two shelters at 6 a.m., Thursday, one will accommodate special needs while the other will accommodate the general population and people with pets.

            “Shelters, whether special needs or general population, are available as a last resort for those who have no other place to go,” said Steve Garten, public safety emergency manager. “Special needs shelters provide only limited medical care, and it is up to the individual to bring a 72-hour supply of all medications, and personal items.”

            Sleeping bags, pillows and blankets should be among those personal items, as cots are available in limited numbers. Air mattresses are not permitted.

The following are the only two shelter sites which have been activated:

Buddy Taylor Middle School joins Rymfire Elementary and Bunnell Elementary Schools as emergency shelters in Flagler County.

            Rymfire Elementary, located at 1425 Rymfire Drive, Palm Coast, will accommodate those with special needs – people who require assistance with daily living or who have medical conditions that prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves, as well as those who require electricity for oxygen. A family member or caregiver should stay at the shelter with the individual.

            Bunnell Elementary, 305 N. Palmetto Street, Bunnell, will accommodate other residents who have no other place to go. Pets – dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents and turtles – are the allowed pets. There is a four-pet maximum. Pet owners should bring current vaccination records and supplies, including crates and medications.

            “We currently have a voluntary evacuation in place in the coastal area and for those who live on tidal waters, and we really encourage those residents to plan to stay with a relative or friend,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said. “We want everyone to be safe.”

Sandbag information (10-6-16)

Edgewater has sand and bags at the Airpark staging area, 1898 Airpark Road, Oct. 6, while supplies last. Residents should bring shovels. There is a limit of 15 per household.

Sandbags will be available at the Waggin’ Trail Dog Park, 1201 S Leavitt Ave., until noon today or when bags run out. After that, sand will be available for residents who wish to fill bags that they bring themselves. Residents must fill their own bags. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household. For more information about sandbags, call the Orange City Public Works Department at 386-775-5447.

The City of Deltona will suspend sandbag distribution at noon today.

Volusia County and the City of Holly Hill are out of sand and bags.

Volusia County Announces Additional Closures and Cancellations:

This is a partial list of closures and cancellations in Volusia

VA clinics
The Orlando VA Medical Center is closing its Daytona Beach-based VA
clinics Oct. 6 through 8. The closure means VA medical services will not
be available at those locations until Tuesday, Oct. 11, due to the
Columbus Day federal holiday Oct. 10.
●       The decision also closes the Port Orange Psychosocial Recovery &
Rehabilitation Center on South Clyde Morris Boulevard.
●       The Orange City VA Clinic will close on Friday, Oct. 7, and
remain closed until Tuesday, Oct. 11.
●       Veterans needing emergency medical services are encouraged to
visit the Orlando VAMC’s Urgent Care facility at 13800 Veterans Way,
Lake Nona. The facility is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
For more information, contact the Orlando VAMC Public Affairs office at
407-631-4436 or

Department of Elections
Poll worker training for the Volusia County Department of Elections has
been canceled Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Roundtable meeting
The Roundtable of Volusia County Elected Officials meeting scheduled
for Monday, Oct. 10, has been canceled.

Flagler County Announces Additional Closures and Cancellations:

Flagler County offices will be closed on Friday to allow staff to work in an emergency capacity.

“We have all of our employees working either an A or a B shift – 24 full hours – throughout the storm to ensure we are best positioned to help our residents,” said County Administrator Craig Coffey.  

The Flagler County Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Thursday and will reopen Monday morning. The Tax Collector’s walk-up window will be open Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon with limited services offered – no picture identification will be processed. The Property Appraiser’s Office will be open and fully staffed until noon.

Waste Pro will have regular garbage collection on Thursday, but will not make pick-ups again until Monday.

The Flagler County Clerk of Courts offices will be closed Thursday and Friday with the exception of first appearances. Regular courthouse operations will resume on Monday.

Flagler County’s call-in line will open at 8 a.m. Thursday and will be operational 24-7 through Friday. That number is 386-586-5111.

City of New Smyrna Beach Updates:

New Smyrna Beach Citizens Information Center answering calls until 6pm Wednesday and will resume operations Thursday 8am.  (386) 424-2113 and (386) 424-2114.

Health Department-All offices and clinics of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Hospitals-Florida Hospital New Smyrna and Florida Hospital Oceanside have been evacuated.

Libraries-Volusia County’s public libraries will be closed Thursday and Friday. All library items with due dates between Oct. 6 and 9 will be due on Monday, Oct. 10.

Public schools-Public schools in Volusia County are closed Thursday and Friday.

Evacuations: (from Volusia County News Updates:)-Those living on the barrier islands and low-lying areas in Volusia County need to evacuate in preparation of Hurricane Matthew. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will coordinate the closing of bridges with the cities. Residents are advised that emergency crews cannot respond once sustained tropical force winds are in Volusia County.

Public shelters-Public shelters in Volusia County will open at 8 a.m. Thursday. A list of shelter locations will be announced before the shelters open.

Bridges Closed by 5pm.

 The Utilities Commission has released non-essential personnel and  closed administrative officeson Thursday and Friday (10-6 & 10-7) due to Hurricane Matthew. For outage emergencies, please contact Electric at 427-1366 and Water Resources at 427-1368.

 Mandatory Evacuations:

Beachside, RV parks and low lying areas are mandated to evacuate.

 Public shelters:

Public shelters in Volusia County will open at 8 a.m. Thursday. A list of shelter locations at the end of this memo.

 Votran public transportation:

Special needs and para-transit citizens in need of transportation to shelter can call Votran at 386-756-7496.  All Votran vehicles will be removed from roads when winds are sustained at 35 mph. Service will resume as soon as possible once Hurricane Matthew clears the area.

 Waste and Recycling:

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – We will be running normal routes until noon.

Friday, October 7, 2016 – No collections.

o   Friday Trash Routes – will be collected on Tuesday of next week (double day)

o   Friday Recycle Routes – will be collected on next Friday (double day)

 Health Department

All offices and clinics of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will be closedThursday and Friday.


Florida Hospital New Smyrna and Florida Hospital Oceanside have been evacuated.

 Citizens Information Center (866-345-0345) The Volusia County Citizens Information Center (CIC) is open and can be reached at 866-345-0345.

Waste and Recycling-Thursday, October 6, 2016 – We will be running normal routes and anticipate with the current storm path that we will be able to complete all Thursday routes.

Friday, October 7, 2016 – No collections.

o   Friday Trash Routes – will be collected on Tuesday of next week (double day)

o   Friday Recycle Routes – will be collected on next Friday (double day)

Saturday & Sunday – no planned routes.

Monday, back to regular schedules.

Citizens Information Center (866-345-0345) The Volusia County Citizens Information Center (CIC) is open and can be reached at 866-345-0345. The CIC will remain open until 7 p.m.

Stay tuned:

Mandatory Evacuation Area in Flagler County:

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for four Evacuation Zones in

Flagler County as Hurricane Matthew nears the county. The mandatory evacuation of Zones A,

B and C began at 6 a.m. Thursday. At 11:00 a.m Thursday, a mandatory evacuation order was

given for Zone F, which is in the western side of Flagler County. This includes the St. Johns Park


Evacuation Zone A includes everything east of the Intracoastal including Marineland,

Hammock, Flagler Beach along A1A.

Evacuation Zone B includes the neighborhoods along Colbert Lane to the south, all of the

C section and the F section east of Florida Park Drive and the F section east of Palm Harbor

Parkway. This zone also includes the area east of Old Kings Road, south of State Road 100

including Bulow and its adjacent neighborhood, Grand Haven and western Flagler Beach.

Zone C includes The Woodlands neighborhood off Old Kings Road.

Residents in these areas have been notified by CodeRED of the evacuation order.

Flagler County is asking residents to respect the evacuation order, especially on the

barrier island. Once sustained winds reach 45 mph, the bridges will close and first responders

will not be able to respond to the area.

For the latest storm-related updates and a copy of the evacuation zones, log on to

As a reminder, a call-in center is open and staffed around the clock during the storm to

help answer questions. That number is 386-586- 5111.

Voluntary Evacuation in Flagler County:

Flagler County officials are requesting the voluntary evacuation of the barrier island, areas near the Intracoastal.

“We are asking people to leave voluntarily today, Wednesday,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said. “This will become mandatory tomorrow. We want everyone to be safe.”

The areas that need to be evacuated are as follows: Evacuation Zone A which is everything east of the Intracoastal including Marineland, Hammock, Flagler Beach along A1A; and, portions of Zone B if you live east of Old Kings Road and front on a tidal (saltwater) canal or the Intracoastal waterway; or if you live in a modular or mobile home in this area. In addition the entire Woodlands, Hidden Lakes and the Toscana subdivisions due to the close proximity to Graham Swamp. 

Evacuation Zones are based on the storm surge predictions and wind impact to modular and mobile homes. Evacuation zone information is available at Officials are asking that anyone who lives adjacent to the Intracoastal or one of the connecting canals should also evacuate.

“As the situation evolves and evacuations become mandatory, we will let everyone know how the situation changes to affect you,” said Steve Garten, public safety emergency manager.

Flagler County is asking residents to respect evacuation requests, especially on the barrier island. Once sustained winds reach 45 mph, the bridge close and first responders may not be able to respond to the area.

Flagler County Beachside Access to be Limited

As weather conditions continue to deteriorate, access to the coastal areas of Flagler County will be limited. Beginning at 4:00 today, law enforcement officers will restrict traffic to only residents or those with legitimate business needs on the barrier island. Those wishing to enter the area will need to show proof of identification before they will be allowed to cross. Law enforcement officers will remain in place until weather conditions get to the point where it is no longer safe for them. At that time, they will relocate to a safe location until the worst of the storm subsides. Additionally, all bridges are scheduled to be closed at midnight. Westbound traffic will still be allowed, but keep in mind, the weather will deteriorate quickly during the evening making driving conditions dangerous. Also, tolls on the Hammock Dunes Bridge, which are collected on eastbound lanes, have been suspended.

Flagler County Schools

All after school events canceled. Wednesday, October 5th. Extended-day programs will continue. Additionally, classes and school activities for Thursday and Friday, October 6th and 7th have been canceled because of Hurricane Matthew.

Volusia County Schools

All Volusia County schools will be closed Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7, due to the Hurricane Matthew.  Follow Volusia County Schools on Facebook and Twitter for the latest school-related updates.  We will continue normal operations today, Wednesday, October 5, including athletic events and extended day.

Courthouse closures

Due to Hurricane Matthew, Chief Judge Terence R. Perkins has ordered the closure of all courthouses in the 7th Judicial Circuit on Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7.

 However, First Appearance hearings will be conducted Thursday morning in all four counties.  There will be no First Appearances on Friday.  Weather and facilities permitting, First Appearances will resume on Saturday, Oct. 8 and normal courthouse operations will resume on Monday Oct. 10.

The 7th Circuit includes Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties. This order affects the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell, the Putnam County Courthouse in Palatka, the Richard O. Watson Judicial Center in St. Augustine, the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand, the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach and the two Volusia County Courthouse Annexes in Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach.

During this emergency, all court deadlines will be extended and all scheduled court hearings will be rescheduled when court resumes.

ERAU Cancels Classes-
Embry-Riddle continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew and its potential impact on the Daytona Beach area. The Daytona Beach Campus and Worldwide Campus headquarters will be closed Thursday (all day) through Saturday to students and employees.Unless specifically directed, employees should remain off campus. The university will provide updates at 3 p.m. daily. The university will remain closed until we provide an announcement about the reopening of campuses.

The Residence Halls will stay open for resident students. Food options will be available and safety and residence life staff will remain to care for the campus and our students.

Due to the potential for inclement weather, all events planned Thursday through Saturday have been canceled. This includes, but is not limited to the Industry/Career Expo, alumni/Homecoming events and concerts, and the College of Business 50-year anniversary celebration.

For the latest information from the university, check your email regularly and visit Embry-Riddle’s Newsroom.

Stetson University Campus Update:

Stetson University will cancel classes today, Oct. 5, at noon and encourages students to head home and seek safe shelter from Hurricane Matthew.

Residence halls will close Thursday, Oct. 6, at noon. If students have no place to shelter, Stetson University will work with them to provide safe and appropriate accommodations.

Students are asked to fill out an evacuation information form, available to all residential students through Housing Central, accessible through Students are encouraged to check in with families and let them know their plans.

Essential personnel will remain on Stetson’s DeLand campus. All events and classes are canceled from noon today, Wednesday, Oct. 5, through Sunday. Today’s 1:30 p.m. faculty forum with a candidate for Stetson’s Executive Vice President and Provost position will take place as planned in the Lynn Business Center’s Rinker Auditorium and so will an open forum with staff, faculty and students there at 3.45 p.m. today.

  • Students with pets can seek shelter with their pet at the Volusia County Fairgrounds off State Road 44, west of DeLand, starting Thursday, Oct. 6Do not leave pets in residence halls.
  • University staff will work through the end of today, Oct. 5. Thursday and Friday are paid days off. Staff should check with supervisors to see if they are considered essential personnel.

Stetson officials are closely monitoring information from the National Hurricane Center regarding Hurricane Matthew. Stetson will send messages to students, faculty and staff by email, and update Stetson Today and social media pages regarding any additional impact on school operations.

Daytona State Campus Update:

Due to Hurricane Matthew Daytona State College will cancel all evening classes on Wednesday, October 5th and remain closed through the weekend.  Daytona State College will reopen Monday, October, 1oth at 8 a.m.  For updates please see the Daytona State Facebook page, or call 386-506-HELP.

Volusia County prepares beaches for hurricane:

To prepare for Hurricane Matthew, staff from Beach Safety is making the
area as safe as possible during the next couple of days.

Volusia County beaches will be closed to vehicle access at 5 p.m. today
and will remain closed until the hurricane passes and conditions
improve. Beach officials are removing portable lifeguard towers, traffic
signs and other items. Beach access fee booths will be removed by

Beach safety is flying the red flag, which indicates dangerous ocean
conditions. If conditions warrant, officials may fly the double red
flag, which means water activities are not permitted. Violation of the
double red flag warning is prohibited by county ordinance. The public is
discouraged from going to the beach during the next couple of days due
to expected high winds, rough surf and rip currents.

Below is a list of sandbag locations:

Volusia County
Volusia County residents may pick up sandbags from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the following locations:
● Pfc. Emory L Bennett Veterans Park, 1365 Veterans Memorial Parkway,
Orange City
● Oak Hill Fire Station, 213 N. U.S. 1, Oak Hill

Flagler County
Flagler County will provide sand and bags at the following locations:
● Fire Station 71, 89 E. County Road 2006, western Flagler County
● Fire Station 41, 5593 N. Oceanshore Blvd., in the Hammock
● Fire Station 92, at the Flagler Executive Airport, 201 Airport Road

Sandbag materials are available in limited amounts and on a first-come,
first-served basis.

Flagler County and the cities of Bunnell and Flagler Beach have
stations where citizens can get sandbags and sand. For information on
those locations and other storm-preparation information, visit

Bunnell and Flagler Beach
The cities of Bunnell and Flagler Beach will provide sand and bags at
the following locations:
● Bunnell Fire Station 62, 1601 Old Moody Blvd.
● Flagler Beach Fire Station 1, 320 S. Flagler Ave.

Daytona Beach-The City of Daytona Beach has sandbags at the Public Works facility,
950 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach. Sandbags are available 24 hours a day
until further notice; there is a limit of 10 bags per vehicle.

DeBary-The City of DeBary will provide sand and bags to city residents in the
parking lot of Town Hall, 16 Colomba Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Residents should bring a
shovel and be prepared to fill their own bags. There is a limit of 10
bags per household. Identification is required.

DeLand-The City of DeLand will have sand and bags available until 5 p.m. today
and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the parking lot off of Hubbard Avenue
near Conrad Park. Residents will be limited to 10 bags.

Deltona-The City of Deltona will have sandbags available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday at Festival Park, 191 Howland Blvd., Deltona,
(next to Wal-Mart). Residents can pick up 12 filled sandbags and 12
empty bags that they can fill at home.

Edgewater-Edgewater residents may fill their own sandbags at these locations:
● Fire Station 57, 2628 Hibiscus Drive
● Menard May Park, 413 South Riverside Drive
● Mango Tree Lake, 901 Mango Tree Drive
● Airpark staging area, 1898 Airpark Road
Residents must bring their own bags. Bags may be purchased at local
home supply centers; heavy duty garbage bags may be used. Bring your own

Holly Hill-The City of Holly Hill has sand and bags available in front of the
Public Works Department, 453 LPGA Blvd. Sand will be available 24 hours
a day until the storm has passed. Residents must bring shovels and fill
their own bags.

Oak Hill-The City of Oak Hill has sand and bags available, which can be picked
up between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at City Hall, 234 U.S. Hwy. 1, Oak Hill.
Residents must supply their own shovel and fill their own bags.

Orange City-Orange City Public Works will have sandbags available from 8 a.m. to
noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at the
Waggin’ Trail Dog Park, 1201 S. Leavitt Ave. Sand, bags and shovels will
be provided. Residents must fill their own bags. There is a limit of 10
sandbags per household.  For more information, call 386-775-5447.

Ormond Beach-Ormond Beach residents may pick up sandbags at the Ormond Beach Public Works Department, 501 N. Orchard St., from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and
beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Each household may receive 10 sandbags.
Residents must provide identification.

Palm Coast-Sand and bags are available at Palm Coast Public Works, 1 Wellfield
Grade, off U.S. 1 just north of Palm Coast Parkway.
Sand and bags are available separately at several locations within the
city of Palm Coast. For more information about these locations, call
386-986-2360, or visit

The most up-to-date information can be found on Volusia County’s
Emergency Management Facebook page. We also encourage residents to
follow us on Twitter at VCEmergencyInfo and check for

Flagler County– Update: The Flagler County Emergency Operations Center has extended the call in center hours until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The call in number is 386-586-5111. Calls will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday as well.

Earlier information below:

The Flagler County Emergency Operations Center is operating at a heightened status, and has set up a call-in center for residents with questions.“Our team of volunteers have been activated to man the phones, and the call line number is up and working,” said Steve Garten, public safety emergency manager.

That call in number will be 386-586-5111.

“We are doing our best to make sure everyone gets their questions answered,” Garten said. “Fill your car up with gasoline, make sure your important documents are in a water-tight container, and, of course, make sure you have water and non-perishable food.”

Volunteers are currently scheduled to answer the phones between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. If the weather conditions warrant it, the call-in center will be operational on Friday.


Official Volusia County Update:

Powerful Hurricane Matthew is forecast to move through the Bahamas
today and Wednesday, and then move northward offshore and parallel to
Florida’s east coast Thursday and Friday, according to the National
Weather Service. The storm is slow moving and the track has shifted more
to the west. It is anticipated Hurricane Matthew will pass Volusia
County closer than originally anticipated. Due to the expected continued
changes with the track, the expected impact from the storm is continuing
to evolve. As of the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center,
Volusia County is expected to receive 4-6 inches of rain, beach erosion
and sustained winds of 35-45 mph and possibly higher beginning late
Thursday night.

Volusia County emergency officials are drafting a local state of
emergency declaration that will be presented to the Volusia County
Council for approval on Thursday. The declaration will help officials
coordinate resources if Volusia County has significant impacts from
Hurricane Matthew.

Emergency Operations Center activation
The Volusia County emergency operations center will partially activate
from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The center will fully activate at 8
a.m. Thursday and remain activated through the duration of the storm,
until conditions improve in Volusia County.

Citizens Information Center
The Volusia County Citizen Information Center (CIC) is open and can be
reached at 866-345-0345. The CIC will remain open Tuesday until 6 p.m.
It will also be open Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, the CIC
will open at 8 a.m. and remain open through Friday, until conditions

There are no evacuations at this time. There are three shelters on
standby if voluntary evacuations are needed.

Beach preparations
Volusia County beaches will be closed for vehicle access at 5 p.m.
today. Beach officials are removing the toll booths and all items from
the beach. The public is discouraged from going to the beach during the
next couple of days due to the expected high winds, rough surf and rip


Ormond Beach residents needing assistance:

Individuals, who are shut in and are in need of assistance, can contact the Police Department main number at 677-0731; after hours, they can call the non-emergency dispatch at 386-248-1777.

Anyone needing information can call the Volusia County Citizen Information Center (CIC) at 866-345-0345.  The CIC will remain open on Tuesday, October 4 until 6 p.m.  It will also be open Wednesday, October 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  On Thursday, October 6, it will open at 8 a.m. and remain open through Friday, until weather conditions improve.

Daytona Beach DOH–  With Hurricane Matthew threatening Volusia County, some residents may plan to evacuate their homes. Ensuring access to medications should be part of the evacuation plan, according to the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Volusia County. The Department recommends taking the following actions:

  • Call your doctor now and request a 30-day supply of medication, if possible.
  • Keep prescription medications in the issued labeled containers. This will assist providers if refills are needed.
  • Place bottled and packaged medications in a plastic bag to keep them dry. Also protect them from extreme temperatures.
  • Make a list of all medications including how they should be taken, what time, etc.
  • List any allergies, as well as foods you need to avoid. Your doctor’s name and emergency phone number should also be on this list. Make copies of the list. Put one copy with your medications; give one to a friend, and keep one with you at all times.
  • Pack your medications now to have ready to carry with you at a moment’s notice.
  • If you are taking prescription narcotic pain medications, keep them with you at all times.
  • If you are on a special diet or require special supplements, take a two-week supply with you.
  • Additional over the counter items you may consider include pain relievers, antacids, laxatives/suppositories, Imodium, Benadryl, decongestants, antibiotic ointments, a first aid kit, and lubricating eye drops.

Flagler County cancels events:Flagler County is cancelling two upcoming events as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

Flagler County Citizens Academy scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday will be cancelled. All participants have been notified by phone.

Additionally, Access Flagler First, always scheduled for on the first Friday every other month, is cancelled this Friday, Oct. 7.

“Pastor (Charles) Silano and I look forward to seeing you on Friday, Dec. 2,” said Janet Nickels, program manager for Flagler County Human Services. “If you know of someone who regularly attends this event, please let them know and help us get the word out.”

Other closures will be announced as weather dictates.

DeLand–  The City of DeLand is urging the public to make preparations for Hurricane Matthew, which could start affecting the region as early as Thursday.

 “Please do not wait to begin preparing,” said City Manager Michael Pleus. “The last thing we want is for the storm to shift further west and our residents be caught off guard.”

 Hurricane Matthew, which has battered Haiti and Jamaica, is forecast to move through the Bahamas on Wednesday and is expected to approach the east coast of Florida Thursday night into Friday. Tropical storm conditions are possible Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service Office in Melbourne.

Pleus said people should also review emergency plans, make sure emergency supply kits are ready to go and continue to monitor information concerning the path of Hurricane Matthew. For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane, please go to

 The city will continue to provide updates on social media. To receive information, like the “City of DeLand, FL” on Facebook or follow @CityofDeLand on Twitter. Emergency information may also be obtained by liking “Volusia County Emergency Management” on Facebook or following @VCEmergencyInfo on Twitter.

Flagler County -Flagler County officials are encouraging residents to sign up for the CodeRED weather warning notifications and for those requiring additional assistance to apply for the special needs evacuation shelter registry.

“Weather conditions can change rapidly,” said Steve Garten, Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager. “We especially want to make sure we have everyone with special needs registered as Hurricane Matthew approaches.” 

More specifically, individuals who should register for special needs evacuation sheltering are people who require assistance with daily living or who have medical conditions that prevent or hinder their ability to care for themselves. 

Residents with computer access can register for either or both online at

The direct link for CodeRED is The link to the special needs application is

“We as a county are making the necessary preparations to take care of the health and safety of our residents,” said County Administrator Craig Coffey. “Signing up for these services now will help us to help you.”

City of Daytona Beach:

With the potential for Hurricane Matthew to impact the City of Daytona Beach, the Daytona Beach Fire Department is preparing for any affects that may result. Despite the track of the storm, the East coast of Florida is expected to experience rain, high wind speeds, and rough surf. Additional fire personnel has been put on standby to be available for duty as the hurricane nears Florida.

We encourage all residents to continue to monitor the storm closely and begin preparations well in advance. It is recommended that a disaster supply kit be prepared and include items such as food and water, medications and first aid supplies, and other necessary items such as flashlights and batteries to last three to seven days.  Additionally, please have an evacuation plan ready should it become necessary and familiarize yourself with the available shelters that would fit your family’s needs.

Currently, in the City of Daytona Beach, sandbags are available at the Public Works facility located at 950 Bellevue Ave. A maximum of ten bags will be available per resident on a self-serve basis.

Ormond Beach Casements:

Due to the potential adverse weather that may impact our area this week, The Casements will close at noon on Thursday, October 6, and remain closed through Friday, October 7, 2016.

Volusia County-It’s time to make your family plan, safeguard your home

With Hurricane Matthew expected to make a westerly turn and affect East
Central Florida on Thursday and Friday, Volusia County’s emergency
management officials are urging residents to develop a family plan and
take steps to safeguard their homes.
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 cell phone
●       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.

Step 3: Fill your gas tank and get cash.
Make sure your gas tank is full and you have extra cash on hand.

Step 4: Take steps to safeguard your home and property.
Store lawn furniture and other loose items inside. Double-check
tie-down straps and anchors if you live in a mobile/manufactured home.
Walk around your home and evaluate the roof, windows, garage doors,
patio doors, screen enclosed rooms, landscaping, etc., to see what
protective measures you need to take.

Stay tuned to local media outlets to receive storm updates. County
updates will be available at

Residents are also encouraged to sign up to receive emergency telephone
or email notifications from Volusia County’s Emergency Management
Division at


City of Palm Coast announces sandbag locations:

In preparation for Hurricane Matthew, the City of Palm Coast has sand and sandbags available for residents at several locations. Palm Coast sand stations are self-serve – residents should bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill the bags.

A self-service sand station and sandbags are available during daylight hours at:

  • Palm Coast Public Works Yard, 1 Wellfield Grade, off U.S. 1 just north of Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast.

In addition, empty sandbags (but no sand) are available during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at:

  • Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE, (corner of Palm Coast Parkway and Club House Drive), Palm Coast.
  • Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave., Palm Coast.
  • Palm Coast Utility Department, 2 Utility Drive, Palm Coast.

Then, those empty sandbags can be filled at these two additional self-service sand stations:

  • Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
  • Seminole Woods Neighborhood Park, 350 Sesame Blvd., Palm Coast

For more information, call Palm Coast Customer Service at 386-986-2360.


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