Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, along with all of the city council members, appeared with Orlando Utilities Commission officials Wednesday to brief on the preparations for Hurricane Matthew — namely, that people should be careful and stay safe.
Emergency Manager Manuel Soto said the storm’s impact would likely be “significant” and warned that power may go down in the city. He implored residents to take action now and have all their supplies ready — he said they definitely shouldn’t wait until tomorrow to do it.
Dyer said city employees would be at work Thursday, Oct. 6, but would be off on Friday, except those involved in operations surrounding Hurricane Matthew, who would work both Thursday and Friday.
In addition, garbage pickup for residents with Thursday service would continue as normal, but Friday’s services would be suspended and instead pick up on Saturday.
Those who need a place to store their vehicles in the storm can park their cars in the garage on Jefferson Street for no charge — the arm will go up at 5 p.m. and those parking cars there will have to have them out by Friday at 5 p.m., unless the weather is still bad enough to warrant keeping them there.
He said the Friday Garth Brooks concert has been rescheduled to Sunday, when the weather is supposed to have cleared up.
OUC Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Community Relations Roseann Harrington briefed on what OUC is doing: namely, if the power goes out, they’ll be working to restore it as soon as the weather allows. Critical services such as hospitals, police, and fire will be up first.
She urged anyone who experiences a power outage to call them at 407-423-9018.
Dyer ended the briefing by reminding residents to stay safe, but also to help out their neighbors when they could, too.
“During hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jean in 2004, neighbors reached out to neighbors, and watched out for each other,” he said. “I encourage everyone to be in that mode again. If there are elderly folks living near you, check on them. Just be careful and be responsible.”