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Hurricane Map
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Tropical storms and hurricanes are common in Florida and begins June 1 and ends November 30. 

These storms impacting the Winter Garden area directly are low, but it is smart to be prepared as storms can change quickly and bring hazards in many forms. Staying up to date and informed is critical in making decisions to protect your family and home.


Pick a news station that you find most reliable to provide you information to make smart decisions. You can also download the OCFL Alert app to be notified on your mobile.

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OCFL Alert App



Although Winter Garden is not along the coast and not in any major evacuation zones, check your home location to see if you are susceptible to flooding. If you plan to evacuate, know what city you are going to and where you will be staying.


Know the difference between depressions, storms, and hurricanes.


Tropical Depression

Maximum sustained winds below 39 mph

Tropical Storm

Maximum sustained winds below 73 mph


Sustained winds above 75 mph


Category 1

74 - 95 mph


Category 2

96 - 110 mph


Category 3

111 - 129 mph


Category 4

130 - 156 mph


Category 5

157 mph & Up

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Hurricane Safety Procedures

Early preparations and understanding risks are key to being hurricane resilient. It’s easy to push off getting prepared during the summer months when you’re enjoying the beach. But don’t wait!

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Prepare Your Pets

Pets are important to your family, they need to be included in your family’s emergency plan.


Free Sandbag Pick Up For Winter Garden Residents

The City will have free, ready-made sandbags in limited quantities available for easy pick up exclusively for Winter Garden residents. Please see details below.

Daily Schedule:

•       Saturday, September 24:   1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

•       Sunday, September 25:   Closed for Sandbag assembly

•       Monday, September 26:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

•       Tuesday, September 27:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

•       Wednesday, September 28:   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

•       Additional dates to be determined.

Location: Public Services Complex, 880 W. Bay Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Required: Bring ID/proof of Winter Garden residency

Maximum number of bags per household: 10

Cost: Free

This is a drive-up location and preassembled bags will be placed in resident’s vehicle.

For further information, call 407.656.4111.

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Pet Friendly Hotels

Search for hotels that are pet friendly and will provide an amazing experience for you and your pets.

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Self-Serve Sandbag Program

To help residents prepare for the peak of hurricane season, Orange County Government is hosting its free, Self-Serve Sandbag Program at five Parks and Recreation sites across the county.


Basic Supply List

This list is based off FEMA’s Emergency Supply List. Be Prepared for any situation.

Local Businesses that have the items you need

  • Target

  • Lowe's

  • Petsmart

  • Staples​


Emergencies call 911

Non-Emergency Information


Social Service and Mental Health


For Utility Outages:
Duke Energy: 1-800-228-8485
Apopka Gas emergency: 1-800-542-3344
Orange County Utilities: 407-836-5515

FEMA: 1-800-621-3362

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