The Army Corps of Engineers can make temporary repairs to standard shingled roofs damaged by Hurricane Irma. Under “Operation Blue Roof,” the agency can install a free, temporary roof to those who qualify. Call 1-888-ROOF-BLU, or 1-888-766-3258.
For those in designated areas in Florida, registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov is the quickest way to register for federal assistance, including FEMA assistance. If survivors do not have access to the internet, they may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If survivors use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), they should call 800-621-3362 directly.
Marion Disaster Recovery Network fund announced today that the local group has activated due to Hurricane Irma in Marion County. The Marion Disaster Recovery Network offers assistance to residents of Marion County after a natural disaster strikes. They are comprised of a network of community partners who are able to help those in our community rebuild their homes during the long-term recovery period. Contributions to assist those in need are now being accepted. This fund will help meet the storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the county. Checks can be made payable to Marion Disaster Recovery Network (MDRN). Mail your contribution to: United Way of Marion County, PO Box 1086, Ocala, Fl. 34478. Online contributions can be accepted at www.uwmc.org/give-or-get-help/marion-disaster-recovery-network/ If you need any social service assistance, call United Way’s free information and referral line 2-1-1. Information on applications for individuals looking for assistance through this fund will be forthcoming.
- Boil water before use, holding it at rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, brushing teeth, washing food, cooking, or washing dishes.
- Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 tsp – this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of plain unscented household bleach (4 to 6% strength) per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure once. If high strength bleach is used (8.25% strength), add 7 drops.
- Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.
- Use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.
- Disinfect your well using the procedures available from your county or state health department: http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/private-well-testing/index.html. You may also visit the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) website for instructions: http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/whatdo.cfm
- If available, have your water tested by your county health department or by a laboratory certified by the State of Florida to perform a drinking water analysis for coliform bacteria.
U.S. 41 at the Santa Fe Bridge is now OPEN
State Road 47 at the Santa Fe River is OPEN
U.S. 129 bridge over the Santa Fe River at the Gilchrist County and Suwannee County line IS OPEN.
SR 26 at Hatch Creek.
Cr 236 near 241.
US 27 at the Santa Fe Bridge
SR 26 near SR 222
Lake Shore Drive, from SR 26 to SR 20
NE 21st Street, 18000 Block between NE 156th Ave to NE 192 Ave
SE 27th Street, 3600 Block
CR 236, between CR 241 and CR 239
CR 1491, 28000 Block Between NW 182nd Terrace and NW 278 Ave.
CR 1493, from NW 234 Ave to Santa Fe River
NW 227 Drive, from NW 238 Ave to Old Bellamy Road.
SE 225 Drive, 20000 Block between SE 177 Ave and SE 219 Ave.
SE 225 Drive, 8400 to 8500 Block
SE 24 Ave, between SR 301 and SE 171 Street
CR 234, at Prairie Creek Bridge.
NW 177 Ave, from SR 121 to CR 231
DO NOT LEAVE YARD DEBRIS IN THE ROAD- it clogs stormwater drains.
When a traffic light is out REMEMBER to treat it as a 4-WAY STOP.
Lake water levels are high after Hurricane Irma. Treat all lakes as a no-wake zone and proceed at a speed no greater than what is required to maintain steerageway and headway to avoid flooding nearby homes. An official no-wake zone is in effect and being enforced on the St. Johns River in Astor until further notice.
Gainesville Health & Fitness will be opening its locker room and shower facilities to those without power. Please bring your own towels and toiletries.
Ocala Regional Medical Center is hosting the following blood drives. The OneBlood Big Red Bus will be located at the front of Ocala Regional Medical Center on the following days/times:
|Flooding safety tips
Know what to do before, during and after the storm
|There’s still time to prepare for our upcoming visit from Hurricane Irma. The expected heavy rain associated with a storm of this magnitude is likely to cause flooding in parts of Marion County. Use the below tips to stay safe before, during and after the storm.
– Create a communications plan. Choose a specific person to contact for status updates and a safe location to meet up with family members if ever separated.
– Assemble an emergency kit. Have enough food, water and medication to last at least three days; don’t forget about pets!
– Know your risk. Find the latest flood zone map here: MarionCountyFL.org/Flooding.
– Sign up for notifications. Register at AlertMarion.com for emergency updates.
– Stay informed and obey evacuation orders. Monitor local radio and television, internet and social media for updates.
– Practice electrical safety. Do not enter any room with electrical outlets or cords submerged.
– Avoid flood waters. Turn around, don’t drown! Water may be deeper than it appears.
– Stay informed. Monitor local radio and television, internet and social media for updates.
– Stay safe. If unsure of your water’s safety, bring it to a rapid boil for at least one minute before drinking, cooking or cleaning with it. Never use a portable generator inside your home or garage; carbon monoxide poisoning is a leading cause of death after storms.
– Stay put, if you can. Avoid high water and disaster areas, heed road closed signs and wait for the “all clear.”
– Contact your friends and loved ones. Register with or search the American Red Cross’ Safe and Well listing at SafeAndWell.communityos.org/cms/.
For more information on emergency and disaster response activities, visit MarionSO.com/emergency-management.
• Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each
hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be
your home but within the community.
• Determine escape routes and places to meet.
• Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact.
• Have a plan for pets in case an evacuation is ordered.
• Keep emergency telephone numbers by the phone; make sure children
know how and when to call 911.
• Check insurance coverage — flood damage is not usually covered by
• Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
• Make sure you have an NOAA weather radio, and remember to replace
its battery every six months.
• Take first aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
• Make plans to secure property. Permanent storm shutters offer the
best protection for windows. Another option: Board up windows with
plywood that is cut to fit and ready to install. Do not
• Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten the roof to
the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
What to do when the storm is coming
• Most important: Listen to the radio or TV for information.
• If someone in your home depends on electric-powered, life-sustaining
equipment, review your family emergency plan for backup power or make
arrangements to evacuate.
- Click here for an emergency check list for your pets.
• Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters and wrap them in
• Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment.
• Secure your home, close storm shutters, secure outdoor objects or
bring them indoors.
• Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the
refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings ahead of time to keep
food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.
• Turn off propane tanks.
• Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes, such as cleaning and
flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
What to do during the storm
• Go to your safe room — a small interior room, closet or hallway on
the lowest level.
• Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors.
• Close all interior doors. Secure and brace all external doors.
• Keep curtains and blinds closed. Remember that a “lull” might be
the eye of the storm; winds could pick up again.
• If the roof begins to leak or rain blows in around doors and
windows, do not go outside to repair damage during the storm.
After the storm
• Watch for downed power lines that are still live.
• Don’t strike matches until you are sure no gas is leaking.
• Look out for broken glass, nails and other sharp debris.
• Snakes and other dangerous animals could be on the loose.
• Do not use water until the local water utility, through the media,
says it is safe to do so. Use only bottled or disinfected water.
• If your home is damaged, be aware that it still may collapse.
• Be on the lookout for possible looters.
• Avoid driving: Roads may be littered with debris and traffic lights
may not be working.
Boil at rolling boil for 10 minutes, let cool, add a pinch of salt for
taste, and then pour the water back and forth between clean containers
to reduce flat taste.
Chlorination: Use unscented liquid chloride bleach, add eight drops to
each gallon of water, and then stir and let stand for 30 minutes. If
water does not have slight chlorine odor, repeat the dosage and let
stand for 15 minutes.
Chlorine or iodine tablets: Follow directions on the package, but if
directions are not given use one tablet for each quart of water. Make
sure the tablet dissolves and mix thoroughly. Let stand for 30 minutes.
Liquid iodine: Add five drops of 2 percent iodine to each quart of clear
water, for cloudy water, add 10 drops of 2 percent iodine to each quart
of water. Mix thoroughly and let stand for 30 minutes.
Public information lines:
• American Red Cross: 352-376-4669.
• Salvation Army: 732-8326.
• The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): 1-800-621-3362 or
1-800-462-7585 (TTY for hearing-impaired)
• For social service assistance: 211 (United Way help line.)
In case of power outages:
City of Ocala: 351-6666
Duke Energy: 1-800-228-8485
GRU – 352-334-2871
Withlacoochee River Electric: 795-4382
Marion County Emergency 352-622-3205
Alachua County Emergency 352-264-6500
Gilchrist County Emergency 352-463-3198
Levy County Emergency 352-486-5213
Dixie County Emergency 352-498-1240
Marion County Sheriff Non-Emergency Questions 352-369-6807
Alachua County Sheriff Non-Emergency Questions 352-955-1818
Gilchrist County Non-Emergency Questions 352-463-3410
Levy County Non-Emergency Questions 352-486-5111
Dixie County Non-Emergency Questions 352-498-1231
Florida Highway Patrol 800-395-8248
Florida Highway Patrol Marion County 352-732-1260
Florida Highway Patrol Alachua County 352-955-1960
Florida Highway Patrol Gilchrist County 352-498-1374
Florida Highway Patrol Levy County 352-498-1374
Florida Highway Patrol Dixie County 352-498-1374
Marion County Sheriff’s Office 352-732-9111
Alachua County Sheriff’s Office 352-367-4000
Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office 352-463-3410
Levy County Sheriff’s Office 352-486-5111
Dixie County Sheriff’s Office 352-498-1220
• Florida Division of Emergency Management: www.floridadisaster.org.
• National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: www.noaa.gov.
• National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov.
• Florida Department of Financial Services: www.myfloridacfo.com.
• The National Hurricane Survival Initiative: www.hurricanesafety.org
• American Red Cross: www.redcross.org.