No School Until Thursday, September 5th, and Everything you Need to Know for the Hurricane

Camilo Zeballos, Reporter

Today Osceola County sent out an alert stating that due to Hurricane Dorian, there would be no school on Tuesday, September 3rd and Wednesday, September 4th. This is because many of our schools are needed as shelters for those coming from the coast and other refugees from the storm.

If you, or a family member do not have shelter yet please call (407) 742-0000 to find out what shelters are open. For pet friendly shelters call (407) 742-9000.

Safety Numbers:

Kissimmee Utility Authority  407-933-7777

Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990

Florida Emergency Information: 1-800-342-3557

Emergency referral line: 211

FEMA Registration: 800-621-3362 | 800-462-7585

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: 800-435-7352

Elder Affairs: 800-963-5337

Florida Insurance Claim Hotline: 800-277-8676

Unemployment Claims Emergency Hotline: 800-204-2418

DUKE CUSTOMERS: To report outages, you can text OUT to 57801 — standard text and data charges may apply. You can also call the automated outage-reporting system at 800.228.8485

TECO CUSTOMERS: To report outages, you can text OUT to 35069. You can also call 1-877-588-1010.

Sumter County Citizens’ Information Line at 352-569-3190.


Insurance Hotlines:

State Farm: 800-732-5246

Allstate: 800-547-8676

Citizens: 866-411-2742

Nationwide: 800-421-3535

USAA (Military): 800-531-8222


U.S. Coast Guard:

Sector San Juan Command Center: (787) 289-2041

Sector Miami Command Center (305) 535-4477

Sector St. Petersburg Command Center (305) 535-4477

Sector Jacksonville Command Center (904) 714-7500


Mobile Apps:

Florida Storms – Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Google Play iTunes

Florida 511 – Get up-to-the-minute, real-time traffic conditions and incident information for the State of Florida with Florida 511.

FEMA – mobile app

Red Cross – mobile apps

Byte to Bites – Byte to Bites is a free mobile application designed to help people find local food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets and locations where they can use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. After a disaster, people may have limited transportation options and the app can be helpful in finding the nearest food distribution location. Apple App StoreGoogle Play

Gas Buddy – Gas stations availability

Places to buy sandbags:

Sand Bags –

Sand bags –

Hercules Sand Bags The Home Depot

Flood Bags at