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Congressman Darren Soto

Representing the 9th District of Florida

Hurricane Irma: Resources for District 9

Friends –

Now that we are in the recovery phase from Hurricane Irma, I am working alongside our local government and my colleagues at the federal level to assess the damage and do everything possible to rebuild our community.  

Below you will find a compilation of resources and emergency contact information, listed county by county, that may be useful as you recover from this severe storm. We will be updating this page with the latest school and district announcements. 

My offices in Kissimmee, Haines City, Lake Nona, Lake Wales, and Winter Haven are closed until we get power restored. You can always contact my D.C. office should you need any assistance: (202) 225-9889.

 A sincere thank you to all the emergency management team, first responders, police departments, healthcare workers, and thousands of volunteers that have been working to keep Florida safe throughout this catastrophic storm.

Stay strong, 

Darren Soto


FEMA Assistance to Individuals and Households 

The Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs if they are unable to meet the needs through other means. Assistance includes: Housing repair, replacement, and construction, and grants for uninsured, disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs.

Click here for more information on the disaster declaration and assistance programs. Have property damage? You can call 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-621-FEMA to register.


Do not proceed to any shelter until you have confirmed that it is open and operating.


  • Osceola County: Schools closed Friday, September 8, and Monday, September 11
  • Polk County: Schools to be closed Friday, September 8
  • Orange County: OCPS schools will be open Friday, Sept. 8. University of Central Florida classes are canceled until Monday, September 18, 2017. 



  • Call 911 for any emergency 
  • State of Florida Emergency Information 24-hour hotline: 1-800-342-3557

Polk County

Orange County

  • Orange County Emergency Management Phone: (407) 836-9026 Email: 
  • American Red Cross: Greater Orlando Chapter (Orange, Osceola, Seminole Counties) 407-894-4141
  • Orange County Sheriff’s office (407)254-7100
  • Orlando LGBT Emergency Response Line: 888-773-1665
  • Orlando International Airport: Orlando International Airport will cease commercial flights at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept., 9, 2017. Guests are asked to check their current flight status with their airlines.
  • Orange County Public Schools: On Sept. 7, 2017, at 8:27 p.m., Gov. Rick Scott ordered all public K-12 schools closed in the state of Florida beginning Friday, Sept. 8 and including Monday, Sept. 11. Orange County Public Schools is following the Governor’s order. 
  • Orange County Utilities- 407-836-5515
  • Orange County Water Division- 407-254-9850

Osceola County

  • Osceola County Emergency Management  Phone: (407) 742-9000 
  • American Red Cross: Greater Orlando Chapter (Orange, Osceola, Seminole Counties) 407-894-4141
  • Osceola Sheriff’s Office: 2586 Partin Settlement Rd Kissimmee, FL 34744 Phone: 407-348-2222 Emergency: 407-742-5911
  • Kissimmee Utility Authority- 407-933-7777
  • Toho Water Authority- 407-944-5000


  • Those interested in volunteering to assist in Florida, visit: Individuals looking to volunteer at shelters, should complete shelter operations training online and submit a registration form. Since the damages are unknown as of now, potential volunteers are asked to seek opportunities with charitable organizations that are currently stocking supplies. If you are a nurse and available to volunteer, please email to volunteer.

  • As the storm is anticipated to affect other areas in the Southeast, the need for volunteers is expected to extend beyond Florida.  Anyone looking to get involved after Hurricane Irma has passed, is encouraged to volunteer with local and nationally known organizations. A list of volunteer websites are available at

  • For those in Washington, D.C. interested in helping Florida, the Florida House on Capitol Hill is organizing an effort to collect and transport supplies for the Hurricane Irma relief effort. They will be collecting essential supplies until Friday, September 15th to be delivered in Orlando on Saturday, September 16th. Volunteers interested in donating or box loading, please reach out to: Jordan Pic at 202-546-1555 or email: and/or Connie Parker at  703-624-1811 or email