The National Weather Service in Tallahassee wants to remind you “As Idalia moves out, damage and flooding will make it dangerous to be out in the heavily affected areas. Please give first responders room to work, and make sure they have the ability to provide aide to folks who really need it!”

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Idalia Update

Per Alachua County Ready “Government Openings, Waste Collection, Shelters Closed, and Evacuation Order Rescinded Storm conditions have improved locally to the point that Alachua County is announcing the following actions:

Alachua County offices will be open on their regular schedules tomorrow, Thursday, August 31, 2023. In addition to Alachua County, the following entities will also resume regular schedules tomorrow:

• Alachua County Supervisor of Elections

• Alachua County Tax Collector

• Alachua County Property Appraiser

• Alachua County Clerk of the Court and the courts

• All County municipalities

• The University of Florida

• PK Yonge – Developmental Research School

• Santa Fe College

• Alachua County Public Schools

Fortunately, during the storm, there have been immediate responses to downed powerlines and trees. The Alachua County Public Works Department has removed 70 trees from roadways

.Curbside waste collection services will resume on Thursday, August 31. Garbage and recycling will be collected with a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. With the additional yard waste debris that has resulted from Hurricane Idalia, the waste collector may require additional time to complete the yard waste collection. Please prepare any yard waste so that no single container or item weighs more than 40 lbs., is 5 ft. in length, or has a diameter greater than 8 in. Any items that exceed those specifications will not be collected. Please do not place yard waste in the roadway.

The Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station will resume regular operations on Thursday, August 31. The facility will be open to the public beginning at 7 a.m.

The County’s five Rural Collection Centers will resume regular operations beginning Friday, September 1. The facilities will be open to the public beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Mandatory Evacuation Order for those living in mobile and manufactured homes, substandard housing, and areas prone to flooding is rescinded.

All general population shelters and the special needs shelter are closed.

Report damages due to Hurricane Idalia in Alachua County. Do not put yourself in danger to get a photo. Report downed trees by calling Alachua County Public Works at 352-213-2726. Find your provider to report power outages and view outage maps online.

The 311 Critical Information Line is deactivated.

Stay away from power lines, watch out for fallen power lines that may be hanging overhead, stay clear of fallen power lines and call the electric company to report it. If you feel you have a life-threatening or dangerous situation, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 352-955-1818.”

Hurricane Season Preparedness Guide

Hurricane season is here – keep current to stay safe! Explore available resources to support you in case of a tropical storm. WRUF and WUFT encourage everyone to become familiarized with the University of Florida’s emergency plans and take the necessary precautions in advance of a forecast.  UF’s outline for emergency management is below.


Anyone, including family members, may elect to receive UF Alerts for the Gainesville campus by downloading the GatorSafe app onto their mobile device. The app helps users make emergency calls, receive UF alerts and perform other functions that improve their personal safety and security. 

In addition to the UF homepage, which is the main resource for the latest information, updates will be provided via UF’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. UF’s Severe Weather Updates and Emergency Management websites also provide the latest information on weather alerts and resources to help you prepare for hurricane season. 

You can also monitor the UF Public Safety Twitter feed, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network offers a free Florida Storms app to stay informed about potential weather and other hazards. 

Frequently monitor local media (WRUF-TV [Cox Cable Channel 6], 89.1 FM, 103.7 FM and 850 AM) for storm updates and information from local officials. 

Information will be updated daily on UF’s Rumor Control Line: 1-866-UF-FACTS (866-833-2287). 

Live local coverage from the UF Weather Center is available at Statewide information from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network is available on the mobile app Florida Storms. Updates will also be available via the Florida Storms’ Twitter and Facebook page. 

The IFAS Disaster Preparation & Recovery website provides you with information on how you can protect yourself, your loved one and your property. 


  • Ensure your storm supply kit is stocked — instructions on how to build a kit may be found on the Emergency Management website. 
  • Fuel your vehicle. 
  • Inform family and friends of the plan, especially if sheltering in a different location than usual. 
  • Remove or secure outside items such as potted plants, grills and lawn furniture. 


  • Stay indoors and do not travel during the storm. 
  • If winds become strong, stay away from doors and windows. Take refuge in an interior room, closet or hallway. 
  • Do NOT use candles, which can increase fire risk. 
  • Understand that emergency services and scheduled bus routes might not be able to respond or operate during the storm. 

Whether you are a seasoned expert in hurricane preparedness, or this is a new experience, we hope this information helps to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

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