Hurricane Idalia Tracker
With Hurricane Idalia now leaving our area, we are happy to report that our buildings avoided any major storm impacts. As a result, all Embrace Families offices and service centers will be open for staff and partner use tomorrow, Aug. 31, at 8 a.m.
UPDATED 08.29.23 5:30 p.m.
To ensure the safety of our staff, partners and those we serve, Embrace Families has made the decision to close our buildings and service centers until after the storm passes. The buildings will close effective 6 p.m. today and remain closedÂ untilÂ we haveÂ assessed any damage or safety issues following the storm.Â During this time, while power and Internet remain available, our team members will continue to work remotely to fulfill priority and time-sensitive obligations.Â We will continue to provide updates as the storm progresses. As always, stay safe and stay in touch.
Tropical Storm Idalia has now been upgraded to a hurricane. While we await further information about the direction and anticipated storm impacts, our service center buildings remain open for essential business throughout the business day.
If it does become necessary to close the buildings due to safety issues in the coming days, we will provide updates on an ongoing basis. Our protocol is toÂ announce plans for building reopening after assessing any damage or safety issues once the storm has passed.Â During this time, while power and Internet remain available, our team members will continue to work remotely to fulfill priority and time-sensitive obligations.Â
While weâ€™re getting ready, we hope you are, too. Here are some links to help you finish your preparations:
- Orange CountyÂ www.orangecountyfl.net/tabid/3761/default.aspx
- Seminole CountyÂ www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/county-managers-office/prepare-seminole/hurricane-event.stml/
- Osceola CountyÂ www.osceola.org/agencies-departments/emergency-management/hurricane-center/
- National Hurricane CenterÂ www.noaa.gov/hurricane-prep
The Better Business Bureau also offers a host of resources to help you weather the storm and recover if you sustain damages, particularly how to avoid fraud and scams after disasters strike:Â www.bbb.org/all/natural-disasters/hurricanes
We will continue to provide updates as the storm progresses. In the meantime, please stay safe and stay in touch.
Embrace Families is monitoring the projected track of Tropical Storm Idalia. As a reminder to our youth, families and caregivers, as the storm progresses, expect to receive text, phone and email alerts from us through the Embrace Families emergency response system (ERS). Please reply to these messages when prompted. This will help us ensure that everyone is safe and accounted for. We will provide additional information and updates as they become available. In the meantime, please stay safe and stay in touch.