Hurricane Sally Recovery and Storm Updates

November 20, 2020
Storm and Recovery updates graphic for City of Orange Beach website
Orange Beach City Hall is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, call 251-981-6979
NOAA satellite imagery taken after Hurricane Sally available at https://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/sally/index.html#12/30.4129/-86.7294. 

HURRICANE SALLY RECOVERY UPDATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020 

FEMA Still Here to Assist Alabama’s Recovery from Hurricane Sally

HURRICANE SALLY RECOVERY UPDATE – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 

Hurricane Sally debris pickup in Orange Beach will temporarily stop for Thanksgiving holiday

The City of Orange Beach’s debris contractor CrowderGulf will temporarily suspend debris pickup operations through the Thanksgiving holiday, beginning on Tuesday, November 24th. Pickup will resume on Monday, November 30th. 

As of Thursday, November 19th, approximately 351,000 cubic yards of debris from the city right-of-ways (62% of which was vegetative) has been removed. That’s equivalent to roughly 16,000 dump trucks’ worth of debris. 

Additionally, other debris collection totals are as follows: 

  • 28,000 cubic yards of marine debris (floating)
  • 20,000 cubic yards of trail debris
  • 1,350 white goods (fridges, freezers, washers, dryers, etc.)
  • 198 units of E-waste (electronic waste)
  • 1,300 cubic yards of beach debris

About 1,250 dump truck loads of mulch (ground vegetative debris) are being shipped to provide fuel for power plants. 

The city hopes to end certain debris operations by the end of the year; however, the next phase of marine debris cleanup - locating/collecting submerged debris - has not started yet.  The city is close to 95% complete on right-of-way debris removal, 99% complete with vessel removal operation, but completion of the marine debris side of operations has yet to be determined because the vast majority of the remaining debris is sunken and extremely difficult to quantify. 

CITY SENDING DEBRIS CLEANUP NOTICES TO PROPERTY OWNERS: In an effort to fully recover from Hurricane Sally, the City is sending notices to property owners who have not cleaned up their property yet. Be it residential, commercial or vacant property, everyone needs to do their part to clean up and remediate the damage. We all need to be good neighbors. For questions, call Code Enforcement Officer Chuck Smith at 251-981-6978. 

HURRICANE SALLY RECOVERY UPDATE – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2020 

Two Days Remain to Register with FEMA, Apply for Federal Assistance

Montgomery, Ala. – Residents of Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties, with uninsured damage or losses from Hurricane Sally occurring September 14 – 16, 2020, have only two days left to apply to FEMA for federal disaster assistance grants.

The deadline is Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

FEMA registration is quick and easy. There are three ways to register:

  • Online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
  • Call the FEMA Help Line at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Toll free lines are open 6 a.m. to midnight, Central Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
  • Use FEMA’s disaster app on your smartphone. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, please visit www.fema.gov/mobile-app. 

FEMA disaster assistance grants may help eligible homeowners pay for basic repairs to make a home habitable. Grants may also provide homeowners and renters temporary rental assistance and aid with disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. The only way to apply for federal assistance is to register with FEMA.

FEMA grants do not need to be repaid, are not considered taxable income by the IRS, and will not affect Medicare, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Social Security benefits.

Alabama survivors with unmet needs resulting from Hurricane Sally can dial 2-1-1 for assistance.

The deadline for applying for a long-term, low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is also Nov. 19.

SBA provides help to survivors in the form of low-interest disaster loans. You may borrow up to $200,000 with a fixed interest rate as low as 1.188% to repair or replace your primary home to its pre-hurricane condition. The loan can be increased by 20% of the damages for mitigation measures, i.e., elevation, hurricane shutters, installation of a seawall or a safe room.

Homeowners and renters may be eligible to borrow up to $40,000 with a fixed interest rate as low as 1.188% to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, such as clothing, furniture, appliances and cars.

SBA’s disaster loans are also available for businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for physical losses. This includes rental properties. Small businesses and most nonprofits may be eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital loans. The maximum loan amount is $2,000,000. Interest rates are as low as 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.

You can apply for an SBA disaster loan online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. You can mail your application to SBA: Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76155. Or, you can call the SBA Customer Service Center number at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).

For more information on Alabama’s recovery from Hurricane Sally, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4563.

HURRICANE SALLY RECOVERY UPDATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 

ALDOT announces December 1st as last day for debris pickup for residents who live along U.S. Highways in Baldwin County

MOBILE, Ala.- The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) contractor CrowderGulf will begin the final pass of Hurricane Sally debris pickup for residents who live along U.S. highways and state routes in Baldwin County on Tuesday, December 1. Residents should place debris on the public right-of-way by Monday, November 30 or it may not be collected.

Public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. Residents are urged to separate the debris as follows:

  • VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)
  • CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (damaged components of buildings and structures such lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
  • LARGE GOODS (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)
  • ELECTRONIC WASTE (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)

Only loose debris will be collected, bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way

Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility. Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection until further notice. Debris should not be placed in the roadway shoulders. The attached flyer provides residents with a visual overview of the proper method to set debris on the right-of-way. 

Baldwin County Routes:

  • U.S. Highway- 31, 90, 98,
  • State Route- 59, 104, 180, 181, 182, 225, 287 [In Orange Beach this includes Canal Road West (180) and Perdido Beach Boulevard (182).]

(Please note: No specific end date has been determined yet for the City of Orange Beach's debris pickup.)

HURRICANE SALLY RECOVERY UPDATE – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020 

BOAT SALVAGE: To help facilitate matching boat owners to boats and improving the salvage process, the city is compiling a database. A Boat Salvage Form will need to be filled out. Click here to fill out a Boat Salvage Form and submit it online. For more information, contact City Hall at 251-981-6979. City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. A boat salvage yard has been set up through Green Co. and McInnis Construction, LLC; contact 251-200-4396 or email sallyboatrecovery@gmail.com

Just One Week Left to Apply for FEMA Assistance, SBA Disaster Loans

Montgomery, Ala. – Homeowners and renters of Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties with uninsured damage or losses from Hurricane Sally occurring September 14 – 16, 2020, have just one week left to apply to FEMA for federal disaster assistance and to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low interest disaster loans.

The deadline for both is Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

Although FEMA cannot make you whole, FEMA assistance may include grants for temporary housing and emergency home repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure. If you have a homeowner’s insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately, before applying to FEMA. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, if you don’t have insurance or are underinsured, you may receive assistance for uninsured losses.

Even if you applied with another agency or organization you should register with FEMA if you want to access federal disaster grants and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) long-term, low-interest disaster loans.

To register for assistance: 

  • Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.  Online applications must be completed no later than midnight on Nov. 19.
  • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Operators are multilingual and calls are answered 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

SBA provides help to survivors in the form of low-interest disaster loans. You may borrow up to $200,000 with a fixed interest rate as low as 1.188% to repair or replace your primary home to its pre-hurricane condition. The loan can be increased by 20% of the damages for mitigation measures, i.e., elevation, hurricane shutters, installation of a seawall or a safe room.

Homeowners and renters may also be eligible to borrow up to $40,000 with a fixed interest rate as low as 1.188% to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, such as clothing, furniture, appliances and cars.

SBA’s disaster loans are also available for businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for physical losses. This includes rental properties. Small businesses and most nonprofits may be eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital loans. The maximum loan amount is $2,000,000. Interest rates are as low as 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.

After you have registered with FEMA, you may be referred to SBA. You can apply for an SBA disaster loan online using the SBA’s https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. You can also mail your application to SBA: Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76155. 

You can also call the SBA Customer Service Center number at 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339).

The deadline for applying for an SBA disaster loan for physical damages is also Nov. 19.

For the latest information on Hurricane Sally, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4563.

HURRICANE SALLY RECOVERY UPDATE – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2020 

GRANT AVAILABLE FOR HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS: The Baldwin REALTORS® Foundation has obtained a grant from the National Association of REALTORS® to be used for relief due to Hurricane Sally.  This grant is available to anyone in our community who has suffered losses to their primary residence due to Hurricane Sally whether owned or leased. For homeowners, it can be used to cover one month's mortgage payment. For renters who were displaced from their rental residence, it can cover the security deposit or one month's rent for a new lease. Deadline to submit an application is December 1, 2020. Find details at https://www.baldwinrealtors.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Baldwin+REALTORS%C2%AE+Foundation.

HURRICANE SALLY RECOVERY UPDATE – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020 

Where to Go When FEMA Can’t Help? Just dial “2-1-1”

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – FEMA disaster assistance provides grants to help eligible homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and essential disaster-related needs. But not all hurricane survivors who applied for assistance are eligible; others are eligible for some aid, but may still have unmet needs.

Where can these survivors turn for help? Who can they call? Where can they go?

In Alabama, 2-1-1 Connects Alabama is a shortcut to health and human services agencies that can provide help to individuals and families recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sally.

By simply dialing “211,” those in need of assistance can be referred, and sometimes connected, to appropriate agencies and community organizations. 2-1-1 Connects Alabama works a bit like 911. Calls to 211 are routed to a calling center. From there referral specialists use databases of resources available from private and public health and human service agencies to match the callers’ needs to available resources and link, or refer, them directly to an agency or organization that can help.

Below are just some of the services 211 Connects Alabama can help callers access:

  • Basic Human Needs Resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance
  • Government information: City, County, State services and programs. Many people are not sure what government office to contact, 211 helps point them in the right direction
  • Health and Mental Health Resources: health insurance programs, maternal health, medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation
  • Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities: adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, home health care, transportation, homemaker services
  • Support for Children, Youth and Families: childcare, after-school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services
  • Volunteer Opportunities and Donations: community involvement, volunteer centers, disaster relief
  • Military and Family Support: programs that serve veterans and their families, community resources, mental health resources, counseling

2-1-1 Connects Alabama also provides incident specific information in coordination with local emergency services during times of disaster, including road closures and shelters. You can reach out to 2-1-1 Connects Alabama by dialing 211 on any telephone, or call or text 888-421-1266.

For more information about 2-1-1 Connects Alabama, or to chat with a 2-1-1 specialist, visit https://www.211connectsalabama.org

Help Available from Other Government Agencies

Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL)

If you’ve lost your job, the Alabama Works site at https://labor.alabama.gov/online-services.aspx will take you through the simple, easy step-by-step process of filing for unemployment and finding a new job.

Internal Revenue Service

Special tax law provisions may help individual taxpayers and businesses recover financially from the impact of Hurricane Sally, especially those located in Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes.

Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return. You may deduct the loss or partial loss of your home, household goods, and motor vehicles from disaster damage on your individual federal income tax return. For more information, visit the www.irs.gov website.

Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)

Fannie Mae’s Disaster Response Network™ offers free support for eligible homeowners from HUD-approved housing advisors, including:

  • Personalized recovery assessment and action plan
  • Assistance filing claims (i.e. FEMA, insurance and SBA)
  • Help working with mortgage providers on Payment relief options
  • Access to Clearpoint’s Project Porchlight disaster recovery tools and resources
  • Ongoing check-ins to help ensure a successful recovery

To learn more visit www.fanniemae.com/disaster-help-homeowners or call 877-833-1746.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that offers year-round disaster crisis counseling. If you feel distressed because of the storms, you can use this free service. It’s toll-free,

multilingual, crisis support, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpline staff provides

counseling and support and can help you learn how to cope with common stress reactions. They can also provide information and referrals to local resources for follow-up care.

If you or someone you know is struggling with the disaster, you are not alone, you can call the Disaster Distress helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.To learn more, visit www.SAMHSA.gov

More Resources Available to Alabama Survivors Who Need Help

If you or someone you know is needing assistance due to Hurricane Sally, 211 may refer you to an organization that is part of the Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD). Alabama VOAD seeks to ensure the availability of needed resources and services and encourages the uniform, impartial delivery of these resources and services to disaster survivors in Alabama. You can also email info@alvoad.org.

You can get access to more disaster help and resources, as well as a personalized list of available assistance. (No login or personal information required.) Visit www.benefits.gov/benefit-finder/Household

For the latest information on Hurricane Sally, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4563.

HURRICANE SALLY RECOVERY UPDATE – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020 

FEMA registration for Federal assistance closes in two weeks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Homeowners and renters of Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties with uninsured damage or losses from Hurricane Sally occurring September 14 – 16, 2020 have only two weeks left to register for disaster assistance.

The FEMA registration deadline is Nov. 19, 2020.

Although FEMA cannot make you whole, FEMA assistance may include grants for temporary housing and emergency home repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure. If you have a homeowner’s insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately, before applying to FEMA. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, if you don’t have insurance or are underinsured, you may receive assistance for uninsured losses.

Even if you applied with another agency or organization you must register with FEMA if you want to access federal disaster grants and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) long-term, low-interest disaster loans.

To register for assistance:

  • Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.  Online applications must be completed no later than midnight on Nov. 19.
  • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Operators are multilingual and calls are answered 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

SBA provides help to survivors in the form of low-interest disaster loans. You may borrow up to $200,000 with a fixed interest rate as low as 1.188% to repair or replace your primary home to its pre-hurricane condition. The loan can be increased by 20% of the damages for mitigation measures, i.e., elevation, hurricane shutters, installation of a seawall or a safe room.

Homeowners and renters may also be eligible to borrow up to $40,000 with a fixed interest rate as low as 1.188% to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, such as clothing, furniture, appliances and cars.

SBA’s disaster loans are also available for businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for physical losses. This includes rental properties. Small businesses and most nonprofits may be eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for working capital loans. The maximum loan amount is $2,000,000. Interest rates are as low as 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits.

After you have registered with FEMA, you may be referred to SBA. You can apply for an SBA disaster loan online using the SBA’s https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. You can also mail your application to SBA: Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76155.

The deadline for applying for an SBA disaster loan for physical damages is also Nov. 19.

For the latest information on Hurricane Sally, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4563.

9 A.M. POST-STORM UPDATE – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 

We’re sweeping up after Hurricane Zeta in the city. No major incidents or reports of damage happened overnight. All main roads are clear. 

There are some small pockets of power outages that are being addressed by Baldwin EMC, but the majority of the city has power. 

The beach is in decent shape although some additional sand was lost. There is a lot of wind blown sand and Public Works is addressing areas on Perdido Beach Boulevard.

The Backcountry Trail is open. Branches and small wind-blown debris are being removed. If you use the trails today, please exercise caution. 

At the beach, double red flags continue to fly. Gulf waters are off limits to swimmers but the beach remains open. Please be aware that there is marine debris on the beach and use caution.  

Overall, it’s business as usual for city facilities, except for youth programs such as Expect Excellence and rec sports, which have been canceled today. The Expect Excellence after-school program will resume Friday when schools are back in session.

City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone who has any questions, call 251-981-6979.

Orange Beach Public Works crews sweep up Perdido Beach Boulevard on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

4 P.M. HURRICANE ZETA UPDATE – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020 

Hurricane Zeta made landfall in southeastern Louisiaian near Cocodrie, Louisiana around 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 28, 2020 as a strong category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. 

According to the National Hurricane Center, a faster north-northeastward motion is expected through tonight followed by an even faster northeastward motion on Thursday and an east-northeastward motion early Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Zeta will make a second landfall along the Mississippi coast this evening, and then move across the southeastern and eastern United States on Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts. Weakening will occur while Zeta moves over the southeastern United States on Thursday.

8 A.M. HURRICANE ZETA SITUATIONAL UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020  

For the latest Local Tropical Information go to www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=mob or the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov.

  • Tropical Storm Warning for all of inland southeast Mississippi, southwest and south central Alabama, and northwest Florida. 
  • Storm Surge Warning for coastal Alabama to Navarre, Florida. Prepare for potential storm surge of: 
    • Mississippi/Alabama border to Dauphin Island: 6-9 feet
    • Mobile Bay to Alabama/Florida border: 4-6 feet
    • Alabama/Florida border to Navarre, Florida: 2-4 feet
  • Zeta will approach the Louisiana coast as a hurricane today and move into our area as a strong tropical storm tonight. 
  • Impacts: PREPARE FOR DAMAGING WINDS! Hurricane force wind gusts are likely across parts of far southeast Mississippi. Tropical storm force winds will likely spread FAR INLAND. There is also the threat of storm surge, dangerous surf, heavy rainfall and a few tornadoes. Most of the impacts will occur tonight into early Thursday morning but the tornado threat will increase this morning. 
  • Reminders: Do NOT focus on the specific intensity as there is NOT much difference between a strong tropical storm and low-end hurricane. Impacts will occur to the east and northeast of landfall.

Hurricane Zeta situational update from National Weather Service at 8 a.m. October 28, 2020

CITY INFO:

The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates on Hurricane Zeta from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile.

Tropical Storm force wind gusts (58-73 mph) are expected to impact our area by Wednesday afternoon and could result in downed trees and power lines. Other impacts include coastal flooding due to the potential 4-6 foot surge, 1-2 inches of rainfall, and the potential for isolated tornadoes. The storm is expected to move through our area quickly and be further inland by Thursday morning.

Non-essential city facilities will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and City Hall will close at noon. No programs or activities will be held after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Normal city operations are expected to resume on Thursday, except for the city’s Expect Excellence program and recreational soccer games, which are canceled.

The City encourages residents and visitors in low-lying and flood-prone areas, RVs and mobile homes to voluntarily evacuate. For those individuals evacuating, the Baldwin County Commission has approved the opening of the Baldwin County Coliseum in Robertsdale as a shelter of last resort from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Thursday. Find more information on the shelter at the Baldwin County Commission website's storm center page

For residents: 

  • Sand and sandbags are available for residents to fill themselves at the gate at the Public Works yard on William Silvers Parkway and behind City Hall at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd.
  • If you have a boat or vessel, secure it or move it to higher ground.
  • Winds could gust as high as 75 mph early Wednesday night.
    • Residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside items around their properties, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, awnings, and trash/recycling receptacles. Cover windows as well, if necessary.
  • There is a high risk of high surf and life-threatening rip currents through Thursday with double red flags flying, meaning that Gulf waters are closed to the public. For a detailed beach report, call 251-981-SURF (7873).

Residents and visitors are encouraged to check the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov or the National Weather Service for the most current weather information at www.weather.gov/mob. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.

For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

Hurricane Zeta Update – 7 a.m. October 28, 2020

Hurricane Zeta continues to intensify this morning, now with 90mph sustained winds and a pressure of 978mb. Zeta is moving north at 17mph.

For the latest Local Tropical Information go to www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=mob or the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov.

Hurricane Zeta update from National Weather Service, 7 a.m. October 28, 2020

Tropical Storm Zeta Update – 6 p.m. October 27, 2020

(Zeta reached hurricane status overnight.) For the latest Local Tropical Information go to www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=mob or the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov.

The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates on Tropical Storm Zeta from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile.

In line with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's declaration of a State of Emergency as well as the Baldwin County Commission’s emergency declaration, the Orange Beach City Council declared a local state of emergency – effective at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - to ensure that potential recovery needs are met.

The Alabama Gulf Coast remains under a tropical storm warning, a storm surge warning and a high surf warning. The potential storm surge in coastal Alabama is 3 to 5 feet. On Wednesday, surf could reach 10-15 feet with life-threatening rip currents.

Zeta is expected to approach the Louisiana coast as a hurricane on Wednesday night and will most likely move into our area as a strong tropical storm late Wednesday night.

Tropical Storm force winds (58-73 mph) are expected to impact our area by Wednesday afternoon and could result in downed trees and power lines. Other impacts include coastal flooding due to the surge, 1-2 inches of rainfall, and the potential for isolated tornadoes. The storm is expected to move through our area quickly and be further inland by late Thursday morning.

Non-essential city facilities will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. No programs or activities will be held after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Normal city operations are expected to resume on Thursday, except for the city’s Expect Excellence program and recreational soccer games, which are canceled.

The City encourages residents and visitors in low-lying and flood-prone areas, RVs and mobile homes to voluntarily evacuate. For those individuals evacuating, the Baldwin County Commission has approved the opening of the Baldwin County Coliseum in Robertsdale as a shelter of last resort from 1 p.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Thursday.

Residents are urged to prepare now.

  • Sand and sandbags are available for residents to fill themselves at the gate at the Public Works yard on William Silvers Parkway and behind City Hall at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd.
  • If you have a boat or vessel, secure it or move it to higher ground.
  • Winds could gust as high as 75 mph early Wednesday night.
    • Residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside items around their properties, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, awnings, and trash/recycling receptacles. Cover windows as well, if necessary.
  • There is a high risk of high surf and life-threatening rip currents through Thursday. For a detailed beach report, call 251-981-SURF (7873).
  • The city debris contractor is continuing to pick up storm debris from Hurricane Sally, focusing on low-lying areas.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to check the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov or the National Weather Service for the most current weather information at www.weather.gov/mob. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.

For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

Tropical Storm Zeta Update – 12 p.m. October 27, 2020

For the latest Local Tropical Information go to www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=mob or the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov.

The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates on Tropical Storm Zeta from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile.

The Alabama Gulf Coast remains under a tropical storm warning and a storm surge warning. The potential storm surge in coastal Alabama is now 3 to 5 feet. On Wednesday, surf could reach 10-15 feet with extremely deadly rip currents.

Zeta is expected to approach the Louisiana coast as a hurricane on Wednesday night and will most likely move into our area as a strong tropical storm late Wednesday night.

Tropical Storm force winds (58-73 mph) are expected to impact our area by Wednesday afternoon and could result in downed trees and power lines. Other impacts include coastal flooding due to the surge, 1-2 inches of rainfall, and the potential for isolated tornadoes. The storm is expected to move through our area quickly and be further inland by mid-day Thursday.

Residents are urged to prepare now.

  • For those living in low-lying areas, mobile homes and RVs, please take all necessary precautions.
  • Sand and sandbags are available for residents to fill themselves at the gate at the Public Works yard on William Silvers Parkway and behind City Hall at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd.
  • If you have a boat or vessel, secure it or move it to higher ground.
  • Winds could gust as high as 75 mph late Wednesday night.
    • Residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside items around their properties, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, awnings, and trash/recycling receptacles. Cover windows as well, if necessary.
  • There is a high risk of high surf and life-threatening rip currents through Wednesday night. For a detailed beach report, call 251-981-SURF (7873).
  • The city debris contractor is continuing to pick up storm debris from Hurricane Sally, focusing on low-lying areas.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to check the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov or the National Weather Service for the most current weather information at www.weather.gov/mob. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.

Tropical Storm Zeta 10a NWS update 10.27.2020

Tropical Storm Zeta Update – 7:30 a.m. October 27, 2020

For the latest Local Tropical Information go to www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=mob or the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning and a storm surge warning for the entire Alabama coast in advance of Tropical Storm Zeta. Zeta has briefly weakened to a tropical storm but is forecast to re-strengthen to a hurricane later this morning. Zeta should also speed up as it curves north and northeast over the Gulf of Mexico.

Zeta will approach the Louisiana coast as a hurricane on Wednesday night and will most likely move into our area as a strong tropical storm late Wednesday night.

  • Impacts: Threat of dangerous surf, damaging winds, storm surge, heavy rainfall, and a few tornadoes. Most of the impacts will occur Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.
  • Reminders: Do NOT focus on the specific intensity as there is not much difference between a strong tropical storm and minimal hurricane. Impact will likely occur well to the east and northeast of landfall.

The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile. 

  • A storm surge of 2-4 feet is forecast Wednesday night.
    • If you have a boat or vessel, secure it or move it to higher ground.
    • For those who live in low-lying areas, flooding is always possible and those residents should be prepared.
    • Sand and sandbags are available for residents to fill themselves at the gate at the Public Works yard on William Silvers Parkway and behind City Hall at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. 
  • Winds could gust over 50 mph.
    • Residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside items around their properties, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, awnings, and trash/recycling receptacles.
  • There is a high risk of strong surf and rip currents through Wednesday night. For a detailed beach report from Orange Beach Surf Rescue, call 251-981-SURF (7873).
  • The city debris contractor is continuing to pick up storm debris from Hurricane Sally, focusing on low-lying areas.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to check the National Weather Service for the most current weather information at www.weather.gov/mob. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.

Visitors can find information on the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com.

5 P.M. HURRICANE ZETA SITUATIONAL UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU – MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020   

For the latest Local Tropical Information go to www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=mob or the National Hurricane Center at www.hurricanes.gov.

  • A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for all of inland southeast Mississippi, southwest Alabama, south central Alabama and northwest Florida. 
  • A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for all of coastal Alabama east to Navarre, Florida. 
  • Zeta has strengthened into a hurricane this afternoon and is forecast to be a hurricane across the south central and central Gulf of Mexico. 
  • Zeta will speed up as it curves north and northeast over the Gulf. Zeta will approach the Louisiana coast as a strong tropical storm or hurricane Wednesday evening and most likely move into our area as a strong tropical storm Wednesday night. 
  • Don’t focus on the specific intensity. There is not much difference between a strong tropical storm and minimal hurricane. Also remember that impacts will likely occur well to the east of the center. 
  • There is a threat of dangerous surf, strong winds, storm surge, heavy rainfall, and a few tornadoes. Most of the impacts will occur Wednesday evening into very early Thursday morning. 

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The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile. 

Residents are always encouraged to be prepared for potential storms.

  • Residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside items since Tropical Storm force winds are likely.
  • The city debris contractor is continuing to pick up storm debris from Hurricane Sally as quickly as possible, especially in low-lying areas.
  • For those who live in low-lying areas, flooding is always possible and those residents should be prepared.
  • If you have a boat or vessel, secure it and or move it to higher ground.
  • Replenish your hurricane supplies.
  • Remember the first 72 hours are on you. After an emergency or disaster strikes, support and resources may not be available right away. Every home needs an emergency kit with a three-day (72 hours) supply of food, water, flashlight and other basic needs.  

Residents and visitors should follow the National Weather Service Mobile bureau’s website at www.weather.gov/mob or on social media and local news outlets for the most current storm information. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov or by calling City Hall at 251-981-6979.

Hurricane Zeta 5p update from National Weather Service, October 26, 2020

Hurricane Zeta 5p rainfall forecast update from National Weather Service, October 26, 2020

10 A.M. TROPICAL STORM ZETA SITUATIONAL UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU – MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020    

(Zeta was upgraded to a hurricane at 2:10 p.m. on Monday, October 26, 2020.)

  • Tropical Storm Zeta is forecast to be a hurricane in the southern and central Gulf of Mexico.
  • Zeta will speed up as it curves north and northeast over the Gulf and is forecast to make landfall on Wednesday evening. Zeta could weaken slightly before landfall and is most likely to impact parts of our local area as a strong tropical storm. 
  • Don’t focus on the specific intensity. There is not much difference between a strong tropical storm and minimal hurricane. Also remember that impacts will likely occur well to the east of the center. 
  • Specific impacts depend on the eventual strength and track; however, we expect the threat of dangerous surf, strong winds, coastal flooding, heavy rainfall and a few tornadoes. Most of the impacts will occur Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. 
  • HIGH risk of rip currents Tuesday through Thursday. 

HURRICANE SALLY RECOVERY UPDATE - MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020

HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: The city's debris removal is estimated to be over 90 percent complete. As of Sunday, Oct. 25th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has hauled 431,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 19,600 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. On the right-of-ways in the city, 338,000 cubic yards have been removed. 

  • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 27,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Sunday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS: It is illegal to place construction debris from new construction and non-storm related work along the right of way. 
  • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. 
  • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. 

6 A.M. TROPICAL STORM ZETA SITUATIONAL UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU – MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020    

  • Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to intensify into a hurricane later this morning and move across the northern Yucatan Peninsula tonight. Zeta is forecast to emerge into the southern Gulf as a hurricane. 
  • Zeta will speed up as it curves north through the Gulf waters and is forecast to make landfall on Wednesday evening. Zeta should weaken slightly before landfall and should impact our area as a strong tropical storm. 
    • Confidence has increased regarding the track therefore the potential for a landfall along the north central Gulf Coast has also increased. 
  • Specific impacts depend on the eventual strength and track; however, we expect the threat of dangerous surf, strong winds, coastal flooding, heavy rainfall and a few tornadoes. 
  • HIGH risk of rip currents Tuesday through Thursday. 
  • Local Tropical Information: www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=mob
  • National Hurricane Center: www.hurricanes.gov

Tropical Storm Zeta 6AM Update from National Weather Service

Storm Update – Sunday, October 25, 2020  

TROPICAL STORM ZETA SITUATION OVERVIEW: The National Weather Service Mobile bureau's early morning advisory on Sunday, October 25, 2020 included the following: Tropical Storm Zeta over the northwest Caribbean Sea strengthens to a hurricane while moving into the south central Gulf by Tuesday. Zeta accelerates northward through Tuesday night and makes landfall along the north central Gulf coast on Wednesday. There remains uncertainty regarding the exact track and intensity, so continue to closely monitor the forecast as confidence should increase by early next week. The exact track and intensity will eventually determine the magnitude of impacts across our local area. Find the latest local update at www.weather.gov/mob/

Recovery Updates – Saturday, October 24, 2020  

HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: The city's debris removal is estimated to be over 90 percent complete. As of Friday, Oct. 203rd, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has hauled 428,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 19,500 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. On the right-of-ways in the city, 332,000 cubic yards have been removed. 

  • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 26,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Friday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
  • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. 
  • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. 

Recovery Updates – Wednesday, October 21, 2020  

FEMA Press Release: Hurricane Sally FEMA assistance can help if insurance doesn’t cover losses

U.S. Small Business Administration Press Release: Do Not Wait for Insurance Settlement to Apply for SBA Low Interest Loan; Deadline to Apply for Physical Disaster Loans in Alabama is Nov. 19

Recovery Updates – Tuesday, October 20, 2020  

GULF STATE PARK UPDATE: Temporary Road Closure in Gulf State Park for Trail Repairs - October 21-23

HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: The city's debris removal is estimated to be 90 percent complete. As of Monday, Oct. 20th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has hauled 389,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 17,700 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. On the right-of-ways in the city, 314,000 cubic yards have been removed. 

  • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 24,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Monday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
  • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. 
  • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. 

Recovery Updates – Monday, October 19, 2020  

FEMA UPDATE: MRICs Close; FEMA Remains Here to Help:

Personnel from FEMA – specialists in disaster assistance - remain available to Alabama residents even as FEMA’s Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) have been phased out of the recovery. In the wake of Hurricane Sally, survivors who have hurricane-related expenses may still call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) for assistance with storm-related issues. The toll-free line is open every day from 6 a.m. to midnight (Central Time). Multilingual operators are available. Help and information is also available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov

Additional State and FEMA Resources:

  • If you have been impacted by Hurricane Sally in Alabama, dial 211 for help with some unmet needs including clean-up supplies. Text 888-421-1266 or chat via www.211connectsalabama.org for resources and assistance.
  • Information on Alabama recovery and preparedness: visit FEMA online
  • For the latest information on Hurricane Sally, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4563
  • FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline: 866-720-5721.

FEMA NEWS RELEASE, October 14, 2020: Here’s How Survivors Can Appeal FEMA’s Determination Letter

  • FAQ: Why was I referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)? If you were referred by FEMA to SBA and received a low-interest disaster loan application, it is important to complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate you to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to being considered for other forms of disaster assistance. SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sies, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. For more information, contact SBA at 800-659-2955, email FOCEHELP@sba.gov, or visit SBA's website at DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov

The SBA is also operating a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 19, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2021.

AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment is open

DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - Low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

PUBLIC BEACH ACCESSES OPEN IN ORANGE BEACH: Gulf State Park public beach accesses are open with some boardwalk limitations. 

  • Waterways and boat launches are open but recreational boating should be done with caution.
  • The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage.
  • Due to the significant beach losses from Hurricane Sally, we do not have the typical regulatory signage and markers in place. Leave Only Footprints will still be enforced and we ask that you continue to respect those rules. Please make sure all vehicles and equipment are still able to pass in all areas. Do not leave anything on the beach after sunset. All items will be removed and recycled. Remember that glass, metal tools, excessive digging, fires, pets and unauthorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach. 

LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos, or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Most trails have reopened, except those in the campground area. Open trails include Hidden Lake, Twin Bridges, Gulf Oak Ridge, Beach Mouse Bypass, Cross Park Connector, Gopher Tortoise Trail, Gulf Oak Ridge, Coyote Crossing. Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail. Gulf State Park campground and the trails within the campground remain closed. Be cautious as the trail has damage and may be a lot bumpier than usual. Crews have tried to mark areas with cones but not all spots are marked.

Please keep in mind that there is still have a lot of work to do to make them beautiful again. The contractors are still on the trails working. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Thursday, Oct. 15th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has hauled 354,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 16,100 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

  • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 21,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Thursday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
  • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. 
  • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. 

RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. Recycling routes are running as well. Residential trash cans have the blue lid and recycling has the gray lid. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096

    HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to:

    • Island Church: To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund. 
    • Christian Service Center: The Christian Service Center provided hurricane disaster assistance to over 100 families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Some clients receive help with rent, while others are helped with their utility bills. Food has been provided to more than 300 individuals - enough food for three meals a day for seven days. In addition, CSC has helped stock other pantries in the area. Anyone who would like to help with this ongoing effort may donate on the CSC website at www.cscgs.com using PayPal or by mail to 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. All contributions are a blessing to our community. 

    Volunteer Registration Center (VRC) information from Baldwin County EMA:

    • Volunteers wanting to assist Hurricane Sally survivors with cleanup and repairs may register at the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church on Hwy. 59. The hours of operation are 7: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Volunteers may also call 1-843-957-5072 to register.
    • Volunteers need to register at an official Volunteer Registration Center to be matched up with residents who need help.
    • These centers are for individual volunteers; if with an organized group, the group leader should coordinate with the VRC.
    • Volunteers will be issued a Volunteer ID by the VRC so that residents know the person has been approved to assist.
    • We need more volunteers due to the thousands of survivors requesting assistance with cleanup efforts.

    BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

    CONSTRUCTION PERMITS: The Orange Beach Building Department's Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development, 4101 Orange Beach Blvd. For more information, visit www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about or call 251-981-6826 for questions. Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

    ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.

    Recovery Updates – Friday, October 16, 2020  

    PUBLIC BEACH ACCESSES OPEN IN ORANGE BEACH: Gulf State Park public beach accesses are open with some boardwalk limitations. 

    • Waterways and boat launches are open but recreational boating should be done with caution.
    • The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage.
    • Due to the significant beach losses from Hurricane Sally, we do not have the typical regulatory signage and markers in place. Leave Only Footprints will still be enforced and we ask that you continue to respect those rules. Please make sure all vehicles and equipment are still able to pass in all areas. Do not leave anything on the beach after sunset. All items will be removed and recycled. Remember that glass, metal tools, excessive digging, fires, pets and unauthorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach. 

    LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos, or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

    BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Most trails have reopened, except those in the campground area. Open trails include Hidden Lake, Twin Bridges, Gulf Oak Ridge, Beach Mouse Bypass, Cross Park Connector, Gopher Tortoise Trail, Gulf Oak Ridge, Coyote Crossing. Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail. Gulf State Park campground and the trails within the campground remain closed. Be cautious as the trail has damage and may be a lot bumpier than usual. Crews have tried to mark areas with cones but not all spots are marked.

    Please keep in mind that there is still have a lot of work to do to make them beautiful again. The contractors are still on the trails working. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

    HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Thursday, Oct. 15th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has hauled 354,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 16,100 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

    • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 21,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Thursday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
    • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. 
    • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. 

    RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. Recycling routes are running as well. Residential trash cans have the blue lid and recycling has the gray lid. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096

      HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to:

      • Island Church: To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund. 
      • Christian Service Center: The Christian Service Center provided hurricane disaster assistance to over 100 families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Some clients receive help with rent, while others are helped with their utility bills. Food has been provided to more than 300 individuals - enough food for three meals a day for seven days. In addition, CSC has helped stock other pantries in the area. Anyone who would like to help with this ongoing effort may donate on the CSC website at www.cscgs.com using PayPal or by mail to 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. All contributions are a blessing to our community. 

      Volunteer Registration Center (VRC) information from Baldwin County EMA:

      • Volunteers wanting to assist Hurricane Sally survivors with cleanup and repairs may register at the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church on Hwy. 59. The hours of operation are 7: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
      • Volunteers may also call 1-843-957-5072 to register.
      • Volunteers need to register at an official Volunteer Registration Center to be matched up with residents who need help.
      • These centers are for individual volunteers; if with an organized group, the group leader should coordinate with the VRC.
      • Volunteers will be issued a Volunteer ID by the VRC so that residents know the person has been approved to assist.
      • We need more volunteers due to the thousands of survivors requesting assistance with cleanup efforts.

      FEMA NEWS RELEASE, October 14, 2020: Here’s How Survivors Can Appeal FEMA’s Determination Letter

      • FAQ: Why was I referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)? If you were referred by FEMA to SBA and received a low-interest disaster loan application, it is important to complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate you to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to being considered for other forms of disaster assistance. SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sies, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. For more information, contact SBA at 800-659-2955, email FOCEHELP@sba.gov, or visit SBA's website at DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov

      The SBA is also operating a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 19, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2021.

      FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS UPDATE: FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers are now closed in Foley and Robertsdale.

      FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties as well as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

      Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

      FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

      BEWARE OF FRAUD

      • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
      • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

      AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment is open

      DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - Low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

      BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

      CONSTRUCTION PERMITS: The Orange Beach Building Department's Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development, 4101 Orange Beach Blvd. For more information, visit www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about or call 251-981-6826 for questions. Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

      ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.

      Recovery Updates – Wednesday, October 14, 2020  

      FEMA NEWS RELEASE: Here’s How Survivors Can Appeal FEMA’s Determination Letter

      • FAQ: Why was I referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)? If you were referred by FEMA to SBA and received a low-interest disaster loan application, it is important to complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate you to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to being considered for other forms of disaster assistance. SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sies, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters. For more information, contact SBA at 800-659-2955, email FOCEHELP@sba.gov, or visit SBA's website at DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov

      The SBA is also operating a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 19, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2021.

      FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS UPDATE: FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers are open in: 

      • FOLEY -- Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • ROBERTSDALE -- Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties as well as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

      Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

      FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

      BEWARE OF FRAUD

      • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
      • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

      Recovery Updates – Tuesday, October 13, 2020  

      GULF STATE PARK UPDATE: Repairs to the trail along State Park Road (formerly Hwy. 135) began Monday [October 12, 2020] and will require closure of this road Wednesday through Friday, October 14-16, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. As an alternate route, please take Hwy. 59 to East Beach Blvd (Hwy 182).  

      Hurricane Sally caused damage to Lakeview Trail, eroding the paved bike pathway and making it impassible and unsafe. Please mind the barricades and do not attempt to go around them or move them as they are in place for public safety.  

      Though Lakeview Trail remains closed, the following trails are open for recreational use: Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, a portion of Catman Trail, Beach Mouse Bypass, Cross Park Connector, Gopher Tortoise Trail, and Coyote Crossing. All other trails in the park are closed. Visitors found trespassing in other park areas or trails may be subject to a $300 fine (code of Alabama 220-5-.10(1).  See full release: State Park Road to close temporarily for repairs to Lakeview Trail

      SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally. These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance. Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/ or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance. The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is keeping up a Hurricane Sally relief page

      The SBA is also operating a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 19, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2021.

      FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS UPDATE: FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers are open in: 

      • FOLEY -- Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • ROBERTSDALE -- Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties as well as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

      Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

      FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

      BEWARE OF FRAUD

      • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
      • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

      HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Monday, Oct. 12th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf hauled 327,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 15,000 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

      • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 18,800 cubic yards picked up, as of Friday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
      • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
      • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. 

      PUBLIC BEACH ACCESSES OPEN IN ORANGE BEACH: Gulf State Park public beach accesses are open with some boardwalk limitations. 

      • Shell Parking Lot (small parking lot east of Alabama Point) is open. 
      • Cotton Bayou beach access, public restrooms, & west boardwalk are open (east boardwalk closed).
      • Romar Beach pathway adjacent to the boardwalk (boardwalks closed).
      • Waterways and boat launches are open but recreational boating is discouraged as debris remains in the water.
      • The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage.
      • Message from Coastal Resources: Due to the significant beach losses from Hurricane Sally we will not have the typical regulatory signage and markers in place. Leave Only Footprints will still be enforced and we ask that you continue to respect those rules. Please make sure all vehicles and equipment are still able to pass in all areas. Do not leave anything on the beach after sunset. All items will be removed and recycled. Remember that glass, metal tools, excessive digging, fires, pets and unauthorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach. 

      LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

      BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Essentially all of the trails have reopened except those in the campground area. (PLEASE NOTE: Gulf Oak Ridge Trail will be closed on Tuesday, October 13th. Crews are cleaning up debris and have to use tractors and mowers. The trail should reopen on Wednesday October 14th.) Open trails include Hidden Lake, Twin Bridges, Gulf Oak Ridge, Beach Mouse Bypass, Cross Park Connector, Gopher Tortoise Trail, Gulf Oak Ridge, Coyote Crossing. Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail last weekend. Gulf State Park campground and the trails within the campground remain closed. Be cautious as the trail has damage and may be a lot bumpier than usual. Crews have tried to mark areas with cones but not all spots are marked.

      Please keep in mind that there is still have a lot of work to do to make them beautiful again. The contractors are still on the trails working, with 19,500 cubic yards of debris removed as of Monday. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

      AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment is open

      RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. Recycling routes are running as well. Residential trash cans have the blue lid and recycling has the gray lid. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096

        HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to:

        • Inspiritus, a faith-based nonprofit, whose volunteers are in town doing chainsaw work, muck and guts, and debris cleanup, among other things. The Island Church in Orange Beach is housing these volunteers but funds are needed to keep them in town until October 22nd. To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund, or donate through the Inspiritus website at weinspirit.org and click on the donation button for Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts. 
        • Christian Service Center: The Christian Service Center provided hurricane disaster assistance to over 100 families 104 in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Some clients receive help with rent, while others are helped with their utility bills. Food has been provided to more than 300 individuals - enough food for three meals a day for seven days. In addition, CSC has helped stock other pantries in the area. Anyone who would like to help with this ongoing effort may donate on the CSC website at www.cscgs.com using PayPal or by mail to 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. All contributions are a blessing to our community. 

        DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - Low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

        BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

        CONSTRUCTION PERMITS: The Orange Beach Building Department's Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development, 4101 Orange Beach Blvd. For more information, visit www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about or call 251-981-6826 for questions. Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

        ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

        Recovery Updates – Monday, October 12, 2020  

        HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Friday, Oct. 9th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf hauled 297,500 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 13,500 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

        • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 17,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Friday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
        • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
        • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. 

        PUBLIC BEACH ACCESSES OPEN IN ORANGE BEACH: Gulf State Park reopened its public beach accesses in Orange Beach late Thursday afternoon. 

        • Shell Parking Lot (small parking lot east of Alabama Point) is open. 
        • Cotton Bayou beach access, public restrooms, & west boardwalk are open (east boardwalk closed).
        • Romar Beach pathway adjacent to the boardwalk (boardwalks closed).
        • Waterways and boat launches are open but recreational boating is discouraged as debris remains in the water.
        • The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage.
        • Message from Coastal Resources: Due to the significant beach losses from Hurricane Sally we will not have the typical regulatory signage and markers in place. Leave Only Footprints will still be enforced and we ask that you continue to respect those rules. Please make sure all vehicles and equipment are still able to pass in all areas. Do not leave anything on the beach after sunset. All items will be removed and recycled. Remember that glass, metal tools, excessive digging, fires, pets and unauthorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach. 

        LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

        BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Essentially all of the trails have reopened except those in the campground area. Open trails include Hidden Lake, Twin Bridges, Gulf Oak Ridge, Beach Mouse Bypass, Cross Park Connector, Gopher Tortoise Trail, Gulf Oak Ridge, Coyote Crossing. Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail last weekend. Gulf State Park campground and the trails within the campground remain closed. Be cautious as the trail has damage and may be a lot bumpier than usual. Crews have tried to mark areas with cones but not all spots are marked.

        Please keep in mind that there is still have a lot of work to do to make them beautiful again. The contractors are still on the trails working, with 19,500 cubic yards of debris removed as of Thursday. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

        FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE UPDATE: FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers are open in: 

        • FOLEY -- Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
        • ROBERTSDALE -- Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

        FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties as well as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

        Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

        FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

        BEWARE OF FRAUD

        • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
        • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

        AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment is open

        BUSINESS DISASTER ASSISTANCE: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally. These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance. Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/ or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance. The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is keeping up a Hurricane Sally relief page

        The SBA is also operating a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The office will be closed Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day. Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955More information: SBA to open Business Recovery Center in Gulf Shores for businesses affected by Hurricane Sally

        RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. Recycling routes are running as well. Residential trash cans have the blue lid and recycling has the gray lid. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096

          HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to:

          • Inspiritus, a faith-based nonprofit, whose volunteers are in town doing chainsaw work, muck and guts, and debris cleanup, among other things. The Island Church in Orange Beach is housing these volunteers but funds are needed to keep them in town until October 22nd. To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund, or donate through the Inspiritus website at weinspirit.org and click on the donation button for Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts. 
          • Christian Service Center: The Christian Service Center provided hurricane disaster assistance to over 100 families 104 in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Some clients receive help with rent, while others are helped with their utility bills. Food has been provided to more than 300 individuals - enough food for three meals a day for seven days. In addition, CSC has helped stock other pantries in the area. Anyone who would like to help with this ongoing effort may donate on the CSC website at www.cscgs.com using PayPal or by mail to 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. All contributions are a blessing to our community. 

          DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - Low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

          BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

          CONSTRUCTION PERMITS: The Orange Beach Building Department's Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development, 4101 Orange Beach Blvd. For more information, visit www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about or call 251-981-6826 for questions. Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

          ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

          Recovery Updates – Sunday, October 11, 2020  

          HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Friday, Oct. 9th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf hauled 297,500 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 13,500 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

          • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 17,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Friday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
          • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
          • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. 

          PUBLIC BEACH ACCESSES REOPEN IN ORANGE BEACH: Gulf State Park reopened its public beach accesses in Orange Beach late Thursday afternoon. 

          • Shell Parking Lot (small parking lot east of Alabama Point) is open. 
          • Cotton Bayou beach access, public restrooms, & west boardwalk are open (east boardwalk closed).
          • Romar Beach pathway adjacent to the boardwalk (boardwalks closed).
          • Waterways and boat launches are open but recreational boating is discouraged as debris remains in the water.
          • The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage.
          • Message from Coastal Resources: Due to the significant beach losses from Hurricane Sally we will not have the typical regulatory signage and markers in place. Leave Only Footprints will still be enforced and we ask that you continue to respect those rules. Please make sure all vehicles and equipment are still able to pass in all areas. Do not leave anything on the beach after sunset. All items will be removed and recycled. Remember that glass, metal tools, excessive digging, fires, pets and unauthorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach. 

          LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

          BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Good News! Essentially all of the trails have reopened except those in the campground area. The following additional trails have reopened: Hidden Lake, Twin Bridges, Gulf Oak Ridge, Beach Mouse Bypass, Cross Park Connector, Gopher Tortoise Trail, Gulf Oak Ridge, and Coyote Crossing. Gulf State Park reopened Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail last weekend. Gulf State Park campground and the trails within the campground remain closed. Be cautious as the trail has damage and may be a lot bumpier than usual. Crews have tried to mark areas with cones but not all spots are marked.

          Please keep in mind that there is still have a lot of work to do to make them beautiful again. The contractors are still on the trails working, with 19,500 cubic yards of debris removed as of Thursday. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

          FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Delta, FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency took the precautionary safety measure of ceasing operations at all their Mobile Registration Intake Centers
          Centers will remain closed until 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, provided the storms impacts permit.

          The following MRICs are affected:

          • FOLEY -- Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., closed at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
          • ROBERTSDALE -- Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., closed at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

          FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties as well as the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

          Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

          FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

          BEWARE OF FRAUD

          • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
          • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

          AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment is open

          BUSINESS DISASTER ASSISTANCE: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally. These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance. Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/ or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance. The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is keeping up a Hurricane Sally relief page

          The SBA is also operating a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The office will be closed Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day. Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955More information: SBA to open Business Recovery Center in Gulf Shores for businesses affected by Hurricane Sally

          RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. Recycling routes are running as well. Residential trash cans have the blue lid and recycling has the gray lid. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096

            HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to:

            • Inspiritus, a faith-based nonprofit, whose volunteers are in town doing chainsaw work, muck and guts, and debris cleanup, among other things. The Island Church in Orange Beach is housing these volunteers but funds are needed to keep them in town until October 22nd. To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund, or donate through the Inspiritus website at weinspirit.org and click on the donation button for Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts. 
            • Christian Service Center: The Christian Service Center provided hurricane disaster assistance to over 100 families 104 in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Some clients receive help with rent, while others are helped with their utility bills. Food has been provided to more than 300 individuals - enough food for three meals a day for seven days. In addition, CSC has helped stock other pantries in the area. Anyone who would like to help with this ongoing effort may donate on the CSC website at www.cscgs.com using PayPal or by mail to 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. All contributions are a blessing to our community. 

            DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - Low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMITS: The Orange Beach Building Department's Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development, 4101 Orange Beach Blvd. For more information, visit www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about or call 251-981-6826 for questions. Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            Storm and Recovery Updates – Saturday, October 10, 2020  

            LAST DELTA UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU, 7 A.M. 

            • Swells from now Tropical Storm Delta (which made landfall near Creole, LA as a Category 2 Hurricane at 6 p.m. Friday) will result in coastal flooding from wave-run up and water on low lying roads and property, especially during high tide. High surf also continues through today, with the HIGH RISK of Rip Currents extended through Sunday afternoon. (Single red flags are flying in Orange Beach today - Saturday, October 10th.) 
            • A Wind Advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. this afternoon for much of the local area with sustained winds between 15-25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph. This could down some branches, especially in trees damaged in Sally. It's also a good idea to secure any loose, outdoor objects.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: Due to inclement weather, debris cleanup operations are suspended and will resume at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11th. 

            As of Friday, Oct. 9th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf hauled 297,500 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 13,500 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 17,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Friday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. 

            PUBLIC BEACH ACCESSES REOPEN IN ORANGE BEACH: Gulf State Park reopened its public beach accesses in Orange Beach late Thursday afternoon. 

            • Shell Parking Lot (small parking lot east of Alabama Point) is open. 
            • Cotton Bayou beach access, public restrooms, & west boardwalk are open (east boardwalk closed).
            • Romar Beach pathway adjacent to the boardwalk (boardwalks closed).
            • Waterways and boat launches are open but recreational boating is discouraged as debris remains in the water.
            • The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage.

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Good News! Essentially all of the trails have reopened except those in the campground area. The following additional trails have reopened: Hidden Lake, Twin Bridges, Gulf Oak Ridge, Beach Mouse Bypass, Cross Park Connector, Gopher Tortoise Trail, Gulf Oak Ridge, and Coyote Crossing. Gulf State Park reopened Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail last weekend. Gulf State Park campground and the trails within the campground remain closed. Be cautious as the trail has damage and may be a lot bumpier than usual. Crews have tried to mark areas with cones but not all spots are marked.

            Please keep in mind that there is still have a lot of work to do to make them beautiful again. The contractors are still on the trails working, with 19,500 cubic yards of debris removed as of Thursday. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

            HURRICANE SALLY FEMA UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Delta, FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency took the precautionary safety measure of ceasing operations at all their Mobile Registration Intake Centers
            Centers will remain closed until 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, provided the storms impacts permit.

            The following MRICs are affected:

            • FOLEY -- Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., closed at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
            • ROBERTSDALE -- Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., closed at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

            Storm and Recovery Updates – Friday, October 9, 2020  

            EVACUATION ORDER REMOVED ON THURSDAY: The mandatory evacuation order for vacationers and non-residents along the Alabama Gulf Coast was removed by Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday, October 8th. 

            PUBLIC BEACH ACCESSES REOPEN IN ORANGE BEACH: Gulf State Park reopened its public beach accesses in Orange Beach late Thursday afternoon. 

            • Shell Parking Lot (small parking lot east of Alabama Point) is open. 
            • Cotton Bayou beach access, public restrooms, & west boardwalk are open (east boardwalk closed).
            • Romar Beach pathway adjacent to the boardwalk (boardwalks closed).
            • Waterways and boat launches are open but recreational boating is discouraged as debris remains in the water.
            • The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage.

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Good News! Starting Saturday, October 10th, the following additional trails will reopen: Hidden Lake, Twin Bridges and Gulf Oak Ridge! Gulf State Park reopened Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail last weekend. Be cautious as the trail has damage and may be a lot bumpier than usual. Crews have tried to mark areas with cones but not all spots are marked.

            Please keep in mind that these are the ONLY trails opened at this time and that there is a $300 fine if you trespass on any of the CLOSED trails (code of Alabama 220-5-.10(1). The contractors are still on the trails working with 19,500 cubic yards of debris removed as of Thursday. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 
             

            6 P.M. National Weather Service Update - Hurricane #Delta officially makes landfall near Creole, LA as a Category 2 Hurricane.

            11 A.M. HURRICANE DELTA SITUATIONAL UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU 

            • Hurricane Delta is forecast to make landfall over southwest Louisiana this evening. 
            • Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect along coastal Alabama for minor coastal flooding with 1-3 ft. inundation. Highest water levels will occur early Saturday morning. (For those who live in low-lying areas with flooding concerns, the city is providing sand and sandbags behind City Hall at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. and at the gate at the Public Works yard on William Silvers Parkway.)
            • Wind Advisory in effect for late tonight through Saturday for wind gusts around 35 mph. 
            • Dangerous surf and deadly rip currents will persist at local beaches through Saturday. (Single red flags are flying in Orange Beach today - Friday, October 9th.) 
            • Outer rainbands containing gusty winds, heavy rain, and the potential for tornadoes will move into southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama late tonight through Saturday morning. The rainband will move into south central Alabama and northwest Florida by late Saturday morning into the afternoon (a tornado or two is possible).

            National Weather Service - Mobile - Hurricane Delta situational update 8 a.m. Friday, October 9, 2020

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Friday, October 9, 2020  

            Hurricane Sally FEMA Update: Due to Hurricane Delta, FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency took the precautionary safety measure of ceasing operations at all their Mobile Registration Intake Centers
            Centers will remain closed until 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, provided the storms impacts permit.

            The following MRICs are affected:

            • FOLEY -- Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., closed at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
            • ROBERTSDALE -- Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., closed at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Thursday, Oct. 8th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf hauled 279,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 12,700 dump truck loads' worth) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 16,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Tuesday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            Hurricane Delta Update – Thursday, October 8, 2020  

            EVACUATION ORDER REMOVED: The mandatory evacuation order for vacationers and non-residents along the Alabama Gulf Coast has been removed by Gov. Kay Ivey, effective immediately. 

            PUBLIC BEACH ACCESSES REOPEN IN ORANGE BEACH: Gulf State Park reopened its public beach accesses in Orange Beach late Thursday afternoon. 

            • Shell Parking Lot (small parking lot east of Alabama Point) is open. 
            • Cotton Bayou beach access, public restrooms, & west boardwalk are open (east boardwalk closed).
            • Romar Beach pathway adjacent to the boardwalk (boardwalks closed).

            10 A.M. CITY OF ORANGE BEACH UPDATE

            The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile. Hurricane Delta is forecast to intensify over the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall in south central or southwest Louisiana on Friday.

            With the projected path well to our west and in order to open accommodations to evacuees from Louisiana, Gov. Kay Ivey removed the supplemental declaration of a mandatory evacuation for tourists and non-residents, effective immediately.

            Please remember:

            • Impacts can occur outside of the forecast cone and any shift in track to the eastern side of the cone would increase local impacts.
            • Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect along coastal Alabama for minor coastal flooding (1-3 ft. inundation).
              • If you have a boat or vessel, secure it and/or move it to higher ground.
              • For those who live in low-lying areas with flooding concerns, the city is providing sand and sandbags behind City Hall at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. and at the gate at the Public Works yard on William Silvers Parkway.
            • Dangerous surf and deadly rip currents will impact local beaches through Saturday. For the latest beach information, call our Surf/Beach Condition Hotline at 251-981-SURF (7873) and follow Orange Beach Surf Rescue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OrangeBeachSurfRescue
            • Outer rain bands of Delta may impact portions of southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama and could bring gusty winds, heavy rain, and a few tornadoes in the late Friday afternoon into Saturday timeframe.
              • Residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside
            • Public beach access sites in Orange Beach remain closed until further notice due to boardwalk damage from Hurricane Sally. The accesses include Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou, Alabama Point and Shell Beach, just east of Perdido Pass. We are hopeful some accesses will be reopened soon.
            • Waterways and boat launches are open but recreational boating is discouraged as debris remains in the water. The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage.

            Residents and visitors should follow the National Weather Service Mobile bureau’s website at www.weather.gov/mob or on social media and local news outlets for the most current storm information. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.

            For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

            8 A.M. HURRICANE DELTA SITUATIONAL UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU 

            • Hurricane Delta is forecast to intensify over the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall in south central or southwest Louisiana on Friday. 
            • Remember: Impacts can occur outside of the forecast cone and any shift in track to the eastern side of the cone would increase local impacts. 
            • Coastal Flood Advisory is now in effect along coastal Alabama for minor coastal flooding (1-3 ft inundation).
            • Dangerous surf and deadly rip currents will impact local beaches through Saturday
            • Outer rain bands of Delta may impact portions of southeast Mississippi and southwest Alabama and could bring gusty winds, heavy rain, and a few tornadoes in the late Friday afternoon into Saturday timeframe.

            Hurricane Delta National Weather Service situational update 10 a.m. October 8, 2020

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Thursday, October 8, 2020  

            Hurricane Sally FEMA Update: Due to Hurricane Delta, FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency are taking the precautionary safety measure of ceasing operations at all their Mobile Registration Intake Centers
            Most centers will remain closed until 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, provided the storms impacts permit.

            The following MRICs are affected:

            • FOLEY -- Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., closed at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
            • ROBERTSDALE -- Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., closed at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Wednesdsay, Oct. 7th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf hauled 260,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 11,800 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 15,400 cubic yards picked up, as of Tuesday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Gulf State Park reopened Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail on Saturday, October 3rd on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Please keep in mind that these are the ONLY trails opened at this time (see map below) and that there is a $300 fine if you trespass on any of the CLOSED trails (code of Alabama 220-5-.10(1).

            Please be cautious of wildlife as many animals have been displaced due to Hurricane Sally. The contractors are still on the trails working with 18,000 cubic yards of debris removed as of Wednesday. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

            Map of Backcountry Trail partial reopening after Hurricane Sally

            Hurricane Delta Updates – Wednesday, October 7, 2020  

            A mandatory evacuation is in effect today, per the Governor's Office, for tourists and vacationers along the Alabama Gulf Coast. This mandatory evacuation includes all locations south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, including Orange Beach, Ono Island, Gulf Shores, and the Fort Morgan peninsula. This evacuation order does not apply to contractors or individuals working on Hurricane Sally recovery. The evacuation order will be reassessed on Thursday based on the projected path of Hurricane Delta. 

            LATE EVENING HURRICANE DELTA UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU

            • Late Evening Update [10/07] - The only big change is that we were able to drop the Storm Surge Watch. The Watch has been replaced by a Coastal Flood Advisory as we only expect 1-3 ft inundation along coastal Alabama (at the beaches, coast, and along the bays).
            • Another note is that the threat for tornadoes is increasing in the Friday night through Saturday timeframe due to Delta.

            10 A.M. HURRICANE DELTA SITUATIONAL UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU

            • Hurricane Delta is forecast to intensify over the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to impact portions of the northern Gulf Coast as a significant and dangerous Hurricane
            • Delta is expected to make landfall well west of the local area. Remember that impacts often occur outside of the cone and any shift in track to the eastern side of the cone would increase the local impacts. 
            • A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for coastal Alabama for potential storm surge of 2-4 feet. Minor coastal flooding is possible further east into northwest Florida. 
            • Dangerous surf and deadly rip currents will impact the Gulf beaches through Saturday. 
            • Outer rain bands of Delta will potentially impact portions of southeast Mississippi/Southwest Alabama and bring the threat of gusty winds, locally heavy rain, and isolated tornadoes Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

            Residents and visitors are encouraged to follow the National Weather Service Mobile bureau’s website at www.weather.gov/mob or on social media and local news outlets for the most current storm information. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.

            Hurricane Delta Situational Update 10 a.m. 10.7.2020 National Weather Service

            7 A.M. HURRICANE DELTA SITUATIONAL UPDATE FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE BUREAU

            • Hurricane Delta is forecast to intensify over the Southern Gulf of Mexico Thursday and is expected to impact portions of the northern Gulf Coast as a Major Hurricane. 
            • Delta is forecast to turn north and northeast prior to landfall, but exactly WHEN the turn occurs will determine the extent of local impacts. 
            • A landfall if Louisiana appears increasingly likely. However, we must remain vigilant and not let our guard down as any shift to the east will bring greater impacts to our area. Remember that impacts often occur outside of the cone!
            • Even if Delta makes landfall well to our west, the local area will still see a threat of storm surge, dangerous surf/rip currents, heavy rain, isolated tornadoes, and the potential for tropical storm force wind, especially in Southwest Alabama/Southeast Mississippi. 

            Hurricane Delta 7 a.m. update from National Weather Service

            COASTAL FLOODING: Coastal flooding is possible from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning mainly across the west and of Dauphin Island and west of Perdido Pass to Fort Morgan. 

            Very long, 16-second period swell generated by Hurricane Delta will result in wave run-up and some water on low-lying roads and property, particularly during the time of high tide. 

            • If you have a boat or vessel, secure it and or move it to higher ground.

            HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK: Life-threatening rip currents through the remainder of the week for Southwest Alabama and Northwest Florida beaches. We are flying single red flags in Orange Beach today - Wednesday, October 7. 

            Hurricane Delta Coastal Hazards update from National Weather Service

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Wednesday, October 7, 2020  

            Hurricane Sally FEMA Update: Due to Hurricane Delta, FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency are taking the precautionary safety measure of ceasing operations at all their Mobile Registration Intake Centers
            Most centers will close at 6 p.m. today - Wednesday, Oct. 7 - and remain closed until 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, provided the storms impacts permit.

            The following MRICs are affected:

            • FOLEY -- Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., closes at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
            • ROBERTSDALE -- Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., closes at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Tuesday, Oct. 6th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf hauled 240,650 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 11,000 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 14,771 cubic yards picked up, as of Tuesday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Gulf State Park reopened Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail on Saturday, October 3rd on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Please keep in mind that these are the ONLY trails opened at this time (see map below) and that there is a $300 fine if you trespass on any of the CLOSED trails (code of Alabama 220-5-.10(1).

            Please be cautious of wildlife as many animals have been displaced due to Hurricane Sally. The contractors are still on the trails working. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

            Map of Backcountry Trail partial reopening after Hurricane Sally

            Hurricane Delta Updates – Tuesday, October 6, 2020  

            City of Orange Beach Hurricane Delta Update – 6 p.m. October 6, 2020: In preparation of potential impacts from Hurricane Delta, the Orange Beach City Council declared a local state of emergency during its 5 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, October 6.

            The local declaration follows Governor Kay Ivey’s emergency proclamation and her supplemental declaration of a mandatory evacuation for tourists and vacationers along the Alabama Gulf Coast effective at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7. This mandatory evacuation includes all locations south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, including Orange Beach, Ono Island, Gulf Shores, and the Fort Morgan peninsula. This evacuation order does not apply to contractors or individuals working on Hurricane Sally recovery.

            Hurricane Delta continues to strengthen in the Caribbean and is a MAJOR hurricane. It is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico as a Category 4 storm.

            The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates from the National Hurricane Center and our local National Weather Service bureau in Mobile. The current forecast has Hurricane Delta making landfall in Louisiana late Friday. Delta is forecast to turn north and northeast prior to landfall, but exactly when the turn occurs will determine the extent of local impacts.

            Even if Delta makes landfall well to our west, the local area will still see a threat of storm surge, dangerous surf/rip currents, heavy rain, low-area flooding, isolated tornadoes, and strong winds.

            For residents, now is the time to prepare.

            • For those who live in low-lying areas, begin to make plans to leave, if necessary.
            • If you have a boat or vessel, secure it and or move it to higher ground.
            • Replenish your hurricane supplies.
            • Residents and local property owners are encouraged to secure all outside items and initiate protective measures, such as window coverings, etc.
            • The city debris contractor is continuing to pick up storm debris from Hurricane Sally as quickly as possible, especially in low-lying areas.
            • Sand and sand bags are available behind City Hall at 4099 Orange Beach Blvd. and at the gate at the Public Works yard on William Silvers Parkway, going toward the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
            • Remember the first 72 hours are on you. After an emergency or disaster strikes, support and resources may not be available right away. Every home needs an emergency kit with a three-day (72 hours) supply of food, water, flashlight and other basic needs.  

            Residents and visitors are encouraged to follow the National Weather Service Mobile bureau’s website at www.weather.gov/mob or on social media and local news outlets for the most current storm information. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.

            For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

            3 P.M. UPDATE FROM GOV. KAY IVEY - MANDATORY EVACUATION FOR TOURISTS ONLY, EFFECTIVE 7 A.M. WEDNESDAY MORNING: 

            Governor issues supplemental State of Emergency as Alabama continues to make preparations ahead of Hurricane Delta: https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2020/10/supplemental-state-of-emergency-hurricane-delta/.

            "Working with local leaders in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island and the unincorporated areas of Ono Island and Fort Morgan, it has been determined that all visitors and tourists should proceed with a mandatory evacuation of the Alabama Gulf Coast starting first thing tomorrow morning. This is for their safety and well-being, as well as for the safety and well-being of locals who are working to prepare their communities in the event Hurricane Delta tracks more easterly.

            "Unless you are a local resident with a hurricane pass or have a pass or decal that has been issued to contractors, property management or other businesses working in response to Hurricane Sally, this mandatory evacuation notice should help us prepare for the worst, even as we hope for the best."

            View the State of Emergency issued this morning here: https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/2020/10/state-of-emergency-hurricane-delta/.

            Video Update: https://youtu.be/MjSO3Zf-Dps.

            12 p.m. Update from National Weather Service in Mobile: Major Hurricane Delta rapidly strengthened this morning in the Caribbean and is forecast to enter the Gulf on Wednesday. Storm timing has slowed down a little, so the greatest impacts are expected Friday night into Saturday. 

            The earliest time of arrival of tropical storm force winds from Delta is Friday along the coast and Friday night further inland. That said, the area will more than likely see the tropical storm force winds start Friday night at the coast and Saturday morning inland. 

            Even if Delta weakens before landfall, its intensity over the southern Gulf of Mexico will play a huge role in the potential storm surge along our coastline. Greatest concern for surge is late Friday into Saturday morning during high tide. 

            Even if Delta makes landfall well to our west, we'll still see a threat of storm surge, high surf/rip currents, heavy rain, tornadoes, strong winds. If you are located in the cone, you need to prepare for another potential hurricane strike.

            • Visitors with trips planned to the beach in the coming week should contact the hotel or company you have reservations with to understand their policies related to storms.

            GOVENOR KAY IVEY ISSUES STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO HURRICANE DELTA

            City of Orange Beach Hurricane Delta Update – 10 a.m. October 6, 2020

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Tuesday, October 6, 2020  

            Hurricane Sally FEMA Update: Due to Hurricane Delta, FEMA and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency are taking the precautionary safety measure of ceasing operations at all their Mobile Registration Intake Centers
            Most centers will close at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, and remain closed until 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, provided the storms impacts permit.
            The following MRICs are affected:

            • FOLEY -- Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., closes at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.
            • ROBERTSDALE -- Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St., closes at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. Operations resume 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Monday, Oct. 5th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf hauled approximately 222,116 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 10,100 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing with 14,105 cubic yards picked up, as of Monday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            Storm and Recovery Update – Monday, October 5, 2020

            HURRICANE DELTA: Tropical Storm Delta formed over the central Caribbean Sea on the morning of Monday, Oct. 5 and strengthen to a hurricane early Monday night.  The current forecast track has it heading toward Louisiana. Regardless of its forecast track, which can change, everyone should begin to replenish their storm preparedness kits and boat owners need to secure their vessels. Following the National Hurricane Center for the latest updates at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

            NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER 7 P.M. MONDAY UPDATE ON HURRICANE DELTA

            FEMA:  The following FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) are operating in Baldwin County:

            • FOLEY -- Open through Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave.
            • ROBERTSDALE -- Open through Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St.
            • BAY MINETTE – Open Monday, Oct. 5 through Wednesday, Oct. 7. at 301 D’Olive St.

            Hours of operation for all centers are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (contingent on the weather). All locations closed on Sunday. Find details and the most up-to-date FEMA Hurricane Sally information at www.fema.gov/disaster/4563.

            FEMA FACT SHEET: Reasons Why FEMA May Have Found You Ineligible

            AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment opened Monday 

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Sunday, Oct. 4th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf picked up approximately 178,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 8,100 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing 13,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Sunday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: The beaches reopened Friday, October 2nd; however, most public access sites in Baldwin County remain closed until further notice. Public access points in Orange Beach that will remain closed include Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou, Alabama Point and Shell Beach, just east of Perdido Pass. Click here to see the full release from the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Visitors can find more information on the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/situation-updates. Waterways and boat launches are not closed but recreational boating is highly discouraged as debris remains in the water. The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage. 

            • Message from Coastal Resources: Due to the significant beach losses from Hurricane Sally we will not have the typical regulatory signage and markers in place. Leave Only Footprints will still be enforced and we ask that you continue to respect those rules. Please make sure all vehicles and equipment are still able to pass in all areas. Do not leave anything on the beach after sunset. All items will be removed and recycled. Remember that glass, metal tools, excessive digging, fires, pets and unauthorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach. Thank you for your continued cooperation and patronage during this trying time.

            LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

            CURFEW: A curfew remains on our waterways only from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Police patrols have increased and roving checkpoints remain throughout the city. Have identification on hand to show officers you have a legitimate reason to be in the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: Gulf State Park reopened Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail on Saturday, October 3rd on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Please keep in mind that these are the ONLY trails opened at this time (see map below) and that there is a $300 fine if you trespass on any of the CLOSED trails (code of Alabama 220-5-.10(1).

            Please be cautious of wildlife as many animals have been displaced due to Hurricane Sally. The contractors are still on the trails working. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

            Map of Backcountry Trail partial reopening after Hurricane Sally

            CITY FACILITIES: Most city facilities have reopened. The Coastal Arts Center reopened Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center reopened Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. The Orange Beach Golf Center golf course and driving range are open. The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum and Orange Beach Public Library are open. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Orange Beach Senior Center remains closed. 

            City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement) are all operating with normal business hours. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.  

            The pier at Orange Beach Waterfront Park will remain closed until further notice due to extensive damage.  

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. Recycling routes are running as well. Residential trash cans have the blue lid and recycling has the gray lid. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096

            BUSINESSES: The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is keeping up a Hurricane Sally relief page. Anyone who wants to know if a specific contractor or business is licensed in the City of Orange Beach, can contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.   

            • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Friday, Oct. 2, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955More information: SBA to open Business Recovery Center in Gulf Shores for businesses affected by Hurricane Sally

            HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to Inspiritus, a faith-based nonprofit, whose volunteers are in town doing chainsaw work, muck and guts, and debris cleanup, among other things. The Island Church in Orange Beach is housing these volunteers but funds are needed to keep them in town until October 22nd. To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund, or donate through the Inspiritus website at weinspirit.org and click on the donation button for Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts. Help those who are helping others recover from this devastating storm. 

            • Christian Service Center: During the week of Sept. 21-25, 2020, the Christian Service Center provided hurricane disaster assistance to 104 families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Also, 57 clients received help with rent, while another 14 were helped with utilities. Food was provided for more than 300 individuals - enough food for three meals a day for seven days. In addition, CSC helped stock other pantries in the area. Anyone who would like to help with this ongoing effort may donate on the CSC website at www.cscgs.com using PayPal or by mail to 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. All contributions are a blessing to our community. 

            TOLL BRIDGE: The Beach Express Toll Bridge returned to collecting tolls at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020.

            DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Saturday, October 3, 2020

            FEMA:  The following FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) are operating in Baldwin County:

            • FAIRHOPE – Will close Saturday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at Fairhope Satellite Courthouse, 1100 Fairhope Ave.
            • FOLEY -- Open through Wednesday, Oct. 7. Closed Sunday, Oct. 4. at the Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave.
            • ROBERTSDALE -- Open through Wednesday, Oct. 7. Closed Sunday, Oct. 4. at the Central Annex, 22251 Palmer St.
            • BAY MINETTE – Open Monday, Oct. 5 through Wednesday, Oct. 7. at 301 D’Olive St.

            Hours of operation for all centers are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (contingent on the weather). All locations closed on Sunday. Find details and the most up-to-date FEMA Hurricane Sally information at www.fema.gov/disaster/4563.

            FEMA FACT SHEET: Reasons Why FEMA May Have Found You Ineligible

            AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment opened Monday 

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: The beaches reopened Friday, October 2nd; however, most public access sites in Baldwin County remain closed until further notice. Public access points in Orange Beach that will remain closed include Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou, Alabama Point and Shell Beach, just east of Perdido Pass. Click here to see the full release from the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Visitors can find more information on the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/situation-updates. Waterways and boat launches are not closed but recreational boating is highly discouraged as debris remains in the water. The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage. 

            • Message from Coastal Resources: Due to the significant beach losses from Hurricane Sally we will not have the typical regulatory signage and markers in place. Leave Only Footprints will still be enforced and we ask that you continue to respect those rules. Please make sure all vehicles and equipment are still able to pass in all areas. Do not leave anything on the beach after sunset. All items will be removed and recycled. Remember that glass, metal tools, excessive digging, fires, pets and unauthorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach. Thank you for your continued cooperation and patronage during this trying time.

            LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

            CURFEW: A curfew remains on our waterways only from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Police patrols have increased and roving checkpoints remain throughout the city. Have identification on hand to show officers you have a legitimate reason to be in the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: We are happy to announce that Gulf State Park is able to open Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail starting today - Saturday, October 3rd - on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Please keep in mind that these are the ONLY trails opened at this time (see map below) and that there is a $300 fine if you trespass on any of the CLOSED trails (code of Alabama 220-5-.10(1).

            Please be cautious of wildlife as many animals have been displaced due to Hurricane Sally. The contractors are still on the trails working. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

            Map of Backcountry Trail partial reopening after Hurricane Sally

            CITY FACILITIES: Most city facilities have reopened. The Coastal Arts Center reopened Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center reopened Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. The Orange Beach Golf Center golf course and driving range are open. The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum and Orange Beach Public Library are open. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Orange Beach Senior Center remains closed. 

            City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement) are all operating with normal business hours. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.  

            The pier at Orange Beach Waterfront Park will remain closed until further notice due to extensive damage.  

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Thursday, Oct. 1st, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf picked up approximately 155,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 7,100 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing 10,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Thursday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. Recycling routes are running as well. Residential trash cans have the blue lid and recycling has the gray lid. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096

            BUSINESSES: The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is keeping up a Hurricane Sally relief page. Anyone who wants to know if a specific contractor or business is licensed in the City of Orange Beach, can contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.   

            • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Friday, Oct. 2, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955More information: SBA to open Business Recovery Center in Gulf Shores for businesses affected by Hurricane Sally

            HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to Inspiritus, a faith-based nonprofit, whose volunteers are in town doing chainsaw work, muck and guts, and debris cleanup, among other things. The Island Church in Orange Beach is housing these volunteers but funds are needed to keep them in town until October 22nd. To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund, or donate through the Inspiritus website at weinspirit.org and click on the donation button for Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts. Help those who are helping others recover from this devastating storm. 

            • Christian Service Center: During the week of Sept. 21-25, 2020, the Christian Service Center provided hurricane disaster assistance to 104 families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Also, 57 clients received help with rent, while another 14 were helped with utilities. Food was provided for more than 300 individuals - enough food for three meals a day for seven days. In addition, CSC helped stock other pantries in the area. Anyone who would like to help with this ongoing effort may donate on the CSC website at www.cscgs.com using PayPal or by mail to 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. All contributions are a blessing to our community. 

            TOLL BRIDGE: The Beach Express Toll Bridge returned to collecting tolls at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020.

            DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Friday, October 2, 2020

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: The beaches reopened this morning - Friday, October 2nd; however, most public access sites in Baldwin County remain closed until further notice. Public access points in Orange Beach that will remain closed include Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou, Alabama Point and Shell Beach, just east of Perdido Pass. Click here to see the full release from the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Visitors can find more information on the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/situation-updates. Waterways and boat launches are not closed but recreational boating is highly discouraged as debris remains in the water. The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage. 

            • Message from Coastal Resources: Due to the significant beach losses from Hurricane Sally we will not have the typical regulatory signage and markers in place. Leave Only Footprints will still be enforced and we ask that you continue to respect those rules. Please make sure all vehicles and equipment are still able to pass in all areas. Do not leave anything on the beach after sunset. All items will be removed and recycled. Remember that glass, metal tools, excessive digging, fires, pets and unauthorized vehicles are not allowed on the beach. Thank you for your continued cooperation and patronage during this trying time.

            LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

            CURFEW: A curfew remains on our waterways only from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Police patrols have increased and roving checkpoints remain throughout the city. Have identification on hand to show officers you have a legitimate reason to be in the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: We are happy to announce that Gulf State Park is able to open Rattlesnake Ridge, Cotton Bayou, Rosemary Dunes, and a portion of Catman Trail starting Saturday, October 3rd on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Please keep in mind that these are the ONLY trails opened at this time (see map below) and that there is a $300 fine if you trespass on any of the CLOSED trails (code of Alabama 220-5-.10(1).

            Please be cautious of wildlife as many animals have been displaced due to Hurricane Sally. The contractors are still on the trails working. If you come upon a vehicle or equipment please dismount your bicycle and move to the side so they can safely pass. 

            Map of Backcountry Trail partial reopening after Hurricane Sally

            CITY FACILITIES: Most city facilities reopened this week. The Coastal Arts Center reopened Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center reopened Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. The Orange Beach Golf Center golf course and driving range are open. The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum and Orange Beach Public Library are open. 

            City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement) are all operating with normal business hours. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.  

            The pier at Orange Beach Waterfront Park will remain closed until further notice due to extensive damage.  

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Thursday, Oct. 1st, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up approximately 155,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 7,100 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • MARINE DEBRIS: Marine debris pickup is progressing 10,000 cubic yards picked up, as of Thursday. CrowderGulf will pick up any loose debris, including piers. Property owners must secure any pieces that they want to reuse. 
            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. Recycling routes are running as well. Residential trash cans have the blue lid and recycling has the gray lid. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096

            FEMA:  Two FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) are open in Baldwin County,

            • A mobile registration center will be open in Fairhope from Thursday, Oct. 1 to Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse, 1100 Fairhope Ave. 
            • The Foley MRIC opening was extended through Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., Foley.

            Hours of operation for all centers are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (contingent on the weather). Find more information at www.fema.gov/press-release/20200929/fema-registration-intake-centers-open-mobile-brewton-and-fairhope.

            BUSINESSES: The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is keeping up a Hurricane Sally relief page. Anyone who wants to know if a specific contractor or business is licensed in the City of Orange Beach, can contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.   

            • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama today - Friday, Oct. 2, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955More information: SBA to open Business Recovery Center in Gulf Shores for businesses affected by Hurricane Sally

            HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to Inspiritus, a faith-based nonprofit, whose volunteers are in town doing chainsaw work, muck and guts, and debris cleanup, among other things. The Island Church in Orange Beach is housing these volunteers but funds are needed to keep them in town until October 22nd. To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund, or donate through the Inspiritus website at weinspirit.org and click on the donation button for Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts. Help those who are helping others recover from this devastating storm. 

            • Christian Service Center: During the week of Sept. 21-25, 2020, the Christian Service Center provided hurricane disaster assistance to 104 families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Also, 57 clients received help with rent, while another 14 were helped with utilities. Food was provided for more than 300 individuals - enough food for three meals a day for seven days. In addition, CSC helped stock other pantries in the area. Anyone who would like to help with this ongoing effort may donate on the CSC website at www.cscgs.com using PayPal or by mail to 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. All contributions are a blessing to our community. 

            TOLL BRIDGE: The Beach Express Toll Bridge returned to collecting tolls at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020.

            FEMA FACT SHEET: Reasons Why FEMA May Have Found You Ineligible

            AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment opened Monday 

            DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Thursday, October 1, 2020

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: The beaches will reopen on the morning of Friday, October 2nd; however, most public access sites in Baldwin County remain closed until further notice. Public access points in Orange Beach that will remain closed include Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou, Alabama Point and Shell Beach, just east of Perdido Pass. Click here to see the full release from the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Visitors can find more information on the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com. Waterways and boat launches are not closed but recreational boating is highly discouraged as debris remains in the water. The Alabama Point/Seawall Park fishing area remains partially open; the west end is open but the east sustained significant damage. 

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: If all goes as planned, the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry may have three or four of its trails and trailheads reopening on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 3. Those trails include Catman Road, Cotton Bayou, Rattlesnake Ridge and Rosemary Dunes. Please follow the Backcountry Trail Facebook page for the latest updates on Friday afternoon. No other spurs or trails (such as Beach Mouse Bypass, Cross Park Connector, etc.) will be open at this time due to continued debris removal. Those areas will be barricaded off and anyone caught trespassing on those closed trails will be subject to a fine up to $300, per state law. 

            FEMA:  Two FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Centers (MRICs) are open in Baldwin County,

            • A MRIC will be open in Fairhope from Thursday, Oct. 1 to Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse, 1100 Fairhope Ave. 
            • The Foley MRIC opening was extended through Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Ave., Foley.

            Hours of operation for all centers are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (contingent on the weather). Find more information at www.fema.gov/press-release/20200929/fema-registration-intake-centers-open-mobile-brewton-and-fairhope.

            BUSINESSES: The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is keeping up a Hurricane Sally relief page. Anyone who wants to know if a specific contractor or business is licensed in the City of Orange Beach, can contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.   

            • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Friday, Oct. 2, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Sally.  SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. The location is the Gulf Shores Activity Center, 260 Clubhouse Drive. Hours: Sunday-Saturday (7 days a week), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 1-800-659-2955More information: SBA to open Business Recovery Center in Gulf Shores for businesses affected by Hurricane Sally

            LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

            HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to Inspiritus, a faith-based nonprofit, whose volunteers are in town doing chainsaw work, muck and guts, and debris cleanup, among other things. The Island Church in Orange Beach is housing these volunteers but funds are needed to keep them in town until October 22nd. To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund, or donate through the Inspiritus website at weinspirit.org and click on the donation button for Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts. Help those who are helping others recover from this devastating storm. 

            • Christian Service Center: During the week of Sept. 21-25, 2020, the Christian Service Center provided hurricane disaster assistance to 104 families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Also, 57 clients received help with rent, while another 14 were helped with utilities. Food was provided for more than 300 individuals - enough food for three meals a day for seven days. In addition, CSC helped stock other pantries in the area. Anyone who would like to help with this ongoing effort may donate on the CSC website at www.cscgs.com using PayPal or by mail to 317 Dolphin Ave., Gulf Shores, AL 36542. All contributions are a blessing to our community. 

            TOLL BRIDGE: The Beach Express Toll Bridge will return to collecting tolls at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020.

            FEMA FACT SHEET: Reasons Why FEMA May Have Found You Ineligible

            AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment opened Monday 

            DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

            CURFEW: A curfew remains on our waterways only from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Police patrols have increased and roving checkpoints remain throughout the city. Have identificiation on hand to show officers you have a legitimate reason to be in the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            CITY FACILITIES: City facilities will begin reopening this week. The Coastal Arts Center reopened Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center reopened Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. The Orange Beach Golf Center golf course and driving range are open. The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum is open. 

            City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement) are all operating with normal business hours. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.  

            The pier at Orange Beach Waterfront Park will remain closed until further notice due to extensive damage.  

            ORANGE BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Public Library is open and the Internet is working. The library is waiving any charges for faxes, scanning, or printing related to hurricane relief! The library's equipment is currently all working, so please feel free to drop by or spread the word for any printings or faxing or internet access needs.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Wednesday, Sept. 30th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up approximately 133,942 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 6,100 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. Recycling routes are running as well. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Wednesday, September 30, 2020

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: The beaches will reopen on the morning of Friday, October 2nd; however, most public access sites in Baldwin County remain closed until further notice. Public access points in Orange Beach that will remain closed include Romar Beach, Cotton Bayou, Alabama Point and Shell Beach, just east of Perdido Pass. Click here to see the full release from the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Visitors can find more information on the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com. Waterways and boat launches are not closed but recreational boating is highly discouraged as debris remains in the water. 

            BUSINESSES: The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is keeping up a Hurricane Sally relief page. Anyone who wants to know if a specific contractor or business is licensed in the City of Orange Beach, can contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.   

            LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

            HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to Inspiritus, a faith-based nonprofit, whose volunteers are in town doing chainsaw work, muck and guts, and debris cleanup, among other things. The Island Church in Orange Beach is housing these volunteers but funds are needed to keep them in town until October 22nd. To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund, or donate through the Inspiritus website at weinspirit.org and click on the donation button for Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts. Help those who are helping others recover from this devastating storm. 

            TOLL BRIDGE: The Beach Express Toll Bridge will return to collecting tolls at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020.

            FEMA FACT SHEET: Reasons Why FEMA May Have Found You Ineligible

            AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment opened Monday 

            DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: USDA Announces Approval of D-SNAP for Alabama Disaster Areas - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that low-income Alabama residents recovering from Hurricane Sally could be eligible for a helping hand from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).

            CURFEW: A curfew remains on our waterways only from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Police patrols have increased and roving checkpoints remain throughout the city. Have identificiation on hand to show officers you have a legitimate reason to be in the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry will remain closed until further notice due to storm debris removal. PLEASE STAY OFF THE TRAIL! 

            CITY FACILITIES: City facilities will begin reopening this week. The Coastal Arts Center reopened Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center are set to reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. The Orange Beach Golf Center golf course and driving range are open. 

            City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement) are all operating with normal business hours. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.  

            ORANGE BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Public Library is open and the Internet is working. The library is waiving any charges for faxes, scanning, or printing related to hurricane relief! The library's equipment is currently all working, so please feel free to drop by or spread the word for any printings or faxing or internet access needs.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Tuesday, Sept. 29th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up approximately 117,500 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 5,400 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. Recycling routes will run as well. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
              • The SBA has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally.
              • These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance.
              • Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/ or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance.
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Tuesday, September 29, 2020

            LATEST MAYOR UPDATE: Watch Mayor Tony Kennon's 6 p.m. Monday Facebook Live update for the latest information. 

            BUSINESSES: The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is keeping up a Hurricane Sally relief page

            LODGING: For updated lodging/accommodation information, visit the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com/lodging/condos for condos or www.gulfshores.com/lodging/hotels for hotels. 

            HOW TO HELP: Anyone who wants to help our area recover from Hurricane Sally can donate to Inspiritus, a faith-based nonprofit, whose volunteers are in town doing chainsaw work, muck and guts, and debris cleanup, among other things. The Island Church in Orange Beach is housing these volunteers but funds are needed to keep them in town until October 22nd. To donate go to theislandchurch.tv - click on the “give” button and select hurricane relief fund, or donate through the Inspiritus website at weinspirit.org and click on the donation button for Hurricane Sally Relief Efforts. Help those who are helping others recover from this devastating storm. 

            TOLL BRIDGE: The Beach Express Toll Bridge will return to collecting tolls at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020.

            FEMA: FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center will open through Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Foley Satellite Courthouse. 

            AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment opened Monday 

            CURFEW: A curfew remains on our waterways only from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Police patrols have increased and roving checkpoints remain throughout the city. Have identificiation on hand to show officers you have a legitimate reason to be in the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: The beaches will reopen on the morning of Friday, October 2nd. The state is currently assessing damage at its public beach accesses and will determine if they can open or not. Visitors are still allowed in the city but anyone with a vacation rental reservation needs to contact his or her rental agency for the latest information on the property. See official press release: Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Extend Closures, Beaches Reopen October 2. Visitors can find more information on the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism website at www.gulfshores.com. Waterways and boat launches are not closed but recreational boating is highly discouraged as debris remains in the water. 

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry will remain closed until further notice due to storm debris removal. PLEASE STAY OFF THE TRAIL! 

            CITY FACILITIES: City facilities will begin reopening this week. The Coastal Arts Center reopened Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center are set to reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. The Orange Beach Golf Center golf course and driving range are open. 

            City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement) are all operating with normal business hours. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.  

            ORANGE BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Public Library is open and the Internet is working. The library is waiving any charges for faxes, scanning, or printing related to hurricane relief! The library's equipment is currently all working, so please feel free to drop by or spread the word for any printings or faxing or internet access needs.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Monday, Sept. 28th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up over 90,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 4,100 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. Recycling routes will run as well. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
              • The SBA has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally.
              • These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance.
              • Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/ or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance.
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Monday, September 28, 2020

            MAYOR UPDATE: Watch Mayor Tony Kennon's 6 p.m. Monday Facebook Live update for the latest information. 

            FEMA: FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center will open through Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Foley Satellite Courthouse.

            AMERICAN RED CROSS: Hurricane Sally emergency financial assistance program enrollment opens today (Sept. 28)

            CURFEW: There is no street curfew but a curfew remains on our waterways from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Police patrols have increased and roving checkpoints remain throughout the city. Have identificiation on hand to show officers you have a legitimate reason to be in the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: The beaches will reopen on the morning of Friday, October 2nd. Visitors are still allowed in the city but anyone with a vacation rental reservation needs to contact his or her rental agency for the latest information on the property. See official press release: Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Extend Closures, Beaches Reopen October 2.

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry will remain closed until further notice due to storm debris removal. PLEASE STAY OFF THE TRAIL! 

            CITY FACILITIES: City facilities will begin reopening this week. The Coastal Arts Center reopened today - Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center are set to reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. The Orange Beach Golf Center golf course and driving range are open. 

            City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement) are all operating with normal business hours. Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.  

            ORANGE BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Public Library is open and the Internet is working. The library is waiving any charges for faxes, scanning, or printing related to hurricane relief! The library's equipment is currently all working, so please feel free to drop by or spread the word for any printings or faxing or internet access needs.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Sunday, Sept. 27th, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up 85,586 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 3,890 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. 

            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. Recycling routes will run as well. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
              • The SBA has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally.
              • These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance.
              • Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/ or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance.
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Sunday, September 27, 2020

            FEMA registration intake center opens today in Foley

            A FEMA Mobile Registration Intake Center (MRICs) will open for individuals affected by Hurricane Sally today - Sunday, Sept. 27 - through Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Foley Satellite Courthouse, 201 E. Section Avenue.

            Another mobile center will be in Atmore in the parking lot at the Atmore City Hall Complex, 201 E. Louisville Avenue.

            Both centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day to serve impacted residents of Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties.

            The centers are part of FEMA’s and the State of Alabama’s ongoing response and recovery mission supporting hurricane survivors. The MRIC will be operated by FEMA personnel and serve as a point of registration and information for eligible individuals and families.

            MRICs are one option available to register with FEMA and apply for federal disaster assistance. These centers operate under protocols to protect the health and safety of registrants. Survivors are highly encouraged to wear masks or face coverings when visiting an MRIC.

            Additional MRICs will open in Baldwin, Mobile, and Escambia counties in the coming days. The locations and dates will be announced when details are finalized.

            Survivors may also register for federal disaster assistance:

            Information that may be useful to have when you register includes:

            • Address of the damaged primary dwelling where the damage occurred
            • Current mailing address
            • Current telephone number
            • Insurance information and description of disaster-caused damage and loss
            • Total household annual income
            • Names and birth dates of family members who live in the household
            • Name and Social Security number of co-applicant (if applicable)
            • Routing and account number for checking or savings account so FEMA may directly transfer disaster assistance funds

            For the latest information on FEMA's response to Hurricane Sally, go to https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4563.

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Saturday, September 26, 2020

            CURFEW: There is no street curfew but a curfew remains on our waterways from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Police patrols have increased and roving checkpoints remain throughout the city. Have identificiation on hand to show officers you have a legitimate reason to be in the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            WEEKEND HOURS: To help serve the public, City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26th, and the Finance Department will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Offices will be closed on Sunday, reopening at 8 a.m. on Monday. 

            TARPS AND SUPPLIES: The Point of Distribution site for water, ice, tarps and other supplies will run at the Island Church campus (25550 Canal Road) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: The beaches will reopen on the morning of Friday, October 2nd. Visitors are still allowed in the city but anyone with a vacation rental reservation needs to contact his or her rental agency for the latest information on the property. See official press release: Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Extend Closures, Beaches Reopen October 2.

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry will remain close for about two weeks. Debris pickup began Friday. PLEASE STAY OFF THE TRAIL! 

            CITY FACILITIES: City facilities will begin reopening next week. The Coastal Arts Center is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center are set to reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. While debris cleanup continues at the Golf Center, the driving range reopened this week. 

            Offices that remain open include City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement). All are operating with normal business hours, Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.  

            The Recreation Center will remain open through Tuesday, Sept. 29th for showers and internet access - Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 24-hour relief availability will end at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25th. 

            ORANGE BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Public Library is open and the Internet is working. The library is waiving any charges for faxes, scanning, or printing related to hurricane relief! The library's equipment is currently all working, so please feel free to drop by or spread the word for any printings or faxing or internet access needs.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Saturday morning, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up 61,581 cubic yards of debris on land (equivalent to roughly 2,800 dump truck loads) since Sunday, Sept. 20th. Additionally, a total of 2,952 cubic yards of marine debris has been picked up so far. 

            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.
            • Beach debris cleanup is underway and then Coastal Resources will begin grooming the beaches ahead of an expected October 2nd reopening.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. Recycling routes will run as well. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Sept. 26th. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            • FEMA: FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties as well as the Porch Band of Creek Indians. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
              • The SBA has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally.
              • These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance.
              • Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/ or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance.
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Friday, September 25, 2020

            WEEKEND HOURS: To help serve the public, City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26th, and the Finance Department will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Offices will be closed on Sunday, reopening at 8 a.m. on Monday. 

            TARPS AND SUPPLIES: The Point of Distribution site for water, ice, tarps and other supplies will run at the Island Church campus (25550 Canal Road) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: The beaches will reopen on the morning of Friday, October 2nd. Visitors are still allowed in the city but anyone with a vacation rental reservation needs to contact his or her rental agency for the latest information on the property. See official press release: Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Extend Closures, Beaches Reopen October 2.

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry will remain close for about two weeks. Debris pickup began on Friday. PLEASE STAY OFF THE TRAIL! 

            CITY FACILITIES: City facilities will begin reopening next week. The Coastal Arts Center is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center are set to reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. While debris cleanup continues at the Golf Center, the driving range reopened this week. 

            Offices that remain open include City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement). All are operating with normal business hours, Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.  

            The Recreation Center will remain open through Tuesday, Sept. 29th for showers and internet access - Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 24-hour relief availability will end at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25th. 

            ORANGE BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Public Library is open and the Internet is working. The library is waiving any charges for faxes, scanning, or printing related to hurricane relief! The library's equipment is currently all working, so please feel free to drop by or spread the word for any printings or faxing or internet access needs.

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Friday morning, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up approximately 50,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 2,380 dump truck loads) since Sunday. 

            • PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety.
            • Beach debris cleanup is underway and then Coastal Resources will begin grooming the beaches ahead of an expected October 2nd reopening.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. Recycling routes will run as well. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            BUSINESS LICENSES: Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Sept. 26th. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            • FEMA: FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties as well as the Porch Band of Creek Indians. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
              • The SBA has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally.
              • These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance.
              • Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/ or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance.
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Thursday, September 24, 2020

            MAYOR UPDATE: Watch Mayor Tony Kennon's 6 p.m. Thursday Facebook Live update for the latest information. 

            TARPS AND SUPPLIES: The Point of Distribution site for water, ice, tarps and other supplies will run at the Island Church campus (25550 Canal Road) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  

            CURFEW: The city curfew will end at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25th, except on the waterways where the curfew will remain in place from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. After Thursday night, patrols will increase and roving checkpoints will remain throughout the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: After reviewing the Hurricane Sally recovery progress, the beaches in Orange Beach will reopen on the morning of Friday, October 2nd. Visitors are still allowed in the city but anyone with a vacation rental reservation needs to contact his or her rental agency for the latest information on the property. See official press release: Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Extend Closures, Beaches Reopen October 2.

            BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL: The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry will remain close for about two weeks. Debris pickup is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

            CITY FACILITIES: City facilities will begin reopening next week. The Coastal Arts Center is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Sept. 28th. The Recreation Center and Aquatics Center are set to reopen at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30th with normal operations and programs. While debris cleanup continues at the Golf Center, the driving range reopened this week. 

            Offices that remain open include City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement). All are operating with normal business hours, Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development. PLEASE NOTE: The Finance Department will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday for business licenses only. 

            The Recreation Center will remain open through Tuesday, Sept. 29th for showers and internet access - Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 24-hour relief availability will end at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25th. 

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: As of Thursday, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up approximately 38,562 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to roughly 1,752 dump truck loads) since Sunday. PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF DITCHES, OFF OF UTILITIES (WATER METERS AND SEWER LINES) AND DO NOT COVER FIRE HYDRANTS. ALSO PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.

            • IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) and electronic waste piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.  
            • INTERSECTION SAFETY: Due to reduced visibility caused by large debris piles, pulling out into roadways and seeing people pulling out is very difficult. Please slow down for everyone's safety. 
            • Beach debris cleanup is underway and then Coastal Resources will begin grooming the beaches ahead of an expected October 2nd reopening.
            • Anyone who owns property in Orange Beach is expected to address any damages and get it cleaned up as soon as possible. If the city is forced to address a property, it will be much more expensive for the owner.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. Recycling routes will run as well. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            • FEMA: FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties as well as the Porch Band of Creek Indians. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
              • The SBA has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally.
              • These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance.
              • Apply online at www.disasterassistance.sba.gov or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance.
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            ORANGE BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Public Library is open and the Internet is working. The library is waiving any charges for faxes, scanning, or printing related to hurricane relief! The library's equipment is currently all working, so please feel free to drop by or spread the word for any printings or faxing or internet access needs.

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Wednesday, September 23, 2020

            MAYOR UPDATE: Watch Mayor Tony Kennon's 6 p.m. Wednesday Facebook Live update for the latest information. 

            CURFEW: The city curfew will end at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25. So the 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will be in place tonight (Wednesday) and Thursday night. Checkpoints will remain around the city. If needed, the curfew will be reinstated. 

            VISITORS AND BEACHES: After reviewing the Hurricane Sally recovery progress, the beaches in Orange Beach will reopen on the morning of Friday, October 2nd. Visitors are still allowed in the city but anyone with a vacation rental reservation needs to contact his or her rental agency for the latest information on the property. 

            TARPS AND SUPPLIES: The Point of Distribution site for water, ice, tarps and other supplies will shift from The Island Church to the Event Center parking lot on Friday, Sept. 25. The site will run at the Island Church campus (25550 Canal Road) from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and will be available Friday at both locations with reduced hours. 

            FREE MEAL DISTRIBUTION ENDS TONIGHT: Free meals for the public at the Sportplex will end tonight - Wednesday, Sept. 23 - after dinner. 

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP PROGRESSING: The city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up approximately 37,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to 1,681 dump truck loads) since Sunday. IMPORTANT: Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), and hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. Electronic waste can now be picked up as well. Keep debris out of ditches and off of utilities such as water meters.

            • PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed.
            • Weather permitting, marine debris pickup is expected to begin today - Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. The marine cleanup did not start yesterday due to the weather.
            • Beach debris cleanup is underway and then Coastal Resources will begin grooming the beaches ahead of an expected October 2nd reopening.
            • A temporary drop-off site for hazardous materials has been established for residents at Orange Beach Public Works on William Silvers Parkway. Items that can be accepted between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. include contaminated fuel and oil in small quantities as well as sealed containers of various chemicals and paint, tires, charged or empty gas cylinders such as Freon, propane etc. The city hopes to have curbside pickup service of these hazmat items running later in the week, by the debris pickup contractor, but for those wanting to remove it now, this is the temporary arrangement.
            • Anyone who owns property in Orange Beach is expected to address any damages and get it cleaned up as soon as possible. If the city is forced to address a property, it will be much more expensive for the owner.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. Recycling routes will run as well. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            DISASTER ASSISTANCE

            • FEMA: FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties as well as the Porch Band of Creek Indians. To file a claim for assistance, you must first register with FEMA in one of the following ways:

            Details on what is covered by Individual Assistance can be found online. it is important to understand that by law, FEMA assistance cannot duplicate the assistance you receive from your insurance company, but you may receive assistance for items not covered by insurance.

            FEMA does not offer assistance for your secondary home. Federal guidelines only allow FEMA to provide housing assistance when your primary residence is impacted by a presidentially-declared disaster.

            • SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
              • The SBA has disaster assistance available for individuals (homeowners and renters), businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, small aquaculture businesses, and small agricultural cooperatives impacted by Hurricane Sally.
              • These are low-interest disaster loans for uncompensated losses, such as if insurance wasn’t enough or there is no insurance.
              • Apply online at www.disasterassistance.sba.gov or contact your local Chamber of Commerce for assistance.
            • BEWARE OF FRAUD
              • Any email correspondence from FEMA or SBA will come from official email addresses – fema.gov or sba.gov
              • DO NOT give personal or case number information via email to anyone claiming to be with FEMA or SBA if they are using a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other email service (gmail.com, hotmail.com, yahoo.com).

            ORANGE BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Public Library is open and the Internet is working. The library is waiving any charges for faxes, scanning, or printing related to hurricane relief! The library's equipment is currently all working, so please feel free to drop by or spread the word for any printings or faxing or internet access needs.

            BUSINESS LIST UPDATES:
            • RESTAURANTS
              • Southern Grind - 22843 Perdido Beach Blvd - Indigo Hotel - OPEN  
              • Bun Runners, 25595 Canal Rd Ste D - OPEN  
              • Live Bait, 24281 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN 
              • Bubbas Seafood, 24621 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN 
              • Waffle House, 25101 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN  
              • Cactus Cantina, 25311 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN  
              • Rotolos, 25755 Perdido Beach Blvd Suite A - OPEN  
              • Hurricane Grill, 25755 Perdido Beach Blvd Suite E - OPEN 
              • Carvers Steakhouse, 25755 Perdido Beach Blvd Suite B/D - OPEN 
              • Angry Crab, 25751 Perdido Beach Blvd Suite A-2 - OPEN, 
              • Mile Marker, 4673 Wharf Parkway W - OPEN  
              • Master Joes, 27121 Canal Road - OPEN  
              • Docs Seafood, 26029 Canal Road - OPEN - limited menu
              • Doc's Seafood and Steaks, 24221 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN 
              • Big Fish, 25814 Canal Road - OPEN 
              • Fresh Off the Boat OBA, 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd. #105  - OPEN 
              • Island Time Daiquiris, 4830 Wharf Parkway West G101 - OPEN 
              • Duck’s Diner, 4560 Easy Street - OPEN 
              • McClure’s New York Bagel, 4575 Orange Beach Blvd. - REOPENING FRIDAY
              • Bon Temps Poboys, 25908 Canal Road Suite H - OPEN
              • Orange Beach Nutrition, 25637 Canal Road, Suite A - OPEN 
              • McDonald’s, 4511 Orange Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Cactus Cantina, 25908 Canal Road, Suite A - OPEN
              • China King, 25637 Canal Road, Suite A - OPEN
              • Pizza Hut, 25908 Canal Road, Suite I - OPEN
              • Papa John’s, 24515 Commercial Drive - OPEN 
              • Meat Mart, 4528 East Street - OPEN 
              • Brick and Spoon, 24705 Canal Road - OPEN
              • Yoho Rum and Tacos, 4851 Wharf Parkway East, Suite D116 - OPEN
              • Villagios, 4790 Main St. F108 - OPEN 
              • Ginny Lane, 4851 Wharf Parkway East - OPEN
              • Cobalt, The Restaurant, 28099 Perdido Beach Blvd. - REOPENING THURSDAY
              • Cosmo's Restaurant & Bar, 25753 Canal Road - REOPENING THURSDAY
              • Luna's Eat & Drink, 25753 Canal Road - REOPENING THURSDAY
              • BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets, 25689 Canal Road, Suite A - REOPENING THURSDAY
              • GTs on the Bay, 26189 Canal Road - REOPENING THURSDAY
              • Sauced, 24821 Commercial Drive - OPENING WEDNESDAY
              • Subway, 25755 Perdido Beach Blvd., Suite C - OPEN
              • Chronic Tacos, 25755 Perdido Beach Blvd., Suite E - OPEN
              • Subway, 25814 Canal Road, Suite 10 - OPEN 
              • Ginny Lane, 4851 Canal Road, Suite 10 - OPEN
              • Another Broken Egg, 25910 Canal Road, Suite K - OPEN
            • GROCERY / GENERAL STORE
              • Rouses, 25405 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Publix, 25771 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Walmart, 25241 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN (no frozen or meat dept - pharmacy open) 
              • Dollar General, 25130 Canal Road - OPEN
              • The Pantry at The Wharf - OPEN
              • Sand Dollar Lifestyles 4700B Main Street, Suite 108 - OPEN 
            • PHARMACY
              • CVS Pharmacy, 25761 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Walgreens - 25801 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
            • HARDWARE STORES, ETC.
              • Webb Hardware, 27525 Canal Rd - OPEN
              • Ace Hardware, 25907 Canal Road - OPEN
              • Swift Supply, 24301 Canal Road - OPEN
              • G and G Plumbing, 24829 Canal Road - OPEN
              • West Marine, 24369 Canal Road - OPEN
              • Orange Beach Auto and Marine, 25472 Canal Road - OPEN
              • Thirty Degrees North, 22634 Canal Road - OPEN 
            • BANKS
              • Bryant Bank, 24847 Commercial Drive - OPEN
              • Alabama Credit Union, 24254 Canal Road - OPEN (Drive-thru only)
              • First National Bank, 25556 Canal Road - OPEN 
              • Regional Bank, 4100 Orange Beach Blvd. - OPEN (Drive-thru only)
              • Centennial Bank, 25051 Canal Road - OPEN (Drive-thru only)
            • GAS STATIONS     
              • Shell Station, 23141 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Tom Thumb, 25435 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Tom Thumb, 4575 Orange Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Shell Station, 4574 Orange Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Sam’s Bait and Tackle, 27122 Canal Road - OPEN
              • West Marine, 24369 Canal Road - OPEN
              • J&M Tackle, 25125 Canal Road - OPEN 
            • MEDICAL CLINICS     
              • American Family Care, 25775 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
              • Southern Rapid Care, 25910 Canal Road D - OPEN 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
              • Dr. Ryan Forbess’ family medicine clinic, part of South Baldwin Medical Group, 4223 Orange Beach Blvd, Suite A - OPEN 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
              • Orange Beach Family Dentistry, 25299 Canal Road, Suite A5 - OPEN
              • Canal Road Animal Hospital, 22640 Canal Road - OPEN (limited hours this week)
            • OTHER SERVICES 
              • Coastal Cleaning Service, 25595 Canal Rd Unit C - OPEN for laundry needs
              • Liberty Linen, 26953 Canal Road - OPEN for cleaning supplies
              • Steve's Barber Shop, 25122 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN 
              • Orange Beach Public Library, 26267 Canal Road - OPEN
              • Cabinet King, 25594 Canal Road - OPEN
              • Glass Systems of Alabama, 24010 B Canal Road - OPEN
              • Pep Boys, 25770 Canal Road - OPEN 

            If you have a business or know of a business that is open but not on this list, please contact City Hall at 251-981-6979. City staff is working hard to help keep citizens informed.

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

            MAYOR UPDATE: Watch Mayor Tony Kennon's 6 p.m. Tuesday Facebook Live update for the latest information. 

            WATER: The Boil Water Advisory was lifted as of 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 by the Orange Beach Water Authority. 

            BUSINESS LICENSES: The city’s business license code during a State of Emergency has been in effect since 2007. This is not new. This is to protect local residents so that the city can track who is actually doing work here. Most people soliciting work are from out of state. This allows our police the ability to identify who is properly licensed. We are continuing to get calls of overcharging of local residents and the city strongly advises residents to make sure if they are paying money to a contractor that they are currently licensed in the city. Never pay a contractor up front. The license to be paid for a disaster period is $1,000. 

            • Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about.
            • ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            TARPS AND SUPPLIES: Tarps arrived Tuesday morning from FEMA at the point of distribution site at ISLAND CHURCH Campus (25550 Canal Road). Open 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Convoy of Hope also arrived on Tuesday with cleaning supplie and other post-storm commodities. 

            HOUSING HELP NEEDED: If anyone can help house some of the displaced residents in Orange Beach, please contact Orange Beach City Hall at 251-981-6979

            CURFEW UPDATE: The city is enforcing curfew hours of 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Checkpoints will remain around the city. 

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services has resumed its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out and they will get it the next day. Recycling routes will run as well. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            FEMA DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Homeowners and renters who suffered damage from Hurricane Sally in Baldwin, Mobile, and Escambia counties, should apply to FEMA for federal disaster assistance as soon as possible. Survivors may be eligible to receive assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Sally.

            Baldwin, Mobile, and Escambia counties were designated eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program under the Major Disaster Declaration signed by President Trump on Sept. 20, 2020, for damage and losses from Hurricane Sally that occurred beginning on Sept. 14, 2020.

            If you have a homeowner’s insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately, before applying for federal assistance. The faster you file, the faster your recovery can begin. 

            You can register for FEMA disaster assistance online by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Multi-lingual operators are available. Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

            You will need to have the following readily available:

            • A current phone number where you can be contacted;
            • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
            • Your Social Security number, if available;
            • A general list of damages and losses; and
            • If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name.

            If you cannot return to your home, or you are unable to live in your home, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585 TTY) to determine what federal, state, local, or voluntary agency assistance may be available to you. 

            If you can return to your home and it is safe, has working power, water, and sewer or septic service, visit DisasterAssistance.gov to determine if state, voluntary and local organizations in your community can address any unmet needs.

            Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and that do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

            If referred, applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov or by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

            Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia counties and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians were also designated for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program to reimburse the state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures.

            CONSTRUCTION PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            ALABAMA HOME BUILDERS LICENSURE BOARD: ASK TO SEE THE CARD! Under Alabama law, a contractor who performs repairs or rebuilding of a home and the cost is over $10,000 or residential roof work directly for a homeowner and the cost is over $2,500 MUST be licensed by the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board, including being properly bonded. You may check on a builder’s license status by calling 1-800-304-0853, or by visiting www.hblb.alabama.gov.  

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: The city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf has picked up approximately 22,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to 1,000 dump truck loads) since Sunday. Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), and hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. Electronic waste can now be picked up as well.

            • PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed. 
            • Weather permitting, marine debris pickup will begin Wednesday, September 23rd.
            • Beach debris cleanup should finish Wednesday and then Coastal Resources will begin grooming the beaches ahead of an expected late weekend reopening. 
            • A temporary drop-off site for hazardous materials has been established for residents at Orange Beach Public Works on William Silvers Parkway. Items that can be accepted between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. include contaminated fuel and oil in small quantities as well as sealed containers of various chemicals and paint, tires, charged or empty gas cylinders such as Freon, propane etc. The city hopes to have curbside pickup service of these hazmat items running later in the week, by the debris pickup contractor, but for those wanting to remove it now, this is the temporary arrangement.
            • Anyone who owns property in Orange Beach is expected to address any damages and get it cleaned up as soon as possible. 

            FOOD AND COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION: 

            • ALL Commodity distribution (ice, water, tarps, etc.) is taking place at the ISLAND CHURCH Campus (25550 Canal Road), 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
            • ALL meals for the public are being served at the SPORTSPLEX (William Silvers Parkway). Breakfast: 7 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.; Dinner, 4 p.m.

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Monday, September 21, 2020

            Watch Mayor Tony Kennon’s Day 6 Hurricane Sally Recovery Update on the City of Orange Beach Facebook page

            FEMA: Apply Disaster Relief online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days a week. 

            CURFEW UPDATE: Starting tonight (Monday, Sept. 21), the city will be enforcing new curfew hours, 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. Checkpoints will remain around the city. 

            CITY OFFICES: Due to Hurricane Sally recovery efforts, the city's recreational facilities - except for the 24-hour fitness facility at the Recreation Center - will be CLOSED until further notice. These facilities include the Rec Center, Aquatics Center, Golf Center, Coastal Arts Center and Sportsplex. Programs are also suspended until further notice. 

            Offices that remain open include City Hall, Finance Department and Community Development (Planning and Zoning, Building Department, and Code Enforcement). All are operating with normal business hours, Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for City Hall and Finance, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Community Development.

            BEACHES: Double red flags are expected to continue to fly for most of the week. The water is closed due to floating debris and possible contaminants being in the water due to Hurricane Sally. Please take precautions around any body of water including bay water and standing water as it is unknown what could be present. The beaches are also expected to remain closed until 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.  

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP: 6,200 cubic yards of debris was picked up by the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf on Monday. With 13 debris trucks running now, it is expected that 10,000 cubic yards of debris (equivalent to 450 dump trucks) will be picked up each day. Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), and hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. PLEASE KEEP VEHICLES OFF OF THE ROAD. If a debris truck can’t access a road they will have to skip properties. Vehicles in the way could also get towed. 

            • Weather permitting, marine debris pickup will begin tomorrow - Tuesday, September 22nd. 
            • A temporary drop-off site for hazardous materials has been established for residents at Orange Beach Public Works on William Silvers Parkway. Items that can be accepted between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. include contaminated fuel and oil in small quantities as well as sealed containers of various chemicals and paint, tires, charged or empty gas cylinders such as Freon, propane etc. The city hopes to have curbside pickup service of these hazmat items running later in the week, by the debris pickup contractor, but for those wanting to remove it now, this is the temporary arrangement.
            • Anyone who owns property in Orange Beach is expected to address any damages and get it cleaned up as soon as possible. 

            ORANGE BEACH WATER AUTHORITY UPDATE: A precautionary boil water advisory remains in place. Water samples were taken Monday and sent to the lab for testing. The authority should have results within 48 hours. PLEASE KEEP DEBRIS OFF WATER METERS. 

            ELECTRICITY: Baldwin EMC has restored power to an estimated 85-90% of its meters in Orange Beach. Some homes will require a Release Form before power can be turned on. Release forms are available at the Orange Beach Permit Office at Community Development, 4101 Orange Beach Blvd. For more information, call the Permit Office at 251-981-6826

            GAS: Clarke-Mobile Gas has gas restored to the majority of the city. A few isolated areas are still without gas due to storm damage. For problems, call Clarke-Mobile Gas at 251-974-5432.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services will resume its regular Tuesday and Friday residential garbage pickup. The routes may run a little behind so if your garbage isn’t picked up, leave the can out. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            FOOD AND COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION: 

            • ALL Commodity distribution (ice, water, etc.) is taking place at the ISLAND CHURCH Campus (25550 Canal Road), 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
            • ALL meals for the public are being served at the SPORTSPLEX (William Silvers Parkway). Breakfast: 7 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.; Dinner, 4 p.m.

            PERMIT POLICY: During the current State of Emergency following Hurricane Sally, the City of Orange Beach is implementing the following Emergency Permit Policy. Permitting for new construction is not affected by this Emergency Policy. 

            • Minor repairs such as drywall replacement, flooring, and cabinets do not require a permit or inspection. 
            • Repairs to existing roofs can be performed without a permit or inspection. 
            • New roofs and total re-roofs will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Repairs to docks, piers, and boathouses that service one and two daily dwellings can be repaired to the pre-damage configuration without permit or inspection. Electrical and plumbing servicing the pier will require normal permit and inspection. 
            • Docks, piers and boathouses serving Multi-Family Complexes and Marinas must go through the normal permitting and inspection process. 
            • Electrical Service Change-Outs and Mechanical Change-Outs will require normal permits and inspections.
            • Structures that have experienced substantial or structural damage will require inspections prior to undergoing permanent repairs. Permits will be required and may require services of a licensed engineer. 

            Damage Assessment crews are currently in the field determining which structures have substantial damage. If you feel your residence/structure may have substantial damage, please call 251-981-6826 to schedule an inspection. 

            Permit Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Community Development | 4101 Orange Beach Blvd.

            Permits are available online through the Orange Beach Permit Portal at www.OrangeBeachAL.gov/CDDportal

            Find a PDF of the Emergency Permit Policy on the City Website at www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/building/about

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Sunday, September 20, 2020

            MAYOR UPDATE: Watch Mayor Tony Kennon's 6 p.m. Sunday Facebook Live update for the latest information. 

            FEMA: President Trump approved an Alabama Disaster Declaration on Sunday, making federal funding available to affected individuals in Baldwin, Escambia, and Mobile Counties.

            • Assistance starts Monday, Sept. 21. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance Monday by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

            POLICE: In order to increase safety in our community during this time, checkpoints have been set up at the Beach Express toll bridge and other areas in the city. There are 40 additional police officers in town assisting Orange Beach Police from cities throughout Alabama, including Hoover, Oxford, Calhoun County, Washington County and Bay Minette. During storm recovery, OBPD is encouraging the public to continue contacting the police department about suspicious activity. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Suspicious activity can be reported to OBPD at 251-981-9777. It takes the community along with the Police Department to Protect Paradise. Please use caution when reviewing posts from social media sources because the false rumor mill is running. 

            CURFEW: Sunday night curfew is 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP STARTED TODAY: About 50 truck loads, roughly 5,000 cubic yards, of debris was picked up by the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf on Sunday.  Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), and hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. DO NOT BURN VEGETATIVE DEBRIS! 

            • Weather permitting, marine debris pickup will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd. 
            • A temporary drop-off site for hazardous materials has been established for residents at Orange Beach Public Works on William Silvers Parkway. Items that can be accepted between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. include contaminated fuel and oil in small quantities as well as sealed containers of various chemicals and paint, tires, charged or empty gas cylinders such as Freon, propane etc. The city hopes to have curbside pickup service of these hazmat items running later in the week, by the debris pickup contractor, but for those wanting to remove it now, this is the temporary arrangement.

            BOATS: Preliminary estimates show that over 570 boats were displaced - swept onto land or into different waterways, due to Hurricane Sally. Getting boats off property and back to owners will take time. Property owners with boats on their property need to contact their homeowner’s insurance company and boat owners need to contact their insurance company to begin the removal process. If uninsured, boat owners are encouraged to retain a licensed private contractor to reclaim their boat. City Hall has the list of licensed salvage contractors. The city is also working on compiling a database of boats to help facilitate finding owners. A Boat Salvage Form will need to be filled out. Contact City Hall at 251-981-6979 for more information. City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

            If a boat remains unmoved or poses an immediate hazard in a public ROW or waterway, the City may utilize its debris contractor to relocate the boat to a salvage yard, and it will begin the abandoned/derelict vessel process as stipulated by Chapter 78, Division 3 of the City Code.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services will continue running its residential garbage pickup. If your cans haven't been picked up yet, leave them out. If you are missing your garbage or recycling can, call the Finance Department at 251-981-6096.

            FOOD AND COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION: 

            • ALL Commodity distribution (ice, water, etc.) is taking place at the ISLAND CHURCH Campus (25550 Canal Road), 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Hours may change.)
            • ALL meals for the public are being served at the SPORTSPLEX (William Silvers Parkway). Breakfast: 7 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.; Dinner, 4 p.m..
            • Meals for Bear Point residents only will be available at the Bear Point Civic Association building - Grab and go breakfast at 8 a.m., and hot lunch and dinner from noon to 7 p.m. Ice and water will also be available. 
            • Meals for City of Orange Beach Employees and First Responders ONLY is taking place at the Community Center, Breakfast: 7 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.; Dinner, 4 p.m..

            Recreation Center is open 24 hours a day for displaced families overnight and for anyone needing a shower, other comfort needs or transportation needs. 

            Call 251-981-7836 for any displaced families or individuals needing assistance. 

            REPAIRS: Be aware of "fake" contractors. Please make sure if you contract someone to help with your home that they have a current Orange Beach Business License and are licensed to do business in Alabama. Contact Orange Beach Police Department for any suspicious activity at 251-981-9777. Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ANY BUSINESS OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEEDS A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            BUILDING PERMITS: For emergency repairs, permits are not needed; however, for all permanent repairs, permits are required! 

            PIERS: If you are repairing your pier on its current, established footprint, the city building department is not requiring a building permit.  

            HURRICANE DECALS: The Finance Department will resume issuing hurricane decals at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21. 

            MEDICAL NEEDS: Orange Beach Fire Department Station 1 and Station 2 will continue basic medical triage aid, 24/7, throughout the week. Southern Rapid Care and Gulf Shores Urgent Care are also open. 

            DONATIONS: To donate to hurricane relief funds, click either of the following links Christian Service Center or Island Church

            ELECTRICITY: Baldwin EMC continues to bring power back on throughout the city. As of Sunday night, approximately 75% of the city had power returned. Areas such as East Orange Beach will take longer to restore power due to the extensive flooding. In those areas, it is requested that all breakers be turned off and when power returns turn each one on slowly. Salt intrusion will cause many issues and lower levels will likely need to be left off until repairs are made. 

            With power coming on businesses and restaurants are beginning to open. Following is a list of businesses that are open - as of Monday, Sept. 21 - in Orange Beach: 

            • GROCERY
              • Rouses, 25405 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Publix, 25771 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Walmart, 25241 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN (no frozen or meat dept - pharmacy open) 
              • Dollar General, 25130 Canal Road - OPEN
              • Dollar General, 24881 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPENING TUESDAY
            • PHARMACY
              • CVS Pharmacy, 25761 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Walgreens - 25801 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
            • HARDWARE STORE
              • Webb Hardware, 27525 Canal Rd - OPEN
              • Ace Hardware,25907 Canal Road - OPEN
              • Swift Supply, 24301 Canal Road - OPEN
            • RESTAURANTS
              • Southern Grind - 22843 Perdido Beach Blvd - Indigo Hotel - OPEN 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (til further notice)
              • Bun Runners, 25595 Canal Rd Ste D - OPEN 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..
              • Live Bait, 24281 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPENING TUESDAY, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
              • Bubbas Seafood, 24621 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPENING TUESDAY, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
              • Waffle House, 25101 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (24 hours for first responders). 
              • Cactus Cantina, 25311 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
              • Rotolos, 25755 Perdido Beach Blvd Suite A - OPEN Monday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; STARTING TUESDAY, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
              • Hurricane Grill, 25755 Perdido Beach Blvd Suite E - OPEN 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  
              • Carvers Steakhouse, 25755 Perdido Beach Blvd Suite B/D - OPENING WEDNESDAY, 4 p.m.-til 
              • Angry Crab, 25751 Perdido Beach Blvd Suite A-2 - OPENING TUESDAY, 4 p.m.-til 
              • Mile Marker, 4673 Wharf Parkway W - OPEN
              • Master Joes, 27121 Canal Road - OPEN 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
              • Docs Seafood, 26029 Canal Road - OPEN 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - limited menu
            • GAS STATIONS     
              • Shell Station, 23141 Perdido Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Tom Thumb, 4575 Orange Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Shell Station, 4574 Orange Beach Blvd. - OPEN
              • Sam’s Bait and Tackle, 27122 Canal Road - OPEN
            • MEDICAL CLINICS     
              • American Family Care, 25775 Perdido Beach Blvd. - Not Open as of 12 p.m Sunday
              • Southern Rapid Care, 25910 Canal Road D - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. - OPEN
              • Dr. Ryan Forbess’ family medicine clinic, part of South Baldwin Medical Group, 4223 Orange Beach Blvd, Suite A - OPEN 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
            • OTHER SERVICES 
              • Coastal Cleaning Service, 25595 Canal Rd Unit C - OPEN for laundry needs

            If you have a business or know of a business that is open but not on this list, please contact City Hall at 251-981-6979. City staff is working hard to help keep citizens informed. 

            President Donald J. Trump Approves Alabama Disaster Declaration

            Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Sally beginning on September 14, 2020, and continuing.

            The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Baldwin, Escambia, and Mobile Counties.

            Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

            Federal funding also is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in Baldwin, Escambia, and Mobile Counties and for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

            Finally, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

            Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Allan Jarvis as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.

            Damage assessments are continuing in other areas, and more areas and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed.

            Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

            MAYOR'S SATURDAY NIGHT FACEBOOK LIVE: Watch Mayor Tony Kennon's 6 p.m. Saturday Facebook Live update for the latest information. 

            Temporary hazmat drop-off site established at Public Works

            A temporary drop-off site for hazardous materials has been established at Orange Beach Public Works on William Silvers Parkway. Items that can be accepted between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. include contaminated fuel and oil in small quantities as well as sealed containers of various chemicals and paint, tires, charged or empty gas cylinders such as Freon, propane etc.

            The city hopes to have curbside pickup service of these hazmat items running later in the week, by the debris pickup contractor, but for those wanting to remove it now, this is the temporary arrangement.

            FOOD SERVICE UPDATES: Please notice change of times for Food Service at the Sportsplex on Sunday - Lunch ends at 2 p.m. and Dinner will start at 5 p.m.

            Food distribution is set up with the Salvation Army at the Bear Point Civic Association for the residents and workers in the Bear Point area. There is ice and other commodities. Dinner will be served until 7 p.m. Sunday. Serving hours for the coming days will be announced soon.

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Saturday, September 19, 2020

            Mayor Tony Kennon updated Orange Beach residents on Facebook Live at noon today on the latest Hurricane Sally recovery efforts. See the video at https://www.facebook.com/orangebeach/videos/325507002058289. Mayor Tony Kennon will speaking again on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. 

            UPDATE FOR FOOD AND COMMODITY DISTRIBUTION STARTING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
            • ALL Commodity distribution will take place at the Island Church Campus (25550 Canal Road), 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Hours may be different on Monday.)
            • ALL meals for the public will be served at the SPORTSPLEX (William Silvers Parkway). Breakfast: 7 a.m.; Lunch: 12 p.m.; Dinner: 4 p.m. 
            • Meals for City of Orange Beach Employees and First Responders ONLY and the Community Center, Breakfast: 7-10 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner, 4-7 p.m.

            Recreation Center is open 24 hours a day for displaced families overnight and for anyone needing a shower, other comfort needs or transporation. 

            Call 251-981-7836 for any displaced families or individuals needing assistance. 

            VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: There are three opportunities to volunteer between Sunday and Friday - Food Preparation at The Wharf with Operation BBQ (ages 18+ only), Food Distribution at the Orange Beach Sportsplex with Salvation Army (ages 10+), and Relief Supplies Distribution at Island Church with City of Orange Beach/Island Church (ages 10+). Please complete this Hurricane Sally Volunteer Sign-up Google Form for any shifts you can volunteer your time. If you have more than one person in your household willing to volunteer, fill out this form for each person.  

            FEMA: Federal disaster financial assistance has not been approved yet for areas affected by Hurricane Sally. Once that happens, the FEMA recovery process for individuals will begin. For more information, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/3545.

            ELECTRICITY: Baldwin EMC continues to bring power back on throughout the city. The main thoroughfares of Canal Road, Hwy. 161, and Perdido Beach Boulevard, from Hwy. 161 west to Gulf State Park are live. On Saturday, Perdido Beach Boulevard from Hwy. 161 to Alabama Point is expected to go live as well as the south side of Perdido Beach Boulevard. Next steps will be neighborhoods areas along these main road coming online. Neighborhoods with the least amount of damage or flooding will be the first to get electricity back. For residences in flooded areas, it is requested that all breakers be turned off and when power returns turn each one on slowly. Salt intrusion will cause many issues and lower levels will likely need to be left off until repairs are made. 

            HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKUP STARTS ON SUNDAY: In order to expedite the cleanup process, the city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf will begin picking up storm debris on Sunday - one day earlier than expected. Residents need to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), and hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. DO NOT BURN VEGETATIVE DEBRIS! Weather permitting, marine debris pickup will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd. 

            BOATS: The city is working on compiling a list of residences with boats on their property. We are looking at how to expedite getting boats off of property. If you have a boat on your property, call City Hall at 251-981-6979, and give them your name, address and boat ID.  

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP: Republic Services will continue running its residential garbage pickup. If your cans haven't been picked up yet, leave them out. 

            EXTRA SECURITY: In order to increase security in our community, 40 additional police officers will be coming to town this weekend from cities throughout Alabama, including Hoover, Oxford, Calhoun, Washington County and Bay Minette. Theft, fraud and scam artists will not be tolerated. 

            CONTRACTORS MUST BE LICENSED: Be aware of "fake" contractors. Please make sure if you contract someone to help with your home that they have a current Orange Beach Business License. Contact Orange Beach Police Department for any suspicious activity at 251-981-9777. Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to issue new licenses. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. ALL BUSINESSES OPERATING IN THE CITY OF ORANGE BEACH NEED A BUSINESS LICENSE. 

            BUILDING PERMITS: For emergency repairs, permits are not needed; however, for all permanent repairs, permits are required! 

            PIERS: If you are repairing your pier on its current, established footprint, we are not requiring a building permit.  

            HURRICANE DECALS: The Finance Department will resume issuing hurricane decals at 8 a.m. Monday, September 21st. 

            WATER: The independent Orange Beach Water Authority has restored water to all of its customers. The precautionary boil water authority is still in effect until results from samples have been received.  

            MAIL: For residents who have lost mailboxes, your mail will be at the Post Office. Once the post office reopens, you can pick it up there. 

            STRICT CURFEW: Curfew remains in effect nightly until further notice from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. This curfew is to better protect and secure residences and get vehicles off the roads while power is not available. 

            MEDICAL NEEDS: Orange Beach Fire Department Station 1 and Station 2 is providing basic medical triage aid, 24/7, until Monday September 21. Gulf Shores Urgent Care is also open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Southern Rapid Care will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday. 

            Verizon will have two semi trucks with self-sufficient generators that carry 130 charging stations each at the Community Center and Sportsplex beginning on late Saturday afternoon.  

            Island Church also has a Hurricane Relief Distribution Center.

            DONATIONS: To donate to hurricane relief funds, click either of the following links Christian Service Center or Island Church

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Friday, September 18, 2020

            See Mayor Tony Kennon's Friday night Hurricane Sally Recovery Update at https://www.facebook.com/orangebeach/videos/hurricane-sally-recovery-updates-with-mayor-tony-kennon/798687304281186/.

            Verizon will have two semi trucks with self-sufficient generators that carry 130 charging stations each at the Community Center and Sportsplex beginning on Saturday. Each site will have one truck. Follow the Orange Beach Facebook page to see when they are set up and available. 

            As the City of Orange Beach’s Hurricane Sally recovery efforts progress, a POD (Point Of Distribution) site has been established for commodities at the campus of the Recreation Center.

            Food and Commodity Distribution (Updated 9/18/2020 - 9 p.m)

            - Commodity distribution will be 7:00 am-until, while supplies are available. Enter on Wilson Blvd.
            *Limited commodities. Details of available commodities will be made available as resources arrive.

            - Breakfast served 7:00- 9:00 am for ORANGE BEACH RESIDENTS ONLY at the Recreation Campus. 
            • Must come through the commodity distribution line
            • Breakfast will be served in the car line
            • Please remain in your vehicle.

            - Lunch and Dinner served at the Sportsplex 12:00 -7:00 pm for ORANGE BEACH RESIDENTS ONLY.

            TO RECEIVE COMMODITIES AND MEALS, PLEASE HAVE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WITH YOU:
            • Orange Beach Hurricane decal
            • Driver’s License with an Orange Beach address
            • Any viable proof of residence

            - ALL food distribution for CITY EMPLOYEES, FIRST RESPONDERS & DISPLACED FAMILIES STAYING AT THE REC CENTER will be at the COMMUNITY CENTER. Enter off of Canal Rd- west of Community Center.

            Recreation Center is open for displaced families overnight & for anyone needing shower or other comfort needs. 24 hour availability.

            - Recreation Center access (showers, WiFi, device charging, etc.) come through the commodity line & you will be directed to the parking area.

            Call 251-981-7836 for any displaced families or individuals needing assistance.

            GENERAL INFO: 

            • ELECTRICITY: Thanks to a lot of hard work, Baldwin EMC is expected to begin bringing parts of the city back online with electricity late Friday afternoon/early evening along the main highways. Once the main arteries have electricity and there are no issues, utility crews will begin working on neighborhoods. Find more information on the Baldwin EMC website at https://www.baldwinemc.com/hurricane/.
            • DONATIONS: To donate to hurricane relief funds, click either of the following links Christian Service Center or Island Church
            • The toll bridge is open but the island is not open to the public. This is for licensed contractors, residents, utility workers and relief efforts. NO SIGHTSEERS FOR THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE, PLEASE!
            • Please slow down on our roads! If a traffic signal is out, it should be treated as a stop sign.
            • Please keep water use to a minimum to not overwhelm the sewer system. Keep flushing to a minimum; only when necessary.
            • STRICT CURFEW: Curfew remains in effect nightly until further notice from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. This curfew is to better protect and secure residences and get vehicles off the roads while power is not available. Stay off the roads and be at your destination before dark as downed power lines, potential gas leaks, and debris on roads exist.
            • MEDICAL NEEDS: Orange Beach Fire Department Station 1 and Station 2 is providing basic medical triage aid, 24/7, until Monday September 21. Gulf Shores Urgent Care is also open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
            • RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP - Republic Services is running residential garbage pickup as it can beginning today (Friday). Residents with any blue can, with or without a lid, should put it out. If you find a can, use it. New cans cannot be delivered this week. Be sure to keep hurricane cleanup debris separate from residential garbage.
            • HURRICANE DEBRIS: Residents are encouraged to sort piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) piled at the edge of the property along the streetside. DO NOT BURN VEGETATIVE DEBRIS! The city’s debris contractor CrowderGulf will begin picking up storm debris on Monday. 
            • CONTRACTORS MUST BE LICENSED.  Be aware of "fake" contractors. Please make sure if you contract someone to help with your home that they have a current Orange Beach Business License. Contact Orange Beach Police Department for any suspicious activity at 251-981-9777. Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday to issue new licenses. Additionally, the Finance Department will be open Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for business licenses only. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about.
            • CONSTRUCTION PERMITS: For emergency repairs, permits are not needed; however, for all permanent repairs, permits are required!
            • HURRICANE DECALS: The Finance Department will resume issuing hurricane decals at 8 a.m. Monday, September 21st. 
            • The independent Orange Beach Water Authority will be checking individual meters for leaks and if detected will be shutdown. Service is still turned off at certain neighborhoods, such as Gulf Bay Road, and Ono Island. A BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS STILL IN EFFECT. 
            • The Orange Beach mosquito truck will begin running all neighbors as much as possible.

            Hurricane Sally Recovery Update – Thursday, September 17, 2020

            Mayor Tony Kennon will provide updates on Facebook Live each day at 6 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/orangebeach

            See Thursday's video at https://www.facebook.com/orangebeach/videos/hurricane-sally-recovery-updates-with-mayor-tony-kennon/324664191944502/.

            The city is working hard to get everything back in order. Damage assessments are still underway as flood waters recede.

            Point of Distribution pickup information for water, ice, tarps and MREs will be shared on Friday. 

            Restrictions on entry on the Beach Express bridge have been relaxed to allow family and friends of residents on the island to help. Please be aware that strict bridge restrictions can be put back in place if necessary. A checkpoint is still in place at the stateline on Perdido Beach Boulevard. 

            CONTRACTORS MUST BE LICENSED.  Be aware of "fake" contractors. Please make sure if you contract someone to help with your home that they have a current Orange Beach Business License. Contact Orange Beach Police Department for any suspicious activity at 251-981-9777. Contractors can obtain Orange Beach business licenses at the Finance Department, 4151 Orange Beach Blvd. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to issue new licenses. If you have a question regarding a license, contact the Finance Department at 251-981-6096. Contractors can also apply online and will be contacted within 24 hours. Find more information at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/finance-department/about. For emergency repairs, permits are not needed; however, for all permanent reparis, permits are required. 

            SIGHTSEERS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

            A STRICT CURFEW WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM 7 P.M. TO 6 A.M. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

            Police will be stationed at most major intersections.

            Those driving in town, if lights are not working it is to function as a stop sign.

            THE CITY ASKS THAT EVERYONE TO PLEASE LEAVE POWER CREWS ALONE AND ALLOW THEM TO DO THEIR JOB.

            For Orange Beach residents in need, resources such as bathrooms are available at the Orange Beach Recreation Center. There are also flood bucket clean up kits being distributed in the parking lot of the Recreation Center. Drive through and someone will hand them to you.

            RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE PICKUP - Republic Services will run residential garbage pickup as it can on Friday. Residents with any blue can, with or without a lid, should put it out. All routes next week will be garbage routes - Wednesday's normal recycling route will be garbage instead. Be sure to keep hurricane cleanup debris separate from residential garbage. 

            HURRICANE DEBRIS: 

            Separate your waste into the following categories at the edge of the property along the streetside:

            • Vegetative debris: includes branches and limbs, logs, plants and leaves
            • Construction and Demolition debris: Materials that are an integral part of the structure such as Sheetrock/drywall, plaster, lumber, plumbing, insulation or brick
            • White goods: air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, water heaters
            • Household Hazardous Waste: cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oil, paint and stain, pesticides, vehicle fluids

            ORANGE BEACH WATER AUTHORITY BOIL WATER ADVISORY

            The Orange Beach Water Authority is experiencing extreme loss of water due to damage caused from Hurricane Sally. Therefore, a BOIL WATER ADVISORY has been issued until further notice.

            Loss of water pressure in the distribution system increases the chance that untreated water and harmful microbes can enter the water lines.

            To ensure destructions of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, all tap water used for drinking, food preparation and making ice should be boiled prior to consumption. The water should be brought to vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

            Once analysis has been conducted on submitted water samples, and an evaluation has been determined about the water quality, updated information will be provided by the Water Authority.

            Hurricane Sally Update – 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020

            At approximately 4:45 a.m. this morning Hurricane Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores as a Category 2 Storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.  The storm created extremely dangerous and life-threatening conditions.

            • Bridges remain closed to non-residents. Residents living or working in Orange Beach can pass with proof of residency, re-entry decals or work identification or paystub of local employer. Residents are encouraged to have proper Orange Beach identification such as driver’s license.
            • Curfew remains in effect nightly until further notice from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. This curfew is to better protect and secure residences and get vehicles off the roads while power is not available. Stay off the roads and be at your destination before dark as downed power lines, potential gas leaks, and debris on roads exist.
            • Tourists and non-residents can depart the city at any time by following Perdido Beach Boulevard to Hwy. 161 to Canal Road west to the Beach Express Toll Bridge route only. No sightseeing while driving out for the safety of all.
            • Baldwin EMC is working to restore electricity as quickly as possible but transmission lines are in need of repair.
            • Orange Beach Fire Department Station 1 and Station 2 will provide basic medical triage aid, 24/7, until Monday September 21, as other local clinics are not at full capacity.
            • The city is working to establish a POD (Point Of Distribution) site for commodities such as tarps, water, ice, etc., which will be located at the campus of the Recreation Center in coming days. Thank you for your patience.
            • Residents are encouraged to sort your piles into appropriate types such as vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), white goods (appliances and furniture), hazardous (paint/chemicals/poisons) piled at the edge of the property along the streetside.
            • Property owners are encouraged to ask for proof of an Orange Beach business license from contractors seeking to do repairs or work on private property. Do not allow smooth talking unknown contractors to do work unless you know they are legitimate or reputable. Avoid paying any cash up front also.
            • The city’s prepositioned contractor Crowder Gulf will begin clearing roads and right of ways on Thursday along with city crews. Please watch for heavy equipment and give plenty of room.

            In the event of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

            Hurricane Sally 5 a.m. Update - Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020

            The City of Orange Beach is EXPERIENCING LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS AS A RESULT OF HURRICANE SALLY, WHICH MADE LANDFALL IN GULF SHORES at 4:45 a.m. at a Category 2 Storm.

            THE CITY WILL BE EXTENDING THE CURFEW TO AT LEAST NOON TODAY (WEDNESDAY). The curfew will likely be extended all day as the city starts to assess the damage. Stay indoors and off the road.

            Orange Beach Police/Fire dispatch have been inundated with calls and ask everyone to please be patient. They are doing everything they can to assist. They will respond as soon as conditions allow.

            It is imperative that everyone shelter in place. Life-threatening hurricane conditions will persist through the morning and likely into the afternoon.

            • Please only dial 9-1-1 if you have a LIFE THREATENING emergency.
            • Non-emergency calls should be routed to the Baldwin County EMA at 251-972-6807
            • Curfew is still in effect until 12:00pm, possibly later.
            • Bridges to and from the island are closed until further notice. No one (including residents) may enter the island at this time.
            • Emergency crews are working tirelessly to restore outages and clear roadways. Please be patient while this is completed.
               

            Hurricane Sally 7 p.m. City of Orange Beach update

            Effective at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, the Beach Express Toll Bridge is CLOSED until conditions allow for reopening. 

            Effective at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, the Perdido Pass Bridge is CLOSED until conditions allow for reopening.

            Curfew is effective from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. It is imperative to STAY OFF THE ROADS AND STAY HOME for the safety of you and the first responders.

            Baldwin EMC and other utilities may not be able to respond to outages until winds decline. 

            For emergencies, dial 9-1-1. 

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            The City of Orange Beach continues to monitor updates on Hurricane Sally from the National Weather Service.  With the 4 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Sally is expected to make landfall as a category one hurricane Wednesday morning near Fort Morgan with continued eastward shifts possible. 

            Update at 6 p.m. Tuesday - BRIDGES CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: 

            • The Foley Beach Express toll bridge is closed. Please do not attempt to drive around the barricades. It is unsafe to travel on the bridge due to high winds.
            • The Alabama Point Bridge over Perdido Pass is also closed due to high winds. Please do not attempt to cross the bridge.

            Residents and visitors are encouraged to follow the National Hurricane Center for the most up-to-date forecast at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

            A hurricane warning remains in effect for Baldwin County. A significant and potentially historic flood event is possible. Hurricane Sally is expected to produce heavy rains, tropical storm force winds, flash flooding and high surf along the Alabama Gulf Coast.  It will also be a prolonged event given the slow movement of Sally.

            Gov. Ivey on Monday issued a supplemental State of Emergency closing all beaches as of 3 p.m. Monday, and encouraging voluntary evacuations, especially for non-residents, for those living in flood-prone areas south of I-10, effective at 3 p.m. Monday. (This is not a mandatory evacuation at this time.)

            Baldwin County opened a Shelter of Last Resort at the Baldwin County Coliseum, 19477 Fairground Road, Robertsdale, at 6 p.m. Monday.  Full Covid-19 restrictions will be in place, but they will not turn anyone away. The Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency asks that individuals utilize all of their resources before deciding to go to the shelter. This shelter will be open for life-safety purposes.

            • Voluntary evacuations are encouraged during daylight hours today (Tuesday).
            • A curfew will be in place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. today (Tuesday) and Wednesday. Based on conditions, emergency response may be delayed or interrupted as weather deteriorates.  For emergency calls continue to dial 9-1-1.

            • [6 P.M. UPDATE: BOTH BRIDGES ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.] There is significant potential that bridges will be closed as the storm nears shore. Once tropical storm force winds are sustained at 45 mph, bridges will close until winds subside or at such time that local emergency management officials deem them safe again. This includes the Beach Express toll bridge and the Perdido Pass bridge. Emergency response will likely be affected by conditions as well.
            • In the event of power outages, Baldwin EMC will respond as conditions allow. Contact Baldwin EMC for outages at 251-989-6247.
            • Non-essential city offices will be closed today (Tuesday) and Wednesday.
            • Residential trash pickup will not run today (Tuesday) and recycling will not be picked up Wednesday. Trash pickup will resume on Friday. Recycling will be picked up on the next regularly scheduled pickup time on September 30th. (No changes for residents with recycling pickup on September 23rd. Routes will run as usual.) Additionally, residents are asked to not put out vegetation for pickup until Friday due to high winds. All ditches need to remain clear.
            • If you do not have to be on the roads today (Tuesday) or Wednesday, DON'T BE! Shelter in place as most businesses will be closed. The road conditions are worsening in Orange Beach and they are expected to get even worse as the rain continues throughout the day. The Orange Beach Police Department will keep the public updated on the storm throughout the day on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/orangebeachpd. As of 6:30 a.m. this morning (Tuesday), there is water over the road in the following locations: Marina Road (several locations and completely impassable from Cove Drive to Boggy Point), Jubilee Point Road, Safe Harbor Drive, Bayshore Drive North (several locations), Pensacola Avenue, Palmetto Drive Ext., Alabama Street, Regatta Lane, Gulf Bay Road (several locations), Southside entrance to Alabama Point East, and Perdido Beach Boulevard at Romar House. 
              • UPDATE: 8:30 AM--Water over the road at Bay La Launch Avenue, Low Drive, Martinique Drive, and Harbor Road.
              • UPDATE: 9:33 AM--Water over the road at Bayou Drive and Beach Boulevard East in East Orange Beach. There are also piles of debris in the water off Beach Boulevard East. Please avoid the area. 
              • UPDATE: 1:10 PM--Water over the road on Magnolia Circle, Ornacor Avenue, Pine Road at Magnolia Drive, Azalea Street, Josephine Drive (west of the boat launch), Easy Street and Spinnaker Way. Gulf Bay Road is impassable, Bayou Drive is impassable, Marina Road is impassable, and County Road 95 near Pirates Cove is impassable. Please stay off the roadways and do not move the barricades that have been put in place! They are there for your safety!
            • GULF WATERS ARE CLOSED with double red flags flying due to life-threatening rip currents and surf conditions. Extremely dangerous conditions in the Gulf are expected to persist for a few days. The beaches will be CLOSED due to high surf and storm surge until further notice. Swimming is strictly prohibited. For a detailed beach report, call 251-981-SURF (7873).
            • A significant risk for flash flooding exists in our area through Wednesday night with potential rain totals of 15 to 20 inches with locally higher amounts, possibly up to 30 inches. Those living in low lying areas prone to flooding need to seek higher ground.
            • Coastal flooding is likely with a 4- to 6-foot storm surge expected. Know the elevation of your property; find a floodplain map showing what properties can possibly be affected by a 6-foot storm surge at https://orangebeach.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=16b74d874aa348b4ad22f99ba5b23ebb. This map will be updated to show areas of storm-related road flooding and notable issues such as downed trees on roadways, and power outages. 
            • Wave heights can potentially reach 10 to 15 feet.
            • Residents and local property owners should have already secured all outside items around their properties, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, awnings, and trash/recycling receptacles.
            • Sand and sand bags are available at the gate at the Public Works yard on William Silvers Parkway, going toward the Orange Beach Sportsplex. Sand and bags are also available behind City Hall.
            • The Planning Commission Work Session and Regular meetings set for Monday, Sept. 14 have been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 21.
            • The City Council Regular and Committee of the Whole meetings set for Sept. 15 have been canceled.
            • Hurricane re-entry decals are no longer being issued during this storm. The Finance Department is closed today (Tuesday) and Wednesday.
            • Baldwin County Public Schools will be closed today (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

            Residents and visitors are encouraged to check the National Weather Service for the most current weather information at www.weather.gov/mob. Additional city information can be found at www.orangebeachal.gov.

            For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

            For additional city information, call the Info Line at 251-980-INFO (4636).