The Orlando International Airport is prepared and ready for the arrival and impact of Hurricane Dorian, the result of collaborative efforts with our industry, federal and airline partners over the last several days. Commercial operations at Orlando International ceased at 2 a.m. today in advance of the storm.
In preparation of the storm making its way toward Florida, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority hasfully activated the airport’s Emergency Operation Center. The center, staffed by airport employees and federal partners, maintain direct communication with airline leaders and the National Weather Service to keep informed on the latest information for this unpredictable, powerful storm.
The airport Emergency Management team has taken the following pre-storm measures to secure the facility:
- Luggage carts and equipment have been taken off the airfield ramps
- Equipment and loose items placed in secure areas
- Aircraft jet bridge tie-downs have been completed
- In the process of securing un-secure roadway objects (barrels, cones, etc)
- Conducting terminal and roadway inspections
- Checked radios, back-up communications equipment and systems
- Pre-positioned vehicles for post storm response
- Inspected generators and checked fuel availabilities
Additionally, airport leaders are taking this time to prepare for when the storm is no longer a threat to Central Florida and recovery efforts are needed to continue normal and safe airport activity. Until such a time it is deemed safe for the airport to resume commercial operations, we will continue to monitor the storm and make further preparations.