Irma: Power info

Marion County residents reporting power outages or requesting power restoration status updates should contact their power company:

Clay Electric: 888-434-9844

Duke Energy: 800-228-8485

Ocala Electric: 352-351-6666

SECO: 800-732-6141

To report downed lines, call the Public Safety Communications’ non-emergency line at 732-9111. If a downed power line is causing an immediate danger, dial 9-1-1. 

FEMA warning

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is raising awareness that people should be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft and fraud in the wake of Hurricane Irma. To dispel some rumors, FEMA created www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma-rumor-control.

FEMA post-storm guidelines include:

+ Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money.

+ Always ask to see any FEMA employee ID badge.

+ If you are unsure about anyone claiming to be an emergency management official, do not give out personal information and contact local law enforcement.

+ If you suspect fraud, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 1-866-720-5721, email disaster@leo.gov or go to www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

Disaster-related fraud information is available at www.MyFloridaLegal.com or by calling 1-866-966-7226.

VA clinic update

The Ocala Community Based Outpatient Clinic has not resumed normal operations. A Mobile Medical Unit for primary care and Mobile Vet Center for counseling and information resources will be on site today 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for walks-ins.

Development program

An FPRA Professional Development Program will begin at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Ewers Center, College of Central Florida, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala. Heather Danenhower, APR, CPRC, Communications Manager for Duke Energy Corporate Communications, will speak. Call 861-0252 or email gingerbroslat@cox.net.

Diabetes class

Ocala Health will hold an “Impact of Uncontrolled Diabetes” class 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday at the Senior Wellness Community Center, 9850 SW 84th Court, Suite 500, Ocala. Registration required. Call 800-530-1188 or visit ocalahealthsystem.com.

Spaghetti dinner

Boy Scout Troop 172 will hold a spaghetti dinner from 3:30-8 p.m. Friday at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 5 SE 17th St., Ocala. Gluten free available. $7-$9. Call 895-1519.

Honky tonkin opry

The Church at Triple Cross Ranch will host the Honky Tonkin Opry at 7 p.m. Friday at 20736 NW 100th Ave. Road, Shiloh in NW Marion County, with Norm Edwards, Jayc Harold Band, Chuck Day and others. Concessions available. $10. Call 615-491-8253.

Diaper drive

Success by 6, in partnership with Mojo Grill, will hold a diaper drive for homeless and low-income families from Friday through Sept. 29 with drop-off locations at all three grill locations. Call 369-2315, ext. 213.

Waste amnesty

The city of Ocala will hold a Waste Amnesty Day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue for household hazardous waste and electronics not permitted with residential waste. Call 351-6697.