Mandatory evacuations are underway in hurricane zones A & B. If you live in an evacuation zone, leave before it is too late.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (9/8/17)
--- Hurricane Irma is a powerful Category 4 Storm capable of causing widespread damage in our community. The City of West Palm Beach Emergency Operations Center is at level one-full activation. Please follow City and County advisories.
- Mandatory evacuations are underway in hurricane zones A & B. If you live in an evacuation zone, leave before it is too late. To find out your evacuation zone, visit pbcgov/knowurzone.
- Call 561-712-6400 or visit discover.pbcgov.org for shelter locations.
- A curfew will go into effect beginning at 8am on Saturday in West Palm Beach. We could feel Irma’s impacts—including high winds and storm surge-- beginning around noon on Saturday.
- Now is the time to secure your property and remove anything around your property that could be a projectile: grills, garbage or yard waste, etc.
- DO NOT PUT ANY DEBRIS OUT TO THE STREET. THE CITY SANITATION DIVISION IS PICKING UP ONLY REGULARLY SCHEDULED FRIDAY ROUTES.
- All five City garages are full. The City is not responsible for any damage resulting from the storm to your vehicle.
- Related Companies will open CityPlace garages for the public to park their vehicles during Hurricane Irma. The public can park their vehicles starting today (Friday, Sept. 8) at 5:00 p.m. Parking will be available until capacity is reached.
- Follow updates from the City of West Palm Beach: On the City website at wpb.org/storm; via WPB-TV (City’s government operated television channel), via Twitter: @westpalmbch, via Facebook: City of West Palm Beach. Download the PBC Dart app and sign up for City of West Palm Beach Code Red alerts.
Adverse weather conditions are expected in the near future. This information—for residents, business owners, HOAS-- is provided by the City of West Palm Beach to help you prepare. Please make this information available to affected parties by printing out and distributing the information or simply forwarding this email. As always, you safety is our highest concern.
Before the Storm
During the Storm:
- Know the flood warning procedures of your City/Town and Palm Beach County.
- Know the locations of local shelters and specifically shelters for pets and special-need populations.
- Have emergency cash on hand.
- Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family. Visit the Red Cross website at: www.redcross.org to get a copy of the brochure, your Family Disaster Plan.
- Upon the advice of the Sheriff’s Department or the Fire Department, turn off all circuit breakers at the fuse panel and disconnect electrical appliances and all other electrical equipment. If instructed to do so, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves and shut off the gas valves.
- Move all outside furniture, plants, toys etc. inside to a secure location to prevent them from becoming dangerous flying objects that will cause damage.
- Take photos and/or videos of important possessions.
- If you must evacuate, secure your home. Move essential items to a higher level or upper floor.
- Ask an out-of-state friend or relative to be the “family contact” in case your family is separated during a flood. Make sure everyone in your family knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact person.
- Make sure you have emergency supplies (water, battery operated radio, medicines, pet supplies, flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, food, blankets, etc) for each family member to last at least 3-7 days.
- Fill bathtubs, sinks and jugs with clean water in case water becomes contaminated.
- Pay your bills before the storm, as the internet may be down and/or the post office may not be able to pick up or deliver mail after the storm.
- Charge cell phones, and have a car cell phone charger handy; also have a corded, non-electric phone handy for land-line use.
- Fill-up vehicles with gasoline prior to pending storm.
DROWNING IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF FLOOD DEATH
- Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet.
- If you do not have to evacuate STAY INSIDE and keep your children inside.
After the Storm:
- If the waters start to rise and enter your house before you can evacuate, retreat to the second floor, attic, and if necessary, the roof.
- Call your flood insurance company and file a claim. If you are unable to stay in your home, make sure to tell them where and how you can be reached.
- Do not walk through flowing water. Use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there if you have to walk through a flooded area.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Do not drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current travels through water. Report downed power lines by calling 911.
- Flooding can cause familiar places to change. Flood debris may hide-animals, red ants, snakes, broken glass, and toxic water as well as being slippery.
- Always be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.
- Use flashlights for lighting when the power goes off. Do not use candles or any other type of open flame. The Fire Department may be unable to respond during the hurricane.
- Clean everything that wet. Flood waters have picked up sewage, farm and landscaping-chemicals, toxins from factories and roads, etc. Spoiled food, flooded cosmetics, and medicine can be health hazards. When in doubt throw it out.
- Carbon monoxide exhaust kills. Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machine outdoors. The same goes for camping stoves. Charcoal fumes are especially deadly so cook with charcoal outdoors.
- Take good care of yourself. Recovering from a flood or hurricane is a big job. It is tough on both the body and the spirit and the effects a disaster has on you and your family may last a long time. Keep your eyes open for signs of anxiety, stress, and fatigue in you and your family.
Adverse weather conditions are expected in the near future. The attached information is provided to help you secure your businesses and protect your vital assets in advance of a Hurricane.
For information about local hazards such as flood zones and elevations, visit wpb.org. Also:
- Evaluate your risk
- Inventory assets
- Write a plan
- Assign tasks
- Gather supplies
- Secure buildings
- Safeguard yourself and your employees
- Determine the best time to evacuate
- If evacuation becomes impossible, know how to safely shelter in place
- Know the dangers of returning after the storm
- Evaluate the damage
- Contact your insurance company
- Begin the recovery process
Do not wait until it is too late. Prepare for the storm before it arrives. The survival of your business depends on it.
Your business is important to our community and, as always, your safety is our highest concern.