JOIN THE CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH IN PREPARING FOR THE HURRICANE SEASON
The City is committed to continuing to be an example to ensure all know their risk, get prepared, and stay informed.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (June 1, 2018) -- With the start of hurricane season on June 1, the City of West Palm Beach is proud to promote hurricane preparedness. To help spread the word and help residents better prepare, the City is committed to continuing to be an example to ensure all know their risk, get prepared, and stay informed.
Each year, we witness the devastating impacts that hurricanes can cause. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes and flooding can lead to loss of life and catastrophic damage to property. All hurricanes, regardless of their size or category, have the ability to cause significant damage.
“We are committed to ensuring the safety of West Palm Beach, and we are calling on you to prepare with us,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps that you can take to get ready for hurricane season.”
Know Your Risk: To search for general information about risks in our community, visit www.ready.gov. Check your flood risk at maps.co.palm-beach.fl.us/cwgis/?app=floodzones.
Get Prepared: Take action now to be prepared for hurricane season. As a storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Make sure you have family evacuation and communications plans; update your emergency supply kit; and evaluate your flood insurance needs. Please note these preparation tips:
· Know your zone. Make yourself familiar with evacuation zones. Remember: if a hurricane threatens our community and local officials say it's time to evacuate, don't hesitate!
· Complete a family communication plan. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, and anticipate where you will go for different situations.
· Download the CodeRed App for push notifications from the City’s emergency response team to your device to prepare your home and family for disasters.
· Download the FEMA app, which includes disaster resources, weather alerts, safety tips. The app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, tips on how to survive disasters, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
· Check your insurance coverage. Many states have increased deductibles for hurricanes, and not all hurricane-related losses are covered under traditional policies. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage or losses from flooding. Review your policy, ensure you’re adequately covered and understand exclusions, and contact your agent for any changes. If you’re not insured against flood, talk to your agent or visit http://www.floodsmart.gov. Renter’s insurance policies are also available and should be considered as a way of protecting your belongings.
· Keep storm drains clear of debris, and complete any major vegetation trimming. Trim any branches that could come in contact with your home or building. Once a hurricane or storm threatens, please do not place tree trimmings for pickup, as the City of West Palm Beach Sanitation Department will not be able to pick them up. After a storm passes, the City will notify you when to make them available for pickup.
Stay Informed: Know where to go for trusted sources of information during a hurricane event. Monitor local news for hurricane watches and warnings in our area and follow directions of local officials. Make sure you have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio available should the power go out.
· Sign up for the CodeRed Mobile App.
· Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for the Mayor’s Insider Newsletter at wpb.org/news-video/newsletter.
· Watch WPB-TV, the City government channel (Comcast channel 18) or livestream online at wpb.org/news.
· Visit wpb.org/storm or wpb.org/news for additional information.
Additional information is available at www.ready.gov/hurricanes and http://www.wpb.org/storm.