Emergency Management Division continues to monitor Hurricane Irma and prepare for possible impacts from the storm.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (September 5, 2017)
-- The City of West Palm Beach Emergency Management Division continues to monitor Hurricane Irma and prepare for possible impacts from the storm. Hurricane Irma is an extremely dangerous Category 5 storm. The City has begun activation of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and is preparing for a potential full activation of the EOC later this week.
To ensure the safety of you and your family, don’t wait to prepare for possible impacts from Irma. Have a plan of action.
- Know Your Zone: Now is the time to familiarize with evacuation zones and routes should an evacuation order be issued for your community. Remember, if a hurricane threatens your community and you are told to evacuate, don’t hesitate—go early. To see which evacuation zone you live in, visit: http://www.pbcgov.com/knowurzone/
- Fully stock your hurricane supplies and have a disaster supply kit on hand: Make sure to have enough food, water and emergency supplies to last at least three days should a storm strike. Assemble your kit now. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.
- Complete a family communication plan: Discuss with your family and agree on ways to contact one another in the event of an emergency.
- The City of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County may issue advisories. Please adhere to these advisories.
- Sign up for local alerts on your phone: Download Palm Beach County’s PBCDart and the City’s Code Red apps.
- The City may also share information via its Facebook and Twitter accounts and on the City government TV channel, WPB-TV. The City’s Twitter handle is: @westpalmbch. WPBPD’s Twitter handle is @WestPalmPD. WPBFR’s Twitter handle is: @wpbfire. Information may also be communicated via the city’s website at wpb.org/storm or through email. You can subscribe to City email updates and the Mayor’s newsletter here: http://wpb.org/News-Video/Newsletter.
- In the event of an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency calls, call (561) 822-2222.
Right now, the City’s Division of Sanitation is expediting yard waste and bulk pick-up.
- The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County asks all county residents to refrain from cutting down whole trees or doing major yard or construction projects until after the storm passes. Do not place any debris at the curb after a Hurricane Watch or Hurricane Warning is issued.
On Monday Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, sanitation trucks will cover those days’ usual routes and, also, work ahead on some of the next day’s routes.
Please visit the City of West Palm Beach website for updates and links to important hurricane information: