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City of West Palm Beach Hurricane Irma Advisory #3
Updated City Closures, Cancellations, FAQs September 6, 2017
Closures:
·    City Hall will be closed Friday, September 8th.
·    The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach will close at 5 PM on Thursday, September 7th.
·    All City of West Palm Beach Community Centers will be closed beginning Thursday morning.
·      Phipps Skate Park and the Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center will be closed on Thursday. 
·      The Waterfront Docks will be closed Thursday 5:00 PM.  No boats are allowed to tie up to the docks until the docks are officially reopened. 
·      All City parks will be closed Thursday 5:00 PM. 
 
Garages
·    City garages will remain open for public parking. The gates will be removed on Thursday, and members of the public can park in any of the five City garages during the storm. There will be no fees through the weekend. The public is strongly advised against parking on the roof.
·    The City has been informed that the PBC Convention Center garage will not be available to the public during this storm.
 
Garbage Pick-up & Debris Removal
·    There will be garbage pick-up on Thursday and Friday. However, there will *not* be pick-up on Saturday.
·    Do not trim trees and shrubs. The City will not be able to pick-up any debris left after your regularly scheduled pick-up occurs.
 
Evacuations & Shelter Openings
·    There are no evacuations in West Palm Beach at this time, but please follow updates and advisories from the County and City.
·    PBC Special Needs Shelter – will open Friday at the South Florida Fairgrounds. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting the website http://www.readypbc.org.
·    PBC Pet Friendly Shelter will open Friday, 10:00 A.M. at West Boynton Recreation Center, 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth. The pet friendly shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School due to space restrictions. Livestock and reptiles will not be accepted. Pets will be housed in a separate area from people. Pet owners will be given a schedule to attend to their animal’s needs. Please visit www.pbcgov.com/animal to register.
·    Palm Beach County operates shelters with the American Red Cross and will announce any shelter openings.
 
Cancellations and Postponements
·    The National Drive Electric Event on September 9th in West Palm Beach has been cancelled due to projected inclement weather.
·    Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) budget meeting with the historic Northwest neighborhood, originally scheduled for Saturday, 10/9 at 1 pm will be rescheduled.
·    Parks and Recreation after-school programs will be cancelled, beginning Thursday.
·    Thursday’s ‘Clematis by Night’ -cancelled.
·    Friday’s ‘Screen on the Green’ -  cancelled
·    Department of Procurement’s “West Palm Beach – Open for Business” originally scheduled for 9/7 at the Armory Arts Center - will be rescheduled.
·    All library programming is cancelled starting Thursday and will resume once the library reopens after the storm passes.
 
 
FAQs
·    What will happen to construction materials at the former City Hall site? The City has been in contact with demolition crews who promise to remove the materials on Friday.
·    What about other construction sites in the City? Building inspectors and code officers began visiting all of our active construction sites yesterday to insure that there is no loose debris or material that may become airborne or a projectile when Irma passes through.  This inspection work will continue through tomorrow.  The cranes are typically not locked so they can fly in the direction of the wind and this is standard practice for all storms. 
·    Where can I get sandbags? The City is not providing sandbags.
·    What evacuation zone am I in? Visit Palm Beach County’s ‘Know Your Zone’ website: http://pbcgov.com/knowurzone/.
·    When should I evacuate?  Make a plan now. However, the storm’s track is changing frequently so keep apprised of local forecasts to be sure your plan will keep your family safe.
·    There is a tree that needs to be trimmed. Will the City come cut? No.
·    My yard waste day was today and there is still debris in front of houses. Will there be an additional pickup? No. Individuals will need to secure existing debris.
·    Where can I call for information if I don't have access to computer/websites? Sign up for the City’s Code Red app or install Palm Beach County’s PBCDart app on your cell phone for updates from the City and County. Tune in to local radio and news, as the City will be sharing updates with local media.
 
Safety Tips:
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.
·    Sign up for local alerts on your phone: Download Palm Beach County’s PBCDart app and sign up for the City’s Code Red alerts.
·    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.
·    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.
 
Updates from Other Agencies:
·    Palm Beach County declared a State of Emergency effective 12:00am Wednesday, September 6.
·    Florida Governor Scott directed FDOT to suspend tolls across Florida in preparation for Irma.
·    All Palm Beach County Schools will be closed on Thursday, 9/7, and Friday, 9/8.
 
Please visit the City of West Palm Beach website for updates and links to important hurricane information at http://www.wpb.org/storm.