City of West Palm Beach Announces State of Emergency, Evacuation Orders, New Closures
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (September 7, 2017)—West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio will declare a State of Emergency for the City beginning at 12:01am on September 8, 2017. Hurricane Irma remains a powerful, catastrophic Category 5 storm capable of having significant impacts on our City. The City’s Division of Emergency Management team expects that City residents and visitors will begin to feel the impacts of Irma early on Saturday morning.
The City of West Palm Beach is issuing voluntary evacuations for West Palm Beach residents and visitors in the following zones:
· Zone A, which includes Bluegrass Mobile Home Park.
· Zones B and C, which includes portions of Flagler Drive and immediate surrounding area.
The City expects to issue upgraded, mandatory evacuation orders for Zones A and B tomorrow, September 8, at 10am. This is subject to change and might be expedited.
To view the precise locations of Palm Beach County (PBC) hurricane zones and, also, PBC shelter locations, see the ‘Know your Zone’ map here: 'Know Your Zone'. In conjunction with the American Red Cross, PBC operates emergency shelters—not the City.
Palm Beach County will open all emergency shelters on Friday morning. To date, Palm Beach County has made these announcements about shelter openings:
· The Palm Beach County 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 the county’s 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
“Hurricane Irma is an extremely dangerous and potentially catastrophic storm,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “If you are told to evacuate, you must evacuate. Do not hesitate. Once Hurricane Irma strikes and wind speeds are high, we cannot guarantee that we can rescue individuals who chose to ignore this warning. If you are told to evacuate, you must go.”
The County will make any announcements about shelter openings.
Please follow updates and advisories from the County and City.
· City of West Palm Beach Vickers House (both locations) (new)
· West Palm Beach City cemeteries (new)
· Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center & Boardwalks (new)
· Apoxee Urban Wilderness Park at all trailheads access points of entry. (new)
· Hog Hammock Trail system. (new)
· Awahee Trail/Water Catchment Area levee trailway. (new)
· SWA Trailhead points of entry. (new)
· 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.
Cancellations and Postponements
· Grassy Waters Preserve: Elbridge Gale Canoe/Dipnet (9/7)—cancelled (new)
· Grassy Waters Preserve: Elbridge Gale Canoe/Dipnet (9/8)—cancelled (new)
· Grassy Waters Preserve: Public Hiking Staff Craft and Hiking Program (9/9)-cancelled (new)
· Grassy Waters Preserve: Private Public Kayak Tour (9/9)- cancelled (new)
· Grassy Waters Preserve: Public Kayak Cruise (9/10)- cancelled (new)
· The National Drive Electric Event on September 9th - 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.
· 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.
· We are asking residents who would like to volunteer after the storm to call 561-822-2222
FOR MORE INFORMATION
· Please visit the City of West Palm Beach website for updates and links to important hurricane information at http://www.wpb.org/storm
· 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.
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.