West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James and City Emergency Managers urge residents to prepare for possible impacts from Hurricane Dorian. Recent updates from the National Hurricane Center have Dorian making landfall in Florida as a strong category 3 or 4 storm. The City has activated its Emergency Operations Center, which is now operating at Level 2 activation.
“Our primary focus is to make sure our residents and visitors are safe,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “Prepare now for Hurricane Dorian. Do not wait. Do not be complacent. Now is the time for everyone to prepare. The City trains for hurricanes year-round. We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.”
At a press conference on Thursday, Mayor urged residents to take the follow actions:
The City is making assessments for the safety of our citizens and personnel who will be responding before, during and after the storm. Some of the actions taken by the City today in preparation for Hurricane Dorian include the following:
- Saturday sanitation service has been suspended; the City is no longer conducting “special pickups”;
- Today, the City sent out a task force to evaluate 27 assisted living facilities and nursing homes to make sure they are in good shape and to ensure their generators are operational.
- Our Development Services Department is going out to construction sites to ensure they are being cleaned up. As a safety precaution, construction cranes have been “unpinned” to flow with the wind.
- The City continues to check all the basins and storm water drain covers in our services areas.
- We continue to monitor Dorian’s projected path and are waiting to see what the impacts to our City will be and the kind of emergency that we are going to face, and we will adjust our preparedness strategy accordingly.
The City announces the following closures:
- All Grassy Waters Preserve Trails will be closed effective Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 until further notice.
The City reminds residents:
- The City does not sell or provide sandbags, which may be found in home improvement stores.
- Any waste or debris scheduled for pickup must be 150-feet from a storm drain.
- Keep storm drains clear to minimize flooding.
- Refrain from doing any major yard work until after the storm passes.
- Do not place any debris at the curb after a storm warning has been issued, as excess yard waste placed curbside may put a strain on collection efforts
- Secure any patio furniture or yard waste, as these may become projectiles in a storm.
- For shelter information: http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Publications/Evacuation%20-Zones.pdf.
For hurricane preparedness information in Spanish, please visit: https://wpb.org/News-Video/Storm-Preparedness/Critical-Information-for-the-2018-Atlantic-Hurrica
For hurricane preparedness information, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/storm
. To contact City Hall, call (561) 822-1400. To call Mayor’s Special Response Hotline, dial (561) 822-2222. To call the West Palm Beach Police Department non-emergency line, dial (561) 822-1900. In the event of an emergency, dial 911. For TTY, please call 800-955-8771.