Please use the Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide in preparing for the hurricane season. There are valuable phone numbers, lists and tips to keep your family safe in the event of a storm.
Don’t wait until a hurricane is bearing down to make these important decisions. Do it now to ensure your family’s safety. Together we can make it a safer and less worrisome hurricane season for everyone. If you have questions, please contact Palm Beach County Emergency Management at 561-712-6400 or visit the website: www.pbcgov.com for special needs.
- The City Fire Rescue, Police and Medical will not be able to assist you until the storm has passed and roadways are clear of downed power poles and debris.
- If you do remain in your home, utility services such as phones and electrical service will have interruptions or possibly no services for several days.
- The City of North Palm Beach will be inundated with phone calls – you may not be able to reach anyone.
Please have an evacuation route plan – a family member’s home, a friend’s home, or evacuation shelter. Remember that the roads become increasingly congested the longer you wait. Those who require special needs should make the necessary arrangements well before hurricane landfall.
Purchase supplies now and place some of these items in your car.
- Before you depart, take dated photos or a video of your personal belongings. Take important papers such as insurance policies, ID, stocks, bonds, credit cards, phones numbers, and cash.
- Bring enough supplies for 7 to 14 days: water, dry goods, clothing, batteries, flash lights, blankets, first aid kit, medications and a car charger for your cell phone.
- Be sure to charge your cell phone and fill your car with gas.
- Turn off your electrical breakers. Remove any items near your windows.
HURRICAN WARNING: A National Hurricane Center warning announcing sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher associated with a hurricane, can be expected in a specific coastal area in 24 hours or less. When a hurricane warning is issued, all precautions should be taken immediately. If the hurricane’s path is unusual or erratic, the warnings may be issued only a few hours before the beginning of hurricane conditions.
A HURRICANE is a violent storm originating over tropical waters with sustained winds over 74 miles per hour. The winds, as in tropical depressions and storms, blow in a counterclockwise direction around the center. The diameter of these storms range from 100 to 1,000 miles. To make the predicted hazards of an approaching hurricane easier to understand, hurricane forecasters have developed a disaster potential scale that assigns storms to five categories. This scaled is called the SAFFIR/SIMPSON Scale, see below:
Category Wind Speed Storm Surge Damage
1 74-95 MPH 4-5 feet minimal
2 96-110 MPH 6-8 feet moderate
3 111-130 MPH 9-12 feet extensive
4 131-155 MPH 12-18 extreme
5 over 155 MPH over 18 feet catastrophic
GAS STATIONS WITH GENERATORS
The State inspects every gas station in Palm Beach County and reports those with installed generators. Listed below are gas stations with generators in our area.
- A1A TEXACO 12220 N ALT A1A, PALM BEACH GARDENS 561-624-9458
- SINGER ISLAND AUTOMOTIVE 1260 PLAZA CIRCLE, RIVIERA BCH 561-845-0508
- TEXACO-APEX 250 US HWY 1, TEQUESTA 561-746-8069
- CITGI BLUE HERON 1900 W BLUE HERON BLVD., RIVIERA BCH 561-842-1936
- FINA W. BLUE HERON 1501 W BLUE HERON BLVD., RIVIERA BCH 561-881-8578
The following websites offer useful hurricane information:
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