Palm Beach County Emergency Management officials continue to actively monitor Hurricane Irma and its progress toward our area. All residents and visitors should be aware of the potential impacts from this powerful storm. Palm Beach County Emergency Operations will go to a partial activation (Level 2) tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7:00 a.m., and to a full activation (Level 1) at 7:00 a.m. on Friday.
· PBC Public Schools are closed Thursday and Friday.
· All court activities have been suspended as of 5:00 pm today.
· Palm Beach County government offices closing at 3 pm Thursday through Sunday.
· All county-operated Parks & Recreation facilities will close on Friday.
· Please visit www.pbcgov.com for the latest advisories and to review your checklists and emergency plans. At this time, you and your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.
What Actions Should You Take at This Time?
· Determine if your home is in a storm surge evacuation zone by going to readyPBC.com or download our free app “PBC DART.”
· If you are voluntarily evacuating from the barrier islands or any other locations, we strongly recommend that you begin doing so at this time.
· Please evacuate if ordered. Remember, evacuate miles, not hundreds of miles. Please go to a friends, family member, or co-worker’s home here in Palm Beach County, a hotel, or when opened on Friday morning, one of our 15 county shelters.
· If you do not reside in an evacuation zone, please shelter in place.
· Put up shutters if you have them, no later than Friday evening.
· Have a working weather radio and battery backup to receive important warnings.
· Go through your disaster supply kit and review your family and/or business plan.
· Remember to also have a plan for pets.
· Make sure you have an adequate supply of your prescription medications.
· Please gather and protect important documents such as insurance policies, etc.
· Bring in loose objects from the patio and yard.
· Make sure that all other aspects of your home are as protected as possible.
For further preparation information, please visit: ReadyPBC.com, follow us on Twitter @PBCDEM, and watch PBC-TV Channel 20.
General population shelters will open in Palm Beach County at 10:00 AM Friday. The 15 planned shelters are:
· Atlantic High School
· Boca Raton High School
· Boynton Beach High School
· Dr. Bethune Elem. School
· Forest Hill High School
· Independence Middle School
· John Leonard High School
· Lakeshore Middle School
· Palm Beach Central High School
· Palm Beach Gardens High School
· Park Vista High School adjacent to the West Boynton Rec Center (pet-friendly)
· Pahokee Middle School
· Seminole Ridge High School
· West Boca High School
· Westgate Elementary
If you choose to go to a hurricane shelter, please bring the following:
• Bedding materials
• 2 changes of comfortable clothes
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Cell phone and a battery-operated charger
• Snacks and any special diet foods
• Games, books and playing cards for entertainment during your stay
• Space is limited, so please pack accordingly
Pet Friendly Shelter
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 an area separate from people. Pet owners will be given a schedule to attend to their animal’s needs.
Special Needs Shelter
The Special Needs Shelter will open Friday morning. If you are registered, you be notified. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website www.readypbc.org.
Palm Tran is modifying service to prepare for Hurricane Irma.
On Thursday, September 7th
· Fixed-route service will operate on a normal schedule.
· Palm Tran Connection, the door-to-door paratransit service for qualifying individuals, will only accept client reservations for essential trips (medical related appointments, work, etc.).
On Friday, September 8th
· Palm Tran fixed-route bus service will operate on a modified Saturday schedule ending all service at 8 p.m.
· Palm Tran Connection will continue to be limited to essential trips ending at 8 p.m.
Additional impacts to transit and paratransit service are likely as we get into the weekend. No transit service is likely on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is urged to continually check: www.palmtran.org and Palm Tran’s social media pages for the latest developments.
For continuing information on Hurricane Irma, and for more information on the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and hurricane preparedness, please visit: www.pbcgov.com/dem, follow us on Twitter @PBCDEM and watch PBC-TV Channel 20.