Palm Beach County, which includes Jupiter and West Palm Beach, is now in a State of Emergency as it prepares for Hurricane Irma, which is predicted to hit Florida this weekend. Palm Beach County officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in residential structures in Zones A and B, effective at 10 a.m. Friday, September 8. Mandatory evacuation orders have also been ordered for the Glades section of Zone E. The order does not include the eastern areas of Zone E.
For the most up-to-date information, follow the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Twitter account. They are now telling residents in evacuation zones to get out now!
Those in Zone C are under a voluntary evacuation. There are about 155,000 residents under mandatory evacuation orders in the county.
Zone A includes mobile homes and low-lying areas. Zone B includes barrier islands and land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet. It also includes surge-vulenrable areas on the Intracoastal Waterway. Zone C’s voluntary evacuation order is for residents who are not sure of the safety of their structure or if they have experienced flooding during previous storms.
Like other South Florida counties, Palm Beach has already cancelled school for Thursday and Friday. In anticipation of the hurricane, it is important for residents to find out what evacuation zone they are in and where they can find shelter.
County shelters are scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Friday.
To find your evacuation zone, click here to use KnowUrZone and type in your address. You can also click here to join ALERTPBC, the county’s emergency notification system, to get instant updates. “Zone A” includes anyone who lives in a mobile home, has substandard construction or lives in an area prone to flooding. Zone B covers the coast, while Zones C, D and E are more inland.
Florida has been under a State of Emergency since Monday and President Donald Trump has already declared a federal emergency for Florida. On Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott activated 900 additional members of the Florida National Guard to help the state prepare. By Friday, 7,000 total guard members will report for duty.
On September 5, Palm Beach County officials declared a State of Emergency for the county and advised residents to have food and water to last five to seven days, as well as making sure all prescriptions are filled. If you need to apply for a special needs shelter, you can do so here or call 712-6400.
The Palm Beach Post reports that shelters will be opened at 10 a.m. Friday and there are 15 general population shelters. Here is the list of what Palm Beach County officials suggest you should bring to a shelter. You can also use FloridaDisaster.org/GetAPlan to put together a hurricane preperation plan for your family or your business.
– Prescription and emergency Medication
– Extra clothing
– Personal hygiene supplies
– Flashlight with extra batteries
– Small board games
– Specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
– Basic snacks
– Baby food and formula
– Beach chair or camp chair
– Identification – including license and FP&L or other utility bill
– Insurance papers
– Other comfort items
Below is the list of shelters in Palm Beach County:
Atlantic High School – 2455 W Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach 33445
Boca Raton High School – 1501 NW 15th Ct, Boca Raton 33486
West Boca High School – 12811 Glades Rd, Boca Raton 33498
Boynton Beach High School – 4975 Park Ridge Boulevard, Boynton Beach 33426
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elem. School – 1501 Avenue U, Riviera Beach 33404
West Palm Beach
Forest Hill High School – 6901 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach 33405
Westgate Elementary – 1545 Loxahatchee Drive West Palm Beach 33409
Independence Middle School – 4001 Greenway Drive Jupiter 33458
John I Leonard High School – 4701 10th Avenue N, Greenacres 33463
Lakeshore Middle School – 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade 33430
Palm Beach Central High School – 8499 Forest Hill Boulevard, Wellington 33411
Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Gardens High School – 4245 Holly Drive Palm Beach Gardens 33410
Park Vista High School – 7900 Jog Rd, Lake Worth 33467
Pahokee Middle School – 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee 33476
Seminole Ridge High School – 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd, Loxahatchee 33470