PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County Emergency Management officials continue to actively monitor Hurricane Irma and its progress towards our area. Palm Beach County is encouraging all residents and visitors to be aware of the potential impacts of tropical weather and advise all county residents to visit www.readypbc.com where individuals and businesses can learn how to build a disaster plan and a checklist to complete their disaster supply kits. If conditions should worsen, look for either a Hurricane Watch or Warning to be issued for Palm Beach County.
When a HURRICANE WATCH is issued, it means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. The hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. This watch should trigger your family’s disaster plan, and protective measures should be initiated especially those actions that require extra time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.
When a HURRICANE WARNING is issued, it means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area. The hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. Once this warning has been issued, 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 to be prepared?
• Have a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and battery backup to receive important weather and other emergency-related warnings.
• Build a disaster supply kit and have a family and/or business plan. Remember to also have a plan for pets.
• Locate or build a Safe Room in the interior of your home or business that can help provide protection for you and your family or your employees. This room should be located away from all windows and exterior walls and doors.
• Determine if your home is in a storm surge evacuation zone. If so, learn what needs to be done when a storm is moving toward your area.
• Learn how to prepare your home from wind damage before a storm threatens your area.
• Consider insuring your home or business from flood loss.
• Make sure that all other aspects of your home are as protected from hurricanes as possible.
• If a storm threatens, heed the advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.
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, follow us on Twitter @PBCDEM and watch PBC-TV Channel 20.