Hurricane  Preparation 

Last update as of 9/30/19 10:00 am


Please continue to moniter local media for the most current and up-to-date information. 


We are currently focusing on Hurricane Dorain recovery efforts & Bahamian Evacuees.

Should a named storm (hurricane) pose a direct threat to South Florida-
the information listed below for Hurricane Season 2019 will be updated and
revised in real time as much as possible.


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Hurricane Dorian Recovery Relief



United Way of Palm Beach County has implemented:
Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund & Aid to Bahamas

Click Here


Bahamian Evacuee Resources

Bahama Hurricane Recovery Relief Donation Locations

Click Here


Information listed below will update continually, please check frequently. If you see any need for additions, deletions or corrections, please email:

Please note: this page is for emergency storm information purposes...Inclusion of information does not imply endorsement nor does omission imply lack of endorsement-  it is still up to the viewer to vet the service providers listed below. 



Hurricane Season: 2019

Keeping an eye on the Tropics!

Critical Information Preparation, Shelters

The information below will be revised in the event another storm system becomes a threat to our local area (as we are in hurricane season until November 30th.)

Sections Headings Listed  Below (Scroll Down to Each As Needed)

(Note to make search easier- counties now have their own page each)

*General Emergency & Shelter Information By County 


Palm Beach County Click here


Indian River County Click here


Martin County Click here


Okeechobee County Click here


St. Lucie County Click here



Continue to scroll down for these items: 

*Quick Tips
*What To Bring To Shelter
*Other Helpful Links


Be Aware 


Alert! The Attorney General has already received over 1000 complaints of price gouging!

Please report price gouging to Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline by calling:

1- (866) 9NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226) or download our new reporting app— NO SCAM

Individuals or businesses found guilty of price gouging could face fines up to $1,000 per violation, or up to a maximum of $25,000 per day. 


Also Beware of unlicensed contractors, especially those who deal in cash only. Obtain written estimates that include license numbers, then verify that license # by calling FL DBPR at 1-850-487-1395.

Remember, unlicensed contracting during a state of emergency is a felony under FS 489.127


Quick tips on SAFETY & RESOURCES:


Please make sure your water is safe to drink listen for boil water orders.

This includes well water- if well heads were submerged by flooding...water can be contaminated:


Early release of existing SNAP benefits 8-31-19.

Note: this is not release of Disaster or D-SNAP 

The USDA has approved the early release of SNAP benefits through Florida’s Department of Children and Families to help families prepare for Hurricane Dorian. Residents who get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits between September 1 and September 14 will be able to access their benefits Saturday August 31 at noon.

The Department of Children and Families said this is and early release of regular benefits, not a distribution of additional funds. (Disaster) D-SNAP information will be released at some point well after the Hurricane Dorian passes.


After Hurricane Safety Tips from the CDC

Drowning Hazard- Also be mindful to watch small children if you have filled buckets & bathtubs with water for after storm.

Gas stations low or no fuel: Go to or download the GasBuddy app to help you find stations in your area that have available fuel.

Most counties below have limited shelters for pets- pet friendly hotels may be an option. Search for pet friendly options like  and others.


Alternatives to Sand Bags- any fill that can conform can be be placed into Trash Bags & Duct Taped . Fill can include: using tap water, yard dirt/potting soil, mud, bulk kitty litter, birdseed, water softener salt.
(someone mentioned using wet comforters, towels or sheets placed in bags) Also note- the trick is not to totally fill the bags - just a few inches then roll.

Remember to keep generator exhaust outside and away from open windows or airways if utilizing. Grilling inside is dangerous and can also lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. 

If you are asked to evacuate and are planning to use a shelter- learn about items you will need to bring.

Comcast Opens Free Xfinity WiFi Hotspots in Florida as Hurricane Dorian Approach (posted 9/1/19 6:51pm) 


The network includes nearly 200,000 hotspots across the state


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – August 30, 2019 -To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Comcast is opening its network of almost 200,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout Florida to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free.


To get connected, both customers and non-customers should first []for a map of public Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses.


Once in range of a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi_ForAll” network name in the list of available hotspots, launch a browser and a sign-on screen will appear. An example of what the sign-on screen looks like on a mobile device can be found here [] [].


Non-Xfinity internet subscribers should click the “Accept and Connect” button on the top half of the screen to get online. Non-customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every 2 hours.


Xfinity internet customers should enter their account information on the bottom half of the screen and click the “Continue” button to get online. They will be automatically connected to Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the future.





Treasure Coast Counties:


All courthouses in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit will reopen for normal court operationThursday September 5th (9-4-19) 

The courthouses include Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties

The public, media, and members of the legal community may visit the Circuit’s website or call 772-742-9229 for further information.  Telephonic information will be updated twice per day by 7:00 a.m. and by 7:00 p.m. or as otherwise directed by the Chief Judge.



Other Helpful Links


National Weather Service

National Hurricane Center Readiness

American Red Cross - South Florida Region Plan Ahead for Disasters

FEMA Disaster Assistance

Volunteer Florida

Florida Division of Emergency Management


Disaster Distress HelpLine

Our trained staff are available 24/7 if you are overwhelmed and just need to talk & are

dedicated in providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress

related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or dial 2-1-1


To learn more click here



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Palm Beach

As of 12 noon Friday 8/30- PBC shelters will be opening on Sunday (morning-TBD)

Note: as per the Animal Care & Control-Palm Beach County, pet friendly shelter is no longer requiring registration.