Boca Raton City Residents Hurricane Preparation
Don’t forget to be neighborly folks… in a hurricane, everyone is under stress. Check on the neighbors on each side of you before and after the storm. If there are any senior citizens in your neighborhood please check on them to make sure they are okay. Who is the point person or persons in your community? This is a great time to join www.Nextdoor.com to stay in touch with and get updates in your neighbors.
In the event of a hurricane or serious emergency, the City’s communication team will keep you updated with public safety alerts. Messaging may include information about city services, available resources and evacuations.
When Hurricane Matthew threatened South Florida last September, the City sent a Code Red alert message to subscribed Boca Raton residents letting them know when the Emergency Operations Center was activated. Once activated, the City and the Police Department worked together to provide updates on Twitter, Facebook and Nixle. The Citizens Information Center (CIC) opened and began taking calls from residents and providing support and assistance. Boca Raton’s CIC is staffed with volunteers who are available to answer calls before, during and after the storm.
This year, residents have an additional opportunity for communication and information through AlertPBC. AlertPBC is a Palm Beach County Emergency Notification system that provides all County updates, in addition to City updates. AlertPBC may be especially beneficial for those who live in Boca Raton and work elsewhere in the County, or vice versa.
Getting the right information to the right people at the right time allows individuals to make informed decisions for themselves, their families and their businesses. To stay connected before, during and after a storm, be sure to sign up and opt in to receive public safety alerts.
- Text your zip code to 888777 to receive Nixle public safety alerts from the Boca Raton Police Department.
- Sign up for Code Red to receive emergency alerts for City residents from the City of Boca Raton.
- Sign up for AlertPBC to receive Palm Beach County alerts that include Boca Raton alerts and other cities you choose.
- Follow the City of Boca Raton on Facebook & Twitter.
Visit our Hurricane Information page for Hurricane Planning Guide, videos and other resources.
Courtesy: City of Boca Raton Website
Plan and prepare for the storm and receive important emergency information.
Check out PBC DART, the free Palm Beach County Emergency app for Android and iOS.
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pbc-dart/id526473189?mt=8
Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th with the peak period from early August through the end of October. Although
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a below-normal hurricane season this year,
they also caution that coastal areas may not have it all that easy. According to a comment made by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency’s (FEMA’s) Deputy Administrator, Joseph Nimmich, “It only takes one hurricane or tropical storm making landfall in your community
to significantly disrupt your life!” As part of our Hurricane Preparedness Kit, here are several tips that homeowners and renters can take before a hurricane strikes:
1. Have a basic emergency kit, which includes battery-powered radios, flashlights,
water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit and prescription medications.
2. Keep a written list in a plastic bag of important phone numbers. This can include numbers of family members
in other states, local emergency management and shelters, hospitals, your homeowner’s insurance rep. or for renters,
the landlord or property manager.
3. From very early on, homeowners should verify their property insurance to see how much coverage they have,
and if necessary, increase coverage especially for personal property. Renters should obtain renters insurance on their
4. Know your evacuation route, have alternative living arrangements and keep your car fueled should an evacuation
be necessary. Storing extra cans of gasoline in a safe place is also a plus.
5. Homeowners should make sure that there are storm shutters to cover all windows and sliding glass doors. If
you cannot install them, make sure you have someone lined up early who can complete the installation.
6. Renters should review their lease to verify who is responsible for installing storm shutters. If you are responsible
for the installation of the shutters, make sure you know where they are located and verify that there are sufficient
shutters to cover all glass windows and doors.
7. Have surge protectors on all major appliances, televisions, computers and other major electronic equipment.
Also, generators are excellent for diminishing the damage that can result from abrupt power outages.
8. Secure or remove potential windborne objects around the home such as garbage cans, barbecue grills, yard furniture
and kids’ outdoor toys.
9. Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
10. Determine how and where to secure your boat, RV, and additional vehicles. There are also a number of online resources you can
visit, including the National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov, FEMA , and Palm Beach County Emergency Management
PAGE INFO PROVIDED BY TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS IN SUPPORT OF THE REALTORS OF ST. LUCIE COUNTY 2016
This is for information purposes only. Please rely on city, county, state and federal information on official websites for any hurricane related updates.
Let’s all remember that we are all in this together!