WPB Monitors Hurricane Ian, City Prepared for Storm Impact

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (September 26, 2022) – The City of West Palm Beach continues to monitor Hurricane Ian, preparing all equipment and vehicles involved in service and storm recovery for dispatch. The stormwater division has prepared canals for storm overflow, and confirmed control structures that help regulate flow are exercised and operating.  West Palm Beach residents should be prepared for rapidly deteriorating weather conditions early Tuesday. No warnings or watches have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for our area. Click here for more information on Hurricane Ian.  All residents should revisit their storm season preparations. Here are some resources to consider to be prepared.

City Operations Updates:

Currently, the Sanitation division is not scheduling additional Special Pick-ups for Vegetation or Bulk items. All other Sanitation services are now on their regular schedules.

  Hurricane Season Safety Tips

  • Know Your Risk: Find out how rain, wind, and water can impact where you live. Start preparing now.
  • Prepare for Strong Winds: Strong winds can bring down trees and power lines and turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. Secure loose items such as outside lawn furniture and toys to minimize flying debris
  • Flash floods: Never drive through flooded roadways as roads may wash out under flood waters. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars and cause loss of control or stalling. Just one or two feet of water can carry away a vehicle. Avoid walking through flooded areas.
  • Gather Supplies: Have enough food, water, and other supplies for every family member to last at least 72 hours. Consider your family’s unique needs, such as supplies for pets or seniors and prescription medications.
  • Make an Emergency Plan: Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Complete a family communication plan.
  • Check your Insurance Coverage: Review your policy, ensure you’re adequately covered, and understand exclusions. Contact your agent for any changes.
  • Power outages: Do not use generators indoors. Do not touch downed electrical wires or power lines. Charge cell phone batteries and ensure flashlights and battery-operated radios and televisions are working.

Stay Informed

Know where to go for trusted sources of information during a tropical storm or hurricane event. Before and during an emergency, the city will send alerts and updates through various channels:

  • Visit: wpb.org (click on “news” on the home page)
  • eNotify: To sign up for eNotify, visit: wpb.org/e-notify
  • Insider Newsletter: To subscribe: wpb.org/newsletter
  • Call the Mayor’s Special Response Hotline: (561) 822-2222.
  • Social Media:
    • Facebook: @cityofwpb
    • Twitter: @westpalmbch
    • Instagram: @westpalmbch

To contact the City of West Palm Beach, please dial (561) 822-1200 (TTY 800 955-8771). For information about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: wpb.org

Originally published at https://www.wpb.org/Home/Components/News/News/2967/772?npage=6

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