*This post will be updated approximately 9am EST, 8 PM EST, and 3am EST. The updates will be listed in bold letters
As Hurricane Harvey was devastating Houston I kept searching for a site that was a one-stop information portal. Evacuation lists, emergency numbers, shelters, flooding maps, social media accounts to follow for info, up to date weather, Govt links, news, live feeds, local emergency bulletins, maps, rescue and relief efforts, and information from others in the areas affected. It was difficult to find one so I’ve decided to create one starting with Hurricane Irma. This list is fluid and will be updated morning, noon and night as information comes in.
Update from Florida SERT
IBHS says to close all interior doors! https://t.co/8a8bmATrsz
— Florida SERT (@FLSERT) September 9, 2017
Urgent update from Gov. Rick Scott
CALLING ALL NURSES: FL needs 1,000 volunteer nurses to help at our special needs shelters. Please email BPRCHDPreparedness@flhealth.gov
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 9, 2017
11:04 AM: Eye of #Irma heading towards the SW #Florida coast. Everyone needs to remain sheltered in place. pic.twitter.com/S0t7vQdxXX
— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) September 10, 2017
- WAZE navigation phone app added
- Rumor Control from FEMA added
- Live Beach Cams added at bottom of post
- Beach Cams updated
- Social Media Accounts to follow updated
- Storm surge Warning added
- Storm Surge Warnings Updated
- Evacuation list updated
- shelter list updated
- Shelter list in Georgia for Irma Evacuee’s added
- need for volunteers added
- Volunteers needed updated
- Emergency numbers updated
- Apps and helpful links updated
CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS
If you are in a zone that is calling for MANDATORY or VOLUNTARY EVACUATION please do so. Property can be replaced, lives can not.
- *If you choose to not evacuate. DO NOT GO INTO THE ATTIC unless absolutely necessary. If you do have an ax or something else to cut into roof. You cant be rescued if they cant see you
The following counties have evacuation orders. This list is fluid, and will be updated on FloridaDisaster.org.
Per Gov Rick Scott:
Based on recent forecasts, the US Army Corps has been reviewing how the federally operated Herbert Hoover Dike will be impacted. Governor Scott spoke to Col. Jason Kirk with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today and the Corps. believes there will be additional impacts from excessive wind pushing some water over the Dike. While they have assured the Governor that the structural integrity of the Dike will not be compromised, Governor Scott has ordered voluntary evacuations beginning immediately in the cities surrounding the southern half of Lake Okeechobee from Lake Port to Canal Point in Hendry, Palm Beach and Glades counties. Mandatory evacuations will be put in place for these communities beginning tomorrow morning. Information regarding transportation and sheltering will be released tomorrow morning. This decision was made due to Governor Scott’s sole focus on life safety as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida. The seven cities affected by these orders are as follows:
UPDATED EVACUATION LIST
- South Bay
- Lake Harbor
- Moore Haven
- Belle Glade
- Canal Point
- Brevard – mandatory evacuations for Zone A, Merritt Island, barrier islands, and some low-lying mainland areas along Indian River Lagoon
- Broward – mandatory East of Federal Highway including barrier islands
- Charlotte – voluntary evacuations for Don Pedro Island, Knight Island (Palm Island), Little Gasparilla Island, Manosota Key, all mobile homes
- Citrus – mandatory evacuations for residents west of Hwy 19, 1 and ½ miles east of Hwy 19 excluding Sugarmill Woods. This also includes all of the city of Crystal River, all low lying areas throughout the entire county and anyone residing in mobile homes, manufactured homes and all unsafe structures throughout the entire county
- Collier – mandatory evacuations for Goodland, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, all mobile homes
- Desoto- voluntary evacuations for people in low-lying/flood prone areas, residents living in mobile homes and RV parks
- Flagler – mandatory evacuations for nursing homes, all varieties of assisted living facilities, and community residential group homes within coastal and Intracoastal areas and voluntary for zones A, B, C, F; mandatory for Zones A,B,C,F, and substandard housing beginning on Saturday
- Glades – mandatory evacuations for areas around Lake Okeechobee (Lakeport, Moorehaven, Washington Park, Benbow and Uncle Joe’s Motel and Campground). Also mandatory for residents in Zone A and anyone in an RV park, mobile home or building constructed before 1992.
- Hardee – voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas, mobile homes, and port structures
- Hendry – voluntary evacuations for low-lying areas, non-slab-built homes, mobile homes, trailers and RVs, mandatory for areas near Lake Okeechobee (Clewiston, Hookers Point, Harlem, Flaghole, Montura Ranch Estates, Mid-County MSBU which inlcudes Ladeca, Pioneer Plantation and Leon-Dennis Subdivision, Al Don Farming Road)
- Hernando – mandatory evacuations for Zones A and B and mobile homes
- Highlands – voluntary for low areas and mobile/manufactured homes
- Hillsborough – voluntary for special-needs residents in Evacuation Zone A.
- Indian River – voluntary evacuations for barrier islands, low-lying areas, mandatory for Saturday
- Lee – mandatory for Cape Coral west of Burnt Store Road and south of Cape Coral Parkway, east of Del Prado Boulevard to Viscaya Parkway, North Fort Myers south of Bay Shore Road from Moody Road to State Road 31 and areas south of North River Road from State Road 31 to Fichters Creek, areas of Iona south of Maple Drive, west of U.S. 41, San Carlos Park west of U.S. 41, Estero west of U.S. 41, north of the Estero River, Bonita Springs communities along Estero Bay and the Imperial River Basin, all of the barrier islands.
- Manatee – voluntary evacuations for Zone A and mobile homes.
- Martin – mandatory evacuations for barrier islands, manufactured homes, and low-lying areas beginning Saturday
- Miami-Dade – mandatory evacuations for all of Zone A, all of Zone B, and portions of Zone C. Miami Dade residents can find their zones by clicking HERE.
- Monroe – mandatory evacuations for visitors and residents. A dedicated transportation hotline is available specifically for individuals in the Keys at 305-517-2480
- Pasco – mandatory evacuations for residents living west of U.S. 19. Also mandatory for residents living north of Fox Hollow Drive west of Little Rd. and south of Fox Hollow Drive west of Regency Park Blvd./Rowan Rd./Seven Springs Blvd. Special needs residents, and those living in manufactured homes, mobile homes, RV’s, and anyone living in a low-lying area or an area prone to flooding are also under mandatory evacuation. Voluntary evacuations for residents living south of Fox Hollow Drive to the south county line between Regency Park Blvd./Rowan Rd./Seven Springs Blvd. and Little Rd.
- Palm Beach – mandatory evacuations for Zone A and B, voluntary for Zone C and Lake Zone E (Canal Point, Belle Glade, and Pahokee)
- Pinellas – mandatory evacuations all mobile home and Zone A
- Sarasota – voluntary evacuations in Zone A (Longboat, Lido, Siesta, Casey Key, Manasota Key, Venice Island), all mobile homes
- St. Lucie – mandatory north and south Hutchinson Island, low-lying areas, manufactured homes
- Additional evacuations are expected throughout the state. All Floridians should pay close attention to local alerts and follow the directions of local officials.
- Shelters are continuing to open across the state, including shelters for people with special needs, pets and general populations. DOH is coordinating the set up and staffing for special needs shelters. A list of all open shelters will be available at floridadisaster.org/shelters.
- FEMA is also hosting shelter information on its mobile app which can be found at fema.gov/mobile-app.
- The state is working with the American Red Cross to identify shelter capacity both during and following the storm.
- Non-essential Navy personnel evacuated from Naval Air station Key West
- Brevard County officials have announced a mandatory evacuation order for residents living in Merritt Island and some mainland low-lying areas along the Indian River Lagoon.
- There is a mandatory evacuation for nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Flagler County.
- Evacuation orders for Central Florida
- Flagler County announced a voluntary evacuation for residents and said evacuation zones A, B, C and F (not Palm Coast alphabet sections) should consider leaving the area ahead of Hurricane
STORM SURGE WARNINGS
Buoy warnings NOAA —>http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=kywf1
Storm surge prediction may NOAA—>http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/154010.shtml?wsurge
Potential Storm Surge flooding map —>http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/213811.shtml?inundation#contents
- A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Volusia/Brevard county line southward around the Florida peninsula to the Suwannee River, including the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay.
- A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for north of the Volusia/Brevard county line to the Florida/Georgia Border and on the west coast north of the Suwannee River to the Ochlockonee River.
- A Hurricane Warning is in effect from the Florida/Georgia southward around the Florida peninsula to the Aucilla River, including Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee, and Tampa Bay.
- A Hurricane Watch is in effect for areas west of the Aucilla River to Indian Pass.
- Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for areas west of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton County line.
- National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Fisheating Creek near Palmdale until further notice
The OEM Twitter Acct is being updated all the time. It is including evacuation information, emergency numbers, closures, and important Irma information.
The #FL Emergency Information Line has been activated 24/7. For up-to-date information regarding #Irma please call 1-800-342-3557
— Florida SERT (@FLSERT) September 6, 2017
Know your route. Here is the Florida Disaster Public Mapping of evacuation routes and storm surge zone maps
If you can, monitor the Florida 511 statewide twitter acct for traffic updates:
- Identify several places you could go in an emergency such as a friend’s home in another town or a motel. Choose destinations in different directions so that you have options during an emergency.
- If needed, identify a place to stay that will accept pets. Most public shelters allow only service animals.
- Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
- Follow the instructions of local officials. Remember your evacuation route may be on foot
DOCUMENTS TO TAKE If you must evacuate:
♦ Emergency phone numbers
♦ Copies of important prescriptions:
♦ Copies of children’s immunization records.
♦ Copies of health, dental, and/or prescription insurance cards or numbers.
♦ Copies of auto, flood, renter’s, homeowner’s insurance policies, policy numbers
♦ Insurance company telephone numbers, local agent and company headquarters.
♦ Social Security • Credit card
♦ Bank account • Driver’s license
♦ Birth, death, adoption, and marriage certificates.
♦ Passports and other identity documents.
♦ Emergency supply kit (Build a kit from Ready.gov)
♦ Supplies for pets (supply information)
Place papers in sealed, waterproof plastic bags. Store in a durable, sealed box. Grab box and take with you.
The following was sent to Liberty Speaks email…
If you are concerned that you do not have a way to evacuate, please call our transportation hotline at 1-800-955-5504. We will get you out.
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 7, 2017
- Pet friendly shelters
@Airbnb activated its Disaster Response Program to help #HurricaneIrma evacuees & volunteers find free housing: https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/hurricaneirmaevacuees
- Shelters by county
- Shelters in South Florida
- Shelters in Central Florida
- Shelter information for horses
Below find a list of Shelter locations in Georgia for Irma Evacuees
FULL LIST: Shelter locations around Georgia: https://t.co/xCaLkqJceo #HurricaneIrma pic.twitter.com/3IgNVtPlI4
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) September 9, 2017
- NOAA National hurricane center
- The Weather Channel Hurricane Central
- Weather Channel live stream
- National Weather Service alerts
- StormCast Live
- Weather radio
- Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN)
- Current Irma tracking
- Space Coast Daily
- Weather Underground Sever Weather Map
- Weatherbug Irma conditions
- Florida Emergency Information Line 1-800-342-3557
- If you have no way to evacuate call our transportation hotline at 1-800-955-5504
- Floridians can text FLPREPARES to 888777 in order to receive text alerts from FDEM.
- The media line is 850-921-0217
- Florida Price Gauging Hotline 1-866-9-NO-SCAM
- To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)
- Florida Emergency number list
- For General Information 511
- American Red Cross Florida
- Veterans Who Need Assistance: 1-800-507-4571.
- To Volunteer: 1-800-354-3571
- To Report Power Outages: 1-800-468-8243
APPS TO DOWNLOAD
- Zello Walkie-Talkie App -(Cell phone must be working to connect to Wi-Fi)
- American Red Cross Emergency App
- GasBuddy App and Florida Locations
- WAZE Navigation app
- Power outage App
VOLUNTEER ORG’S & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
- Volunteer Florida is coordinating with volunteer organizations across the state and has partnered with the American Red Cross to provide shelter operations training to volunteers and AmeriCorps grantees. To volunteer, go to volunteerflorida.org or call 1-800-FL-Help-1.
- Governor Scott has set a goal of 17,000 volunteers. So far, more than 1,500 state employees and more than 8,300 members of the public have signed up with Red Cross to take the volunteer sheltering training.
- Volunteer Florida is working with the Red Cross to identify staffing for host shelters in Sarasota, Alachua and Leon Counties.
- Volunteer Florida has 43 Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) on standby to deploy to areas of need. Many of these teams have begun to work in local call centers and prepare for sheltering assistance.
- American Red Cross teams are coordinating feeding at shelters and have staged 26 tractor trailers at the State Logistics Response Center, 150 trailers at the State Farmers Market, and 100 emergency response vehicles in North Florida.
- The Salvation Army has the capability to provide 100,000 meals a day. Salvation Army is on standby with 32 cooking units and two field kitchens stationed in Palm Beach and Miami. They are also coordinating additional supplies awaiting deployment from neighboring states.
- The Florida Baptist Convention has eight kitchens ready and the ability to feed 90,000 people immediately. Twenty-seven more kitchens are on standby ready to feed 35,000 meals a day.
- Feeding Florida has received nine truckloads of food from Kellogg’s to assist in shelters with 16 additional trucks coming in. Feeding Florida currently has more than 4,000 food boxes on hand capable of sustaining a family of four for five days. Feeding Florida has 3,000 shelf stable meal boxes ready to distribute to staging areas in Miami and Orlando. Volunteers are compiling 20,000 food bags, which hold 20 pounds of food and can be distributed as needed. Feeding Florida also has baby food/formula kits available for distribution.
- Church World Service has hygiene kits and cleanup buckets on standby.
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida has showers and trailers available in Pensacola and Lakeland for deployment, as well as supplies such as chainsaws, shovels, safety equipment and 1,200 tarps.
- Church of Latter Day Saints has chainsaws, tarps, and water on standby.
- United Methodist Church has hygiene kits and flood buckets on standby.
- Angel Flight SE has 700 pilots based in the southeastern U.S. available to assist.
- Church of Scientology is activating volunteers for FL and receiving volunteers and donations in Clearwater.
- Church of Latter Day Saints is transporting material (primarily tarps, chainsaws, food and water) to Orlando, more on order from Atlanta Bishop’s Storehouse
- Mission North American Disaster Relief is staging equipment in various locations across the state and have two shower trailers available.
- UMCOR has 2,500-3000 flood buckets on hand and 3,000 hygiene kits.
- United Way is arranging enhanced staffing for 211 to support and direct residents.
@th3j35t3r Florida brigades need programmers to help prepare #Irma disaster relief. Please spread the good word? https://t.co/jabAHN8Ect
— BethRitterGuth (@BethRitterGuth) September 9, 2017
HELPFUL LINKS AND WEBSITES
- Google Crisis Response
- Shelter list
- Florida Citizen Emergency Information
- South Florida Hurricane Readiness Guide
- FEMA flood map service
- NOAA Weather Radio frequencies for Florida
- List of News Stations in Florida for all cities
- Florida scanner Frequencies
- Florida Live Audio Feeds
- Florida Public Safety live audio
- Florida Amateur Radio live audio
- Volunteer Florida
- List of Florida School Closures ahead of Irma
- All Schools have been closed statewide
My order to close schools is effective Friday through Monday and includes all public K-12 schools, state colleges, and state universities. https://t.co/YOGcrEwwPY
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) September 8, 2017
FEMA has created an “Irma Rumor Control” page. Don’t get scammed or be fooled. https://t.co/YA2JSS0hLs #FLPrepares #Irma
— CFBHN (@CFBHNetwork) September 10, 2017
Twitter follow the hashtag #FLPrepares
- Follow Gov Rick Scott on Twitter
- Follow National Hurricane Center Atlantic OPS on Twitter
- Follow Florida Emergency Management Team on Twitter
- Follow Alert Tampa on Twitter
- Follow Florida National Guard on Twitter
- Follow Florida 511 for traffic updates
- Follow or subscribe to this list FLORIDA-HURRICANE IRMA
Facebook accounts to follow-this will be updated as needed
- Monroe County Facebook
- Florida Keys Sheriff’s Dept Facebook
- Florida Hurricane News & Information Center
- NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
- The Cajun Navy
Jester has added a Google Earth Simulation for Storm surge and water levels
#Irma – Attn Florida – Get out now. I’ve created a Google Earth Simulation to visualize predicted water levels >> https://t.co/jHgTzrZrPS pic.twitter.com/LZNLdZFtVv
— JΞSŦΞR ✪ ΔCŦUΔL³³º¹ (@th3j35t3r) September 8, 2017
LIVE FEED FROM BEACH CAMS
LeHigh Acres webcams —>http://www.the-webcam-network.com/Florida-USA/Lehigh-Acres/2994337.html
LIVE Two Friends Roof Top Key West https://t.co/EcRYZREmx7 via @YouTube
— Liberty Speaks (@imLibertySpeaks) September 10, 2017
Hollywood, Ft. Myers, Miami
Key West, Ft Lauderdale, Sanibel
University of Tampa
New Port Richey owner of webcam doesn’t allow rebroadcast. so just click the link
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Thank you!! I have lots of family and friends down there.
You’re welcome Cherise.. thoughts and prayers going out to you and your loved ones.