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Join West Palm Beach in Preparing for Hurricane Season
August through October are Peak Months for Hurricanes
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (August 4, 2017)-- As we enter peak months for hurricane season, the City of West Palm Beach is proud to promote hurricane preparedness. To help spread the word and make members of the community better prepared, the City, with Mayor Jeri Muoio, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue (WPBFR) Chief Diana Matty, and the American Red Cross, has produced a series of public service announcements (PSAs) that will be featured on the City’s WPB-TV television station and social media channels.

“We are committed to ensuring the safety of residents and are calling on you to prepare with us,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps you can take to be ready this hurricane season.”

Each year, we witness the devastating impacts that hurricanes can cause. High winds, heavy rainfall, and tornadoes can potentially cause loss of life and catastrophic damage to property. All hurricanes have the ability to cause significant damage.

“Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps you can take to get ready for hurricane season,” said WPFR Chief Matty. 

Know your Risk:
To search for general information about risks in your area, visit www.wpb.org/storm and, also, www.ready.gov. Check out NOAA’s historical hurricane tracks tool to check the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in your area. 

Get Prepared:
Take action now to be prepared during this hurricane season. As the storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Make sure you have family evacuation and communications plans, update your emergency supply kit, and evaluate your flood insurance needs.
  • •Know your zone. Evacuations are more common than people realize. Make yourself familiar with your community’s evacuation zones, so you’ll know exactly where to go. 
    •Complete a family communication plan. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, and anticipate where you will go for different situations. Get together with your family and agree on the ways to contact one another in an emergency, identify meeting locations, and make a Family Emergency Communication Plan. 
    • Check your insurance coverage. Review your policy, ensure you’re adequately covered and understand exclusions, and contact your agent for any changes. If you’re not insured against flood, talk to your agent or visit www.floodsmart.gov. Renter’s insurance policies are also available and should be considered as a way of protecting your belongings. 

Stay Informed:
Know where to go for trusted sources of information during a hurricane event. Sign up for alerts from the City’s emergency management office, so notifications, including evacuation orders, go directly to your phone. The City utilizes the “Code Red” community notification system for which you can register by using this link. https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BFB7CC4C6C0A. Follow the City of West Palm Beach and WPBFR on Facebook and Twitter. Monitor local news for hurricane watches and warnings in your area and follow directions of local officials. Make sure you have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio available should the power go out.

Additional information is available at www.wpb.org/storm and www.ready.gov/hurricanes