Storm Preparedness

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Fast Facts

Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th of each year. The City of West Palm Beach prepares each year for tropical storms and encourages all residents to plan early and stay prepared for a storm.

Critical Information for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Mayor Keith A. JamesThe Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and will run until Nov. 30, 2020. As we learned in 2019, we can not leave the safety of our friends and loved ones up to chance, the risk is simply too high. Now is the time for all of us to prepare. Working together we can ensure all our safety. My office is making every effort to see that our dynamic city is ready for any emergency, but we need your help.
There are two essentials that every family needs: A Hurricane Kit and a map of your Evacuation Route. Below you will find what the kit should contain. You will find a map of evacuation routes. Keep these handy. And don’t forget your pets. Make sure that you have a plan for them. Most shelters do not take pets. The County provides hurricane shelters for citizens who need them. On side 2 you will find how to locate shelters, including ones that are pet-friendly. The City’s Hotline, (561) 822-2222, can help you also.
If you know of a neighbor who has special needs, reach out to them. Make sure that they have a plan to get through any storm. Have them call (561) 712-6400 for help. Pre-registration is required at special needs shelters.
Stay informed. The City has created a multi-channel system that will provide you with hurricane updates and other important announcements over email, social media and Websites.
Taking a few minutes now will help you be ready later when it counts.

Thank you,

Mayor Keith A. James


To prepare for a storm, each home should have a 72-hour survival kit

An emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
• Cash (ATMs may not work)
• Cellular phone & car charger
• Drinking water/containers (1 gallon per
person per day, minimum 3 days)
• Prescription medicine (2 week supply)
• Batteries (2 spare sets for each device)
• Flashlights
• Battery-operated TV/radio/clock
• Non-electric can opener
• First aid book & kit including bandages,
antiseptic, tape, compresses, & aspirin
• Gasoline & oil for generator/car,
propane for gas grill
• Water purification kit
• Three day supply of non-perishable foods
• Pet food/supplies
• Baby supplies (medicine, sterile water,
diapers, formula, baby food, bottles)
• Disposable plates, cups, bowls, utensils
• Clean-up supplies (mop, broom, buckets
towels, sponges, rags, disinfectant, etc.)


City Communication:

The City is prepared to deliver up to the minute news on storm preparations and conditions over several channels.

If you are on Comcast Cable, you can watch the City's government Channel on TV-18. The channel also live streams on and the City's Website.

Follow the City on Social Media. Regular updates will be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Sign up for the Mayor's Insider Newsletter

After a storm, the City’s Department of Sanitation will work expeditiously to pick up debris. In the event of a
MAJOR storm, you will be able to monitor our storm debris service and pick up dates by calling the
Sanitation hotline at 561.822.2075 or visiting

Important Phone Numbers:
Dial 911 for emergencies
WPB Police non-emergency line
Important information can also be
obtained by calling the
City hotline at 561.822.2222
WPB City Hall




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