Hurricane Information

Hurricane
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Emergency Preparedness


National Hurricane Center Storm Tracker
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. A hurricane can cause storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and inland flooding.  Each storm is different and brings with it unique challenges.  It is important to plan ahead and be prepared. 

Village Emergency Operations

 
Chapter 18.33 of the Village Code of Ordinances designates the Fire Chief as the Emergency Management Director. The Fire Chief, Village Manager, and the Mayor will accomplish all coordination, direction, and implementation of all disaster management functions cooperatively to maintain continuity of government. When necessary, evacuation of certain areas of the Village will be initiated following a decision by the local governing body in accordance with the Palm Beach County Comprehensive Emergency Management Manual. The Village of Tequesta will support the County and the Red Cross by assigning security and emergency medical personnel, if needed, to shelters as they are opened by the County. The Village of Tequesta Emergency Operations Center will serve as the nerve center for the coordination and control of the Village’s response and recovery efforts.


FEMA Video: When the Waves Swell

FEMA Flooding

Before the Storm

Make a Plan

Where will you go? What evacuation route will you take? What supplies, medications, and documents will you need? It’s important to sort all of these details out well before a storm approaches. Create a Family Plan or a Business Plan ahead of time.



Be prepared with food and water for at least 7 days; pre-arrange contact with family members; gather important documents, address book, and phone numbers; make plans to keep food and medicines cold; make provisions for pets; gather all supplies early; decide on a safe place to stay; secure your home.

Visit www.pbcgov.com to view the Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide containing complete survival instructions and evacuation maps, and PBC-TV CHANNEL 20 for Hurricane Preparedness to develop your complete hurricane safety plan. Storm updates are provided by the National Hurricane Center.

​Prepare Your Shelter

  • Build a disaster supplies kit of food, water, and other supplies for you and your family to last for at least 72 hours.
  • Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered equipment such as cell phones or weather radios.
  • Learn about how to safely use generators.
  • Fuel and service family vehicles.
  • Make sure you have necessary supplies for your pets. Identify pet-friendly hotels along your evacuation route.
  • Buy plywood or other material to protect your home. Determine vulnerable areas of your home that may need reinforcement.
  • Trim trees and shrubbery so branches don’t fly into your home. Check the Sanitation schedule for debris pickup.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Bring in light-weight objects such as garbage cans, garden tools, toys and lawn furniture.
  • Review your insurance policy or purchase insurance.
  • Decide where to move your boat.

During the Storm


Reminder: During the height of the hurricane, emergency vehicles are often unable to respond due to high winds. Please remain inside your home while the storm is in our area.

  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances
  • Close all interior doors. Secure and brace exterior doors.
  • Stay indoors and check for updates on the storm. Follow us on Facebook

After the Storm


Avoid driving around to look at damage because of downed power lines or impeding emergency vehicles (After Storm).
  • Wait until an area is declared safe before entering.
  • Watch for closed roads. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, turn around.
  • Stay on firm, dry ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from downed power lines.
  • Wear proper shoes to prevent cutting your feet on sharp debris.
  • Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until officials say it is safe.
  • Avoid electrocution by not walking in areas with downed power lines.
  • Continue following us on Facebook for updates.

Palm Beach County Damage Assessment and Resources Tool (PBC DART)


Use the Palm Beach County Damage Assessment and Resources Tool (PBC DART), which provides residents with information and tools used to prepare for a disaster and with the ability to report damage to their home or business in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Damage reports help disaster managers get an immediate Countywide "picture" within hours of a disaster event to help prioritize response efforts. Install PBC DART on your smartphone device.

Important Village Numbers


  • Police Emergency: 911
  • Police Non-Emergency: 768-0500
  • Missing street signs and trees down: 768-0480
  • No water or a visible leak: 768-0480
  • Flooding, stormwater issues: 768-0480
  • Water quality/safety questions: 768-0490
  • Fire: 768-0550
  • Manager: 768-0465
  • Village Clerk: 768-0440
  • Building / Permits: 768-0450
  • Utilities: 768-0430 / 768-0429

Checklists

Local Media Information


The local media outlets provide a wealth of comprehensive information before, during and immediately following a storm event.