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. Use the National Hurricane Center Storm Tracker to follow pending storms. Be sure to read the Official Palm Beach County Hurricane Planning Guide to help you prepare for storm.
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.
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.
- Download the "Disaster Resource Guide for Older Adults" prepared by the Department of Elder Affairs.
- State Assistance Information Line - The State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for those in Florida to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida. The SAIL hotline is: 1-800-342-3557
- Disability Shelter Contact for Palm Beach County: 561-712-6329
Prepare Your Shelter
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.
After the Storm
Avoid driving around to look at damage because of downed power lines or impeding emergency vehicles after the storm.
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
Local Media Information
The local media outlets provide a wealth of comprehensive information before, during and immediately following a storm event.