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Hurricane Dorian Update
The City of Palm Bay has declared a local state of emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.
City of Palm Bay staff are closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Dorian and will continue to prepare for emergency operations. City offices and facilities will be closed Monday, September 2nd, Tuesday, September 3rd, and Wednesday, September 4th. Any additional closure days will be announced as the timing of hurricane impacts can be more accurately forecast. Closure updates will be posted on the website and the Palm Bay Citizen Information Hotline at (321) 726-5683, so please check back for details.
The County has issued evacuation orders for the barrier islands, residents in low-lying or flood-prone areas, residents living in mobile or manufactured homes, and those with special medical needs such as dependence on electrical equipment. Evacuations are to begin at 8am on Monday, September 2nd. A map of evacuation zones can be found on Brevard County’s website.
Hurricane shelters open at 5pm on Sunday, September 1st. Bayside High School, located at 1901 DeGroodt Road SW, and a pet-friendly shelter at the Ted Whitlock Community Center, located at 1951 Malabar Road NW. Residents evacuating to a shelter should bring food and water, bedding, and personal comfort items. Those evacuating with their pet are reminded that animals must be in a crate or carrier and they must provide their own pet food.
Special needs shelters are also available to those who are medically dependent on electricity or have other special medical needs. These facilities also include medical staff. If you believe that you or a family member qualify for housing, please call 2-1-1 to register. A nurse will evaluate your needs and provide shelter information.
Waste Management will run collections on Monday in advance of hurricane Dorian. Residents with regularly scheduled Monday garbage collection are asked to have their carts out no later than 5am Monday morning. Waste Management will begin collection routes early Monday to maximize the number of residents served before they must cease operations at 2pm due to the County closing the landfill in preparation for Dorian. Residents who have not received a pick up by 2pm should bring garbage cans inside or secure them until the storm has passed. Waste Management will resume normal collection services as soon as the County landfill reopens and the City issues the all-clear for trucks to be on the roads.
Brevard Public Schools will be closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Additional closures may be announced depending on the impacts of the storm.
Though the path of Hurricane Dorian is still uncertain, the City of Palm Bay urges all residents prepare for the impacts associated with a major land-falling hurricane. Residents should have seven days of supplies available, including food, water, and medicine. Home preparations should be completed before elevated winds arrive as Dorian approaches. Please be sure to secure any outdoor furniture, yard décor, or trimmings that may cause damage or block storm drains during the storm. Citizens should be prepared to shelter in place for the duration of the storm or have an evacuation plan ready to be implemented.
Once the hurricane has passed, City officials will assess the situation and determine when a return to normal City operations can be expected. Residents are reminded to shelter in place and refrain from traveling on roadways until the all-clear notification is issued by the City of Palm Bay. Status updates will be made to local media via news releases and through official communications on the City of Palm Bay website, information hotline, and social media accounts.