In 1992, Hurricane Andrew served as a catalyst for change in the preparation for, response to, and recovery from major hurricanes. The lessons learned from Andrew have spawned stricter building codes and provided our responders with better equipment and training to respond to this type of catastrophic event.
Even with the increased construction standards and level of response, it does not preclude residents and business owners from being properly prepared in the event of a storm.
The Delray Beach Fire-Rescue Department is tasked with the responsibilities of Emergency Management functions for the City of Delray Beach. We are confident that our responders are highly trained for and capable of responding to such an event, however there is still some responsibility that each and everyone of us needs to bear in the event of a storm.
We've assembled the following to assist you with guidance in preparing for such emergencies.
Preparing for the Storm
- Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide
- Are You Prepared?
- Shelter Locations
- City of Delray Beach Evacuation Route Map
- Palm Beach County Evacuation Route Maps
- Portable Generator Safety
- Safely Storing Your Generator and Its Fuel
Delray Beach Emergency Radio: 1620 AM (official source of information during and after emergencies -- operated by the City of Delray Beach)
Hurricane Information Line: (561) 712-6400 (Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center)
Weather Forecasts, Imagery, and Analysis
- South Florida Radar Loop
- Watches & Warnings
- Storm Prediction Center
- National Hurricane Center
- National Weather Service Radio for Palm Beach County:162.475MHz
- Crown Weather Services
- Tropical Weather
- South Florida Water Management District
- Weather and Water
- The Weather Channel
- Local Conditions
- Local Radar
- PBC DEM Hurricane Preparedness
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Storm Surge and Evacuation Zones, Evacuation Route Maps
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Ready.gov: Hurricanes
- Ready.gov: Business
- American Red Cross - Palm Beach County
- Hurricane Information
- Hurricane Safety Checklist
- 2-1-1 Information Referral for Hurricane Resources
- Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control
After the Storm
- Use extreme caution. There may be dangerous situations all around you.
- Always supervise children.
- Do not drink the tap water until officials have announced it’s safe.
- Avoid driving if possible because of debris and road blockage.
- If power is out, gasoline will be in short supply and filling stations will have long lines.
- At intersections with stop lights out, treat it as a 4-way stop and use extreme caution.
- Phone lines and cell towers will be damaged or overloaded. Try making calls at “off peak” times
- Generator Powered Grocery Stores
- Generator Powered Gas Stations