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Emergency Preparedness

Hurricane Season starts June 1 and ends November 30. It is very important to be prepared and stay informed.  The Town of Loxahatchee Groves and Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District both have Emergency Operation Procedures and will work together with the Loxahatchee Groves C.E.R.T. team before, during and after an event to ensure that the Town is prepared and protected.

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Important tips to keep in mind as a major storm may be approaching:

Get A Kit / "To-Go Bag"

Get an Emergency Supply Kit,which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car. This kit should include:

  • Copies of prescription medications and medical supplies;
  • Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows;
  • Bottled water, a battery-operated radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight;
  • Copies of important documents: driver’s license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.
  • Make sure you have a “to-go bag” ready in case you need to evacuate, include:
  • Water and non-perishable food;
  • Battery operated radio and batteries so you can get important information from local officials;
  • First aid kit;
  • Flashlight;
  • Maps
  • Important documents such as proof residence, pictures of your family including pets, insurance policies, and tax records;
  • Comfortable clothing and blankets;
  • Unique family needs such as prescription medications, pet supplies, infant supplies or any other unique need your family may have;

Make A Plan

  • Prepare your family
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency
  • Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
  • It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one.

Plan to Evacuate

  • Identify ahead of time where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
  • Identify several places you could go in an emergency, a friend's home in another town, a motel or public shelter.
  • If you do not have a car, plan alternate means of evacuating.
  • If you have a car, keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case you need to evacuate.
  • Take your Emergency Supply Kit.
  • Take your pets with you, but understand that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters. 
  • Plan how you will care for your pets in an emergency.

Prepare Your Home:

  • Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Secure your home by closing shutters, and securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside.
  • Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

Be Informed

  • Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.
  • A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor local radio and television news outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments.
  • A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.
  • Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential. Category Three and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes, though Categories One and Two are still extremely dangerous and warrant your full attention.

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Category Sustained Winds Possible Damages Storm Surge
1 74-95 mph Unanchored mobile homes, vegetation and signs 4-5 feet
2 96-110 All mobile homes, roofs, small crafts, flooding 6-8 feet
3 111-130 Small buildings, low-lying roads cut off 9-12 feet
4 131-155 Roofs destroyed, trees down, roads cut off, mobile homes destroyed, beach homes flooded 13-18 feet
5 More than 155 Most buildings destroyed, vegetation destroyed, major roads cut off, homes flooded Greater than 18 feet

LGWCD

The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District (LGWCD) is responsible for roads and canals within its jurisdiction. In the event of a natural or man-made catastrophe, emergency management emphasis would be placed on cleaning debris from roadways, providing ingress/egress for residents, as well as for medical and law enforcement agencies.

Major canal systems would also be prioritized for removal of trees or other debris obstructing optimum storm water outfall capabilities. Individual emergencies would also be responded to as conditions permit.

LGWCD is part of a larger emergency management plan under the direction of the Palm Beach County Emergency Management Office. This plan effectively makes District equipment available for designated areas outside District boundaries, but would not be activated until such time as the primary obligations to the District residents’ health, safety, and welfare were met.

In the event of imminent hurricane and flooding danger, District operations personnel would secure the equipment and facilities against damage. They would then be released to return to their homes to protect their personal property and family during the event.

Immediately following the storm’s passage, District personnel would return to their duty posts and begin operations as described above.

If structures in the District receive substantial damages resulting in building debris, the District will designate specific areas for residents to haul their debris. The District will then coordinate the removal of such debris with the Town and/or County authorities.

EVACUATION ROUTES

Since the District is not in the primary surge zone, there are no specified evacuation routes. It is important to note that if major flooding does occur, there could be some isolated areas that become impassable.

RECOMMENDATIONS

All residents of the District are urged to follow the recommendations listed in the Hurricane Guides available from Publix Food Stores, AT&T, and local TV stations. It is important to prepare for any such emergency well in advance.

Equally important is for all residents to follow the established procedures after any emergency and exercise patience and understanding. This will help to eliminate unnecessary confusion and delays.

Full cooperation should be extended to your neighbors and authorities in a concentrated effort to deal with any emergency occurring in the District.


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