Hurricane 2015 Resources
(CBS4) â€“ The Keys are the most hurricane prone area of the United States with some 600 miles of coastline. Most of the Keys are no more than 4 to 7 feet above sea level. This means the Keys are especially vulnerable to storm surge flooding.
In a category 3 or higher hurricane: Evacuation to the mainland is mandatory. Monroe County will not open any shelter in a category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane.
In a Category 1 or 2 hurricane: Be advised that Monroe County may not have enough shelter spaces, especially in the Lower Keys and Key West.
MONROE COUNTY EVACUATION INFORMATION
â€œMonroe County Hurricane Brochureâ€ is available through: Monroe County Office of Emergency Management â€¢ 490 63rd St. Ocean Marathon, Florida 33050 â€¢ (305) 289-6018
*Note: All shelters may not be open. Watch CBS4 for details.
1) Key West High School
2100 Flagler Avenue, Key West
2) Sugarloaf Elementary School
Crane Blvd., 1 block north of U.S. 1 at MM19
3) Stanley Switlik Elementary School
U.S. 1 (gulfside) at MM 48.5
4) Coral Shores High School, Plantation Key
U.S. 1 (oceanside) at MM 90
NOTE FOR OCEAN REEF:Â The designated shelter for residents of Ocean Reef is Florida International Universityâ€™s Modesto Maidique Campus in Miami. Follow the Hurricane Evacuation signs along Floridaâ€™s Turnpike.
Keys residents can also call the Monroe County Emergency Information Hotline at (800) 955-5504. The State of Florida Emergency Information Hotline at (800) 342-3557 is also updated with shelter and evacuation information for the Keys. Click here for Monroe County Emergency Managementâ€™s Web site.
Remember that there are NO SHELTERS in Monroe County that would be safe in a category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes. Evacuation becomes MANDATORY for everyone.
After an evacuation has been ordered, you will not be able to get medical, fire-rescue or law enforcement help until the storm conditions subside, roads are made passable, and equipment is operable.
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