FPPD, St. Lucie County emergency managers urge residents to prepare for Category 5 hurricane
While the exact impact that Hurricane Irma will have on St. Lucie County is still unknown, the Fort Pierce Police Department and the county’s Emergency Management staff have been monitoring and preparing for the storm since Sunday. All St. Lucie County residents are strongly urged to do the same.
Hurricane Irma isn’t expected to impact St. Lucie County until the weekend, but as a precautionary measure St. Lucie County Public Schools will be closed Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7-8. St. Lucie County has identified local schools to be used as shelters, including a pet-friendly shelter. Decisions on local government closings and shelter openings will be made at a later time.
If residents are able and have the means, they should evacuate now, as all of South Florida may be in the storm’s path and highways could become congested as the storm draws near.
Garbage collection will continue on regular schedules throughout the week, but residents and businesses are asked to no longer put out yard debris and tree limbs to prevent these materials from becoming projectiles and blocking drains.
If Hurricane Irma continues its current path, St. Lucie County expects to fully active its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Friday. Fort Pierce officers will be assigned to the EOC to keep current on all the latest developments and to provide Fort Pierce-related information to emergency managers.
Once the EOC is fully activated, updates will be provided on WQCS 88.9 FM at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m, and on FPPD's website, Facebook and Twitter pages. St. Lucie County’s Information Hotline, 772-460-HELP (4357), will become activated on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.
St. Lucie County Commissioners approved a local State of Emergency Declaration Tuesday evening; while Florida Gov. Scott issues a statewide declaration on Monday.
For more information about the St. Lucie County’s preparations and precautionary measures visit: www.stlucieco.gov/hurricane or on social media @StLucieGov.