There are no current mandatory evacuations ordered in Monroe County at this time for residents or visitors. Visitors can find more information at www.fla-keys.com.
For reference: Monroe County in-county shelters if needed for category 1 and 2 hurricanes. All Monroe County shelters are pet friendly, please pre-register your pet at www.monroecountyem.com/petsheltering. Shelters information can be found at www.monroecountyem.com/shelters.
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Monroe County does not supply sandbags. With our type of flooding, sandbags have been proven insufficient in protecting property in the past.
Filling sandbags at the beach or from private property, like golf courses, is illegal.
Filling sandbags at beaches violates county, state, and federal laws and leads to beach erosion, which can endanger structures and homes along the beach. Taking sand can also disrupt sea turtle nests which are protected through the Endangered Species Act.
You should be able to find sandbags at most home improvement stores. Alternatives to sand can be potting soil, gravel, cat litter, and dirt from your lawn
In the past, residents have used spray foam around the bottoms of their doors. But note that is difficult to remove afterwards and can stain the door.
Power and water will not be purposefully turned off before a storm.
Right now there are no changes to the garbage schedules. If there is a change, normal garbage, yard waste, and recyclables collection will resume after the storm has passed and it is safe.
Solid waste pickups will be discussed and will likely be based on wind speeds. If wind speeds are predicted at more than 35 mph, it makes it unsafe for the collection vehicles to be on the road.
More information on solid waste providers can be found at www.monroecounty-fl.gov/solidwaste.
Americans Disability Act (ADA) assistance is available at all local shelters.
Bridges do not close prior to a storm.
Conditions can make it unsafe for emergency vehicles and high-profile vehicles to cross bridges due to high winds. Once winds reach 35 mph, high profile vehicles should not operate until safe conditions resume.
WATCH: Conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 48 hours.
WARNING: Conditions are expected in the specified area within 36 hours.
More information on special needs registration, visit http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/specialneeds.