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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 will not be turned off.
Normal garbage, yard waste, and recyclables collection will resume after the storm has passed and it is safe.
Monday’s solid waste pickups are being discussed and will likely be based on wind speeds. 35 mph 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.
There is a mandatory evacuation for liveaboard vessels, mobile homes to evacuate their homes and find safer sheltering with friends and family, or at one of Monroe County’s three in county shelters at Key West High School Marathon High School, and Coral Shores High School. All Monroe County shelters are pet friendly, please pre-register your pet at www.monroecountyem.gov/petsheltering. Shelters will open at noon on Sunday, Nov. 8.
RVs, travel trailers, and campers must leave Monroe County by noon on Sunday, Nov. 8.
There are no current evacuations ordered for Monroe County residents or visitors. Visitors can find more information at www.fla-keys.com.
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.
Shelters will open at noon on Sunday, Nov. 8. The shelters are located at: