Town of Palm Beach Shores

Hurricane Irma Update 5

September 5, 2017



9/10/17: Hurricane Irma Update 5

Singer Island remains under a Hurricane Warning, Tornado Warning and Curfew.
 The County Emergency Operations Center will keep the curfew in place until at least 8AM Monday morning.  Tropical force winds and heavy rain are expected through the day with the worst of the storm between 4PM and midnight tonight.  
Our Police and Fire staff are still on station.  
They patrolled all night and report damage to trees but no visible structural damage to buildings.  
Elizabeth Kuechenmeister reports that the Inlet waters are wild and the geckos  ??  have been enlivened and are deafeningly loud!
All in all, we are good.  
Mayor Myra and the Team





         9/9/17: Hurricane Irma Update 4: Curfew Remains in Effect

Good morning:

According the most recent emergency operations center law enforcement meeting, the curfew WILL remain in effect at 300PM today. 

The feeling is we will receive tropical force winds beginning at 4PM today through Monday morning.

With possible hurricane winds of category one or 2 midafternoon Sunday.

Residents are already calling asking to come back, HOWEVER the surrounding municipalities and the county itself, has a mandatory curfew at 3PM.

So it is not wise to be on the streets to get here.


Steven Langevin

Chief of Police

Palm Beach Shores Police




9/8/17: Hurricane Irma Update 3: Curfew & Bridge Closure

Good afternoon:  Chief Steve Langevin again, Palm Beach Shores Police.

Rest assured all the towns resources are here and are ready for the storm.  At this morning’s chiefs of Police conference call with the county emergency operations center and government officials, the decision was made to enact a curfew beginning tomorrow(Saturday) at 3PM and will continue until the all clear is given.


Riviera Beach police will close bridges at the time of curfew tomorrow, they will begin a larger presence at the bridge soon.

Please listen to radio and the local news stations, they have many resorces and update status. 

Thank you again for the calls and well wishes, it means a  lot to our men and women.  Please be safe.


Steven Langevin

Chief of Police

Palm Beach Shores Police

247 Edwards Lane

Palm Beach Shores Fl. 33404

Main 561-844-3456




9/7/17: Hurricane Irma Update 2: Governor Orders Evacuation:

Good afternoon, this is Chief Langevin, Palm Beach Shores Police. 

The Governor has now ordered an evacuation of barrier Islands which includes our town, by 500PM tomorrow (Friday). 

The Police, Fire, Town Hall and Public works along with Town Commissioners and Mayor have been working hard these past few days to ensure we are prepared for this very large storm.  All county offices have closed or are preparing to close, shelters will be open Friday morning at 10AM.


The Police and the Fire Department will be here through the duration of Irma unless conditions indicate otherwise.  We are prepared as well as can be expected, please continue to check the towns website for what information is available to us. 


Your priority is our top concern and it is highly recommended you locate out of town closer to Military trail.  The storm surge is thought to be 5 to 10 feet, the winds will be great, and frankly if we lose power, the island is not a fun place to be.


Please keep tuned to the television and radio alerts to keep up with the changes in weather caused by Irma.  Once the County Gives the all clear and we have had a chance to assess damage to the town, we will let all of you know through this same medium (code red, and town hall acquired emails).  In the event town hall suffers damage we have made preparations for a unified command of town staff at a location off Military trail, we will make that available to you in the event we must use the location.


I cannot express our thanks to you for your support and help these past few days, we take your trust in us personally and will do everything in our power to get you through this in the most professional and safe manner we can.


Thank you for your time and please calls us if you need.





  Evacuations & Shelter Openings

  • PBC Special Needs Shelter – will open Friday at the South Florida Fairgrounds. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with special medical needs should register for the county's Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting the website


  • PBC Pet Friendly Shelter will open Friday, 10:00 A.M. at West Boynton Recreation Center, 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth. The pet friendly shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School due to space restrictions. Livestock and reptiles will not be accepted. Pets will be housed in a separate area from people. Pet owners will be given a schedule to attend to their animal’s needs. Please visit to register. 


  • Palm Beach County operates shelters with the American Red Cross and will announce any shelter openings.


  • In the event of an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency calls, call (561) 844-3456.
  • Florida Emergency Information Line has been activated 24/7. For up to date information regarding Hurricane Irma, call 1-800-342-3557.


  • The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County asks all county residents to refrain from cutting down whole trees or doing major yard or construction projects until after the storm passes. Do not place any debris at the curb after a Hurricane Watch or Hurricane Warning is issued.




  • What evacuation zone am I in? Visit Palm Beach County’s ‘Know Your Zone’ website:
  • When should I evacuate?  Make a plan now. However, the storm’s track is changing frequently so keep apprised of local forecasts to be sure your plan will keep your family safe.
  • There is a tree that needs to be trimmed. Will the Town come cut? No.
  • My yard waste day was today, and there is still debris in front of houses. Will there be an additional pickup? No. Individuals will need to secure existing debris.
  • Where can I call for information if I don't have access to computer/websites? For non-emergency calls, call (561) 844-3456.
  • Florida Emergency Information Line has been activated 24/7. For up to date information regarding Hurricane Irma, call 1-800-342-3557.



Safety Tips:

To ensure the safety of you and your family, don’t wait to prepare for possible impacts from Irma. Have a plan of action.

  • Know Your Zone: Now is the time to familiarize with evacuation zones and routes should an evacuation order be issued for your community. Remember, if a hurricane threatens your community and you are told to evacuate, don’t hesitate—go early. To see which evacuation zone you live in, visit:


  • Fully stock your hurricane supplies and have a disaster supply kit on hand: Make sure to have enough food, water and emergency supplies to last at least three days should a storm strike. Assemble your kit now. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.


  • Complete a family communication plan: Discuss with your family and agree on ways to contact one another in the event of an emergency.






9/6/17: Hurricane Irma Update 1:

Palm Beach Shores Emergency Operations Personnel are actively monitoring the storm and its potential impact on our area. Currently, the storm is a Category 5 which can bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding to our area.


Please be advised that if an evacuation is issued you will be notified by:





  • Will announce by driving throughout the Town and with phone calls.


  • Will announce by driving throughout the Town



The following notices and event cancellations are in effect:

  • September  7 – Bookmobile
  • September 10 – Church Service at Community Center  
  • September 11 – Budget Meeting No.1



  • Town Hall, will be Closed Friday.
  • Police & Fire Department will operate on a regular schedule. Please know that our staff will only stay on station up to Category 2 storm conditions. Higher then that and they are instructed to evacuate the Town to our off-island command center.


Trash pickup will be on a regular schedule through Friday. In Palm Beach County, Waste Management can continue to collect waste items until the winds are sustained at 35 mph or the landfill closes.
Palm Beach Shores urges residents to:





  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads
  • Consider refilling medications BEFORE your supply gets low or runs out.  Pharmacies may be closed or inaccessible for several days following the storm.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • For more Hurricane Preparation Tips, please visit -

  • Generator Use and Safety Tips -



  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. “Code Red” and “Town Alerts” are notification systems for Palm Beach Shores residents. Stay Informed – sign up Today!


9/5/17: Palm Beach Shores is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma. We have a hurricane preparedness plan and so should everyone in Town. Watch this space for important updates. 

The Palm Beach County Emergency Center has started their preparations and monitoring for the likely arrival of Hurricane Irma. The Town of Palm Beach Shores is starting their preparations for some level of tropical storm activity this coming weekend.

Please know that our staff will only stay on station up to Category 2 storm conditions. Higher then that and they are instructed to evacuate the Town to our off-island command center.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst! 

Mayor Koutzen

Town Hall: 561-844-3457

Police Department 561-844-3456


If you haven’t already sign up for Town Alerts



Hurricane re-Entry passes are available for Town resident at the Police Station.  




Hello, Palm Beach Shores WM friends:


Please see information below about collections in the event Irma visits our area.


Any permanent open tops cans used by your Town should be emptied immediately by calling (561) 547-4000.


In Palm Beach County, WM can continue to collect waste items until the winds are sustained at 35 mph or the landfill closes.


Service will resume when sustained winds are below 35 mph and the landfill reopens.


The Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority operates the landfill and will set that schedule.


Approach of Hurricane Irma
Puts Readiness Plans in Motion

Tips from Waste Management on pre- and post-storm preparation    


Pompano beach, Sept. 5, 2017 —   In order to keep you safe as Hurricane Irma approaches and enable our drivers to restart essential services as soon as the storm passes, Waste Management offers the following tips to all its residential and business customers in Florida:



  • Secure all garbage and recycling containers.  Place containers in a secure location away from open spaces.
  • Stop all yard maintenance and tree trimming activities.
  • Bundle and tie down all loose trash such as tree limbs, wood planks or building and roof tiles.  Place these materials in a location where debris cannot become hazardous to homes and vehicles in high winds.
  • Waste Management will continue to collect household garbage and recycling materials in the neighborhoods it serves according to regular schedules until sustainable winds reach 35 miles per hour or local authorities instruct Waste Management to suspend service.



  • If Hurricane Irma does directly impact your area, you must separate normal household garbage such as food, diapers and regular household waste from storm debris caused by high winds and rain. Storm debris including tree limbs, carpet, aluminum and wood fencing, and household appliances should be placed curbside in a separate pile.


  • Separating normal household waste from storm debris will allow Waste Management employees to collect your household garbage more quickly and safely.  The separation is also necessary because other firms independent from Waste Management may be authorized to collect your storm debris in accordance with arrangements made by local municipalities and/or the County.


  • Waste Management will restart curbside garbage collection of normal household waste as soon as local authorities deem it safe for our trucks to be on the road.  Initial focus will be on streets that are passable.  The company will expand its routes to additional areas as more streets become clear of debris and other impediments.


Waste Management uses various social media tools to assure that local residents can find up-to-date information in the event of service disruptions resulting from challenging post-storm conditions.  Once a storm strikes and is severe enough to warrant community updates, turn to for timely information about service. You can also find community information from Waste Management at or follow the company on Twitter at


 “Following a powerful tropical storm or hurricane strike, one of the most essential needs for a community to begin recovery is the reliable return of its most vital services,” said Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications for Waste Management. “Doing everything we can to prepare before a storm, and return to service and help local residents recover after a crisis, is what being a good community partner is all about.”


More tips for hurricane preparedness are available on




If you have questions, please call  your WM local office at 561-202-2463.


Best regards for your safety,

Waste Management


For information on preparing for a hurricane, you can download the
Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide by clicking one of the following links:

Hurricane Guide            La Guia de Huracán

Know Your Zone:
Click Here to Find out if You Live in an Evacuation Zone

For information on Flood Hazards and preparing for floods:

Flood Hazard & Preparation Guide

For additional information on hurricane preparation:


Palm Beach County Hurricane Preparedness Website


Hurricane Evacuation Risk Shelter Locations:

Shelter Locations




Emergency Supply Checklist

FEMA Hurricane Plan & Prepare

Florida Division of Emergency Management

Department of Homeland Security Hurricane Preparedness

National Flood Insurance Program


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