DORIAN: More Shelters Open, 2000+ Housed

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BOCA RATON, FL ( (Source: Palm Beach County) — Palm Beach County Emergency Management officials continue to actively monitor Hurricane Dorian and its progress toward our area. All residents and visitors should be aware of the potential impacts from this powerful storm.  The Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center is at full activation (Level 1) as of 12 noon Sunday.


Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residential structures in Zones A and B, effective at 1 p.m. Sunday. Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion. Zone B generally includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to Broward County.

If you choose not to evacuate to a shelter, please evacuate miles, not hundreds of miles. Most of Palm Beach County is not being evacuated and residents should shelter locally, if possible. With the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Dorian, evacuating north is not recommended. To determine if your home is in a storm surge evacuation zone, go to or download our free app “PBC DART.”  If you are not in an evacuation zone, please shelter in place.


As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Palm Beach County opened nine of its 15 general population shelters, as well as the special needs shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds and the pet-friendly shelter at West Boynton Recreation Center.

The general population shelters are:

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elem. School, 1501 Avenue U, Riviera Beach

Independence Middle School, 4001 Greenway Dr., Jupiter

Lakeshore Middle School, 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade

Pahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee

Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Central High School, 8499 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington

Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd, Lake Worth

Forest Hill High School, 6901 Parker Avenue, West Palm Beach,

Atlantic Community High School, 2455 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

The special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm 
Beach. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with 
special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling
(561) 712-6400 or visiting our website

The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This 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.

Two shelters are open in the Glades area for those who live in a manufactured or mobile home, have substandard construction or live in a flood-prone area.

The Sheriff’s Office is assuring everyone that immigration status will not be checked for any person coming to a shelter. All bags you bring with you to a shelter are subject to search. Weapons are not allowed.

If you choose to go to a hurricane shelter, please bring the following with you:

•              Bedding materials (sleeping bag, blankets, pillow); cots are not provided

•    2 changes of comfortable clothes

•    Flashlight with extra batteries

•    Cell phone and a battery-operated charger

•    Medicines

•    Snacks and any special diet foods

•    If you prefer bottled water, please bring your own. Water will be provided on site, but not necessarily bottled.

•    Games, books and playing cards for entertainment during your stay

•    Space is limited, so please pack accordingly

Important: The available space for each person at a general shelter is 20 square feet. That’s 4 feet by 5 feet of floor space. Please bring snacks with you.

Palm Beach County shelters are currently housing 2616 residents and that includes special needs and pet shelters.


·        Public schools will be closed through Wednesday, September 4, 2019

·        All court activities have been suspended through Tuesday, September 3.

·        Palm Beach County government offices are closed Tuesday, September 3.

·        All county-operated Parks & Recreation facilities are closed until further notice.

·        Please visit for the latest advisories and to review your checklists and emergency plans.  At this time, you and your family should be completing all your preparations and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.


Good Samaritan moved its 64 patients…transferred to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and St. Mary’s. They are currently closed.

JFK Medical Center has closed both Free Standing EDs, Palm Beach Gardens and Boynton Beach. JFK Medical Center Main will be on lock down at 2pm to all visitors. They are still accepting ER to ER transfers at this time.   

The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center and outlying clinics will be closed on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The Vet Centers in Jupiter and Greenacres will also be closed. The rural clinics in Clewiston and Moore Haven will be closed through the remainder of next week.

VA staff will be contacting all those with appointments to reschedule.

Palm Tran

There has been no Palm Tran fixed-route bus service on Monday, September 2.  A decision has not yet been made for Tuesday. Palm Tran Connection will conduct evacuation and shelter trips only until conditions make it too unsafe to perate. Continue to monitor and Palm Tran on Facebook and Twitter for updates.


Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) closed to all carriers effective 2:00 a.m. and to all traffic effective 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 2, 2019.

The traveling public should contact their individual carrier for any flight information.

Also, a reminder that the airport is not an authorized shelter.


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