Resources for Hurricane Irma victims

(WPSD) — Hurricane Irma is making its way across the Atlantic and is expected to reach Florida by the weekend.

Ahead of the storm preparation are being made and evacuations are expected to begin. We have gathered a list of resources for those in Florida to help with the preparations.


Florida Keys

A hurricane watch is expected to be issued for the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida mainland on Thursday.

Florida Key Emergency Management officials have issued mandatory evacuations for the entire Florida Keys. Visitors planning to travel to the Keys in the near future must also postpone until the storm passes.

Flights are still going out at the Key West International Airport. General aviation operations will continue until weather condition deteriorate. You can keep up with the latest on the Key West International Airport by clicking here.

Key West Transit will start free hurricane evacuation service at Noon on Thursday. Buses will  be clearly marked “hurricane evacuation” on the destination boards. They will pick up people at regular bus stops. Evacuees will be taken to the hurricane shelter at Florida International University.

Those evacuated can look for hotel rooms by visiting expedia.com/florida.

For the latest news on Hurricane Irma and the Florida Keys, follow this page.


Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Emergency Management has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all mobile homes, the Barrier Islands, all of Zone A, and parts of Zone B. You can see the full list by clicking here.

Those in the county can also find out if they live in an evacuation zone on this page. The page provides information on if and when you should evacuation and the closest evacuation centers.

Shelters have been opened, which you can find a list of by clicking here. 

Buses will be picking up people and taking them to those shelters. You can see a map of the pick-up sites by clicking here. A list of emergency evacuation bus pick-up stops is available here.

Those who need to park their car on higher ground can do so at the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) parking garages. You can see a list of those parking garages by clicking here.

All updates on Hurricane Irma and Miami-Dade County will be posted to this page.


General Information

Those wanting to keep updated on the latest Hurricane Irma storm forecasts can do so by visiting the National Hurricane Center website by clicking here.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has also compiled a list of resources for residents in the path of Hurricane Irma. You can see that full list by clicking here.

Those living in Florida wanting to volunteer with the American Red Cross to help with Hurricane Irma should apply online by clicking here.

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