The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on September 13, 1999 · Page 81
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 81

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, September 13, 1999
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8A THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 msl k h i. PROTECTING PETS Pets will not be allowed in emergency shelters. Plan to leave them at home, with friends or in a kennel. If you're in a flooding evacuation area, don't leave your pet at home. It could drown. Otherwise, leave it in the home in an interior room with enough food and water for several days. If you're using a kennel, make arrangements now. Livestock should be boarded in barns strong enough to withstand a full storm surge. Otherwise, they may be better off in a fenced pasture. Some local animal hospitals will take pets during the storm. Contact your veterinarian for details. Plan to take shot records, a collar and leash, and enough food, bottled water and necessary medications for three days. PET SHELTERS: Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches, 3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, (561) 686-3663 VCA by the Lake Animal Hospital, 2725 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, (561) 655-5929 Animal House, 3530 Lantana Road, Lantana, (561) 439-2246 Boca Animal Hospital, (561) 997-8540 Lantana-Atlantis Animal Hospital, 3530 Lantana Road, Lantana, (561) 439-0694 Simmons Vet Clinic, 4975 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, (561) 439-3220 Decide now: Should you stay or go? The most important decision you will make today is where you will ride out the storm. These are your options: 1. Stay home You need to decide now whether your home is a smart place to stay. Despite the tremendous building damage caused by Andrew, only six people out of more than 500,000 in the storm's main strike area lost their lives in their homes. Once the storm arrives, stay calm. If you need to move to another interior room, choose a bathroom, closet or stairwell. If necessary, cover yourself with a mattress. 2. Leave the region early Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 95 will be jammed as the storm approaches. Southwest Florida residents will be coming up Interstate 75. Everyone will be merging in Central and North Florida. Don't count on U.S. 1 or U.S. 27, the only two major non-expressway routes out of South Florida. U.S. 1 is crossed by virtually every road used to evacuate barrier islands and used so much for local traffic that emergency officials don't even acknowledge it as an evacuation route. And U.S. 27 is stop-and-go through the interior. It is low-lying and prone to flooding. B If you're leaving your home, make sure your car is in good running condition. Take a current map of backup routes to where you're going. You won't have time to get lost Let someone outside the danger area know where you are going and a telephone number where you can be reached. 3. Use a shelter REALIZE THAT: Shelter space often is limited. Have a second and third site in mind and listen to the radio for updated information. Pets will not be allowed. Don't expect too much. Shelters will be spartan at best. Bring only what you need. You'll be there just a few hours or overnight, at most. WHEN THE STORM THREATENS: Let a friend or relative know where you'll be. Don't go to a shelter until you hear it has been opened. Eat a good meal before you go. Wear your medic-alert tag. WHAT TO BRING: A 24-hour supply of water and ready-to-eat food. You will not be allowed to cook. Blankets and pillows or a sleeping bag Changes of clothing Flashlights and batteries A radio and batteries Baby needs Any medicine you need Identification Insurance papers Small games, books, magazines, cards. DON 7 BRING Alcoholic beverages Smoking materials Heavy luggage or several pieces Valuables Shelters in St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties Don't go to a shelter until authorities have announced it's open. ST. LUCIE COUNTY (These shelters will be opened and operated by county, school board and law enforcement volunteers.) 1. Momingside Elementary School, 2300 S.E. Gowin Drive, Port St. Lucie 2. Korthport Middle School, 250 N.W. Floresta Ave., Port St. Lucie 3. Bayshore Elementary School, 1661 S.W. Bayshore Blvd., Port St. Lucie 4. Manatee Elementary School, 1450 S.W. Heatherwood Blvd., Port St. Lucie 5. Fort Pierce Central High School, 1101 Edwards Road, Fort Pierce 6. Lakewood Park Elementary School, 7800 Indrio Road, Fort Pierce. MARTIN COUNTY ARE YOU COVERED? What to find out from your agent Does your policy cover damage from high tides, water or backup from sewers or drains? Most standard homeowner policies don't Ask if you live in a flood-prone area. You may be eligible for the Federal Flood Insurance Program. Ask what out-of-pocket expenses after a storm are covered. How to document your belongings Make a list of personal belongings and their costs, receipts and serial numbers. Take still photographs of each room and major items such as couches, televisions and curio cabinets and their contents. Take a video camera for a walk-through of your home, with you or someone else describing items as you tape them. Include a close-up shot of that day's newspaper. B Put inventories and pictures, as well as your insurance policy, in a safe deposit box or other safe place away from your home. If you'll be away during the storm, take a copy of your policy with you. Keep all receipts of purchases for storm protection. Some are I VOrange AVV 1 -A w -;:: T " -fzz X : q (These shelters have been certified for use by the state Division of Emergency Management and will be served by the American Red Cross.) 7. Jensen Beach Elementary School, 2525 N.E. Savanna Road, Jensen Beach 8. Pinewood Elementary School, 5200 S.E. Willoughby Blvd., Port Salerno y... . AJ ) 9. Crystal Lake Elementary School, 2095 S.W. 96th St., Tropical Farms 10. Hidden Oaks Middle School, 2801 S.W. Martin Highway, Palm City m r -v (These shelters will be opened and operated by county volunteers if the Red Cross shelters are too full.) 11. Sea Wind Elementary School, 3700 S.E. Seabranch Blvd., Hobe Sound $T St. Lucie KyfA v &7 ' West BlvdJbSS3LJVSt M 12. Bessey Creek Elementary School, 2201 S.W. Matheson Ave., Palm City 13. Felix Williams Elementary School, 401 N.W. Baker Road, Stuart REPORT FRAUD Beware of extreme price increases associated with the storm. Report such incidents to Attorney General Bob Butterworth's office. The toll-free hotline number is l-800-329-633. Florida law prohibits extreme increases in the price of such commodities as food, shelter, water, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment necessary for use in an emergency. i " -M :- W i Jensen Beachv ST. LUCIE COUNTY j MARTIN COUNTY ! ; ' ,.x - A MartmHwy. Wjfgj clty AVN i.V Z OKEECHOBEE COUNTY Special Needs: Call (941) 763-3212 now to make arrangements for those shelters. 1. Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N. 2. Yearling Middle School, 925 N .W. 23rd Lane. 3. North Elementary School, 3000 N.W. 10th Terrace. 4. Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th St. 5. Everglades Elementary School, 3725 S.E. Eighth St. 6. Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St. (Australian Avenue) 7. Seminole Elementary School, FOLLOW THE STORM Follow Hurricane Floyd at 24-hour updates and news Tracking maps Free e-mail advisories Preparation tips and advice from FEMA Audio reports Access local updates at Palm Beach Interactive: Forecasts and severe weather advisories Doppler 12000 radar updated every 2 minutes Evacuation zones Shelter information Get Broward and Dade county updates at SoFIa: South Florida weather forecast, radar Live Web cams B Shelter information Evacuation zones 2690 N.W. 42nd Ave. 8. Elks Lodge, 4000 State Road 70 E. 9. Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. 10. American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. 11. South Elementary School, 575 S.W. 28th St. 12. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. 13. Fort Drum Community Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., , , , ,ndriantown Okeechobee gUKf I , oi SW 32nd St. Fort Drum 14. Basinger Church, Highway X i 1 -J 1 98, Basinger

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