Delray Beach, Florida is recognized in the State of Florida and beyond as a city where excellent planning and well practiced resident involvement have yielded superior results. Delray Beach has grown in a little more than a century from a rural farming community to a popular tourist destination that also boasts a permanent residential population of approximately 65,000 people. The natural, but also well maintained, beauty of the Delray Beach coastal area rounds out the description of a near picture perfect community. Knowing that all they have planned for and built can come under attack by hurricane force winds and rain, the city leadership has worked hard to provide residents and visitors with appropriate Hurricane preparation in Delray Beach, FL.
Frequent Storms Require Readiness.
According to a hurricane specialty site www.hurricanecity.com Delray Beach, FL has the undesired distinction of being 5th on the list of cities in the U. S. and nearby islands to be hit by a hurricane . On average Delray Beach, FL finds itself under assault from a hurricane once every 2.52 years. While hurricanes will not hit Delray on schedule every two and half years, the point is that Delray . FL definitely is a location that seems to get more than its fair share of hurricane trouble and with a great deal of consistency. There is no point for those living in Delray,FL to try to ignore the likelihood of a hurricane .
The City of Delray was badly hit by Hurricane Andrew in 1992 . The result of the blow was a renewed effort to mandate more hurricane proof building techniques and codes . The city of Delray believes it has done all it can in the area of structural improvement. The rest of hurricane preparation must be a cooperative effort between the city safety officials and the residents. To this end the Delray Beach. FL Fire and Rescue Department has been placed in charge of Hurricane Emergency Operations and has established an on line site to connect residents and visitors to all vital information regarding hurricanes and preparedness.
Even though some Delray Beach, FL residents may have lots of experience with hurricanes there are always newcomers and visitors who need some direction. To accomplish this the Delray Beach, FL Fire and Rescue Department has included two links, one on general storm preparation and another that lists essential supplies.
The General preparation suggestions include helpful reminders like making sure during storm season to keep your car’s gas tank half full, keeping copies of important medical, property and insurance papers in waterproof containers. The general suggestions also direct residents to work together within each household to determine storm readiness plans and escape plans should evacuation become necessary. Make sure you have a contact person for the family who lives outside the storm area. An important step is to determine in advance a safe room in your home, one that has no or few windows. Also prepare food and water supplies in advance.
The second site provides an excellent and well developed list of the essential items you should be storing away during the hurricane season. Non-perishable foods like tuna, ham, cereal, dried fruits and vegetables, puddings should be sufficient to see you through 5-7 days. But other non food items are also important. For example make sure you have a manual can opener, flashlights for all family members and plenty of extra batteries, things to occupy yourself and your other family members like board games and books, garbage bags, a first aid kit and of course water that will also last through 5-7 days. It is suggested that extra drinking water be stored in clean bathtubs.
Shelters and Evacuation
Experience has taught local authorities that it is not always possible in Delray Beach, FL to simply stay at home an ride out the storm. Low lying property and property that is close to the coast may feel the effects of high winds, rain and storm surge at high tide. Staying at home at such times may not be safe options.
Delray Beach, FL is located in South County, FL where there are a number of sturdy shelter areas that are managed by the American Red Cross when hurricanes hit he area. In the City of Delray Beach, Fire and Rescue directors indicate that the local shelter is located at Atlantic High School at 2455 W. Atlantic Avenue in Delray. Additional shelters in South County can be found on the Department’s website
The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains a site that indicates appropriate evacuation routes to be followed from coastal areas and areas that may be endangered by storm surge. A link to that site is found on the Delray Fire and Rescue Dept. site.
All Delray, FL citizens and visitors are advised to use the storm emergency phone number at : 561-243-7840. Additional updates can be received regarding the ongoing storm situation by tuning in to 1620 AM which is the Delray Beach Emergency channel .
No one in Delray wants to be revisited by another storm like “Andrew”. But whatever comes the officials in Delray, FL believe they have taken the appropriate steps to maintain the well being of their citizens. This is a city renowned for its planning and its citizen cooperation and both are needed to battle with the constant threat that hurricanes pose to this community.