Preparing for Hurricane IRMA

 As you probably are aware, the National Weather Center is indicating that South Florida may be impacted by approaching Hurricane Irma.

As of 6:00 PM Monday night, Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for the State of Florida. The POA, Villages, Golf Club and Marina are all finalizing preparations for the storm. Given the current track of the storm, please make preparations for your safety and protection of your property and family. It has been many years since we have been struck by a storm with the potential strength Irma may have. For those who don’t remember, and particularly for new residents, it is important to bear in mind that preparation is key. There may be no fire rescue, police staff, or other rescue services available, particularly in the immediate aftermath of a storm. Please note:  In the event winds reach 45 mph, public safety personnel (including police, fire or other rescue services) will not patrol.  Below is some important information to help with your disaster preparation/recovery plan and to minimize the possible impact of storm damage:
  1. The POA office will be closed Thursday and Friday preparing for the storm. 
  2. For your benefit, the POA has put together the below links for helpful information from the various agencies.
  3. After the storm, all POA staff will be focused on clean-up operations.  But understanding everyone’s desire to know the storm’s outcome in JL and how clean-up operations are proceeding, daily updates will be placed on this website. If power and internet are available.
  4. If you have a kayak, please remove it from the POA kayak racks by Wednesday night.
  5. Please be sure to take copies of your Insurance Policies, recent photos of the Property/Valuable Items, recent Appraisals, and any other important documentation with you.  During the recovery, take pictures/videos and keep a log of all bills paid/receipts for repairs as well as communications with any vendors.

To find a shelter, click this link and  type your address in section that is in the upper left corner of the map.  This will tell you what shelters are open, and which ones take pets.  Or if you have special needs click here:  

While it is still too early to predict when and where Hurricane Irma will make landfall, and to what extent the current storm will impact, it is imperative for all to implement their personal plans early.  And don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate as the roadways may be congested the day or two before the storm.

 Watches, Warnings & Local Communication

Palm Beach County has an Emergency Notification System, you can sign up to receive text messages and phones calls, by clicking the above link.  They also have a  community notification system to alert its cities and towns of  hurricanes and floods. This system uses TV Channels 5, 12, 25, 29 (Comcast channels 03, 09, 10 and 11) and all radio stations. During major storms, as conditions permit, the town is patrolled by police officers, stormwater, public works, water utilities and other staff to identify safety hazards and areas of flooding.  Please note:  In the event winds reach 45 mph, public safety personnel (including police and fire rescue) will not patrol. Important Storm Links and Preparedness Guides:

 Special Notice to Boaters

 Draw bridges over our local waterways will typically be locked in a down position when a hurricane watch is issued. The town recommends that any boat owners who require draw bridges to be raised to move underneath need to move their boats to other locations immediately. View more information on preparing your boat.