Hurricane Season Begins June 1
Fire Chief Ryan Duckworth has prepared the following notice for citizens of Cocoa Beach to be prepared for hurricane season.
The 2017 Hurricane forecast lists 11-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes, and 2-4 major hurricanes
All residents of Cocoa Beach live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone so make sure to develop a plan! Be sure to closely monitor information from Brevard County Emergency Management at http://www.brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement/AlertSignUp and sign up for AlertBrevard emergency notification to receive information on the go during hurricanes and evacuations, this is a free service that alerts via cell phone, landline, and or/email. This is a new system that does not carry over the previously used CodeRed user information. Please visit the Brevard county EM website to register.
Very Important Storm Preparedness Information for Cocoa Beach Residents
- Please direct all storm related calls for information or assistance to Brevard 211. The City of Cocoa Beach is not equipped to handle service/information calls other than 911 service or non-emergency public safety concerns during a storm event.
- Individuals with special needs need to register with Brevard County Emergency Management prior to a storm event. http://web.brevardcounty.us/SpecialNeeds/Registration.aspx
- The City of Cocoa Beach does not provide sandbags to residents. This is a County function that operates out of the Sheriffs work farm in Cocoa.
- During evacuations, bridges DO NOT close. The only time bridges are closed is after a storm event until Engineers can inspect for integrity and/or damage. Notifications of bridge opening/closing will be via AlertBrevard emergency notification system and Brevard 211.
- Potable water is shut off ahead of storm landfall to avoid system contamination from breaks and breaches.
- The sewer system can easily fail due to flooding, power failure, and backup power failure creating backups in homes and roads.
- A Category 1 hurricane will prompt a mandatory evacuation for all citizens within City limits.
- Emergency services DO NOT operate during in conditions hazardous to life safety. If you choose to not evacuate, you are on your own until services resume.
- Once emergency services resume, response is limited due to flooding, roadway obstructions, live electrical lines, and hazardous materials.
Register for AlertBrevard at http://www.brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement/AlertSignUp
For all storm related issues and concerns, call 211 for Brevard211 system