Hurricane Irma Press Release

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CITY OF MARATHON INFORMATION -September 20, 2017

Lower Keys Shuttle will resume normal operations on Friday, September 22nd.

Information contained in the September 19th update is still current.

CITY OF MARATHON INFORMATION -September 19, 2017

MEDICAL:  Safety First! Residents need to be aware of their surroundings and make safety a priority. Medical services are limited. Medical Tent (DMAT) is set up behind City Hall on 99th Street for medical emergencies.

ELECTRICAL SERVICE CONNECTIONS:  The City performed emergency visual observations for electric service connections ONLY to residential and commercial structures. These observations help aide the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative (FKEC) http://www.fkec.com/ (305-852-2431) in re-energizing power in your neighborhood. The visual observations included the following:

  • Service line connections from the electrical main line to the electrical weather head are intact
  • The meter and disconnect are not damaged
  • The electrical disconnect has been turned off as an extra safety measure
  • Visual observations for live electric wires
  • Flooding / water marks observed 1 foot or less in structures

A SAFE or UNSAFE/NOT SAFE sticker was then placed on your meter. No other observations are included in this effort.

SAFE – If a SAFE sticker has been placed on your meter you will be able to receive power once it is available. After FKEC has repaired any damage to the electric mainline on the roadway in your neighborhood then they can energize the street and the services that are SAFE.

The home owner would then need to turn the electrical disconnect back on (typically located at the meter) and then any in house breakers in their panel box. You will be able to identify if you have power by looking at the meter to see if it is on.

UNSAFE or NOT SAFE – If a UNSAFE or NOT SAFE sticker is placed on your meter, one or more of the above referenced observations were deemed unsafe. The owner would need to have an electrical contractor review your electrical system and certify it SAFE on their letter head with contractor licensing information. Once the City receives the letter, they will forward it to FKEC to active your electric service if your electric in the neighborhood has been restored by FKEC.  This precautionary measure is to help avoid electrical damage.

DEBRIS: If household garbage is mixed in with debris it will not be collected and removal will be the responsibility of the home owner. DO NOT leave debris near your candy cane sewer vent.  Debris removal shall be limited to debris related to Hurricane Irma.  All citizens are required to separate materials at the curbside:

  • Vegetative Debris
  • Building Materials
  • White Material (appliances, etc.)

Please do not place any debris over water meters or wastewater cleanouts.  Keep debris away from overhead powerlines as much as possible. Three (3) pick up passes are anticipated and expected to be complete by the first week of October.  There is a designated resident drop site on the intersection of Sombrero Blvd. and Manor Lane for those who would like to drop off debris.

HOUSEHOLD WASTE:  Marathon Garbage Service has resumed normal schedules.

SEWER: Do not remove your candy cane vent if it is damaged. This will aid crews in locating the pipe and restoring your sewer faster. No running water means no sewer.  305-517-6764 for wastewater emergencies

WATER: BOIL WATER – WATER IS NOT POTABLE.  Water is limited, if you have it conserve it.  FKAA has agreed to suspend billing for an undetermined amount of time.   FKAA (305-295-2213) http://www.fkaa.com/

EMERGENCY WATER RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT:   Water use is restricted for kitchen needs, showering, washing clothes, toilet flushing and other sanitary uses.

IT IS PROHIBIITED to use FKAA provided water for washing cars, boats, exterior of homes and especially filling swimming pools.  Those found in violation will be guilty of a 2nd degree misdemeanor, punishable by 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine

FOOD/SHELTER/BASIC NEEDS ADDITIONAL AID AND ASSISTANCE:

AMERICAN RED CROSS – The Red Cross is giving out hot meals, lunch and dinner at Marathon high school for those most in need. A POD is also giving out water and shelf ready food.  A POD at the Community Park is also giving out water and shelf ready food. We will identify more locations as supplies are available.

American Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/get-help.

FANNIE MAE – Check to see if Fannie Mae owns your loan at www.knowyouroptions.com/loanlookup  Additional assistance? Call 1-800-2FANNIE (1-800-232-6643), or go to: www.KnowYourOptions.com/relief

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers assistance and information about dealing with a disaster on their website at www.fema.gov.  Visit their website to find information specific to Hurricane Irma at www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma.  To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by mobile device at m.fema.gov.

If online or mobile access is unavailable, applicants should call the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362.

CITY OF MARATHON INFORMATION RESOURCES

Information line 305-289-5020

GARBAGE: MGS is working on routine service, again ensure household trash IS NOT mixed with debris or it will not be picked up.

CITY HALL: City hall is open for building permits directly related to repairs due to damage from hurricane Irma.  Our limited staff is focused on managing our city’s recovery efforts.

CONTRACTING AND PERMITTING GUIDELINES – The City Building/Permitting Division will assist residents and Contractors seeking permits for recovery repairs to existing structures only. The City of Marathon government offices are expected to be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hurricane damage-related permit fees will be waived for the first 60 days starting September 17, 2017 ending November 16, 2017. Contractors seeking permits must be licensed in Florida and registered with the City of Marathon.

The following work does not require a building permit:

  • Removal of debris from on or in a structure.
  • Minor demolition to prevent injury or further damage to buildings.
  • Repair or replacement of gutters.
  • Roof covering replacement of 1 square (10 foot by 10 foot or less).
  • Fence repair or replacement (like for like replacement of an existing fence previously permitted). Residents with swimming pools are being advised that a safety barrier surrounding their pool must be replaced or repaired as soon as possible. Swimming pools without safety barriers pose a life safety threat, even if the pool is empty.
  • Minor non-structural repairs made to the exterior.
  • Repair of minor water leaks that do not involve structural.

Within the 60 day time period for waived permit fees, a Florida licensed Contractor may perform emergency Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing repairs onsite and submit a permit application within 24 hours of completing the repairs per the Florida Building Code. To help expedite the permit process, detailed photos showing all damages to be repaired should be submitted with the completed permit application.

Building Permit Procedure for Minor Damage (damage total less than $20,000) (24 hour permit turnaround): Permits for minor damage, consisting of roof covering, screen enclosures, wood decks, doors, windows and other non-structural components may be obtained as follows:

A permit may be obtained upon the submission of an itemized list (estimated cost of reconstruction/improvements) from the contractor or owner-builder stating the items to be repaired, with an accurate cost estimate of the repairs. It will be the responsibility of the owner-builder or contractor to request the required inspections from the Building Department, or use an approved architect or engineer to perform the inspections and provide inspection reports to the City of Marathon.

Building Permit Procedure for Major Damage (damage total greater than $20,000) (3-7 day permit turnaround): Permits for minimal structural components such as damaged glass rooms, trusses, cladding (roof and wall sheathing) and non-structural components, including mechanical (air conditioning), electrical, plumbing, and insulation, may be issued to a contractor or owner-builder upon submission of an itemized list signed and sealed by a Florida Licensed Architect or Engineer.

Major Structural Damage (7-10 day permit turnaround): Building permits for collapsed roofing systems, destroyed walls, foundation damage, damage to beams, and other major structural components, will only be issued upon submission of detailed construction drawings prepared and sealed by a Florida Licensed Architect or Engineer.

Buildings that require structural repairs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Permit applicants should provide photographs of damaged areas to assist city staff in determining what construction documents will be required for permit approval.

Contractors travel from out of state to a disaster area and take advantage of the large amount of repair work to be done. Remember that even if they are licensed in another state to perform construction services, they must also obtain a state license from DBPR to perform those services on your home or business. During a declared State of Emergency, the penalty for unlicensed construction activity becomes a third-degree felony. In addition, DBPR may dispatch teams to conduct door-to-door sweeps in conjunction with law enforcement, building departments and other state agencies.

Unlicensed activity occurs when a person who is not licensed by the state performs or offers to perform a job or service that requires licensure in one of the professions regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

SCAMS: Unfortunately disaster brings unscrupulous people looking to take advantage. Only hire licensed and insured contractors and ensure they work through the City.

TO REPORT AN UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR:  File a complaint online with the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/reg/ula.html or call them at 1-866-532-1440.  The City Code Department may be reached at 305-289-4116, or you may file a complaint online at http://www.ci.marathon.fl.us/forms/code-complaint/

MONROE COUNTY INFORMATION RESOURCES

Monroe County Emergency Management has a new website dedicated solely to the Hurricane Irma Recovery Effort. It is www.keysrecovery.org.

Information also is available on Facebook (Monroe County BOCC) and Twitter (@monroecounty) with #keysrecovery

Monroe County’s Information Hotline is back on line at 1-800-955-5504.

MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION

The telephone number and mailing address of your mortgage servicer should be listed on your monthly mortgage statement. You also can look it up on the Mortgage Bankers Association website at www.mba.org/news-research-and-resources/hurricane-relief.

If you are having difficulty contacting your mortgage servicer, contact the Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline at 1-888-995-HOPE (4673) for assistance and free confidential support from a HUD-approved housing counselor.

FREDDIE MAC
Check to see if Freddie Mac owns your loan at: www.freddiemac.com/mymortgage
Additional assistance? Call 1-800-373-3343 and select option #2, or go to: www.freddiemac.com

H.U.D

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website at www.hud.gov

U.S SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.  Fact Sheet for Disaster Loans – Click here

SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail).

Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

September 18, 2017

ELECTRICAL SERVICE CONNECTIONS

The City of Marathon performed emergency visual observations for electric service connections ONLY to residential and commercial structures. These observations help aide the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative (FKEC) in re-energizing power in your neighborhood. The visual observations included the following:

  • Service line connections from the electrical main line to the electrical weather head are intact
  • The meter and disconnect are not damaged
  • The electrical disconnect has been turned off as an extra safety measure
  • Visual observations for live electric wires
  • Flooding / water marks observed 1 foot or less in structures

A SAFE or UNSAFE/NOTSAFE sticker was then placed on your meter. No other observations are included in this effort.

SAFE

If a SAFE sticker has been placed on your meter you will be able to receive power once it is available. After FKEC has repaired any damage to the electric mainline on the roadway in your neighborhood then they can energize the street and the services that are SAFE.

The home owner would then need to turn the electrical disconnect back on (typically located at the meter) and then any in house breakers in their panel box. You will be able to identify if you have power by looking at the meter to see if it is on.

UNSAFE or NOT SAFE

If a UNSAFE or NOT SAFE sticker is placed on your meter, one or more of the above referenced observations were deemed unsafe. The owner would need to have an electrical contractor review your electrical system and certify it SAFE on their letter head with contractor licensing information. Once the City receives the letter, they will forward it to FKEC to active your electric service if your electric in the neighborhood has been restored by FKEC.

This precautionary measure is to help avoid electrical damage.

 

 

CITY OF MARATHON PRESS RELEASE – September 17, 2017

The City of Marathon will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. at Marathon Community Park. There will be a meeting specifically for contractors at 2 p.m. in the same place.

ELECTRIC

The Florida Keys Electric Cooperative has power to the substations in every neighborhood in Marathon. However, not every home in Marathon has power. To avoid house fires, the City of Marathon contracted with a crew of electricians to certify each home or business is safe to receive power. Returning homeowners should find a square green sticker on their mailbox or utility panel clearing the home to be reconnected to the grid. A red tag means the home isn’t safe to reconnect. Please be advised, the damage is widespread and unique conditions may mean that one neighbor has power, and the house next door does not. Currently there are more than 100 volunteer lineman working neighborhood by neighborhood to restore power. It’s estimated that more than 50 percent of homes in Marathon have working lights at this time. For additional questions, call 305-852-2431.

WATER

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority has water service to Marathon. However, individual homes may not have service because the transmission line from the street to the home has been damaged. The Keys remain under a boil water mandate. Residents should use water only for sanitary uses — flushing, showering and laundry. Do not use water to wash houses or clean boats or fill pools. If problems persist, call 305-296-2454.

GARBAGE SERVICE

Marathon Garbage Service has resumed service. Storm trash must be sorted into three piles — vegetative debris, building materials and “white goods” (appliances, etc.). Keep trash away from utilities (water meter, storm drains, manholes) and keep away from overhead powerlines. Three pick up passes are anticipated and expected to be complete by the first week of October. Residents can drop debris at the intersection of Sombrero Boulevard and Manor Lane.

TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Use caution at intersections. Traffic signals are working at 33rd Street and Sombrero Beach. The others are blinking yellow and red. Traffic is light.

CURFEW

Curfew has been extended. Marathon residents must be off the road by 10 p.m. until sunrise. Some neighborhoods have restricted access and residents must prove necessity to enter. Checkpoints still exist on Overseas Highway as well.

DISTRIBUTION CENTERS FOR WATER, ICE, FOOD

  • Marathon Community Park
  • Marathon High School

MEDICAL CARE

There is a mobile hospital in the parking lot of Marathon City Hall. There is a Red Cross medical team at the Marathon High School. Fishermen’s Hospital is not open.

DONATIONS

Donations are being accepted at the American Legion, 4115 Overseas Hwy.; Kirk of the Keys, 8877 Overseas Highway. Donations being accepted are survival and construction related — no clothes, no furnishings or appliances.

FEMA/CITIZENS HELP DESKS

Representatives from insurance and aide agencies will be setting up in Marathon early next week. As soon as the locations are established, the City of Marathon will announce the details. Residents can call 800-621-3362 or visit disasterassistance.gov to register for disaster assistance.

Important information for returning residents

1. READ ALL INFORMATION BEING RELEASED BEFORE THIS MESSAGE. This site has been set up as a quick way to get information out to our residents until we resume some sense of normalcy.

2. In addition to the important information in the initial press release announcing re-entry see below:

Remember:

Safety First! Residents need to be aware of their surroundings and make safety a priority. Medical services are limited. Field Hospital located behind City Hall

DEBRIS: Separate all Debris on the street. If household garbage is mixed in with debris it will not be collected and removal will be the responsibility of the home owner. DO NOT leave debris near your candy cane sewer vent.

SEWER: Do not remove your candy cane vent if it is damaged. This will aid crews in locating the pipe and restoring your sewer faster. No running water means no sewer.

WATER: Water is limited, if you have it conserve it.

POWER: Power remains secured to many neighborhoods. Crews are working fast, please be considerate and give them the space they need.

FOOD: The Red Cross is giving out hot meals, lunch and dinner at Marathon high school for those most in need. A Pod is also giving out water and shelf ready food. We anticipate having a Pod at the Community Park giving out water and shelf ready food on Sunday. We will identify more locations as supplies are available.

GARBAGE: MGS is working on routine service, again ensure household trash IS NOT mixed with debris or it will not be picked up.

CITY HALL: City hall is not open for routine business, our limited staff is focused on managing our cities recovery efforts.

SCAMS: Unfortunately disaster brings unscrupulous people looking to take advantage. Only hire licensed and insured contractors and ensure they work through the city. In days to come we will help get more information out to the public regarding work.

“Our resources are incredibly limited and our ability to shelter, feed, and care for all our citizens is very limited. We are depending on the incredible spirit of this wonderful community to help each other and get us through this difficult time.””” –Chuck Lindsey


MARATHON OPENING – September 16, 2017

Marathon will open to residents today. We understand the need for our people to get to their homes to minimize damage as the days progress.

“This is an extremely difficult decision as we are trying to balance resident safety with the need to protect their homes. Essential services are not available but we have faith in the County to provide the needed resources to our residents over the next 72 hours that they have promised. Florida Keys Co-op and our Aqueduct Authority have been making huge strides. We have confidence in their ability to restore services quickly,” said Marathon Mayor Dr. Dan Zieg.

As of 8:30 this morning, the city has established one phone line. The number is 305-289-5020.

Residents need to be advised if you choose to return.

1. There is no power to much of the city

2. There is limited water

3. Without water, sewer will not work in your home.

4. The hospital is closed but a field hospital is open behind city hall

5. Supplies and Shelters are very limited and what is in place is temporary

Further Guidance:

  • You must be self-sufficient. Water, food, gasoline and other supplies are extremely limited. As well as a plan to shelter if you have lost your home.
  • Water is not potable. BOIL WATER BEFORE USING.
  • If you don’t have to return please stay away to help mitigate resource drain for those that need it more.
  • Cellphone and Internet services are extremely limited. This means you may not be able to dial 9-1- 1 for assistance if needed and emergency response will be delayed.
  • The American Red Cross is establishing a small shelter at the High School for the most in need. THIS SHELTER IS ONLY TEMPORARY and will not accept pets.
  • If you have the option, the city suggests leaving pets behind for now.
  • Food and Water are being distributed on a limited basis at the Marathon High School. More locations will become available as resources become available.
  • A dusk-to-dawn curfew will remain in place throughout the city.
  • Public utilities have not yet been restored. Businesses may not be open or able to meet the needs of the public.
  • A donation plan is being established for questions contact city hall. Currently the City is taking large donations of Water and non perishable food at its utility building (104th St.) for distribution.

Donations are also being accepted at the American Legion, mile marker 48.5 oceanside, and Kirk of the Keys Church, mile marker 52 oceanside.

 


From Monroe County – WATER UPDATE 9/15 – September 15, 2017

The Aqueduct is going to turn on the water today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.and again from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., in Key West.

This is still NON POTABLE water, must be boiled before drinking, and will only be available for two,periods of time. 3 Hours in The morning, and 5 Hours in the Evening.

Stock Island & Key Haven have water service restored.

Key Largo to Marathon should have water in areas that do not have damage to individual service lines.

The aqueduct will be filling water containers for the public at their 3 storage tanks on Big Coppitt, Summerland, and Big Pine Key. The public is welcome to bring a container and get it filled at one of the three locations between 8 and 6. At the time the water touches your container, it will be considered NON-POTABLE, AND MUST BE BOILED BEFORE CONSUMPTION.

Water provided during this time is in short supply and should be conserved. While there is temptation to use this limited resource to clean property, the resource is being made available for SANITATION PURPOSES. Many people still have limited or no access to this resource. Water flows through pipes like a tree, the larger supply is closest to the trunk. Greater vigilance in conservation near the trunk, means the limbs see more water.

Please help to share this message if you have access to it.

 


From Monroe County – The Keys are still not yet ready – September 15, 2017

Traffic backing up in Florida City is creating longer wait times for ground crews to get into the area. With growing concern for loved ones and property, many people are eager to get back to the keys.

At this point, the coordinated effort from the Monroe County EOC is the most supported, well trained, well-structured recovery effort. Part of that effort includes communicating when it is safe for everyone return to the keys. The EOC has not released a statement of safe return as of yet.

Water is still in very limited supply. What is available, is still recommended for SANITATION PURPOSES ONLY, and is NON POTABLE AND MUST BE BOILED BEFORE CONSUMPTION. Crews have been systematically turning off meter supply valves at unoccupied residences to help isolate leaks and move more water to people in need.

The aqueduct will be filling water containers for the public at their 3 storage tanks on Big Coppitt, Summerland, and Big Pine Key. The public is welcome to bring a container and get it filled at one of the three locations between 8 and 6. At the time the water touches your container, it will be considered NON-POTABLE, AND MUST BE BOILED BEFORE CONSUMPTION.

Electricity restoration is at 16% for the lower keys, and 65% for the upper keys. There are still several hundred poles down.

Schools will re-open but not ahead of the County, based on infrastructure.

Shelters are open at Sugarloaf, Marathon, & Coral Shores.

he Monroe County Sheriff department would like you to know that while you are not in your neighborhoods, they are. There have been only 2 reported incidents of looting. They have been using all of their resources, on a continuous basis, to maintain visibility and ensure the safety and security of people and property in Monroe County.

 


From Monroe County – NOT TURE: DOD Report about Evacuation of 10,000 people – September 13, 2017

POST HURRICANE IRMA MONROE COUNTY, FL

For Immediate Release

Sept. 12, 2017

Contact:

Cammy Clark, Public Information Officer

305-742-9687, Clark-cammy@monroecounty-fl.gov

Follow us on Facebook at Monroe County BOCC

NOT TRUE: DOD REPORT ABOUT EVACUATION OF 10,000 PEOPLE POST HURRICANE IRMA MONROE COUNTY, FL

The information below that was in a Sept. 11, 2017 Department of Defense report is NOT TRUE. Please do not repeat and please refute if possible.

It said:

“Damage to the Keys may necessitate evacuation of the 10,000 persons who did not evacuate before the storm.”

 


From Monroe County – MORE WATER IS COMING – September 13, 2017

Aqueduct is going to turn on the water today from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in stock island and Key West.

This is NON POTABLE water, must be boiled before drinking, and will only be available for two, 2-HOUR periods of time.

Key Largo to Marathon should have water in areas that do not have damage to individual service lines.

Water from Stock Island to the 7-Mile Bridge is still unavailable due to major storm damage.

Water provided during this time is in short supply and should be conserved. While there is temptation to use this limited resource to clean property, the resource is being made available for SANITATION PURPOSES. Many people still have limited or no access to this resource. Water flows through pipes like a tree, the larger supply is closest to the trunk. Greater vigilance in conservation near the trunk, means the limbs see more water.

Please help to share this message if you have access to it.

 


From Monroe County – HELP IS ON THE WAY – September 11, 2017

The Keys are not open for business.

There are many resources staged, and ready to move into the Florida Keys to help, as soon as possible.

The wind may have stopped blowing, but for most of the Florida Keys, there is no fuel, electricity, running water, or cell service. For many people, supplies are running low and anxiety is running high.

HELP IS ON THE WAY

The DOT dispatched five cut-and-toss crews this morning, and four bridge inspection teams. Their goal is to clear passage and verify bridge integrity, to MM 39. Four more teams are flying into Key West tomorrow, to work their way up.

Aerial inspection drones are scheduled for flight as soon as this afternoon.

Once the roads are cleared, and the bridges are inspected for use, aid and relief can start to move as it is flown in.

Traffic backing up in Florida City is creating longer wait times for ground crews to get into the area. With growing concern for loved ones and property, many people are eager to get back to the keys.

At this point, the coordinated effort from the Monroe County EOC is the most supported, well trained, well-structured recovery effort. Part of that effort includes communicating when it is safe for everyone return to the keys. The EOC has not released a statement of safe return as of yet.

Please be patient, and help spread the word. “Help is on the way.”

 


From Monroe County – AIRBORNE RELIEF MISSION ON ITS WAY TO MONROE COUNTY – September 10, 2017

For Immediate Release

Sept. 10, 2017

Contact: Cammy Clark, Public Information Officer

305-742-9687, Clark-cammy@monroecounty-fl.gov

Follow us on Facebook at Monroe County BOCC

AIRBORNE RELIEF MISSION ON ITS WAY TO MONROE COUNTY FOLLOWING HURRICANE IRMA

MONROE COUNTY, FL — Monroe County Emergency Management has coordinated an airborne relief mission that will bring emergency supplies and personnel to help in the recovery.

The aide will come by military C-130 cargo planes and other air resources.

“This is a humanitarian crisis,” Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt said. “Help is on the way.”

 


From Monroe County – Monroe County Emergency Hotline – September 10, 2017

Emergency Information Hotline numbers

Florida Emergency Information Hotline: 1-800-342-3557.

Monroe County Emergency Hotline: 1-800-955-5504.

Local Monroe County Emergency Hotline: 305-517-2480


#8 EMERGENCY RESPONDERS MOVING TO A SAFER LOCATION

County Emergency Management has directed all emergency service personnel and employees to evacuate together to return as quickly as possible to render aid and restore essential services.

“We have prepared for the worst case scenario, but continue to hope for the best,” said Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey. “Our staff will be moving slightly to stay out of the storm’s path so that our emergency responders remain safe and ready to respond as quickly as possible.

“At this point, with the information we have been given, we will not jeopardize the lives of our people; and after the storm passes we must be positioned to help those that have refused to leave.”

The refuges of last resort are now open for residents who failed to evacuate. They are located at Coral Shores High School, Marathon High School, Sugarloaf School and Key West High School. It is unstaffed, there are no amenities, and it will close as soon as the storm winds die down.

The City of Marathon’s sewer system has been shut down to preserve the integrity of the entire system.

The track of Hurricane Irma is expected to cross the islands somewhere between Key West and Marathon. Winds are forecast in excess of 110 mph, possibly as high as 150 mph. Wherever the eye passes, the area will experience up to 12 hours of hurricane-strength wind. Peak winds are forecast between midnight today (Saturday) until noon tomorrow (Sunday).

 


#7 HURRICANE IRMA’S FORECAST REMAINS UNCHANGED, EVACUATIONS WILL CONCLUDE TODAY PRIOR TO LIFE THREATENING STORM SURGE AND WINDS

As of 5 a.m., Hurricane Irma is 55 miles NW of Great Inagua Island and about 495 miles southeast of Miami. It is a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph and moving west-northwest at 16 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend 185 miles from the center of the storm.
Tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive in the Keys late morning or early afternoon on Saturday, hurricane force winds expected in the early morning hours of Sunday with tropical storm force winds subsiding Sunday night.
Forecasts are calling for the storm to cross over the Middle or Upper Keys.
“Make no mistake, this storm is going to change lives,” said Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey. “Our public service and emergency management team have prepared our community to the best of their abilities. Our focus continues to be on the safety of our residents. For those of who have evacuated, ‘Thank you.’ For those of you who haven’t evacuated, the time to leave is now. If you choose to stay your life and that of your family is your responsibility.”
There is a high potential for sustained hurricane force winds throughout the Keys – with higher gusts – which are LIFE THREATENING. There is an EXTREME potential for LIFE THREATENING STORM SURGE predicted upwards of 10 feet or more depending on the storm track and intensity – in certain areas of the Keys.
Officials are warning residents there are no local shelters and that it may take extended periods of time to restore essential services such as water and power.

* First responders will be using audible messages to encourage residents to evacuate.

* Post-storm, Monroe County Emergency Management has made the re-opening of the airports their highest priority.

* Key West Transit continues to evacuate residents. Buses will be clearly marked “hurricane evacuation” on the destination boards and pick up riders along US1. Evacuees are asked to go to the nearest bus stop. Animals are allowed on the bus if they’re controlled or caged. Weapons and alcohol are prohibited on the buses.
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#6 A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE KEYS, EVACUTE NOW
LIFE THREATENING STORM SURGE AND WINDS ARE PREDICTED

As of 5 p.m., Hurricane Irma is 40 miles south of Grand Turk Island. It is a Category 5 storm with winds of 175 mph moving WNW at 16 mph. Hurricane winds extend 70 miles from the center of the storm. Tropical storm-force winds are likely to arrive in the Keys during the early afternoon on Saturday. The tropical force-storm winds can last more than 30 hours for certain parts of the Keys. The major impacts will be felt on Sunday.

“I am asking our residents to disregard the small shifts of the track. Regardless of whether it wobbles east or west, this extremely dangerous storm is coming right at us, with a high likelihood of impact to South Florida,” said Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey. “Life threatening storm surge and winds are predicted in the Florida Keys.”

Lindsey said residents need to leave now. “The longer you wait, the worse the traffic will be.”

There is a high potential for sustained hurricane force winds over 100 mph throughout the Keys — with higher gusts — which are LIFE THREATENING. There is an EXTREME potential for LIFE THREATENING STORM SURGE predicted upwards of 10 feet or more depending on the storm track and intensity — in certain areas of the Keys. Both the wind and surge values can vary greatly over short distances.

All residents need to evacuate now.

    • As of 5 p.m., only five gas stations in the Florida Keys are open. Stay tuned to the Monroe County BOCC page on Facebook for regular updates.
    • Monroe County’s pet-friendly, general population is open at the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds and Exposition. Pet owners should bring the pet’s food, medications and vaccination records.

Key West Transit will begin again on Friday at 6 a.m. Buses will be clearly marked “hurricane evacuation” on the destination boards and pick up riders along US1. Evacuees are asked to go to the nearest bus stop. Animals are allowed on the bus if they’re controlled or caged. Weapons and alcohol are prohibited on the buses.

The E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion
is located at 10901 SW 24th St.
Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, Inc. Miami, FL 33165.

  • Miami-Dade Transit route 301, which runs between Marathon and the 344th Street Park & Ride, will continue to operate as long as wind conditions allow. Passengers who arrive at the Park & Ride and wish to go to a shelter can transfer to an evacuation shuttle. This shuttle will take them to the closest shelter, which is Felix Varela Senior High School, 15255 SW 96 Street, Miami, FL 33196. The link to the bus route is: http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/library/routes/301.pdf.All evacuation buses are free.
  • There are no more commercial flights leaving from the Key West airport. General aviation will continue as long as conditions allow. The car rental agencies have closed. The last Greyhound bus will leave Key West at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning.
  • Local, state and federal officials continue to work on transporting fuel into the Florida Keys.
  • The Snake Creek Bridge will lock down at 6 a.m. tomorrow. It will be open only to vehicle traffic.
  • Fishermen’s Hospital and Mariner’s Hospital has closed. Lower Keys Medical Center will close at 7 a.m. on Friday.
  • The Publix grocery stores are now closed.
  • The Emergency Management Services of Marathon will be suspended as soon as tropical-storm force winds commence. That means there will be no firefighters or paramedics responding to emergencies until the storm has passed and conditions allow.
  • On its current track, after the storm passed, residents should expect prolonged delay in services until the weather passes out of South Florida and the state. That could mean delays in return, power, water, sewer and hospital care.
  • To reach the Monroe County Emergency Management hotline, please call 1-800-955-5504. For Marathon residents only, the Marathon Emergency Management number is 305-743-0033.

 


Press Release #5, 10:00 am September 7, 2017

SHELTERS OPENING TODAY ON MAINLAND. EVACUATE NOW

As of 5 a.m., Hurricane Irma was located 95 miles north of the Dominican Republic. With sustained winds at 180 mph, this is still a Category 5 storm and extremely dangerous. Tropical storm-force winds are forecast to be in the Keys by late morning or early afternoon on Saturday and full impact of a Major Hurricane will be felt on Sunday.

Although this storm is forecast to turn north at some point late Saturday, it will be so close to the Keys as to make any last-minute preparations or evacuation impossible if it does not make the turn — entirely possible due to the average error of storm forecasting. The current forecast states Ocean Reef has a 1 in 2 chance of being struck by a Major Hurricane.

“According to Monroe County,  Key West Transit will begin hurricane evacuation service at noon today. Buses will be clearly marked “hurricane evacuation” on the destination boards and make pick ups along US1,” said Marathon City Manager. “As you evacuate, continue to monitor the storm’s path so as to stay out of harms way. Almost the entire state of Florida is still within the cone of uncertainty.”

Residents are urged to tune into the 11 a.m. advisory for important storm details about storm surge and warnings that might go into effect.  This is a very large storm. The storm is forecast to have tropical storm-force winds covering a circumference of 290 nautical miles, with hurricane force winds extending 100 miles.

Monroe County’s pet-friendly, general population shelter opens today at 5 p.m. E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds and Exposition. Pet owners should bring the pet’s food, medications and vaccination records.

Key West Transit will begin hurricane evacuation service at noon today. Buses will be clearly marked “hurricane evacuation” on the destination boards and pick up riders along US1. Evacuees are asked to go to the nearest bus stop. Animals are allowed on the bus if they’re controlled or caged. Pickups will continue throughout the afternoon Thursday and resume at 6 a.m. on Friday. Weapons and alcohol are prohibited on the buses.

The E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion
is located at 10901 SW 24th St., Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, Inc, Miami, FL 33165.

  • Keys officials say fuel will be transported into the Keys today.
  • Snake Creek Bridge will be locked down at 8 p.m. tonight and the drawbridge will no longer open for boat traffic.
  • Fisherman’s Hospital is closed, Mariners Hospital will be closed at 7pm tonight Thursday.
  • For Marathon, all emergency services will be suspended when Tropical Storm Force winds arrive, all residents need to evacuate.
  • The public should call the County Emergency Management hotline at 1-800-955-5504. The County is experiencing a high volume of calls.  If you unable to get through, for Marathon residents only, contact the City EOC at 305-743-0033.

 


Press Release #4 from the City of Marathon 8:00 pm September 6, 2017

NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN TRACK FOR KEYS

As of the 5 p.m. advisory, Hurricane Irma is still a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 mph. It is moving WNW at 16 mph. There has been no significant changes from the previous forecast track as it relates to the Keys and South Florida. The hurricane is still a very dangerous and formidable storm. All of the Florida Keys remain in the National Hurricane Center cone of uncertainty.

“I want to advise the public that the small deviation in the storm’s track doesn’t mean the Keys are ‘safe,’” said Marathon City Manager Chuck Lindsey. “With a four- and five-day forecast, there can be more than a 100-mile error in the NHC’s Average Track Error. All of the Florida Keys remain in the cone; all residents need to heed evacuation orders.”

Sustained tropical force winds are estimated to arrive in the Keys on Saturday in the early afternoon or evening. Peak impacts are forecast for Sunday in the early morning hours. This is a large and wide and powerful storm — 320 miles across; it’s possible the Keys could experience up to 30 hours of tropical force winds.

  • Delta Airlines has three flights leaving Key West International Airport on Thursday. General aviation will continue at the Key West and Marathon airport until the conditions become unsafe.
  • Local, State, and Federal officials are working on immediate fuel needs in the Florida Keys.
  • Monroe County’s three transfer stations will close at 2 p.m. Thursday. Trash, recycling and yard waste haulers will continue regular scheduled collections until that time. There will be no special collections, do not leave debris on the street.
  • The Publix grocery stores will be closing tomorrow, on Thursday. The Key West store will close at noon, the Marathon store at 2 p.m. and the Key Largo store ate 6 p.m.
  • Based on the expectations of the current track, FIU will open a shelter for special needs people in Monroe County at 10 a.m. Thursday. People must be registered with Monroe County Special Needs. Also based on expectations of the current track, FIU will open a shelter for general population of Monroe County on Thursday. This should be a last resort. People should bring their own bedding, food, medication and toiletries. Monroe County’s pet-friendly, general population shelter will be at the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds and Exposition and open at 5 p.m. Pet owners should bring the pet’s food, medications and vaccination records.
  • Lower Keys Medical Center will close on Friday at 7 a.m.; Fishermen’s Hospital will close on Thursday at 7 a.m.; and Mariners Hospital will close at 7 p.m. on Thursday. This includes all three Emergency Rooms. Trauma Star will be out of service at 7 a.m. on Friday.

 


Press Release #3 from the City of Marathon September 6, 2017

Residential Evacuation Starts Today

At press time, Hurricane Irma is still a Category 5 Hurricane, with sustained maximum winds of 185 mph, moving WNW at 16 mph. There was an overnight shift in the track described as a “one-time” event and is not yet considered a trend. The forecast is still indicating that South Florida and the Florida Keys will experience sever Hurricane impact. The current forecast calls for sustained tropical force winds in the Florida Keys on Saturday evening with conditions increasing and major impacts on Sunday.

  • Mandatory evacuation for visitors and non-residents has begun in Monroe County. Mandatory evacuation for residents will begin at 7 p.m. today. “Residents are encourage to leave early and continue to monitor the storm to ensure a safe route” said Mayor Dan Zieg. “City and County staffs are working extremely well as a united effort to ensure the safety and security of our Islands, by heeding evacuation orders you are a being a tremendous part of the solution.”
  • Before residents leave home, if they are comfortable, it is recommended to turn off BOTH water at the meter and electric at the main panel.
  • Many Keys businesses — banks, stores — will close today.
  • Tolls have been suspended on the Florida Turnpike.
  • The Key West International airport will have Delta flights leaving throughout Thursday.
  • Marathon Garbage Service will continue routine pickup through Thursday only. If you do not have a regularly scheduled pickup do not leave debris on the streets.
  • The mainland shelter for Monroe County residents is expected to open on Thursday. When it does, directions will be provided.