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Publix Supermarkets announces anticipated closures of Hurricane Irma

Publix Supermarkets has announced that they will adjust their operating hours due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.

Irma is projected to make landfall in South Florida over the weekend as a Category 4 hurricane with potential wind speeds of 145 miles per hour.

As South Florida residents prepare for the storm, many people are rushing to Publix and other supermarkets to gather supplies. However, the supermarket chain says it will be closing several of their stores in South Florida by noon on Saturday.

Locations in Broward and Miami-Dade will be closing on Friday at 9 p.m. Palm Beach Locations will close Saturday at 12 p.m.

In total, 77 locations in Broward, 77 locations in Miami-Dade and 69 locations in Palm Beach County will be closed.

It is currently unknown when the locations will re-open.

List of evacuations across South Florida due to Hurricane Irma

County officials across Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties have issued orders for residents regarding evacuations due to Hurricane Irma. Check your evacuation zone here.

If you are concerned that you do not have a way to evacuate, please call our transportation hotline at 1-800-955-5504. We will get you out.

This list will be updated as county officials provide more information.

Monroe County

Monroe County officials issued a mandatory evacuation that began on Wednesday at 7 a.m. for visitors and have issued a mandatory evacuation for residents beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday.

Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the county is issuing mandatory evacuation orders for residents of the following:

  • Mobile homes
  • All of Zone A
  • All barrier islands in Zone B
    • Miami Beach
    • Bal Harbour
    • Surfside
    • Golden Beach
    • Bay Harbor Islands
    • Indian Creek Village
    • Sunny Isles Beach
    • North Bay Village

Gimenez said about 2,200 special needs residents have been evacuated, and the evacuations will continue until they’re complete.

Broward County

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief has ordered a mandatory evacuation for all Broward County residents in the following locations:

  • East of U.S. 1, starting at noon, Thursday
  • Low-lying homes
  • Mobile homes

Deerfield Beach issued voluntary evacuations Wednesday, for those in these locations:

  • Low-lying areas
  • Mobile home parks
  • East of Federal Highway

What’s open and closed due to Hurricane Irma, where to find supplies 

Below is a list of what will be open and closed in South Florida as we monitor Hurricane Irma. This list will be updated as information becomes available.

Schools

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday. All extracurricular activities and night school classes will be cancelled beginning Wednesday.
  • Broward County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • Monroe County schools will be closed on Wednesday until further notice.
  • Palm Beach County School District will close schools on Thursday and Friday.
  • The Archdiocese of Miami will close all elementary and high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties on Thursday and Friday.
  • Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will be closed Thursday and Friday. All after-school and extended day programs will be cancelled, as well.
  • American Heritage School will be closed on Thursday and Friday. All after-school and evening activities will be cancelled on these days, as well.
  • Miami Country Day School will be closed from Wednesday through Friday.
  • Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West will be closed from Wednesday through Monday.
  • Alexander Montessori Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • The Sept. 9 ACT test has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma
  • AcadeMir Charter Schools and AcadeMir Preschools will be closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Ransom Everglades School will be closed on Thursday and Friday. All activities from Thursday through the weekend are cancelled, as well.
  • Scheck Hillel Community School will be closed Thursday and Friday. All after-school afternoon and evening programs Wednesday through Friday have been cancelled, as well.
  • La Scuola’s Sunset and Cutler Bay campuses will be closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Calusa Preparatory School will be closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Pine Crest Preparatory School’s Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale campuses will be closed Thursday and Friday. All afternoon activities have been cancelled Wednesday through Friday.
  • Cutler Ridge Christian Academy classes will be cancelled on Thursday and Friday.
  • It’s a Small World Learning Center IV will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • The Roig Academy will be closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Emergency Education Institute will be closed on Thursday until further notice.
  • Palmer Trinity School will be closed Thursday and Friday.
  • Gulliver Schools will be closed from Thursday until further notice. After-school activities on Wednesday will also be cancelled.
  • Ann Storck Center’s Early Intervention Preschool and Adult Day Training Program will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • American Medical Academy has canceled all classes as of 4 p.m. Wednesday through the weekend.

Colleges

  • Miami-Dade College will cancel classes and cease all operations from 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. All special events have also been cancelled.
  • Florida International University will cancel all classes, including online classes, starting Tuesday at 11 p.m. through the weekend. The university will be closed starting Thursday. All special events on campus, including the Saturday football game, are cancelled.
  • The University of Miami will cancel classes at its Coral Gables and Marine campuses Wednesday through Friday.
  • Saint Thomas University will be cancelling all operations, classes, programs and events from Thursday through the weekend.
  • Nova Southeastern University will cancel classes at all Florida and Puerto Rico campuses effective Wednesday at 8 a.m. The university will remain open on Wednesday for faculty and staff, and will close on Thursday at 8 a.m.
  • Barry University will close all university operations at all Florida locations effective Wednesday at 4 p.m. through Friday.
  • Broward College will be closed from Thursday until further notice.
  • Carlos Albizu University will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • Lynn University has cancelled all classes and events Thursday and Friday.
  • West Coast University Miami Campus will be closed on Thursday until further notice.

Government Buildings

  • Monroe County will close all of its government offices on Wednesday.
  • Miami-Dade Courts and Clerk of Courts’ offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
  • Doral Government Center will be closed to the public Thursday and Friday.
  • Social Security offices in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties will be closed starting Wednesday.
  • Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Parks and Museums

  • Monroe County will close all of its county parks on Wednesday.
  • Big Cypress National Preserve will close at noon on Wednesday.
  • Biscayne National Park will be closed from Tuesday until further notice.
  • Pérez Art Museum Miami and Verde restaurant will be closed Thursday through Sunday. PAMM Tech Week has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • The City of Doral will close all parks starting Thursday until further notice.
  • HistoryMiami Museum will be closed Thursday to Sunday.
  • Jungle Island will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday until further notice.

Events

  • The Miami International Auto Show has been postponed to an unknown future date after originally being set for Saturday, Sept. 9th
  • The Miami Dolphins’ season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be played in Miami; will be moved to Nov 19.
  • City events in North Miami will be cancelled from Thursday, Sept. 6 through Monday, Sept. 11.
  • The BSO Shred-a-Thon scheduled for Sept. 9th at the Charles F. Dodge City Center has been cancelled.
  • Pembroke Pines Mayor Angelo Castillo’s HOA meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 pm has been cancelled.
  • The Archdiocese of Miami’s celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Charity scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8 has been postponed.
  • The e-UNI’TEA Virtual Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 6 has been cancelled.
  • Adrienne Arsht Center’s ArtsLaunch2017 is cancelled after originally being scheduled for Saturday. Sept. 9.
  • The 9-11 Observance to have taken place on Sept. 11th at the Pembroke Pines Memorial Park has been cancelled.
  • University of Miami’s Saturday game at Arkansas State has been cancelled.

Trash and Bulk Collection

  • The City of Pembroke Pines will suspend bulk pick up on Wednesday after pick up in Zone 9 is completed.

Travel

Cruises

  • Norwegian Sky Sept 8. three-day cruise from Miami to the Bahamas has been cancelled.
  • Norwegian Escape Sept. 9 seven-day cruise from Miami to Eastern Caribbean has been cancelled.

Flights

  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport: As of 10 a.m., 22 cancelled flights and 25 delayed flights.
  • Miami International Aurport: As of 11 a.m. today, there are 10 cancelled arrivals and 13 cancelled departures.
  • Key West International Airport will close Wednesday after the last flight departs at 5:50 p.m.

Where to find Sandbags

  • The City of North Miami will be giving out sandbags to North Miami residents at the North Miami Motor Pool, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. while supplies last. (maximum of six per resident)
  • Adonel Concrete will be offering free sand beginning Tuesday and continuing through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its Sweetwater plant, located at 2101 N.W. 110 Avenue. The company has set aside 1 million pounds of sand per day for the public. Individuals are asked to bring their own bags to fill the sand.
  • The City of Deerfield Beach will be giving out sandbags to residents on Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or while supplies last. Pick-up takes place at 200 Goolsby Blvd. Officials will require proof of residency and a photo ID. Residents will only receive 10 bags per household.

Report price-gouging

Florida’s attorney general has activated a price-gouging hotline, reminding residents that it is illegal for the prices of essential items to be raised to higher-than-average prices during a state of emergency. To report violations, click here.

Broward Schools close Thursday and Friday in advance of Irma

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has announced that schools will be closed starting Thursday ahead of Hurricane Irma.

As of the 2 p.m. advisory, Irma remains a ‘potentially catastrophic’ category 5 storm with 185 mph winds.

The hurricane is forecasted to be in the area of Florida by the weekend.

Miami-Dade Public Schools to close Thursday and Friday

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has announced that schools will be closed starting Thursday ahead of Hurricane Irma.

As of the 2 p.m. advisory, Irma remains a ‘potentially catastrophic’ category 5 storm with 185 mph winds.

The hurricane is forecasted to be in the area of Florida by the weekend.

Miami Dade County Evacuation and Shelter Information

Get the latest Miami Dade-County Evacuation Centers and Shelter Information here. 

Broward County Evacuation and Shelter Information

Get the latest Broward County Evacuation Centers and Shelter Information here.

Family emergency supply kit must-haves

Emergency Supplies:

Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents..

Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:

     
  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Clothing and Bedding:

If you live in a cold weather climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that the power will be out and you will not have heat. Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies to account for growing children and other family changes. One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including:

     
  • A jacket or coat
  • Long pants
  • A long sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy shoes
  • A hat and gloves
  • A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Below are some other items for your family to consider adding to its supply kit. Some of these items, especially those marked with a * can be dangerous, so please have an adult collect these supplies.

     
  • Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book or a print out of the information on www.ready.gov
  • Rain gear
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change
  • Paper towels
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Tent
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container*
  • Signal flare*
  • Paper, pencil
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
  • Disinfectant*
  • Household chlorine bleach* - You can use bleach as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to treat water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Medicine dropper
  • Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

Everything you need to know to prepare for Hurricane Season 

"Advance planning and preparation are essential for protecting property, reducing risk and ultimately saving lives," National Weather Service officials said in the introduction the NWS hurricane guide for the Southeast.

Charley English, former director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security said in a news release from 2014: "Learn your flood risk, create a ready kit for your home and car, and develop an evacuation and family communications plan."

GEMA said in that release that research shows "69 percent of Georgians do not know designated evacuation routes from their community, and 67 percent have not arranged a family meeting place or reconnection plan."

Ready Georgia provides a host of tools and information at its website. 

It recommends evacuation when: 

• If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

• If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelters are particularly hazardous during a hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.

• If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.

• If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.

• You should be able to move your valuables within 15 minutes. 

Here are more tips to help you prep for the storms, from the NWS guide. 

• Elevation matters: Are you in a flood or evacuation zone?

• Mobile homes: Check tie-downs and prepare to evacuate.

• Landscaping: Always trim trees, shrubbery and dead limbs, especially close to your home.

• Roofing: Inspect it for loose tiles, etc., and clear loose or clogged gutters and drainspouts.

• Doors: Reinforce garage doors and tracks or replace with a hurricane-tested door; and reinforce double-entry doors with heavy-duty foot and head bolts. Use security dead bolts with a minimum 1-inch bolt length.

• Windows: If possible, install hurricane shutters. Alternatively, use five-eighths inch (or greater) grade exterior plywood secured by 2 1/2 inch screws and/or special clips. 

• Renters need to prepare, too: Review your renter's and flood insurance; prepare to relocate to a lower floor

• For pets: Update their vaccinations and have proof; have a current photo; have properly sized pet carriers; pack enough food and water for the duration of the evacuation; and be sure to have proper ID collars. Read more. 

The NWS also recommends preparing emergency evacuation kits for functional and medical needs clients, those clients who either require support to maintain their independence or support of trained medical professionals.

• Contact information, including doctor's contact

• Special equipment, if needed; and a list with style and serial numbers of included medical devices

Here’s How To Keep Your Pets Safe During A Hurricane 

Hurricane season begins every year on June 1. Here are some simple tips to keep your pets safe if you are in the path of a storm. 

Prepare ahead for safety and comfort of your pet

Do not leave pets at home, especially if you live in an evacuation area. Even if they survive the storm, they might flee a damaged home and be lost in the chaos.

It might be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. Here are some options:

Hotels: Contact hotels and motels outside your area in advance to check policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and species. Ask whether “no pet” policies could be waived. Keep a list of “pet-friendly” places, including phone numbers, with other disaster information. For an impending storm, call ahead for reservations. The Humane Society of the United States recommends the following websites to find pet-friendly lodgings.

Friends and relatives: Ask friends, relatives or others outside the area if they can shelter your animals. Make arrangements with neighbors to help evacuate pets in the event you can’t get home.

Pet-friendly shelters: Find out if pets will be permitted at an evacuation shelter.

If you haven’t already done so, get those shots now. Infectious diseases can become a big threat after a disaster.

If a pet becomes lost or escapes during the confusion of an evacuation, proper identification will increase the chances of a safe return home. Tag should include your cell number and, if space allows, the number of an out-of-town contact. Consider having your pet tattooed or having an ID microchip implanted.

You will need a pet carrier or cage for each dog, cat, bird or small animal. Make sure it is large enough for each pet to stand up and turn around comfortably.

Take clear, color photos (frontal, left and right sides) of you with your pet, and store these with your pet’s license, medical records and ownership papers in a waterproof carrier to take with you. Include pictures of the pet with you to help with any challenge to your ownership. Take photos with your cellphone so they’re stored there as well.

Set up a pet disaster kit

Put together a pet disaster kit with medications and medical records in a waterproof container, a leash and collar or harness for each pet, non-spill food and water dishes, a 14-day supply of food, water in non-breakable containers, a manual can opener, grooming supplies, your pet’s blanket and a favorite toy, cleanser and disinfectant to handle waste, newspapers or litter, paper towels and plastic bags.

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