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September 15

Disposing or Reuse of Sandbags from Hurricane Irma
As the water levels go down, cleanup begins and the proper disposal of sandbags becomes important. Residents who picked up sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Irma are encouraged to keep them for the remainder hurricane season and for future use. Sandbags may also be used as general fill or in areas such as lawns, landscape beds, or base for paving blocks. Sand or full sandbags will not be collected with regular garbage or yard debris. Emptied bags can be kept for reuse or disposed of with household garbage. For more information regarding Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris Collection Schedules Resume Next Week
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County’s standard household garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules will resume the week of September 18, 2017. For more information on Hurricane Irma Response and Recovery, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Hurricane Irma Debris Collection Program
St. Johns County initiated the Hurricane Irma Debris Collection Program on Friday, September 15. Residents are encouraged to move all storm debris to the curb as crews will collect debris from the public right-of-way. The contractor will make multiple passes through various neighborhoods to ensure all storm-related debris is collected. The following guidelines will assist the County in expediting debris removal:

  • Please place storm debris in the right of way at the curb
  • Debris must be three feet from utility boxes, mailboxes, hydrants, and other obstacles.
  • Debris collection crews will not pick up bags, containers, leaves, or small debris.
  • Please separate vegetation from all other storm-related debris.
  • Bagged vegetative debris (leaves) will be picked up on regularly scheduled garbage collection days.

No chemicals or hazardous waste will be collected curbside. Hazardous waste may be disposed of at the Tillman Ridge or Stratton Road Transfer Stations for disposal during standard operating hours. For more information regarding the Hurricane Irma Debris Removal program, please call 904.827.6980 or visit www.recyclestjohns.com.

St. Johns County and Senator Rubio to host Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Center
St. Johns County and Senator Marco Rubio are hosting a Disaster Recovery Center event for residents affected by Hurricane Irma from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, September 18 at the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View. Representatives from FEMA, insurance agencies, and other state, federal, and local entities will be available to answer questions and provide needed hurricane recovery assistance and information. For more information regarding Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in St Johns County for those Impacted By Hurricane Irma
A Disaster Recovery Center to help those affected by Hurricane Irma will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday September 16 at the St. Johns County Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive. The center will remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the immediate future. Disaster Recovery Centers serve as one-stop shops for eligible storm survivors seeking one-on-one help. Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and various other state agencies will be at the center to answer questions and provide assistance. For more information, please call the Emergency Operation Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.

Salvation Army Food Distribution Points
The Salvation Army will open food canteens to feed St Johns County residents impacted by Hurricane Irma from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 15, 2017 in front of Hastings Town Hall at 6195 South Main Street, and at 9850 Light Avenue in Flagler Estates. The Salvation Army will also have a food truck roaming on Ocean Boulevard near the airport available for meals for those in need from 5 p. m. to 7 p. m. Canteen times and locations are subject to change daily. For more information regarding canteen location and times, and for the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Facilities Closures Due to Hurricane Irma
The following St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Facilities are closed pending inspections due to Hurricane Irma. Within parks that are open, there may be areas that are closed due to safety concerns:

  • Alpine Groves Park
  • Bird Island Park
  • Canopy Park
  • Ketterlinus Gym
  • Nease Beachfront Park
  • Palmo Dock
  • Riverdale Picnic Area
  • Shands Pier
  • Solomon Calhoun Center
  • St. John's County Ocean and Fishing Pier
  • Vaill Park

September 14

Vilano Boat Ramp Closed
The Vilano Boat Ramp is closed to residents and visitors due to significant damage to the floating docks and walkways. It will remain closed until further notice. All other St. Johns County boat ramps are open. All visitors to the boat ramps should use caution due to floating debris from Hurricane Irma. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Water Distribution Point at Al Wilke Park Closed
St. Johns County has closed the water Point of Distribution (POD) at the Al Wilke Park.

There are two remaining PODs opened for water distribution. The hours of operations are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with water distribution limited to one case of water per car. The following locations are:

  • Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Flagler Estates Road and Water Office, 9850 Light Avenue, Hastings, FL 32145

Locations and times are subject to change. For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Community Development Block Grant Funds Hearing Rescheduled for October 3, 2017
Due to Hurricane Irma, the Final Action on the proposed Substantial Amendment to the Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan and the 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan, previously scheduled for the September 19, 2017 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, has been moved to the next regularly scheduled meeting on October 3, 2017. Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Irma
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will manage and provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm.

To complete an application by the Oct. 31, 2017, deadline, or for more information on the program, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 850-898-3489 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.

For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550s.

St. Johns County Libraries Open after Hurricane Irma
All St. Johns County library branches are open and available for residents and visitors to enjoy air conditioning, outlets to charge phones and devices, and other media services. The library also offers business services, faxing, and copying for residents and businesses filing recovery paperwork. The Anastasia Island Branch and the Southeast Branch will both close at 6 p.m. tonight, and will resume standard business hours on Friday, September 15. All other branches resumed standard business hours on Thursday, September 14. For more information on Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Solomon Calhoun Community Center and Pool Closed due to Hurricane Irma
The Solomon Calhoun Community Center and pool will remain closed through Wednesday, September 20 as it remains a post-impact shelter for residents affected by Hurricane Irma. For more information on Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Salvation Army Canteens Food Distribution Points
The Salvation Army will open food canteens to feed St Johns County residents impacted by Hurricane Irma for lunch from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on September 14, 2017 at the following locations:

  • City of Hastings Town Hall, 6195 South Main St., Hastings, FL 32145
  • Flagler Estates Road and Water Office, 9850 Light Avenue, Hastings, FL 32145

Canteen times and locations are subject to change daily. For more information regarding canteen location and times, and for the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County After-school Programming to Resume Monday, September 18 to Coincide with Schools Re-opening
All St. Johns County after-school programs held at the Ketterlinus Gym and the W. E. Harris Community Center will resume on Monday, September 18 to coincide with schools re-opening. For more information on Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Providing Free Tarps for Residents Affected by Hurricane Irma
St. Johns County is offering a limited number of free tarps for residents with homes affected by Hurricane Irma. Tarp sizes include 20’ x 30’ or 30’ x 40’ and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View. Please call 904.209.1250 in advance to request a tarp that can be picked up at the Health and Human Services Building during standard business hours.

St. Johns County Disaster Funding for Hurricane Irma Relief Assistance
St. Johns County is offering disaster relief assistance for qualifying income-eligible residents that have experienced damage to their homes as a result of Hurricane Irma. According to program guidelines, the assistance may help cover costs for the following eligible activities:

  • Purchase of emergency supplies for weather-damaged homes.
  • Tree and debris removal and interim repairs to avoid further damage in order to make a housing structure habitable.
  • Construction of wells, or repairs to existing wells, where public water is not available.
  • Payment of insurance deductibles for rehabilitation of homes covered under homeowners insurance policies.
  • Security deposits or rental assistance for eligible recipients who have been displaced from their homes due to damage from the storm.

For more information on qualifying for disaster relief assistance please call the St. Johns County Housing and Community Development Division at 904.209.1250.

FEMA Individual Assistance Declaration for St. Johns County
FEMA has issued an Individual Assistance Declaration for St. Johns County in response to damage incurred due to Hurricane Irma and to apply for individual assistance, please visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800.621.3362. For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Power Outage Update
Florida Power and Light and JEA continue to report significant power outages throughout St Johns County. Both companies have crews in every part of the county working to restore power. As of 2 p.m., FPL is reporting 37,220 households without power, down from a post-hurricane high of 76,620. JEA is currently reporting 1,287 households without power, down from a peak of 12,904.

FPL customers are encouraged to visit www.fplmaps.com, and JEA customers can go to www.jea.com, to track power outages by address and by county, and to report service interruptions to their home or business. Both websites are experiencing high traffic and may have intermittent service delays and outages.

For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Water Distribution Point on Mizell Road Closed
St. Johns County has closed the water Point of Distribution (POD) at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office.

There are three remaining PODs opened for water distribution. The Hours of Operation are 8 a.m. To 7 p.m. Water distribution will be limited to one case of water per car.

  • Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Flagler Estates Road and Water Office, 9850 Light Avenue, Hastings, FL 32145
  • Al Wilke Park, 6150 main Street, Hastings, FL 32145

For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Sing Out Loud Festival Updates for September 15-17, 2017
The Sing Out Loud festival scheduled for September 15 through 17 will continue as planned this weekend with minimal stage relocations or show cancellations. Please see the updated schedule below for concert venue details. For more information regarding the Sing Out Loud festival, please visit www.singoutloudfestival.com.

September 13

Report of Water Main Break in St. Augustine Beach; Precautionary Boil Water Notice
St. Johns County Utility Department is reporting that a break in a 10-inch water main has interrupted service to customers from 806-894 A1A Beach Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach. The break is affecting customers in the following hotels, condominium complexes and neighborhoods.

  • La Fiesta Ocean Inn and Suites
  • Ponce Landing
  • Jobil Drive neighborhood
  • Surf Crest Village
  • Ocean Villas
  • Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
  • St. Augustine Ocean and Racquet Club
  • Sea Winds Condominium
  • Condos on Makarios Drive

Once the main is repaired and water service is restored, the Utility Department will issue a Precautionary Boil Water Notice. Residents who receive a notice should boil (for at least one minute) all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes. The advisory will remain in effect until lab tests show that the water is safe to drink and an official retraction notice is posted, typically a minimum of two days. An updated map of boil water notices for Utility Department customers is available at www.sjcfl.us/bwnmap. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency September 14, 2017 Meeting Cancelled
Due to the ongoing Hurricane Irma response and recovery effort, the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 14, has been cancelled. All items scheduled for the September 14 meeting will be heard at the next meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 21. Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners September 19, 2017 Meeting Cancelled
Due to the ongoing Hurricane Irma response and recovery effort, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 19 has been cancelled. All items scheduled for the September 19 meeting will be heard at the next regularly scheduled County Commission meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3. In addition, the budget hearing previously scheduled for September 19 has also been cancelled, and the state has waived all budgetary timelines. The budget hearing is anticipated to be held at 5:01 p.m. on October 3.

Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance for St. Johns County Businesses and Residents
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering St. Johns County residents and businesses disaster assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property. Interest rates are as low as 3.305 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. 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.

Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBACustomer Service Center at 800.659.2955 (800.877.8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is November 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.

St. Johns County Schools closed until Monday, Sept. 18
Due to the widespread power outages, poor road conditions, staff availability, families impacted by Hurricane Irma, and concern for student safety, all St. Johns County School District schools will remain closed Thursday, Sept. 14 and Friday, Sept. 15. Schools will reopen on Monday, Sept. 18.
Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

St Johns County Power Outage Update
Florida Power and Light and JEA continue to report significant power outages throughout St Johns County. Both companies have crews in every part of the county working to restore power. As of 2 p.m., FPL is reporting 37,220 households without power, down from a post-hurricane high of 76,620. JEA is currently reporting 1,287 households without power, down from a peak of 12,904.

FPL customers are encouraged to visit www.fplmaps.com, and JEA customers can go to www.jea.com, to track power outages by address and by county, and to report service interruptions to their home or business.

For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Council on Aging will Resume Normal Paratransit Service
St Johns County Council on Aging (COA) will resume normal paratransit tomorrow 9/14/17; along with continuing to support Hurricane Irma transportation generated by the Emergency Operations Center.

COA clients can book their trips using the normal call-in procedure at 904-209-3710.

For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Information on Precautionary Boil Water Notices in St. Johns County, City of St. Augustine
A limited number of precautionary boil water notices have been issued in St. Johns County, affecting less than 1,500 customers.
A water main break in the City of St. Augustine will affect an as-yet-undetermined number of city utility customers in the coming days.

  • St. Johns County Utility Department has issued precautionary boil water notices for 101–132 Old Ponte Vedra Drive in Ponte Vedra Beach, and 1900–1945 Abercrombie Lane in the Walden Chase neighborhood. These advisories affect less than 50 customers. An updated map of boil water notices for Utility Department customers is available at www.co.st-johns.fl.us/Calendars+/utility.aspx.
  • JEA has active boil water advisories in the following areas of South Ponte Vedra Beach and Vilano Beach. These notices affect approximately 1,300 customers: 2300 South Ponte Vedra Boulevard to 4400 Coastal Highway (SR A1A), Beachside subdivision, Yellow Bill subdivision, Tides Edge subdivision, Turtle Shores subdivision, Ocean Grande/Serenata Beach condominiums, Beachwalk/Kingston Dunes subdivision, and South Beach subdivision. Visit www.jea.com/Outage_Center/Water_Notices/ for the latest advisories from the JEA coverage area.
  • Crews from the City of St. Augustine Public Works Department have successfully isolated a water main break on San Marco Avenue to utility customers in the area bordered by Old Mission Avenue, U.S. 1, Sanchez Avenue and the Matanzas River. When water service is restored, customers in the affected area will be under a boil water notice until further notice. For status updates, visit the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CityStAug.

Residents who receive a notice should boil (for one minute) all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes. The advisory will remain in effect until lab tests show that the water is safe to drink and an official retraction notice is posted, typically a minimum of two days.
For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

Widespread Panic Shows Remain Scheduled at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
The band Widespread Panic will take the stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre this weekend as previously scheduled. For updates on any St. Augustine Amphitheatre shows, please visit www.staugamphitheatre.com. For updates on recovery efforts in St. Johns County, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Athletic Fields Closed and Caution Urged at Parks
Due to damage sustained from Hurricane Irma, all St. Johns County athletic fields are closed until debris can be cleared and necessary repairs completed. In addition, residents and visitors are encouraged to exercise extreme caution if visiting St. Johns County parks due to fallen trees, damaged equipment, and standing water. For updates on recovery efforts in St. Johns County, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Experiences 3 Tornadoes During Hurricane Irma
After an assessment by the National Weather service Jacksonville, St Johns County can now confirm that during Hurricane Irma three tornadoes touched down in the county. An EF-1 made contact near Vilano Beach to south of the airport, an EF-1 affected Huguenot Cemetery in St. Augustine, and an EF-2 impacted Crescent Beach.

St. Johns County Opens Four Points of Distributions for Hurricane Irma Victims
St Johns County opened four Points of Distribution (PODs). The Hours of Operation are 8:00a.m. To 7:00p.m. Water distribution will be limited to one case of water per car.

  • SJC Parks and Recreation Administration, 2175 Mizell Road, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
  • Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
  • Flagler Estates Road and Water Office, 9850 Light Avenue, Hastings, FL 32145
  • Al Wilke Park, 6150 main Street, Hastings, FL 32145

The Al Wilke Park will be opened today, 9/13/2017 at 12:00p.m and normal operating hours will be 8:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. Water distribution will be limited to one case of water per car.

These PODs will remain open through Friday, 09/15/2017.

For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Debris Removal
Public Works' Greg Caldwell speaks about the initialization of the debris removail program. Debris Removal

September 12

St. Johns County Opens Post-impact Shelter
In response to impacts from Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County has opened the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street, as a post-impact shelter for those who are unable to return to their homes. All other shelters are now closed. For more information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St Johns County Opens Water Distribution Point on Mizell Road for Hurricane Irma Victims
St Johns County opened a water Point of Distribution (POD) at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 2175 Mizell Road, on Tuesday. The POD will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the duration of the recovery. Water distribution is limited to one case of water per car. For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Residents and Visitors Discouraged from Visiting St. Johns County Beaches
Due to significant damage, erosion, debris, flooding, and dune reduction as a result of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County is urging all residents and visitors to avoid the beach, beach access points, and walkovers until further notice. Swimming in the ocean is also discouraged due to high surf, strong rip currents, and debris. In addition, the St. Johns County Pier, Pier Park, and other beachfront parks sustained damage and will remain closed. For more information on beach clean-up and access during this time of post-storm recovery, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.555 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Administration Offices to Open Thursday, September 14
St Johns County will resume standard operations on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  All administration offices, libraries, pet center, and recreational facilities will be open for standard business hours. Administration offices for the City of St. Augustine will open based upon the restoration of electrical services. Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

FEMA Individual Assistance Declaration for St. Johns County
FEMA has issued an Individual Assistance Declaration for St. Johns County in response to damage incurred due to Hurricane Irma and to apply for individual assistance, please visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800.621.3362.

For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Post-Storm Yard Debris Burning Information
As St. Johns County residents begin to clean up storm debris from Hurricane Irma, the Florida Forest Service urges residents to follow these rules for safe yard debris burning:

  • Make sure you meet the required setbacks (see attached graphic).
  • Clear the area down to bare soil around your pile to prevent the fire from spreading.
  • Cover a non-combustible container with wire mesh to keep sparks from flying out and starting new fires.
  • Burn only yard waste, no household garbage (includes paper products and newspapers).
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Keep a water hose or shovel handy in case your fire escapes.
  • Make sure smoke does not obstruct visibility on nearby roads.
  • Be sure fire is completely out before you leave.
  • Piles larger than eight feet in diameter require an authorization from the Florida Forest Service. For an authorization, call 386.585.6150.

Be advised that the burning of yard waste/storm debris is not allowed inside St. Augustine city limits. For information on the city’s storm debris collection plan, visit CityofStAug.com, facebook.com/CityofStAug or call (904) 825-1040.

St. Augustine Rescinds Curfew, Encourages Citizens to Drive with Caution
St. Johns County has rescinded the curfew put in place during the evacuation order in response to Hurricane Irma. Residents are encouraged to drive with caution as roads may still have debris, fallen trees, and standing water causing them to be impassable. For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Bridges Now Open
St. Johns County opened all bridges at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12. During re-entry, everyone is asked to be cautious of standing water hazards and debris obstructions. Re-entry tags are no longer required. Water and sewer services may not be immediately available and power may not be restored in many areas. For updates on the official reentry process, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Utilities Payment System Issues
St. Johns County Utilities Department online and phone payment system is currently not operational. Until this issue is resolved, there will be no disconnections for non-payment or late fees incurred during this time. When the St. Johns County Utility Department opens for normal operating hours, you may call 904-209-2700 to speak with a customer service representative to pay your bill directly. For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Household Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris Collection Schedules for September 13 through 15
For customers of St. Johns County solid waste services, the County has established temporary household garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules in response to Hurricane Irma. All yard debris collections are cancelled through Friday, September 15. Please see below for the updated schedules:

Wednesday, September 13: Residents who typically have household waste collection services on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday September 12 will have their garbage collected on Wednesday, September 13. Recycling collection has been suspended.

Thursday, September 14: Residents who typically have garbage collection services on Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 14 will have their garbage collected on Thursday, September 14. Recycling collection services have been suspended.

Friday, September 15: Standard household waste and recycling collection schedules resume.

Standard yard debris collection schedules will resume Monday, September 18. There will be no make-up days for recycling collection. For more information, please visit www.recyclestjohns.com or call 904.827.6980.

September 11

St. Johns County Bridges to Open No Sooner than 12 p.m. Tuesday
Due to ongoing damage and safety assessments, all St. Johns County bridges will remain closed through at least 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12. The barrier islands sustained extensive damage and substantial high water and flooding, downed power lines, and blocked roadways remain a concern. St. Johns County officials, first responders, water and electrical service providers will continue to conduct damage and safety assessments on the barrier islands and make repairs throughout the night and morning to ensure all communities are deemed safe for re-entry. In addition, Roscoe Boulevard remains closed due to safety concerns.

For more information regarding bridge openings and the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County and City of St. Augustine Closed Wednesday in Response to Hurricane Irma
In response to Hurricane Irma, all administrative offices in St. Johns County and the City of St. Augustine, as well as all schools, will be closed Wednesday, September 13. Residents with questions regarding the impact of Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

After the Storm Safety
As Tropical Storm Irma has passes through our area, we know heading back home is your top priority, but your safety is always ours. Please remember that there are safety hazards that you need to be aware of as you begin moving around your property and neighborhood.

Downed power lines are a high safety concern. If you have any downed power lines on your property or near your house, please call 911 immediately and stay in your home until it is safe.

With the amount of rain that has fallen over the last few days, the ground is saturated and there is a large volume of standing water and flooding. It is important to remember that there are unseen hazards in standing water that can cause injuries. Flooded roadways are dangerous and should never be traveled on; remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”. It only takes one foot to float many vehicles, including sports utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pickup trucks.

When County authorities say it’s time to go home, please remember to drive cautiously as there still may be fallen trees in road ways that may not have been removed.

We recommend that you call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Hotline number at 904-824-5550 for information about downed power lines, down trees, and flooded roads.

  • Downed power lines
  • Flood waters/ Stay out of standing water
  • Flooded roads/ Turn around don’t drown
  • Down trees/ Drive Cautiously

Significant Flooding Reported in Flagler Estates. Call 904.824.5550 if You Know Someone Who May Need Assistance
The St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center is receiving reports of significant flooding in the Flagler Estates subdivision. Urban Search and Rescue teams are entering the area to survey the damage and reach anyone who may need help. If you know of someone who lives in Flagler Estates who may need assistance from first responders, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Deputies Maintain Presence In Community
The St Johns County Sheriff’s Office continues to maintain a large presence of law enforcement in our neighborhoods. Not only will these deputies be assisting residents with their needs, they will remain keenly aware that some may wish to use this as an opportunity to commit criminal acts, such as looting. Be assured that individuals who are caught committing any acts that exploit our communities will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Should you witness any actions that you would suspicious, call the Sheriff’s Office at (904) 824-8304 and if in doubt call 9-1-1. In other words, we got your back St. Johns County.

County Parks and Recreation Facilities, Beaches and Pier Remain Closed
St. Johns County Parks and Recreation facilities will remain closed through Friday, September 15, to allow staff time to assess damage and clear any hazards. Similarly, all St. Johns County Beaches are closed to recreational activities until further notice, and all public beach walkovers and the St. Johns County Pier will remain closed until staff can assess their structural stability.Officials are also urging residents to avoid boat ramps and other waterway access points until they have been deemed safe. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

FPL, JEA  Customers Can Visit Agency Web Sites to Check on Disruptions in Electric Service
Florida Power and Light and JEA web sites have links where customers can check on disruptions in electric service in their neighborhoods. There are currently 84,500 customers without power in St. Johns County.

  • FPL customers can track power outages by home address and by county, and can report service interruptions to their home or business, by visiting FPL Power maps at www.fplmaps.com.
  • JEA is mapping disruptions in electric service and accepting reports of power outages at www.jea.com/Outage_Center/Outage_Map.

For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Barrier Island Bridges Remain Closed, May Not Reopen Until Tuesday
St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center is fielding numerous inquiries asking when it will be safe for residents to return to their homes on the barrier islands and other evacuation zones.

  • Bridges to the barrier islands remain closed due to sustained Tropical Storm force winds (with higher gusts) along the Atlantic coast.
  • Bridges will not reopen until wind speeds drop to a level at which passenger vehicles can safely pass, and the bridges and approaches are inspected and cleared by Florida Department of Transportation engineers. It is reasonable to assume that bridges may remain closed until sometime Tuesday.
  • In addition, first responders are discovering numerous hazards as they conduct initial damage assessments in the evacuation zones. They are finding many downed trees, power lines and roads covered in water and debris. St. Johns County firefighters and Sheriff’s Office deputies are coordinating with county Road and Bridge and  electric companies to clear these hazards, but it will take time.
  • The public and local media will be notified as soon as the bridges are reopened for travel. Announcements will first be posted to all county web sites and social media pages.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we wait for storm winds to subside and road hazards cleared. Residents are urged to remain indoors and off the roads while public safety agencies continue their response to Hurricane Irma.

Damage Assessment
St. Johns County Fire Rescue's Jeremy Robshaw on post event damage assesment. Damage Assessment

St. Johns County Urges Residents to Stay Inside and Avoid Travel
St. Johns County has experienced significant impacts from Hurricane Irma throughout St. Johns County.  Although the storm is moving from the area quickly, residents who evacuated the area are urged to wait before returning. There are numerous trees and powerlines down and flooding throughout the County causing hazardous conditions. Officials are assessing the damage and crews are removing debris as quickly as possible, however this process will take some time. Residents are urged to remain indoors and those who evacuated to wait before returning to their homes. For more information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Press Conference
St. Johns County is holding a press conference at 12 p.m. today in the Emergency Operations Center, 100 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, to discuss community damage due to Hurricane Irma, bridge re-openings, and island re-entry. The conference will include a question-and-answer session with representatives from St. Johns County, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the School District, the City of St. Augustine Administration, Police Department, and Fire Department, and the City of St. Augustine Beach Police Department.

St. Johns County Conducting Damage Assessments
As Tropical Storm Irma through St. Johns County, crews are working tirelessly to conduct damage assessments and identify downed power lines, trees, and flooding. At this time, we do not know the full extent of damage to our County, and we will not know the condition of specific roads or areas for some time. We are asking for patience from our residents as we assess all areas of the County and will provide updates as soon as that information becomes available. If you have an emergency, please call 911. For more information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Stay Indoors
Commander Chuck Mulligan from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office on the importance of staying indoors. Stay Indoors

FLASH UPDATE: As Hurricane Irma moves through St. Johns County we want to remind our residents to remain sheltered in place and stay the off the roads to allow first responders and law enforcement to assess our damanges and to respond to any medical calls. St. Johns County has suffered significant damage. There are uncertain roadway conditions including down trees, power lines and flooded roadways that have yet to be addressed. If you experience an emergency, please call 911. For non-emergency calls, call the St Johns County’s EOC hotline at 904.824.5550.

September 10

SJCFR Warns Residents to Beware of Numerous Downed Power Lines
St. Johns County Fire Rescue units are responding to numerous of 911 calls reporting downed electric lines. SJCFR is alerting FP&L and JEA, which are sending crews to secure and de-energize the lines. Due to the large volume of calls, SJCFR crews are cordoning areas around dangerous lines with yellow scene tape until repair crews can respond. While we encourage residents to continue reporting downed lines, they should avoid approaching lines that may be energized, and keep clear of areas marked with scene tape.

Call 911 If there is an Emergency during the Storm
Now that we are feeling the effects of Hurricane Imra, we want to remind you that St Johns County’s first responders and law enforcement officers are still in the community and responding to emergencies. If you experience an emergency, please call 911. For non-emergency calls, call the St Johns County’s EOC hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Bridges Subject to Closure due to Tropical Force Winds
As the impacts of Hurricane Irma continue to impact St. Johns County, all bridges are subject to closure should sustained tropical force winds arrive in our area. Now is the time to consider sheltering in place and avoiding all travel. If law enforcement personnel determine bridges to be unsafe for vehicular access, they will be closed for a period of time to protect public health, safety, and welfare.

If the bridges are closed due to high winds and adverse conditions, including storm surge or erosion, they will reopen after the Florida Department of Transportation conducts inspections, which may take a prolonged period of time. For more information on bridge closures, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Emergency Operations Center Situation Report Press Conference Watch Video

FP&L Customers Can Visit www.fplmaps.com to Check on Disruptions in Electric Service
Florida Power and Light customers are encouraged to visit www.fplmaps.com to check on disruptions in electric service. Residents can track power outages by address and by county, and can report service interruptions to their home or business. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

Bridge of Lions Reopens To Vehicular Traffic
The Bridge of Lions in downtown St. Augustine has reopened to vehicular traffic. Due to localized flooding, residents are encouraged to avoid the downtown area and to not drive through flooded streets. All bridges in St. Johns County will remain open until officials determine they are unsafe due to sustained Tropical Storm Force winds. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

Bridge of Lions Closed Due to Flooding
Due to flooding on the east side of the bridge, The Bridge of Lions is currently closed. This closure is not due to wind speed and does not affect the other bridges in our county.

Requests for Transportation Assistance to Evacuation Shelters Close at 3 p.m.
The St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center will cease accepting requests from the public for transportation assistance to emergency evacuation shelters at 3 p.m. today, as high winds and torrential rains from Hurricane Irma pose safety risks to residents and drivers. Transportation personnel will attempt to fulfill all requests received prior to 3 p.m. To request shelter transportation and for more information on hurricane-related activities, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County, City of St. Augustine, City of St. Augustine Beach Closed Tuesday in Response to Hurricane Irma
Due to the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Irma, all administrative offices in St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Tuesday, September 12. Operational decisions beyond Tuesday will be determined based on post-storm conditions. The St. Johns County School District previously announced that all county schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12. Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Press Conference
St. Johns County is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today in the Emergency Operations Center, 100 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, to discuss the impact of Hurricane Irma, potential bridge closures, potential water and sewer suspensions, and the curfew. The conference will include a question-and-answer session with representatives from St. Johns County, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the School District, the City of St. Augustine Administration, Police Department, and Fire Department, and the City of St. Augustine Beach Police Department.

Document Condition of Personal and Business Assets for Storm-Related Insurance Claims
As St. Johns County begins to experience winds and rains associated with Hurricane Irma, Emergency Management officials remind residents it is not too late to document the condition of your personal and business assets in the event you need to file a storm-related insurance claim. Include photos of individual rooms/outdoor structures, as well as any high value items (vehicles, computers, TVs, etc.) that may be at risk. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

St. Johns County Schools Closed Monday and Tuesday
All St. Johns County School District schools and district offices will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

Public Works Service Request Calls recorded in Cityworks during Hurricane Irma is now active for public use. View the Interactive Public Works Service Request Calls Map

Residents Cautioned to Avoid Travel on Roads During the Height of Hurricane Irma
With high winds and rain associated with Hurricane Irma moving into the region, St. Johns County Emergency Management officials are cautioning residents to avoid travel on roads during the height of the storm. Emergency evacuation shelters across the county remain open, though the shelter at Pedro Menendez High School is at capacity.

Shelter & Open Beds                 

  • Mill Creek Elementary School – 277
  • Bartram Trail High School – 404
  • Pacetti Bay Middle School – 186
  • South Wood Elementary School – 406
  • Timberlin Creek Elementary School – 420
  • Pedro Menendez High School – At Capacity

City of St. Augustine Water System Experiencing Low Pressure Unrelated to Hurricane Irma
The City of St. Augustine water system is currently experiencing low water pressures as a result of a service pump not operating. The problem is currently being addressed, and is unrelated to Hurricane Irma or any intentional water shutoff. High demand of water use will slow the return to normal pressure. The City appreciates residents’ patience during this time.

September 9

Additional  911 Dispatchers On Duty to Handle Expected Increase in Emergency Calls in St. Johns County
Dispatchers from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and St. Johns County Fire Rescue  are gearing for an anticipated increase in 911 calls once winds and rain associated with Hurricane Irma reach St. Johns County. The Communications Center will have extra staff on hand to coordinate response to the variety of public safety emergencies expected during and after the storm.
For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

All St. Johns County Sandbag Filling Locations Closed
St. Johns County Department of Public Works has announced that all sandbag filling locations in the county are closed and will not reopen. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

SJCFR Staffs Additional Rescues to Prepare for Expected Increase in EMS Calls Due to Hurricane
St. Johns County Fire Rescue is placing additional Rescue units in service in the expectation that calls for emergency medical service will increase over the next several days. Each unit carries Advanced Life Support drugs and equipment, and is staffed by experienced paramedics. Call 911 if you or someone you know is suffering a medical emergency before, during or after the storm.
For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Beaches Closed
St. County Beaches are closed to recreational activities due to high surf and rip currents.  As a result, St. Johns County Pier Park remains closed. Residents are discouraged from visiting the beaches until conditions improve.  Prior to opening the beaches, St. Johns County Beach Services and Public Safety will need to evaluate the coastline for any post storm damages.

Hurricane Evacuation Shelter at Pedro Menendez High School at Capacity
The emergency evacuation shelter at Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine is at capacity. Emergency management officials are urging residents seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma to head to one of the five other St. Johns County shelters.

  • Mill Creek Elementary School, 3750 International Golf Parkway
  • Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway
  • Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Lane (Special Needs)
  • South Wood Elementary School, 4750 SR 206 West (Pet Friendly)
  • Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Lane (Pet Friendly)

For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

Hurricane Irma Evacuation Order for St. Johns County Remains in Effect
The evacuation order for St. Johns County remains in effect. The county is currently under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Watch, with hurricane force winds expected within the next 36 hours. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

Electric and Water Services To be Maintained as Long as Possible in SJC
Now that St. Johns County is under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Watch it is important to remember the plan for basic public infrastructure, utility management, and reentry:

  • Weather-related power outages can be anticipated, but there are no plans for a curtailing of service to any portion of the county by local officials.
  • There are no plans to curtail water and sewer service for a majority of the County. Water and sewer service to the barrier islands will remain operable until the integrity of the system is threatened or it is determined unsafe to allow staff to remain on the Islands.
  • All roads and bridges will remain open to vehicular traffic until such time as sustained tropical force winds arrive in our area. If law enforcement personnel determine bridges to be unsafe for vehicular access, they will be closed for a period of time to protect public health, safety, and welfare.
  • If the bridges are closed due to high winds and adverse conditions, including storm surge or erosion, they will reopen following an inspection by the Florida Department of Transportation and the barrier islands are declared safe for reentry.

Bridge of Lions and SR 206 Drawbridges Will Not Open for Marine Traffic After 4 p.m.
The Florida Department of Transportation has announced that the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine and the SR 206 Bridge in Crescent Beach will cease drawbridge operations beginning at 4 p.m. today (Saturday). After 4 p.m., the drawbridges will no longer open for marine vessels that are too tall to pass beneath the spans. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Closed
The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier and all related facilities, including the parking lot, are closed in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. The Pier and its facilities will reopen when deemed safe and appropriate. For more information on Hurricane Irma-related updates, including beach and facility closures, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Pedro Menendez High School Shelter Nearing Capacity
St. Johns County, Fl – Pedro Menendez High School shelter is nearing capacity. Evacuees without special needs or pets are encouraged to seek shelter at the remaining general population shelters:

  • Mill Creek Elementary School, 3750 International Golf Parkway
  • Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway

For more information on St. Johns County shelters, including special needs and pet-friendly shelters, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Press Conference – September 9
St. Johns County is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today in the Emergency Operations Center, 100 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, to discuss the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, the evacuation, curfew, shelters, and the potential for bridge closures and water disruptions. The conference will include a question-and-answer session with representatives from St. Johns County, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the School District, the City of St. Augustine Administration, Police Department, and Fire Department, and the City of St. Augustine Beach Police Department.

Public Safety Agencies in St. Johns County Continue Preparation for Arrival of Hurricane Irma
Public safety agencies throughout St. Johns County are continuing preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, positioning additional personnel and equipment in anticipation of the storm’s arrival and its aftermath.

  • St. Johns County Fire Rescue is bringing in additional personnel to staff fire engines, rescues, and special storm response units. In addition, the Florida National Guard is sending six high-water vehicles to St. Johns County to assist in getting rescuers through flooded areas.
  • St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has augmented patrols in all evacuation zones, and has extra deputies assigned to traffic control and other tasks associated with hurricane evacuation. Deputies are also posted at every county hurricane evacuation shelter.
  • St. Augustine Fire Department, Police Department and the St. Augustine Beach Police Department all have extra personnel on duty to respond to local emergencies.

For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns Golf Club Closed
The St. Johns Golf Club is closed due to Hurricane Irma, and will reopen when weather conditions warrant. Patrons with reservations will be contacted directly. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority Meeting Cancelled
The St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 11 has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. The next IDA meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 9.

September 8

Curfew Instituted for City of St. Augustine, City of St. Augustine Beach, and St. Johns County Barrier Islands Beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. due to Hurricane Irma
In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County law enforcement agencies have announced a curfew that will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly beginning Sunday, September 10 for the City of St. Augustine Beach, the City of St. Augustine, and portions of St. Johns County lying east of the Intracoastal Waterway on the barrier islands. The curfew will remain in effect nightly until further notice.

A curfew order mandates that anyone on the street may be required to produce identification to law enforcement officers to verify their address and purpose for being in the area in an effort to reduce incidents of potential looting and to protect those in areas which may not yet be deemed safe.  Law enforcement agencies of the City of St. Augustine, City of St. Augustine Beach, and St. Johns County worked in conjunction to develop an executive order signed by St. Johns County Administrator Michael Wanchick. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Opens Additional Shelter for Evacuees from South Florida
Pursuant to a request from the State’s emergency operations center, St. Johns County will open a general population shelter at Mill Creek Elementary, 3750 International Golf Pkwy, St. Augustine, at 7 p.m. tonight to accommodate those who have been evacuated from South Florida and are traveling north on major thoroughfares. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550.

Free Hurricane-Related Vehicle Parking Available at Treaty Park and St. Johns Golf Club
St. Johns County is opening parking spaces at two county lots for residents wishing to move their personal vehicles out of a hurricane evacuation zone (or any other area at risk of flooding). Due to limited space, parking is restricted to personal or general use cars and pickup trucks. All  parking is at the risk of the vehicle owner. Spaces are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • 100 spaces are available at the St. Johns Golf Club, 4900 Cypress Lakes Blvd. in Elkton.
  • 150 spaces are available at Treaty Park, 1585 Wildwood Dr. in St. Augustine.

St. Johns County Fire Rescue Cautions Residents not to Store Propane Tanks Indoors
As residents prepare their homes for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County Fire Rescue officials are cautioning residents not to store portable liquid propane gas (LPG)  tanks inside homes or garages. This morning, SJCFR Hazardous Materials Technicians responded to propane gas leak inside a residence. Inside a bedroom, crews discovered a gas grill  with a leaking LPG tank. Propane levels inside the home were at explosive levels. Crews safely removed the tank from the home, with no injuries reported.

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Press Conference – September 8
St. Johns County is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today in the Emergency Operations Center, 100 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, to discuss the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, the evacuation, and the potential for a curfew, bridge closures, and water disruptions. The conference will include a question-and-answer session with representatives from St. Johns County, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the School District, the City of St. Augustine Administration, Police Department, and Fire Department, and the City of St. Augustine Beach Police Department.

St. Johns County Household Waste, Recycling, and Yard Debris Collections Suspended Monday and Tuesday
Republic Services and Advanced Disposal have suspended all household waste and recycling collection services in St. Johns County for Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 in preparation for Hurricane Irma. In addition, yard debris collection services will be suspended Monday, September 11 through Friday, September 15. Rescheduling of future solid waste collections will be released as that information becomes available. For more information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Today Radio Show Live at Emergency Operations – September 8
Tune into the St. Johns County Today Radio Show at 11 a.m., Friday, 9/8 on WSOS 103.9 FM broadcasting live from the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center. Topics will include evacuations, shelters, and hurricane preparation. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue, the City of St. Augustine, the School District, and Emergency Management will provide vital information for residents to better prepare them for Hurricane Irma.

September 7

St. Johns County Issues Mandatory Evacuation and Opens Emergency Shelters
Due to intensified conditions of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County has issued a mandatory evacuation order for 6 a.m. on Saturday, September 9 for Evacuation Zones A and B, and the entire City of St. Augustine and the Town of Hastings. Evacuation Map & My Evacuation Zone

Residents living in boats, RVs, and mobile homes throughout St. Johns County are also included in the evacuation order. Residents who are able to evacuate and are not utilizing a St. Johns County shelter should begin evacuating as soon as possible prior to the evacuation scheduled for 6 a.m. on Saturday, September 9 in order to avoid traffic congestion.

St. Johns County will also open five shelters at 6 a.m. Saturday. The County is prepared to open additional shelters as needed. The following shelters will be open to the public:

  • Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Ln. (Special needs)
  • Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Ln. (Pet-friendly)
  • Southwoods Elementary, 4750 FL-206 (Pet-friendly)
  • Pedro Menendez High School, 600 SR 206 West (General population)
  • Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy. (General population)

While shelters provide safety throughout the storm, residents must bring supplies in order to maintain personal comfort and sustenance. St. Johns County recommends that all evacuees bring their own bedding, including sleeping bags or air mattresses, pillows, sheets, and blankets. A three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, medication, diapers, and other personal items are also suggested. Please refer to the list below for additional supply suggestions.

  • Three-day supply of medications, insulin and cooler if you are diabetic
  • Personal grooming and hygiene items, feminine supplies
  • Extra clothing, eyeglasses
  • Books, magazines, cards, games, etc.
  • Pillows, blankets, sheets, lawn chair/chaise lounge
  • Flashlight and extra batteries, manual can opener
  • Personal identification/important papers

For evacuation information, including route maps and evacuations zones, please visit the St. Johns County Emergency Management website at www.sjcemergencymanagement.org/evacinfo.html and for more information, please call the St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcemergencymanagement.org/shetpub.html.

St. Johns County Hurricane Preparedness Guide
Residents can access the St. Johns County Emergency Management Hurricane Preparedness Guide at www.sjcemergencymanagement.com/pdf/hurrprepguide.pdf.

Hurricane Irma Press Conference Streaming Live on Facebook at 4 p.m on 9/7
The St. Johns County Hurricane Irma press conference will stream live at 4 p.m. on Thursday, 9/7 on the following Facebook pages:

Officials from St. Johns County, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will update residents on preparations for the approaching storm. Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

Tips for Residents Preparing for Hurricane Irma
The Florida Division of Emergency Management has published the following tips for residents preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to shelter-in-place, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and access to clean water for several days. You may not be able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Make a family communication plan.

Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.” You may also visit floridadisaster.org/alertflorida.

For more information on Hurricane Irma-related updates, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Field and Recreational Program Closings
Due to Hurricane Irma, all St. Johns County Parks and Recreation athletic fields will close starting Saturday, September 9. All field lights will be off and trash receptacles removed from the premises. Fields will reopen once the storm has passed and they have been evaluated by County staff.

Additionally, all St. Johns County Parks and Recreation programming will be suspended beginning Friday, September 8, through Monday, September 11. Nature programing will remain canceled until all park facilities have been evaluated by County staff.

St. Johns County, City of St. Augustine, City of St. Augustine Beach Closed Monday, September 11, in Response to Hurricane Irma
Due to the anticipated impacts Hurricane Irma could have on our community, all administrative offices for St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Monday, September 11. Operational decisions beyond Monday will be determined based on weather conditions.

Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

St. Johns County Hurricane Irma Press Conference
Watch the St. Johns County Hurricane Irma press conference live on Facebook at 4 p.m. featuring St. Johns County officials, the Sheriff’s Office, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach. www.facebook.com/sjcfl

Sing Out Loud Festival Events Scheduled for September 8-10 Cancelled
Due to Hurricane Irma, the Sing Out Loud Festival events scheduled for Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10 have been cancelled. The remainder of the Sing Out Loud events (September 15 through 17 and September 22 through 24) are currently scheduled to take place. For updates regarding the Sing Out Loud Festival, please visit singoutloudfestival.com.

St. Johns County Building Services Hotline for Residents with Structural Damage Concerns Related to Hurricane Irma
St. Johns County has activated a hotline for residents and business owners with concerns regarding property and structural damage due to Hurricane Irma. If you have storm-related structural damage or permitting questions, please call the St. Johns County Building Services Structural Hotline at (904) 827-6836.

Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Book Sale Canceled
The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Book Sale scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, through Saturday, September 16, has been canceled due to Hurricane Irma. For more information on Hurricane Irma-related updates, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

Solomon Calhoun Pool Closes Friday
The Solomon Calhoun Pool in St. Augustine will close on Friday, Sept. 8, and remain closed until further notice.

St. Johns County Beaches Closed to Vehicles in preparation for Hurricane Irma
All St. Johns County beaches are closed to vehicular traffic will remain closed throughout the duration of Hurricane Irma. All trash receptacles, portalets, cones, and other beach infrastructure will be removed. Coastal flooding could warrant multiple day closures of certain beach access ramps. Beach Services will inspect the beach during and after the event to reinstate vehicular access as soon as conditions allow.

As Hurricane Irma approaches the coast, surf conditions are expected to increase significantly as well as dangerous rip current activity. Residents are encouraged to avoid the beach and ocean swimming until conditions improve.

In addition, the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier will close Friday, September 8 and will remain closed throughout the duration of the storm. Pier staff will continue to monitor wind and weather conditions and will reopen the Pier when safe and appropriate. For more information on Hurricane Irma-related updates, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

September 6

St. Johns County Evacuation Zones and Routes
In preparation for Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County is urging all residents to become familiar with their evacuation zones and evacuation routes. Evacuation zones and routes can be found at www.sjcemergencymanagement.org/evacinfo.html. In the event of a mandatory evacuation, mobile home residents must evacuate regardless of evacuation zone. For updates on Hurricane Irma response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Hurricane Preparation Tips and Resources
St. Johns County is encouraging residents to begin preparations in response to Hurricane Irma. Residents can find tips and resources regarding evacuation zones and routes, supply kits, shelters, pets, and other emergency response information at www.sjcemergencymanagement.org. For timely updates regarding St. Johns County’s response to Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane. Residents can also call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline for additional questions and information.

St. Johns County Discontinues Re-entry Tag Program for Evacuations
To expedite residential and business re-entry in the event of an emergency, St. Johns County and all local St. Johns County agencies have discontinued the Re-entry Tag Program. Evacuated residents and business owners east of the Intracoastal Waterway now only need to provide proof of address with a driver’s license, State-issued identification card, or another form of identification such as a utility bill or lease agreement. Re-entry tags are no longer issued nor will they be required for re-entry. For more information, please call St. Johns County Emergency Management at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Declares Local State of Emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irma
In preparation for Hurricane Irma, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency at the September 5, 2017 regular meeting. The declaration allows the County to access resources and assistance to prepare for an inclement weather event. St. Johns County Administration and Emergency Management Staff are carefully monitoring Hurricane Irma and are working with a variety of local and State agencies to prepare for its impacts. For more information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline
In response to Hurricane Irma, the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center has opened a hotline for residents to call regarding County services, storm response, and events. Please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 for non-emergency storm-related information. The hotline will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. For additional Hurricane Irma-related information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane

Sandbags
St. Johns County Provides Free Sandbags to Residents in Preparation for Hurricane Irma 
St. Johns County is providing free sandbags beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6 at six locations throughout the County for the public in preparation for Hurricane Irma. The sand and the bags will be provided free of charge. Residents must provide their own transportation and shovels, and will be responsible for filling their own bags. There is a maximum allocation of 20 bags per person. The sand and bags are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily throughout the duration of the inclement weather event. For additional information, please call 904.824.5550.

    • Windswept Acres Park - 5335 SR A1A South
    • Sims Pit - 536 S. Holmes Boulevard
    • Town of Hastings Town Hall - 6195 S. Main Street, behind the building
    • Mills Field - 1805 Racetrack Road, in the overflow parking area
    • Palm Valley - Under the Palm Valley Bridge on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway
    • North Beach Park - 3721 Coastal Highway (at the walkover)

Sandbags Pick-Up Location Map: http://arcg.is/1CjPC4

 


For Preparedness Information, Shelters, Evacuation Zones, Routes and much more, please visit: /www.sjcemergencymanagement.org

St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline 904.824.5550.