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November 21, 2022

FEMA Reopens Hurricane Ian Disaster Recovery Center in St. Johns County

FEMA has reopened its Hurricane Ian Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in St. Johns County. The DRC previously temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Nicole.

DRC Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Thanksgiving Holiday: Closed Thursday, Nov. 24, to Sunday, Nov. 27

Please note, the Hurricane Ian DRC will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 24, to Sunday, Nov. 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. It will resume normal operations on Monday, Nov. 28.

Where: Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers provide disaster survivors with information from Florida state agencies, FEMA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process, and get updates on applications.

In addition to visiting a center, you can apply by visiting disasterassistance.gov, using the FEMA mobile app, or calling 800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as a video relay (VRS), captioned telephone, or other services, provide FEMA with the number for that service.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. It has assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to interact with staff. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps, and restrooms.

FEMA Individual Assistance can help with temporary lodging expenses, basic home repairs, and other essential disaster-related needs.

For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance, please watch this official FEMA tutorial. For more information about Hurricane Ian recovery in Florida, visit floridadisaster.org.


November 17, 2022

Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

St. Johns County has opened an email hotline to provide local businesses with assistance related to Hurricanes Ian or Nicole. Business owners can email businesshotline@sjcfl.us for help with understanding federal, state and local resources available for impacted businesses. All email inquiries will be responded to by St. Johns County staff during regular business hours.


November 11, 2022

St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Post Nicole Update

The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier facilities including the parking lot, pavilion, volleyball courts, and the pier gift shop will reopen Saturday, Nov. 12. The gift shop will resume normal business hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The fishing pier, both beach access locations, and the splash park will remain closed until further notice.

Nicole Storm Debris Collection

St. Johns County is conducting damage and storm debris assessments in response to impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole. As the County continues to plan the disposal response, residents are encouraged to move all storm debris to the curb as resources are available to respond and assist with the recovery efforts. Residents are asked to separate trash from vegetation. For questions or to report storm debris, please contact the Solid Waste Division at 904.827.6980 or email solidwaste@sjcfl.us.

St. Johns County Libraries Open after Tropical Storm Nicole

The St. Johns County Public Library System branches and book drops will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, resuming normal business hours. Fees for notary, printing, copying, and faxing services will be waived for storm-related business. For more information about the St. Johns County Public Library System, please visit www.sjcpls.org.

Damage Assessments Underway in St. Johns County

St. Johns County has experienced significant impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole throughout coastal St. Johns County.

Officials are assessing the damage and crews are removing debris as quickly as possible, however this process will take some time. Any St. Johns County residents or business owners who have storm-related structural damage from Tropical Storm Nicole or permitting questions, please call the St. Johns County Building Services Structural Hotline at 904.827.6836.

St. Johns County Lifts Voluntary Evacuation Order

Effective immediately on Friday, Nov. 11, voluntary evacuation orders for all zones enacted in St. Johns County in response to Tropical Storm Nicole have been lifted. Residents are encouraged to drive with caution as isolated areas may still have standing water causing them to be impassable and may be restricted by emergency services.

With the evacuation order lifted, shelters will begin demobilizing and close at 10 a.m.

A1A Reopened

A1A has now reopened after emergency repairs were completed by the Florida Department of Transportation. Please drive with caution especially near the areas of Guana River Road and Carcaba Road.


November 10, 2022

Florida Department of Transportation Emergency Repairs Update

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) crews continue to work on emergency repairs to A1A in Vilano Beach to secure the road as much as possible tonight. It’s possible this area will see flooding again with the next high tide cycle so please use caution.

We urge residents in the area to stay home if they don’t need to be on the roadways to allow crews to work as quickly as possible.

If you experience a life-threatening emergency call 911. For non-emergencies call 904-824-8304.

SJC EOC Live-Streamed Press Conference on Facebook at 3:30 p.m.

St. Johns County is holding a press conference at 3:30 p.m. on November 10 in the Emergency Operations Center, 100 EOC Drive in St. Augustine, to discuss A1A closures and other Tropical Storm Nicole-related issues. The press conference will include a question-and-answer session with representatives from St. Johns County, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, and the City of St. Augustine Administration and Fire Rescue. The press conference will be live-streamed on the St. Johns County Emergency Management Facebook page.


November 9, 2022

St. Johns County Household Waste, Recycling, and Yard Debris Collections Suspended

Due to potential impacts of Tropical Storm Nicole, St. Johns County has suspended household garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules on Thursday, Nov. 10, with normal service resuming Friday, Nov. 11. Residents originally scheduled for Thursday collection will have service on Saturday, Nov. 12. St. Johns County encourages residents to secure all garbage and recycling containers for the duration of the storm. The Tillman Ridge and Stratton Road Transfer Stations will also be closed on Nov. 10.

St. Johns County Announces Updates to Services Ahead of Nicole

Please read the following information for the latest changes to services in St. Johns County.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES
With the exception of emergency service employees responding to Tropical Storm Nicole, all offices and departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will close Wednesday, Nov. 9, starting at noon and Thursday, Nov. 10. Government offices are closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. The same closures also apply to the government offices of the City of St. Augustine. The St. Augustine Municipal Marina is currently closed and will reopen once weather conditions allow.

City of St. Augustine Beach government offices will remain open Wednesday and close Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

The St. Augustine Beach Police Department closed at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, and will also be closed Thursday due to inclement weather and Friday in observance of Veterans Day. If you require law enforcement assistance, please call the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office at 904-824-8304.

PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
All St. Johns County libraries, bookmobiles, and book drops will close Wednesday, Nov. 9, at noon and Thursday, Nov. 10. Libraries are closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Operational decisions beyond Friday will be determined based on weather conditions. Due dates will be extended and fines will not be incurred during the closure.

PARKS AND BEACH SERVICES
All St. Johns County Parks & Recreation parks and facilities will close Wednesday, Nov. 9, at noon and Thursday, Nov. 10, until the duration of the weather event. This includes but is not limited to athletic playing fields, passive parks, boat ramps, playgrounds, fishing piers, and the St. Johns County Golf Course. Beachfront parks and walkovers will also be closed during this time. Parks and facilities will reopen when safety inspections have been completed and weather conditions allow. Beach driving on all St. Johns County beaches is currently restricted.

SCHOOLS
St. Johns County Schools and district offices will remain open on Wednesday with regular early dismissal. Extended day services will operate as usual. There will be no afterschool activities, events, or athletics.

Schools and district offices will close on Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

SUNSHINE BUS SERVICE
St. Johns County Council on Aging Sunshine Bus service will be suspended Thursday, Nov. 10, for the duration of the weather event. For Sunshine Bus updates, please visit www.sunshinebus.net or call customer service at 904-209-3716.

Any additional closures will be posted here once available.

For more information, please call the Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.


November 8, 2022

St. Johns County Issues Voluntary Evacuation for Coastal St. Johns County

In anticipation of the effects from Tropical Storm Nicole, St. Johns County has issued a voluntary evacuation effective at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, for coastal St. Johns County, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or flood-prone areas. This voluntary evacuation order will remain in place for the duration of the storm event.

Residents living aboard boats and those living in RVs, mobile homes, and manufactured homes throughout St. Johns County are also advised to evacuate. Residents who would like to evacuate and are not utilizing a St. Johns County shelter should begin evacuating as soon as possible to avoid traffic congestion.

St. Johns County will open two shelters starting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The County is prepared to open additional shelters as needed. The following shelters will be open to the public:

  • Health and Human Services Department (Special Medical Needs)
    • 200 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine
  • Solomon Calhoun Community Center (General Population and Pet-Friendly)
    • 1300 Duval Street, St. Augustine

While shelters provide safety throughout the storm, residents must bring supplies 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 five-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.

  • At least a five-day supply of medications, insulin, and a 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

Additionally, all St. Johns County government offices and facilities, including parks and libraries, will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

Storm Surge and Tropical Storm Warnings in Effect for St. Johns County

The National Hurricane Center issued storm surge and tropical storm warnings for St. Johns County’s beaches, intracoastal waterway, and the St. Johns River.

In addition, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for coastal St. Johns County in anticipation of Nicole. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, and means hurricane conditions in relation to wind, rain, and surf are possible within the watch area.

Storm Surge Warning – A storm surge warning indicates there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning – A tropical storm warning is an announcement that sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.

St. Johns County Provides Free Sandbags to Residents in Preparation for Nicole

St. Johns County is providing free sandbags starting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2022, at three locations throughout the County in preparation for Nicole. The sand and the bags provided are free of charge. Residents must provide their transportation and shovels and are responsible for filling their bags. There is a maximum allocation of 20 bags per person. The sand and bags are available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, until weather permits.

  • Windswept Acres Park - 5335 SR A1A South
  • North Beach Park - 3721 Coastal Highway
  • Palm Valley - Underneath the Palm Valley Bridge on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway

November 7, 2022

FEMA Temporarily Closing Disaster Recovery Center in St. Johns County

FEMA will temporarily close the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in St. Johns County, located at the Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive, from Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Friday, Nov. 11. The DRC will be inspected on Saturday, Nov. 12, and reopen once it is determined safe.

St. Johns County Beach Driving Restricted Ahead of Nicole

In anticipation of Subtropical Storm Nicole, on-beach driving will be restricted at Porpoise Point beginning Monday, Nov. 7. The remaining vehicular access ramps will be restricted beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. These restrictions will be imposed for the duration of the storm.

St. Johns County beaches are forecasted to experience unusually high surf and tides, dangerous currents, and strong winds along the coastline Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 12, as a result of Subtropical Storm Nicole.

Additionally, coastal flooding and erosion may occur on all St. Johns County beaches for the duration of this storm. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to exercise extreme caution and avoid ocean swimming during this time.

Updates to access locations will be announced on the Reach the Beach mobile app along with Facebook and Twitter (@SJCBeaches).

St. Johns County Now Under Tropical Storm Watch, Storm Surge Watch

The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Watch and Storm Surge Watch for St. Johns County on Monday, Nov. 7, in anticipation of Subtropical Storm Nicole. St. Johns County Emergency Management is monitoring the storm and will provide updates here as made available.

Tropical Storm Watch – A tropical storm watch means tropical-storm-force weather conditions are possible within the advised area within the next 48 hours, and means tropical storm conditions in relation to wind, rain, and surf are possible within the watch area.

Storm Surge Watch – A storm surge watch is defined as the possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours, in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.



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