- Posted September 7, 2008 by
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+ADDITIONAL HELP AND RESOURCES*+ Keys Visitors Bureau: (800) FLA-KEYS, http://www.fla-keys.com/ Monroe County Emergency Information: (800) 955-5504 Monroe County Situation Report: http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/ Monroe County Sheriff's Office: http://www.keysso.net/ County Public Access Television: Channel 76 on Comcast Cable Key West Weather: www.weather.gov/keywest National Hurricane Center Web site: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
********************************************************* Monroe County Office of Emergency Management *Clarification of release issued *** 11 a.m. __ Sept 08, 2008* There seems to be some confusion about what we mean when we say " the evacuation has expired". The evacuation has NOT been canceled and it is NOT time for evacuees to return to the Keys. The safe time to evacuate has passed - our evacuation order for residents was in place from Sunday until Monday at noon because we wanted people to leave in time to avoid danger from the storm. The most important points in our last press release are: Residents who evacuated the Keys should wait to return until after the possibility of tropical storm winds is past, which should be by Wednesday morning. There are no emergency services available in the Keys and hospitals are to remain closed until the storm is past. Monroe County Sheriff's Office officials urged those in the Keys to remain inside during the storm. Driving on rain-flooded streets may disable cars and being outside can be very risky with flying debris and downed live power lines. U.S. Coast Guard officials stress that boaters should remain in port. Rough bay waters and extremely dangerous offshore seas can make boating deadly during storms. Residents should keep a close eye on the storm as it approaches and should monitor local radio and television stations for future announcements about when it is safe to return. Both the Sheriff's office Web site at www.keysso.net and Monroe County's Web site at www.monroecounty-fl.gov will have details regarding when it is safe to return. -
Mo ****************************************************** Monroe County Office of Emergency Management 3 p.m._Hurricane Ike update - September 7, 2008 Residents can take pets to FIU Shelter Monroe County Emergency Management Officials have just worked out an agreement with Miami-Dade County Emergency Management to assist with Monroe County residents who need to take their pets with them to the shelter at Florida International University. Residents with pets will be met at the shelter by a representative of a Miami based animal control representative. They will take custody of the pet(s) and take care of them for the duration of the storm. The pets will be returned to FIU once the storm has passed, before residents return to the county. Pets will be allowed on county buses en route to the shelter at FIU if the pets are properly caged. ************************* Monroe County Office of Emergency Management Hurricane Ike update - 11:15 a.m. The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for the entire Florida Keys from Ocean Reef south and west to the Dry Tortugas. Keys resident and visitor evacuations are in progress. Evacuations for residents in the Lower Keys and Key West began at 8 a.m. Sunday. Start time for the Middle Keys including Marathon is at noon. Those residing in the Upper Keys, including Key Largo, Islamorada and mainland Monroe County, should depart beginning at 4 p.m. The evacuation is to continue at least through noon Monday. Officials in Monroe County are monitoring the evacuation. A scan of Florida Department of Transportation traffic cameras late Sunday morning indicates traffic is flowing smoothly on the Overseas Highway. Tolls on Card Sound Road have been lifted to assist in the movement of traffic out of the Keys. The Snake Creek drawbridge in Islamorada and the drawbridge at Jewfish Creek in Key Largo will no longer open for boat traffic to avoid any traffic delays. Based on the storm's current projected track, the Key West National Weather Service forecasts tropical storm force winds should begin impacting the Keys early Tuesday morning and lasting until late night Tuesday, or early Wednesday morning. Based on the storm's current projected track, Key West weather forecasters believe storm surge will not exceed four-and-a-half feet and could be less. All Keys county and state parks are closed. Keys hospital emergency rooms are to remain open until 7 a.m. Monday. They may remain open longer if there are enough personnel to man them. The last commercial airline flight out of the Key West Airport is at 7 p.m. Sunday and there are still a few seats available. Rental car facilities are to remain open until 10 p.m. The Key West field, as well as the airfield at Florida Keys Marathon Airport, is to remain open for general aviation traffic until noon Monday. There are still rental cars available at the Key West airport. They are to remain open for rentals as long as cars are available, or until the terminal closes at 10 p.m. Sunday. Postal Service is closed and there is no access to post office boxes. Monroe County public schools are closed Monday and Tuesday. Check Monroe County's web site for bus schedules heading out of the Keys. The web site address is www.monroecounty-fl.gov. ### *ADDITIONAL HELP AND RESOURCES Visit Florida Hotel Hotline: (800) 287-8598 Monroe County Emergency Information: (800) 955-5504 Monroe County Situation Report: www.monroecounty-fl.gov Monroe County Sheriff's Office: www.keysso.net County Public Access Television: Channel 76 on Comcast Cable Key West Weather: www.weather.gov/keywest National Hurricane Center Web site: www.nhc.noaa.gov