Season starts June 1 and ends November 30. It is very important to be prepared
and stay informed. The Town of Loxahatchee Groves and
Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District both have
Emergency Operation Procedures and will work together with
Loxahatchee Groves C.E.R.T. team before, during and
after an event to ensure that the Town is prepared and protected.
Important tips to keep in mind as a major storm may
Get A Kit / "To-Go Bag"
Get an Emergency Supply Kit,which includes items like
non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank
radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to
prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car. This kit
- Copies of prescription medications and medical supplies;
- Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows;
- Bottled water, a battery-operated radio and extra
batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight;
- Copies of important documents: driver’s license, Social
Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies,
wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records,
- Make sure you have a “to-go bag” ready in case you need to
- Water and non-perishable food;
- Battery operated radio and batteries so you can get
important information from local officials;
- First aid kit;
- Important documents such as proof residence, pictures of
your family including pets, insurance policies, and tax
- Comfortable clothing and blankets;
- Unique family needs such as prescription medications, pet
supplies, infant supplies or any other unique need your
family may have;
Make A Plan
- Prepare your family
- Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be
together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know
how you will contact one another, how you will get back
together and what you will do in case of an emergency
- Plan places where your family will meet, both within and
outside of your immediate neighborhood.
It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to
call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a
better position to communicate among separated family
- You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at
places where your family spends time: work, daycare and
school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help
Plan to Evacuate
- Identify ahead of time where your family will meet, both
within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
- Identify several places you could go in an emergency, a
friend's home in another town, a motel or public shelter.
- If you do not have a car, plan alternate means of
- If you have a car, keep a half tank of gas in it at all
times in case you need to evacuate.
- Take your Emergency Supply Kit.
- Take your pets with you, but understand that only service
animals may be permitted in public shelters.
- Plan how you will care for your pets in an emergency.
Prepare Your Home:
- Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut ply wood or
hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations,
garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more
- Secure your home by closing shutters, and securing outdoor
objects or bringing them inside.
- Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the
refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as
cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other
large containers with water.
- Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to
identify a hurricane.
- A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your
area. Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor local radio and
television news outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for
the latest developments.
A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your
area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave
- Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on
their wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential.
Category Three and higher hurricanes are considered major
hurricanes, though Categories One and Two are still
extremely dangerous and warrant your full attention.
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
||Unanchored mobile homes, vegetation
||All mobile homes, roofs, small
||Small buildings, low-lying roads cut
||Roofs destroyed, trees down, roads
cut off, mobile homes destroyed, beach homes flooded
||More than 155
||Most buildings destroyed, vegetation
destroyed, major roads cut off, homes flooded
||Greater than 18 feet
The Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District (LGWCD) is
responsible for roads and canals within its jurisdiction. In
the event of a natural or man-made catastrophe, emergency
management emphasis would be placed on cleaning debris from
roadways, providing ingress/egress for residents, as well as
for medical and law enforcement agencies.
systems would also be prioritized for removal of trees or
other debris obstructing optimum storm water outfall
capabilities. Individual emergencies would also be responded
to as conditions permit.
LGWCD is part of a larger emergency management plan under
the direction of the Palm Beach County Emergency Management
Office. This plan effectively makes District equipment
available for designated areas outside District boundaries,
but would not be activated until such time as the primary
obligations to the District residents’ health, safety, and
welfare were met.
In the event of imminent hurricane and flooding danger,
District operations personnel would secure the equipment and
facilities against damage. They would then be released to
return to their homes to protect their personal property and
family during the event.
Immediately following the storm’s passage, District
personnel would return to their duty posts and begin
operations as described above.
If structures in the District receive substantial damages
resulting in building debris, the District will designate
specific areas for residents to haul their debris. The
District will then coordinate the removal of such debris
with the Town and/or County authorities.
Since the District is not in the primary surge zone,
there are no specified evacuation routes. It is important to
note that if major flooding does occur, there could be some
isolated areas that become impassable.
All residents of the District are urged to follow the
recommendations listed in the Hurricane Guides available
from Publix Food Stores, AT&T, and local TV stations. It is
important to prepare for any such emergency well in advance.
Equally important is for all residents to follow the
established procedures after any emergency and exercise
patience and understanding. This will help to eliminate
unnecessary confusion and delays.
Full cooperation should be extended to your neighbors and authorities in
a concentrated effort to deal with any emergency occurring in the District.