The application period for Monroe County Emergency Management’s 2024 business placard early reentry program is open through Tuesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. There will be no exceptions after this time to apply for the 2024 business placard. The program allows essential businesses and nonprofits based in Monroe County timely access to the Florida Keys following hurricanes to assist in restoring community lifelines more efficiently and timely.

Placards are only valid in the year they are issued. There is only one application form to fill out each year. Do not apply until you have read and compiled the required documentation described on the placard web page. A link to the application and program details are at Applications will be reviewed within 21 working days.

Each registered business is allowed to bring in only its essential personnel; it does not include friends and family of those workers. Entering the county under a state of emergency using a placard grants access to an area that has not been deemed safe. Basic life support resources may not be available after a major event; those entering with a placard must be self-sufficient for 14 days with shelter, food and water.

“Disaster response takes the effort of an entire community,” said Shannon Weiner, emergency management director. “Sharing your business’s skills and resources when needed most contributes to a swift recovery for all.”

Other residents who wish to obtain or renew a Monroe County early reentry placard for 2024 may do so through the Monroe County Emergency Reserve Corps at Hurricane recovery courses are required for residents to receive the placard.

Standard reentry windshield stickers for residents can be picked up at Monroe County Tax Collector offices throughout the Florida Keys with proof of residency and vehicle registration. For more information and locations to obtain stickers, visit

Hurricane season begins June 1.