Monroe County, as well as all the municipalities in the Florida Keys such as Key West, Marathon, Layton, Islamorada Village of Islands and Key Colony Beach, have developed their own Disaster Preparedness Plan especially to deal with tropical cyclone emergencies. The multiple purposes of this plan are:

Reduce vulnerability of people to damage, injury, and loss of life and property.
Prepare for prompt and efficient response and recovery.
Prepare for prompt and efficient rescue, care, and treatment of victims.
Provide a setting of rapid and orderly restoration of services and rehabilitation of affected property.
Provide for interagency coordination to facilitate immediate delivery of assistance.

Once the county officials declare a local State of Emergency, the Preparedness Plan is then put into action. Depending upon the level of the threat of the approaching storm, the various agencies will take action in coordination with Monroe County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

At timed intervals before landfall different parts of the plan will be implemented. These include early visitor, boater, and special needs evacuations, coordination of response and recovery teams, any necessary mandatory evacuations, and all necessary interagency coordination.

As county and city officilas have a Disaster Preparedness Plan for its residents and visitors, so should each resident have their own plan. Use the resources in this guide to formulate your own plan, and then make sure you follow the plan when needed.

A government-authored preparedness guide is available online from FEMA.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS/WEB SITES

For all immediate emergencies, dial 911.

EMERGENCY HOTLINES

• Monroe County Emergency Information Hotline: 1-800-955-5504

www.monroecountyem.com

• State of Florida Emergency Information: 1-800-342-3557

WEATHER INFORMATION

National Weather Service, Key West

www.weather.gov/key

305-295-1316

Facebook: US National Weather Service Key West

National Hurricane Center

www.nhc.noaa.gov

Facebook: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

COUNTY/MUNICIPAL

Monroe County

www.monroecounty-fl.gov

305-294-4641

Facebook: Monroe County BOCC

Monroe Fire: 305-289-6088

Key Largo Fire: 305-451-2700

Monroe County

Sheriff’s Office

www.keysso.net

305-289-2351

Facebook: MCSO Florida Keys

Key West

www.keywestcity.com

305-809-3700

Police: 305-809-1111

Fire: 305-809-3936

Marathon

www.ci.marathon.fl.us

305-743-0033

Rumor Control: 305-289-5268

Emergency Office: 305-743-5266

Marathon Fire: 305-743-5266

Grassy Key Fire: 305-743-7599

Village of Islamorada

www.islamorada.fl.us

305-664-6400

Fire/Emergency: 305-664-4559

Layton

www.cityoflayton.com

305-664-4667

Key Colony Beach

Keycolonybeach.net

305-289-1212

OTHER

Monroe County School District: 305-293-1400

Florida Keys Community College: 305-296-9081

SPECIAL NEEDS

Special Needs Evacuation Assistance: 305-292-4591

UTILITIES

Florida Keys Electric Coop: 305-852-2431

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority: 305-296-2454

Keys Energy Services: 305-295-1000

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