JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service predict that Tropical Storm Hermine will impact the Jacksonville area late Thursday and Friday.
As Hermine strengthens, the system will likely form into a Cat. 1 hurricane.
The City of Jacksonville Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is collaborating with local and state agencies as they track and monitor for any potential impacts to the Jacksonville area.
Here are the most frequent questions answered by the City of Jacksonville.
What does a State of Emergency mean?
A State of Emergency Declaration allows the City to more easily allocate dollars and resources to best protect lives and property. City Council will convene to discuss the emergency declaration in the days ahead.
What should citizens do to prepare for the storm?
Stay informed and updated on storm progress via JaxReady.com, the JaxReady mobile app and local media channels. Take steps to prepare yourself and your property.
Secure anything outside that could blow into a building, window or storm system, including signs, garbage cans/lids, toys, etc.
Pick up any litter or loose yard debris around your home and secure it in a garbage bag or container.
Low-lying and tidally-influenced areas should expect and prepare for flood conditions.
Gas and service your vehicles.
Inspect and secure mobile home tie-downs.
Listen frequently to radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio for status and forecasts of the storm’s progress.
Double check your emergency supply kit.
Review your emergency plan.
For helpful tips on what to include in your emergency kit and emergency plans, download the Emergency Preparedness Guide at www.JaxReady.com.
Does the City provide sandbags to prevent flooding?
The City does not provide sandbags. Citizens are encouraged to check with their local hardware store for these supplies.
Will shelters be open?
Shelters will be activated on an as-needed basis as conditions warrant. If shelters are opened, that information and available locations will be communicated via local media channels, social media, the City website (www.COJ.net) and the JaxReady mobile app.
Where can I receive information about how to prepare for a hurricane?
The City has produced an Emergency Preparedness Guide that is free-of-charge and available at the following locations:
- Via download at JaxReady.com
- Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach Police Stations
- Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach Fire Stations
- Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach City Hall buildings
- Jacksonville & Beaches Libraries
- Jacksonville & Beaches Tax Collector’s Offices
- American Red Cross
- Waffle House
- Salvation Army
- Exit Realty locations
Citizens are also encouraged to stay informed and updated on storm progress via JaxReady.com, the JaxReady mobile app and First Coast News.
Will garbage and recycling collection remain on schedule?
Currently, there are no plans to change collection schedules. As city officials continue to monitor the storm for appropriate actions, citizens are encouraged to do the same. Use discretion when placing your cart curbside for pickup as high winds and heavy rainfalls may be present.
What types of debris will be picked up by Solid Waste?
All standard solid waste collection rules apply with a 5 cubic yard waste limit. Any changes or exceptions to these rules as result of the storm will be communicated via local media channels, social media, the City website (www.COJ.net) and the JaxReady mobile app.
Will the storm bring more mosquitoes?
With several inches of rain predicted to fall in our area, there is an increased risk of flooding and standing water. Mosquitoes breed by laying eggs in and near standing water. Below are a few tips to help prevent mosquito-borne illnesses:
Remove or turn over any outside items that can hold water (toys, bins, pet dishes, etc.)
Drain and empty all containers with standing water.
Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches and patios.
Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions (long sleeves, pants, shoes and socks) and use EPA registered mosquito repellents that contain either DEET, IR3535, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Will City increase its spraying for mosquitoes?
The City’s Mosquito Control division conducts spray operations daily. Citizens are advised to alert the City to any specific areas of concern that the Control Division will address. They can request mosquito spraying by calling 630-CITY, visiting 630CITY.coj.net, or emailing 630CITY@coj.net.
Who do I call if my lights are out?
Electrical outages and service issues can be reported to JEA at (904) 665-6000 or online at JEA.com.
Will bridges close?
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) works closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol to monitor wind conditions at area bridges. If winds exceed specified levels, FDOT will work with law enforcement to close affected bridges. Any bridge closures will be communicated via local media channels, social media, the City website (www.COJ.net) and the JaxReady mobile app.
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