To maintain and furthermore improve the capability to successfully work together to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards related to emergencies and disasters within the City of Key West and Monroe County, Florida.
Role of the City of Key West Emergency Management:
The City of Key West Emergency Management plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and preparedness of residents, businesses, services, and government offices in the face of potential disasters. They diligently plan and prepare for various scenarios to protect Key West's population's well-being and safeguard property and infrastructure.
During disasters like hurricanes, the Emergency Management team promptly responds by staffing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This allows them to coordinate and manage the city's emergency response efforts efficiently.
Collaboration is crucial to their work, as they closely cooperate with Monroe County Emergency Management, which acts as the central coordinating entity for all municipalities, private partners, and state and federal agencies during emergencies. Together, they ensure effective coordination, response, and recovery operations.
The City of Key West is committed to proactive and comprehensive emergency management, working diligently to protect the community and enhance its resilience in the face of potential threats.
- What is Emergency Management?
Emergency Management is responsible for planning to help all City residents, businesses, services, and government offices best prepare for a disaster. They also respond to disasters by staffing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when a hurricane or other disaster threatens.
- What is the difference between a WATCH and WARNING?
- WATCH: Conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 48 hours.
- WARNING: Conditions are expected in the specified area within 36 hours.
No current mandatory evacuations have been ordered in the City of Key West or Monroe County for residents or visitors. Visitors can find more information at www.fla-keys.com.
- Where are Re-Entry Stickers for Key West Residents to Pick Up?
Key West residents may pick up re-entry stickers at Fire Station No. 1 and the Police Department, located at 1600 North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West. Re-entry stickers are available at City Hall Monday - Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM, located at 1300 White Street in Key West, Florida. Citizens must prove they are Key West residents to receive a re-entry sticker.
- Special Needs Registry
More information on special needs registration, visit https://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/specialneeds.
- What do I bring to a shelter?
Take your own supplies:
What to Bring to a Shelter:
- Pet sheltering information
All Monroe County shelters are pet friendly. Pre-register your pets https://www.monroecountyem.com/938/Pets-at-Shelters
- Will power/water be turned off?
Power and water will not be purposefully turned off before a storm.
- When do bridges close?
Bridges do not close before a storm.
Conditions can make it unsafe for emergency vehicles and high-profile vehicles to cross bridges due to high winds. Once winds reach 35 mph, high-profile vehicles should not operate until safe conditions resume.