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Post Date:08/30/2019 1:10 PM

As the Mayor of Delray Beach, I wanted to take this time to inform the citizens  that South Florida is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

Right now it is your responsibility, while there is still time, to prepare yourself and make sure that you stay informed.

To receive Hurricane Dorian updates from the city, please sign up for CodeRED. You can also visit the city’s website – – and monitor us on social media. Staff is working hard to provide you with regular hurricane updates and other useful information.

While we don’t know the toll this storm might take on Delray Beach, we do know that we can never be complacent when a storm threatens our city.

We also know that we can expect very high winds and storm surge. If you are unsure how your home will fare or if you home is prone to flooding, please make plans to evacuate.

We have one shelter in our city – Atlantic Community High School – and you can find more information about special needs or pet-friendly shelters on the website for Palm Beach County at

Remember that once the storm comes first-responders will not be able to get to you until the winds diminish. It is important to have a plan now. 

During the hurricane we will need to keep the roads clear for city workers and public safety personnel to do their jobs and it will not be safe for the public to be on the streets.

Be aware that there is a chance that the city may shut off water to the barrier island in an effort to protect our water source. Please have enough water saved for each member of your household, including your pets. One gallon per day, per individual is a good start. 

We ask that you not leave trash or landscape debris at the curb as debris can become a dangerous projectile during a hurricane.  

Be prepared, be smart and stay safe. 

Mayor Shelly Petrolia

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