Hurricane Preparedness

  1. Before The Storm
  2. During The Storm
  3. After The Storm
  4. Shelters
  5. Flood Protection
  6. Storm Advisory Center


Hurricane Season

The hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Residents should make preparations before the hurricane season begins. The information below will help you learn how to prepare for a storm, what to do during the storm and what to be aware of after the storm has passed.

Make A Plan:

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Emergency Checklist: Disaster Supply Kit Checklist 

How to Stay Informed:

If a storm or other disaster immediately threatens our area, updates will be provided on the City of Fort Pierce Alert Center located at the top of the homepage and our social media pages. The City encourages all residents to sign up for Alert St. Lucie notifications that provide instant updates and alerts from St. Lucie County's Emergency Command Center in the event of a hurricane or other disaster.

Before a Hurricane Watch or Warning Is Announced

  • Check to be certain your emergency equipment is in good working order and that you have enough supplies to last at least two weeks.
  • Obtain and store materials necessary to properly secure your home.
  • Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. Cut weak branches and trees that could fall on your home. When trimming, try to create a channel through the foliage to the center of the tree to allow for airflow.  TrimmingSnippetImage Opens in new window
  • Note: Do not trim trees and shrubs after a watch or warning is announced. Trash pick-ups will be suspended, and your trimmings can become dangerous airborne projectiles propelled by the storm’s high winds.
  • State officials have recommended that residents who live in adequately built homes stay in their homes. It is recommended that you choose an interior room separated by two walls from the outside.
  • Keep a list of prescribed medications and include them in your food and water storage plans.
  • Review your insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage.

Plan Evacuation Alternatives Now

  • Evacuations are scheduled by county and City officials. If you are instructed to evacuate, have a plan.
  • If you expect to evacuate your home in the event of a hurricane, plan in advance where you will stay, how you will get there, and what supplies you will take.
  • If you need transportation to a public shelter due to a "special need" such as a physical disability or a neurological or psychological disorder, register with the County Office of Emergency Management in advance. Do not wait until a storm approaches.
  • If you or a family member receives home health care or depends on electrical life-support equipment, discuss emergency plans with your agency representative. Check with your physician and, if necessary, make arrangements now with a hospital or special needs shelter to stay there if you must evacuate.

Evacuations Routes and Shelter Locations

SLC Evacuation Shelters Map