Hurricane Preparedness

Evacuation Routes: Residents south of Patrick AFB to north limits of Indian Harbor Beach & south of Macaw Lane on Merritt Island, evacuate west on Pineda Causeway to Wickham Road north to I-95 or Shelter at Sherwood Elementary.
Click here for the Satellite Beach Emergency Management website for the latest information.

This is your best source for the local BREVARD information and updates. Click on the agency to go to their websites.
Before a tropical storm or hurricane impacts our city citizens should:

Review your homeowner’s insurance policy with your insurances agent and update the coverage as needed. Many insurance companies, limit or prohibit policy changes when a storm is within a geographical region.

Establish a storm action plan that addresses:

  • Where you are going to evacuate to
  • What you are going to do with your pets
  • Where you are going to stay, if your home is damaged
  • What you are going to take with you if you do evacuate
  • Purchase necessary supplies to safeguard your home from damage including:
    • Protective covering for windows and doors
    • Tarps to cover your roof after the storm have passed
    • If you plan on using a generator after the storm passes, purchase one or two fire extinguishers and always have one near by
  • Purchase battery powered lanterns, flashlights, and radios
  • Purchase plenty of non-perishable foods and bottled drinking water for your family.
  • You should purchase enough to last you and your family during the storm and 72 hours after the storm has passed

When a tropical storm or hurricane threatens to impact our city:

    •  Keep well informed on storm information and anticipated evacuation orders
    • Begin safeguarding your home from damage, that includes
      • Protecting window and door openings
      • Removing all loose items in your yard that may become a projectile during the storm including:
        • Grills
        • Toys
        • Chairs
    • Inform your out of State family and friends where you will be evacuating to should the evacuation order is made
    • Fill up all of you vehicles with gas and keep them full
    • Fill up your fuel cans for your generators; however store them in a safe place in your garage
    • If you are taking prescription medications, make sure you have enough to last 7 to 14 days
    • Withdraw cash or travelers checks before the rush

When the Evacuation Order is made:  

    • Activate your family evacuation plan
    • Leave early. Do not wait until the last minute. If you are evacuating out of the county, double or even triple your estimate travel time to your final location

After the storm has past: 

    • Do not anticipate an immediate return to your home. We will not allow any citizen to return until the roads are cleared and hazards are removed. The time required to accomplish this will depend on the severity of the storm
    • Please stay informed with local news outlets for information on when it is safe to return. Please do not call the City asking when the roads will be open. City call takers will be busy addressing emergency issues
    • Drive Safely returning home

When you arrive back to your home: 

    • Look for immediate hazards, such as power lines lying in your yard or on you house. If you should see this, DO NOT TOUCH THEM-STAY CLEAR
    • If you do not have electricity and you are going to use a generator keep the generator well away from the house. Do run the generator in your garage; Carbon Monoxide will enter your home
    • Do not connect the generator to you house; connect your appliance directly to the generator. Connecting the generator directly to the house creates an electrocution hazard to our power line workers
    • Drink plenty of water while working
    • Be careful working on your roof. Two citizens were critically injured last hurricane season while working on their roof
    • BE PATIENT. Your Public Safety and City workers are working as fast as they safely can to restore the city and many will have placed your families needs above their own because of their dedication to you
Preparing with Pets

In the event of a hurricane or disaster, Brevard County Animal Control and Animal Relief Support Agencies encourage pet owners to TAKE THEIR PETS WITH THEM if they are evacuating the area; however, pets are not allowed in Public Shelters. It is strongly recommended that prior arrangements be made to shelter your pets with a commercial kennel, family or friends out of the evacuation area. If left at home, your pets can be killed, injured, diseased, traumatized or lost.
If you have no other alternatives, Brevard County has two pet friendly shelters that will be opened for those living in an evacuation zone. Prior registration is not required; but you should call Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement to determine if open. The shelters are located at the Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road and at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way. These shelters allow evacuating residents and their pets to shelter together at an approved shelter. The shelters are operated by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation as well as Animal Services and Enforcements, and several volunteers and volunteer agencies.
County Animal Shelters Boarding
All county Animal Shelters will be open, unless ordered evacuated, and will receive pets on an Emergency basis. Call the following numbers for information concerning pet sheltering during a disaster:

  • Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement (321)633-2024
  • Humane Society South Branch (321) 253-6608
  • North Area Animal Center (321) 264-5119
  • South Area Care Center (321) 253-6608
Pet Friendly Shelter Program

Call Outreach Offices at 633-2024 or online at

It is VERY IMPORTANT to bring CURRENT RABIES CERTIFICATES, MEDICATIONS AND FOOD.  Additionally, PLEASE BRING leash and collar, crate or cage, cleaning supplies, and confort items for your pet.