Mandatory Evacs for PBC and Martin Zones A, B, and Shelter Info

Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, September 10, 2019

The eastern half of Palm Beach County is now under a Hurricane Watch due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

Due to this, mandatory evacuations are being ordered for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B in Palm Beach County, effective at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Palm Beach County Emergency Information Center number is (561) 712-6400.

Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion.

Zone B generally includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.

Bridges in Palm Beach and Martin counties also began closing at 1 p.m. and will be completely closed in the lock down position by 8 p.m. Sunday.

Check which zone you’re in here.

Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach is being evacuated, as it is in a mandatory evacuation zone.

Martin County Zones A and B and the barrier islands also began mandatory evacuations beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

If you choose to not evacuate to a shelter, please evacuate miles not hundreds of miles. Most of Palm Beach County is not being evacuated and residents should shelter within the county if possible. With the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Dorian, evacuating north is not recommended.

To determine if your home is in a storm surge evacuation zone, go to or download our free app “PBC DART.” If you are not in an evacuation zone, please shelter in place.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, Palm Beach County opened seven general population shelters, as well as the special needs shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds and the pet-friendly shelter at West Boynton Recreation Center.

The seven general population shelters are:

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elem. School, 1501 Avenue U, Riviera Beach

Independence Middle School, 4001 Greenway Dr., Jupiter

Lakeshore Middle School, 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade

Pahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee

Palm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens

Palm Beach Central High School, 8499 Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington

Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd, Lake Worth

Two more general population shelters will open at 5 p.m. Sunday:

Forest Hill High School, 6901 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach

Atlantic Community High School, 2455 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

The special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website

The pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth,

The available space for each person at a general shelter is 20 square feet. That’s 4 feet by 5 feet of floor space. Please bring snacks with you to the shelter, only dinner will be served Sunday evening. Shelters will be opening in The Glades and residents from Zone A can evacuate to those shelters.

The Sheriff’s Office assures they will not be checking the immigration status of any person coming to a shelter.


Shelters are opening at 1 p.m. Sunday

Pet-friendly – Willoughby Learning Center – 5150 SE Willoughby Boulevard, Stuart

Special needs shelter – Anderson Middle School -7000 SE Atlantic Ridge Drive, Stuart

Port Salerno Elementary School, 3260 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart

Jensen Beach High School, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road, Jensen Beach

Hidden Oaks Middle School, 2801 SW Martin Highway, Palm City

Warfield Elementary School, 15260 SW 150th Street, Indiantown


Shelters are opening at 1 p.m. Sunday

Residents are required to pre-register if they go to a pet-friendly or special needs shelter.

Special needs shelter – Havert L. Fenn Center – 2000 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce

For other possible shelters in St. Lucie County, click here.

If you choose to go to a hurricane shelter, please bring the following:

3 day supply of water

2 changes of comfortable clothes

Flashlight with extra batteries

Cell phone and a battery-operated charger

Medications and prescriptions

Snacks/Special diet foods


Photocopies of valuable documents

Games, books and playing cards for entertainment during your stay

Space is limited, so please pack accordingly.

Weapons are prohibited in shelters.

Listen to 850 WFTL for continuous, live and local coverage of Hurricane Dorian.