Hurricane Irma: Evacuations, Shelters, Closures For Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia

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This post will be updated with the latest information on evacuations, shelters and closures for the First Coast. 

With states of emergency declared for Duval County and Camden County, Georgia, ahead of Hurricane Irma, Jacksonville’s Public Works Department was working to clear storm drains on Thursday.

Public Works Director John Pappus said Thursday in Mandarin that his workers were clearing debris at more than 90 other locations in the city.

“We’re focused on areas we know we’ve had challenges in the past,” he said. “We go through those and make sure the systems are open, the capacity is there, so when those heavy rains come that we’re able to accommodate those.”

Evacuation Info

St. Johns County has issued a mandatory evacuation order for 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, for Evacuation Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the Town of Hastings, and those living on waterfront property within the evacuation zones.

Residents living in boats, RVs, and mobile homes throughout St. Johns County are also included in the evacuation order. Residents who are able to evacuate and are not utilizing a St. Johns County shelter should begin evacuating as soon as possible prior to the evacuation scheduled for 6 a.m. on Saturday, September 9 in order to avoid traffic congestion.

As of Thursday morning, no evacuations had been ordered in Jacksonville. However, Mayor Lenny Curry urged people living at the Beaches, in the lowest-lying areas or in mobile homes to voluntarily leave in order to avoid a “major, major” crush of traffic on roads.

“If you can evacuate, please consider evacuating today,” Curry said Thursday morning. “If the storm does not change course, we will likely be issuing mandatory evacuation orders sometime (Friday) morning.”

Look up a house's evacuation zone at JaxReady.com.

Curry said he anticipates Zones A and B will be the first to be evacuated.

Shelters

Curry said a list of 12 public shelter locations should be available by the end of the day Thursday. Those are scheduled to open Friday.

“If you’re in those evacuation Zones A or B and you can’t leave for whatever reason, know that there are shelters that you’ll have identified and you can begin moving there on Friday,” the mayor said.

For information about Duval County evacuation shelters, such as what to bring with you, to register for our Special Needs Shelters, or to pre- arrange for transportation to an evacuation shelter, visit www.jaxready.com or call 630-CITY (630-2489).

St. Johns County will also open four shelters at 6 a.m. Saturday. The county is prepared to open additional shelters as needed. The following shelters will be open to the public:

  • Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Ln. (Special needs)
  • Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Ln. (Pet-friendly)
  • Pedro Menendez High School, 600 SR 206 West (General population)
  • Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy. (General population)

School Closures

Duval County Public Schools:

All schools and offices closed and all after-school activities and Extended Day care canceled on Friday, Sept. 8, and Monday, Sept. 11.

The ACT college-entrance test scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, has been cancelled at all DCPS high school test centers, which include the following:

  • Ribault
  • Mandarin
  • Sandalwood
  • Raines
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Fletcher
  • Ed White
  • Westside
  • Wolfson

The rescheduled test date will be posted on the district's website, as well as www.actstudent.org as soon as it is determined.

Clay County Schools:

Schools and district offices will be closed Friday, Sept. 8, and Monday, Sept. 11.

St. Johns County Schools:

Schools and district offices will be closed Friday, Sept. 8, and Monday, Sept. 11.

Baker County Schools:

Baker County Public Schools will be closed Friday, Sept. 8, and Monday, Sept. 11.

Nassau County Schools:

Schools and district offices will be closed Friday Sept. 8 through Monday Sept. 11. The Yulee High School and West Nassau High School varsity football games will be played Thursday at 7 p.m.

In Southeast Georgia, Camden County Public Schools will be closed Friday, Sept. 8, Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12. All official announcements regarding schools will be made on Camden County Schools website and Facebook page, through SchoolMessenger automated calls, as well as on local radio stations KBAY 106.3 and WECC 89.3.

University of North Florida:

Classes, most events and non-essential operations are canceled Friday, Sept. 8, through Monday, Sept. 11. The cancellation also includes all online classes. As for classes after Monday, the University will make that decision over the weekend.

Jacksonville University:

The university will be closed starting Friday, Sept. 8, with plans to resume normal operations on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Any classes, activities, or events that were scheduled to be held on campus between Sept. 8 and Sept. 12 have been canceled.

Florida State College at Jacksonville:

All FSCJ campuses and centers will be closed Friday, Sept. 8, through Monday, Sept. 11. They are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 12, but any changes to this plan will be communicated through the FSCJ Emergency Notification System.

FSCJ students: To sign up for text and email alerts, log in to your myFSCJ account and click the "Emergency Notifications" link under the Useful Links section on the right side of the page.

FSCJ employees: To sign up for text and email alerts, log in to your myFSCJ account and click the "Emergency Notifications" link under the Quick Links section on the right side of the page.

St. Johns River State College:

Campuses will be closed Friday, Sept. 8, and remain closed until further notice.

Edward Waters College:

College will be closed for all activities beginning Friday, Sept. 8, with plans to resume normal operations Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Flagler College:

Classes are canceled Thursday Sept. 7, through Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Other Closures

Administrative offices for St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Monday, Sept. 11. Operational decisions beyond Monday will be determined based on weather conditions.

In addition, the city’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance for 9/11 and the regular St. Augustine City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11, have been cancelled. The regular meeting of the Code Enforcement, Adjustments and Appeals Board (CEAAB) scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, has also been canceled.

All Jacksonville Public Library locations are closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8, 9 and 10.

The Osceola National Forest will close trails, campgrounds and recreation areas to the public on Friday at 5 p.m. until further notice. In addition, the Osceola ranger district office will be closed Monday and reopen at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 12. 

Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History (MOSH) is closed beginning Friday, Sept. 8, until further notice.

The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast will close all branches all day from Saturday to Monday, and plan to open branches at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, depending on the impact of Irma. 

The following programs/events have been canceled:

YMCA Before and Afterschool Programs in Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns County are canceled on Friday (Sept. 8) and Monday (Sept. 11).

All Youth Sports programs scheduled for this weekend (Sept. 9-10) have been canceled.

The McArthur Family YMCA Kids Tri has been postponed to Friday, Sept. 22. Registration has been extended. Contact the McArthur Y for more details.

The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier will close Friday, Sept. 8, and will remain closed throughout the duration of the storm. All St. Johns County beaches are also closed to vehicles.

Cancellations

St. Augustine’s Sing Out Loud Festival scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 10. The rest of the Sing Out Loud events set for Sept. 15 through Sept. 17 and Sept. 22 through Sept. 24 are scheduled to continue as planned. For updates regarding the Sing Out Loud Festival, please visit www.singoutloudfestival.com.

Resources

For information about Duval County evacuation shelters, such as what to bring with you, to register for our Special Needs Shelters, or to pre- arrange for transportation to an evacuation shelter, visit www.jaxready.com or call 630-CITY (630-2489)

St. Johns County residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.

St. Johns County has activated a hotline for residents and business owners with concerns regarding property and structural damage due to Hurricane Irma. If you have storm-related structural damage or permitting questions, call the St. Johns County Building Services Structural Hotline at 904-827-6836.

This story will be updated.