If you evacuated for Hurricane Irma out of the area, consider staying away for a few extra days. Before you decide to return, consider the following:
Power will be out for an undetermined period of time. This means no air conditioning, no lights, no refrigeration, no water pump and, in many cases, no stove.
Telephone service will be out or limited. This includes 911 calling. Lack of power and damaged facilities will affect both landline telephones and cellular telephone service. Even if your phone works, use it only for emergencies.
Municipal water supplies may be unsafe to drink without boiling or chemical treatment. Treat all water as unsafe until you are notified that it is safe. ¦
Important resource contacts
Monroe County Emergency Management – (305) 289-6018 – www.monroecountyem.com
StormReady – HOTLINE (800) 955-5504
Key West Police – (305) 809-1000 – www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov/department/?fDD=12-0
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office – (305) 292-7000 – www.keysso.net
Florida Keys SPCA – (305) 294-4857 – FKSPCA
FEMA (Disaster assistance) – (800) 621-3362 – fema.gov – www.disasterassistance.gov
Keys Energy Services – (305) 295-1000 – keysenergy.com
American Red Cross – (305) 644-1200 – www.redcross.org/local/florida/
National Hurricane Center – www.nhc.noaa/gov