Hurricane Irma Updates

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9/18/17 – From Marathon Veterinary Hospital –

The Marathon Veterinary Hospital is open 24/7.
Contact Dr. Doug Mader at (305) 743-7099.


9/13/17 – From Monroe County BOCC –


Aqueduct is going to turn on the water today from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Stock Island and Key West.

This is NON POTABLE water, must be boiled before drinking, and will only be available for two, 2-HOUR periods of time.

Key Largo to Marathon should have water in areas that do not have damage to individual service lines.

Water from Stock Island to the 7-Mile Bridge is still unavailable due to major storm damage.

Water provided during this time is in short supply and should be conserved. While there is a temptation to use this limited resource to clean property, the resource is being made available for SANITATION PURPOSES. Many people still have limited or no access to this resource. Water flows through pipes like a tree, the larger supply is closest to the trunk. Greater vigilance in conservation near the trunk, means the limbs see more water.

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9/13/17 – From Richard Amchir –

We (National Tool Supply) are currently opened and have water, generators, tools and hardware supplies. Please pass the word on to anyone who is looking or needs hurricane supplies in the Broward/Dade county area. I can be reached at the contact info below. Thank you for your help.


National Tool Supply
5725 West Hallandale Beach Boulevard
West Park, Florida 33023

Currently, there are no set hours, however, they’ve been opening up at 8 AM and closing at 5-5:30 PM


9/12/17 – From –


9/12/17 (12:38 PM) – From Monroe County BOCC –


The information below that was in a Sept. 11, 2017 Department of Defense report is NOT TRUE. Please do not repeat and please refute if possible.

It said:
“Damage to the Keys may necessitate evacuation of the 10,000 persons who did not evacuate before the storm.”


9/12/17 – From Monroe County BOCC –

Monroe County will open re-entry into the Keys for residents and business owners in Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Entry requires a yellow re-entry sticker or proof of residency or business ownership in those three cities. A roadblock will be put around Mile Marker 74, just before Sea Oates Beach where part of the road has washed out. An FDOT road crew will repair the road tomorrow.

Returning residents should consider that there are limited services. Most areas are still without power and water. Cell service is spotty. And most gas stations are still closed.

Mariners Hospital in Tavernier will open at 7 a.m. tomorrow.
Crews are continuing to work to clear U.S. 1 as quickly as possible. FDOT has inspected all the bridges along U.S. 1.

They cleared all the bridges to Mile Marker 16 as safe. They are waiting for reports on the safety of the remaining bridges.
The County will continue to evaluate the situation. The goal is to get all residents back into the Keys as quickly.


9/10/17 – From Monroe County BOCC –

Several problem areas have been identified along U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys. Please avoid these areas:
• At MM 75, parts of the roadway along Sea Oates beach have been washed out and parts of the roadway are inundated with sand.
• At MM 35, a metal power pole fell across the highway, making it almost impassable.
• At MM 29, there is a partial washout of the roadway.



The following information isn’t meant to be a definitive guide to end all guides. However, the information provided is intended to be helpful. Please consult with the Monroe County Sheriffs Office for more information.


For your location, please enter your zip code or city in the search bar. Pre-set location is set for Key West.


  • No Shelters will be open anywhere in the Florida Keys
  • Main shelter:  Monroe County residents and their pets can seek public shelter at the E Darwin Fuchs Pavilion located at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, 10901 SW 24th St., Miami.
    • Directions: Take the Florida Turnpike Extension from Florida City to exit 23; take ramp right toward SW 40th St. (Bird Rd.); Take slight left onto SW 117th Ave.; Take 1st right at lights, SW 40th St.(Bird Rd.); Turn left at SW 112th Ave.; Turn right on 24th St.; then make U turn; Entrance on the right.
  • Special Needs Patients: FIU’s Recreation Center remains the relocation center for Monroe’s special-needs patients, like those requiring regular medical attention.


Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

Monroe County Sheriffs Office:
Non-emergency: (305)289-2351 

Lower Keys (305)745-3184
Middle Keys (305)289-2430
Upper Keys (305)853-3211

Emergency Information Hot Line for storm questions:

1-800-955-5504 for information about Hurricane Irma.

National Guard: (305)293-2535

Coast Guard (Key West): (305) 292-8713

Coast Guard (Islamorada): (305) 664-8077

FEMA (Federal Emergency Mgmt Agency) :1-800-621-3362



Lower Keys Medical Center (LKMC) does not plan on being open for the weekend. Should you require medical assistance, they will not be available until atleast the 12th of Sept., as they have evacuated all staff and patients.

However, if you’d like to stay updated as to when exactly they’ll be back, please use the following web address as a reference.

As it stands, the hospital will be closing all emergency services and normal operations Thursday evening at 7pm.


Monroe County Social Services In-home And Nutrition Services

Plantation Key, FL 33070
(305) 852-7125
Monroe County Social Services In-home And Nutrition Services is a food pantry. Serves Upper Keys to Miami-Dade County Line, ages 60 years old and over. For Home Delivered Meals, must be 60+ with a medical condition.

Food pantry service hours: Mondays through Fridays 8am – 5pm


No shelter available anywhere in The Keys. However, should you find yourself in The Keys during the storm, here are a few helpful ways to stay dry and safe.

  1. Find a place in the center of a sturdy building, away from windows and doorways.
  2. Should you find yourself in flood waters, get to the upper level of the building, but only after winds have died down, and it is safe to do so.
  3. Use battery powered electronics whenever possible.
  4. When it is safe to do so, call for help using the number listed above. Speak in a clear and concise tone of voice so that they may help you as quickly as they are able to.
  5. Follow any and all instructions provided by the Monroe County Sheriffs Office or other Emergency Service Providers.


Clothing may be provided for those affected by the storm at the following locations:

  • To be updated as information becomes available


Florida Keys Electric Cooperative Association 305-852-2431