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Nicole Response Information — St. Johns County

 Nov 07 - Nov 30, 2022

All Day

If you’re experiencing an emergency call 911

After the Storm

After the storm safety: Emergency Information: 1-800-342-3557 FloridaDisaster.org

Downloads:

For the latest Local Information on Nicole, Visit:
St. Johns County Emergency Management
www.SJCFL.US/Hurricane
or call the Citizen Information Line at
904-824-5550


Health & Safety -
Before, During, and After the Storm

The Florida Department of Health urges residents and visitors to stay safe before, during, and after storm events with the following Health & Safety education and information:

Tropical Weather Safety: Don't go outside until the storm has passed; Stay away from downed power lines; Never walk or drive through flooded waters


Worker / Cleanup Safety

Take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones during cleanup after a hurricane.

Cleaning and sanitizing your household after an emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.

What to Wear
After a Disaster
PDF Fact Sheet
Text Equivalent


CDC – Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters

PDF Fact Sheet

Clean up your home safely.

Safely Preventing Mold Growth

Homeowner’s and
Renter’s Guide to Mold
Cleanup After Disasters

8 Tips to
Clean Up
MOLD

Sewage Potential in Flood Waters

Wash your hands.

Good basic personal hygiene and handwashing are critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Clean, safe running water is essential for proper hygiene and handwashing. Hygiene is especially important after an emergency like a hurricane, but finding clean, safe running water can sometimes be hard.

Take care of any wounds or injuries to prevent infection.

The risk for injury during and after a hurricane and other natural disasters is high.

  • Get first aid quickly to help heal small wounds and prevent infection.
  • Learn more about proper wound care after a disaster.

Take care of your emotional health.

During and after a hurricane, it is natural to experience different and strong emotions. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster.

Displaced Domestic Animal Hazards

During emergencies domestic animals might be displaced creating potential health and safety hazards for responders. This document provides information on preventing injury and illness that may be caused by bites, scratches, rabies among others, which constitute safety hazards for workers that may be in contact with displaced domestic animals.

The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH — St. Johns) works in cooperation with St. Johns County Animal Control to evaluate cases of animal bites for the purpose of ruling out rabies concern to the individual and community.


Tropical Storm Nicole

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National Hurricane Center
Key Messages

NOAA - National Hurricane Center | Key Messages


Flood Water

  St. Johns County Urges Safety Measures for Drinking Water During Flooding

As St. Johns County is currently forecasted to experience heavy rains and significant impacts from Ian, there is an increased possibility of flooding in the days ahead. Residents, businesses, and visitors are urged to take safety measures to protect drinking water as well as safety measures with the increased potential for flooding and standing water.

Moving Flood Water – During flooding, the greatest threat comes from moving water. The deeper the moving water, the greater the threat. People should avoid driving in moving water, regardless of the size of their vehicle.

Pooling Flood Water – Heavy rain causes flood waters to rise and pool on streets and throughout neighborhoods. In these situations, be aware of the following:

  • Road surfaces become obscured, and drivers can unknowingly steer into a deep body of water, such as a canal or pond.
  • Electricity from streetlights and power poles may be conducted through standing water, causing a deadly shock to anyone coming in contact with it.
  • Children playing in contaminated standing water can become sick or be bitten by snakes or floating insects.
  • People coming in contact with floodwater should thoroughly rinse any exposed body parts with soap and clean water to prevent infection and illness.

Contaminated Water Supply – Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. Residents and visitors are urged to listen to local announcements regarding the safety of the public water supply. If your public water system loses pressure, a “ Boil Water Notice” will likely be issued for your area.

For private well owners whose drinking water wells are affected by flood waters, take precautions against disease-causing organisms that may make their water unsafe to drink. 

Use one of the following methods if the property near your drinking well is flooded: 

  • Use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula; or
  • Boil water before use, holding it at a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, washing, cooking, etc.; or
  • Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 tsp – this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of plain, unscented household bleach (4 to 6%) per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.
  • After the flooding subsides, disinfect your well using the procedures available from the Florida Department of Health via the following web link:  www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/private-well-testing/index.html 

Power Outage

  • NEVER touch a fallen power line.
  • Do not drive through standing water if downed power lines are in the water.
  • If you believe someone has had electric shock, call or have someone else call 911 or emergency medical help.
  • If there has been flooding, have an electrician inspect your home or business before turning on the breaker.


Electrical Safety During a Hurricane
(Video Length 0:30)

Stay away from power lines.

  • Watch out for fallen power lines that may be hanging overhead.
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines. Call the electric company to report them.
  • Learn more on how to protect yourself from electrical hazards after a disaster.

Never use a wet electrical device.

If the power is out,
use flashlights instead of candles.


Carbon Monoxide (CO) &
Generator Safety


Carbon Monoxide (CO)

& Generator Safety
(Video Length 0:49)

CO is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas that is very poisonous. It can cause Fatigue, weakness, chest pains for people with heart disease, shortness of breath, stomach pain, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, vision problems, loss of consciousness and in severe cases, death.

Florida Poison Information Center

If a person has collapsed or is not breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you suspect CO poisoning, call the Florida Poison Information Center :
1-800-222-1222. 

CDC Highlights

Portable Generators can Produce
High Levels of CO Very Quickly

Safety Tips

  • Never use a generator indoors, including homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows, or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in your home.
  • Always keep portable generators or gasoline engines outside and away from open windows,
    doors, window air conditioners or exhaust vents that could allow CO to come indoors. Follow
    the instructions that come with your unit.
  • Remember, you cannot see or smell CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy or weak while
    using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent or fireplace.

Infographics:

CO Alarms Save Lives

  • Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery backup in your home. Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions. The CO alarms should be certified to the latest safety standards: UL 2034, IAS 6-96, ASTM D6332, or CSA 6.19.01.
  • Test your CO alarms—follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and replace dead batteries.

Drink Safe Water and
Eat Safe Food



Water Safety After a Disaster

FEMA & CDC Accessible
(Video Length 3:45)

  • Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water. Unsafe food can make you sick even if it looks, smells, and tastes normal. Throw away perishable foods that have not been refrigerated properly due to power outages; also discard foods with an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • Listen to reports from local officials for advice on water precautions in your home. Do not use water you suspect or have been told is contaminated to make baby formula, make ice, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, or wash dishes.
  • Bottled, boiled, or treated water are safe for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene.
  • Learn more on how to keep food and water safe after a disaster.

Boil Water Notices

Contact your local utilities company for the latest information on Boil Water Notices

Infographics:


St. Johns County Emergency Management

St. Johns County
Emergency Management
Tropical Storm Nicole Updates

St. Johns County Emergency Management has up-to-date local
information for St. Johns County.

If you’re experiencing an emergency call 911.

For the latest Local Information on Nicole, Visit:
St. Johns County Emergency Management
www.SJCFL.US/Hurricane
or call the Citizen Information Line at
904-824-5550

November 17, 2022

Assistance for Businesses Impacted by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

St. Johns County has opened an email hotline to provide local businesses with assistance related to Hurricanes Ian or Nicole. Business owners can email businesshotline@sjcfl.us for help with understanding federal, state and local resources available for impacted businesses. All email inquiries will be responded to by St. Johns County staff during regular business hours.

November 11, 2022

Emergency Management Citizen Info Line

The Emergency Management Citizen Info Line will open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Post Nicole Update

The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier facilities including the parking lot, pavilion, volleyball courts, and the pier gift shop will reopen Saturday, Nov. 12. The gift shop will resume normal business hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The fishing pier, both beach access locations, and the splash park will remain closed until further notice.

Nicole Storm Debris Collection

St. Johns County is conducting damage and storm debris assessments in response to impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole. As the County continues to plan the disposal response, residents are encouraged to move all storm debris to the curb as resources are available to respond and assist with the recovery efforts. Residents are asked to separate trash from vegetation. For questions or to report storm debris, please contact the Solid Waste Division at 904.827.6980 or email solidwaste@sjcfl.us.

St. Johns County Libraries Open after Tropical Storm Nicole

The St. Johns County Public Library System branches and book drops will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, resuming normal business hours. Fees for notary, printing, copying, and faxing services will be waived for storm-related business. For more information about the St. Johns County Public Library System, please visit www.sjcpls.org.

Damage Assessments Underway in St. Johns County

St. Johns County has experienced significant impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole throughout coastal St. Johns County.

Officials are assessing the damage and crews are removing debris as quickly as possible, however this process will take some time. Any St. Johns County residents or business owners who have storm-related structural damage from Tropical Storm Nicole or permitting questions, please call the St. Johns County Building Services Structural Hotline at 904-827-6836.

For updates on recovery efforts in St. Johns County, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904-824-5550.

St. Johns County Lifts Voluntary Evacuation Order

Effective immediately on Friday, Nov. 11, voluntary evacuation orders for all zones enacted in St. Johns County in response to Tropical Storm Nicole have been lifted. Residents are encouraged to drive with caution as isolated areas may still have standing water causing them to be impassable and may be restricted by emergency services.

With the evacuation order lifted, shelters will begin demobilizing and close at 10 a.m.

A1A Reopened

A1A has now reopened after emergency repairs were completed by the Florida Department of Transportation. Please drive with caution especially near the areas of Guana River Road and Carcaba Road.


General Guidance

AFTER THE STORM:

  • Stay Safe After a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm
    • If your home has damage, do not reenter until it has been examined by a building inspector for safety.
    • Water Precautions - Whenever widespread flooding occurs, there is potential for bacterial contamination. Disinfect any tap water you use for cooking and cleaning. Bring water to a boil for five minutes or use chemicals (eight drops of chlorine bleach or iodine per gallon) or water purification tablets as directed. Continue to do so until official announcement of water safety.
    • Throw away food that may be unsafe.
    • Prevent  carbon monoxide poisoning. Use generators, stoves, and grills outside and away from windows and doors.
    • Prevent mold growth; by airing out rooms and disinfecting.
    • Beware of snakes, insects, or other animals driven to higher grounds by flooding.
    • Avoid downed or dangling utility wires, especially when cutting or clearing fallen trees. Call professionals to remove large uprooted trees.
    • After hurricanes,  Anastasia Mosquito Control District (AMCD)  904-471-3107 monitors mosquito situations very closely and will take appropriate action when necessary. Also, AMCD emphasizes that residents should empty any containers in their yard that are filled with water to inhbit further mosquito breeding. In addition, wear protective clothing (long sleeves and pants) and insect repellent that contains "DEET" when outdoors.
    • After the Storm Stress; While you take action to rescue, repair and rebuild, take action for your emotional health.
Learn More about how your power is restored:  SJC Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Stay Informed

Receive alerts about emergencies by signing up for the

St. Johns County Emergency Notification System:

Alert St. Johns

National Hurricane Center

Stay Informed of Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm paths! Visit the National Hurricane Center.

NOAA | Tropical Weather Outlook

St. Johns County Emergency Management

For more information on Hurricanes or Other Tropical Storms, visit the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center website.

St. Johns County Evacuation Zones

Has your zone changed?Evacuation Zone Update!

Has your zone changed?

Know your Evacuation Zone! Visit St. Johns County Emergency Management for more information.

St. Johns County Shelter Locations

St. Johns County Emergency Management has Shelter Location information.

NOAA Weather Radio

St. Johns County Emergency Management has local information regarding new NOAA Radio Station Frequencies for use in certain areas of St. Johns County.

FloridaDisaster.org

Florida Division of Emergency Management

National Weather Service



Flash Flooding

How Do I Keep Myself and
My Family Safe During a Flood?

Do Not Walk, Swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don't Drown!

After the flood:

  • Do not visit disaster areas, your presence may hamper emergency operations.
  • Throw out food that has come into contact with the floodwater and boil drinking water before using it.
  • Stay out of buildings that remain in flood waters.
  • Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas.
  • If the power is out, use flashlights to examine buildings. Flammables may be inside.
  • Report broken utilities to the correct authorities.

City of Saint AugustineCity of St. Augustine Information

Residents and businesses within the City Limits of St. Augustine can get more information from the City of St. Augustine.


City of Saint Augustine BeachCity of St. Augustine Beach Information

 Residents and businesses within the City Limits of St. Augustine Beach can get more information from the City of St. Augustine Beach website.

 


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources in ASL

  • Live Access ASL is a Facebook livestream public group where interpreters provide interpretations for free for inaccessible press conferences and announcements.

Hurricane Safety Messages - ASL 



After the Storm

After the storm safety: Emergency Information: 1-800-342-3557 FloridaDisaster.org

Downloads:

After the Storm Stress (fear, anxiety, sadness, shame, feeling numb, disorientation, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, being on edge, problems at work and school); While you take action to rescue, repair and rebuild, take action for you emotional health.

After the Storm Stress   (fear, anxiety, sadness, shame, feeling numb, disorientation, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, being on edge, problems at work & school)

While you take action to rescue, repair and rebuild, take action for your emotional health.

  • Talk to another person for support.
  • Spend time with others.
  • Take breaks.
  • Schedule pleasant activities.
  • Keep a written or photographic journal.
  • Get adequate rest and sleep.
  • Eat healthy meals.
  • Exercise in moderation.
  • Try to maintain a schedule.
  • Find a local support group.
  • Seek counseling.

Learn More:


  • Schedule
  • Resources
  • Archive

24/7 Be Ready & Stay Informed

St. Johns County Emergency Management has Up-to-Date Local Information

FDOH - Emergency Information

State Assistance Information Line - SAIL hotline 800-342-3557

Boil Water Notices

Florida Responds to Impacts from Tropical Storm Nicole

Department of Elder Affairs Emergency Management Status Page

Florida National Guard Assists - St. Augustine, FL

FDOT - For real-time travel updates and information about road and bridge closures, visit FL511.com

FLHSMV - Disaster Response - Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Memo: Executive Order 22-256 (Amending Executive Order 22-253, Emergency Management – Hurricane Nicole)

FDOT - FHP Live Traffic Crash and Road Condition Report

Flagler Health / Flagler Hospital - Tropical Storm Nicole Updates

Executive Order 22-255 (Amending Executive Order 22-253, Emergency Management – Tropical Storm Nicole)

Hurricane Season Power Outage Reports

Florida Division of Emergency Management Issues Updates on Preparedness Efforts for Tropical Storm Nicole

FDEM - Disaster Supply Kit Checklist

FLHSMV - Before the Storm: Prepare your Family, Pets, Home and Vehicle

Florida Division of Emergency Management - facebook

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves Florida Emergency Declaration for Tropical Storm Nicole

Flagler Health TROPICAL STORM NICOLE UPDATES

Florida Power Light (FPL) Storm Center

JEA Storm Center

State Emergency Response Team - SERT Evacuation Orders for Florida Counties

State Emergency Response Team - SERT Shelter Status - currently open general and special needs shelters within the State of Florida

FLDOE - School Closures - Florida Department of Education

Attorney General Moody Activates Price Gouging Hotline as Subtropical Storm Nicole Approaches Florida

Take steps to prepare yourself and your family for weather hazards by visiting Ready.gov

State of Florida Issues Updates on Hurricane Ian Recovery Efforts, Preparedness Efforts for Subtropical Storm Nicole

STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 22-253

Governor Ron DeSantis Cautions Residents to Monitor Subtropical Storm Nicole

NOAA Tides and Currents - Coastal Inundation Dashboard - Nicole

Governor Ron DeSantis Encourages Floridians to Prepare Ahead of Identified System [edit: Nicole ]

CDC - Preparing for a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

ALERT St. Johns – Emergency Notification System

DOH-St. Johns Emergency Preparedness and Response

Before the Storm: Prepare your Family, Pets, Home and Vehicle

ROAD READY - Emergency Preparedness and your Vehicle

Florida Special Needs Registry

FloridaDisaster.org – Division of Emergency Management

National Hurricane Center

NOAA Weather Radio

Tornado Sheltering Tips

Wildlife and Storms

Hurricane Tracking Charts

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.

November 12

Before the flood reaches your area:

  • Know if floodwaters might affect your home and property. Know your elevation above flood stage.
  • Develop a flood emergency action plan.
  • Evacuate immediately, if advised to do so. Bring important documents with you.
  • Move to a safe area before access is cut off.
  • Keep abreast of road conditions through the news media.

During the flood:

  • Avoid areas subject to flooding. Do not attempt to cross flowing water.
  • Never drive through flooded roadways. Nearly half of all people killed in floods are those who try driving through flooded areas.
  • Do not drive around barricades, they are there for your protection.
  • If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately.
  • Never try to walk through or allow children to play around flood water.

November 11

St. Johns County Lifts Voluntary Evacuation Order
Shelters to close at 10 a.m.

St. Johns County Lifts Evacuation Order Effective Immediately, Shelters to close at 10 AM

Effective immediately on Friday, Nov. 11, voluntary evacuation orders for all zones enacted in St. Johns County in response to Tropical Storm Nicole have been lifted. Residents are encouraged to drive with caution as isolated areas may still have standing water causing them to be impassable and may be restricted by emergency services.

With the evacuation order lifted, shelters will begin demobilizing and close at 10 a.m.

Novermber 10

Bridge of Lions and King Street Now OpenA1A Now Open Please Drive With CautionFlorida Department of Transportation Emergency Repairs Update

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) crews continue to work on emergency repairs to A1A in Vilano Beach to secure the road as much as possible tonight. It’s possible this area will see flooding again with the next high tide cycle so please use caution.

We urge residents in the area to stay home if they don’t need to be on the roadways to allow crews to work as quickly as possible.

General Guidance
BEFORE THE STORM:

  • Preparing for a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm
    • Cover windows with storm shutters or plywood.
    • Tune in for local information.
    • Know how to turn off your gas, electricity, and water in case you need to evacuate.
    • Secure outdoor items by moving them to the garage.
    • Make an emergency kit, including at least a 7 day emergency supply of non-perishable food, water, and medicine.
    • Designate a shelter area if you cannot evacuate. Rooms without windows are best.

Tornado Sheltering Tips

Are you receiving weather alerts? Visit AlertFlorida.com to sign up for alerts in your area.

When a tornado warning is issued, seek shelter immediately and stay in place until the All-Clear

Unsafe Options:

  • Manufactured Housing
  • Large open rooms such as gyms
  • In vehicles & underneath overpasses
  • Mobile homes

Safer Options:

  • Interior room of a secure structure away from doors/windows
  • Bathroom, closets & center hallways on the lowest floor of your home or office
  • Underneath something sturdy, such as a heavy table
  • Covered by a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress to protect your head & body from debris

Learn More at: FloridaDisaster.Org/Nicole

SJC EOC Live-Streamed Press Conference on Facebook at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Shelter In Place. If you are experiencing an emergency call 911.

SHELTER IN PLACE

St. Johns County is feeling the heaviest effects from #Nicole right now. Conditions will continue to deteriorate as the storm passes through our area. We urge everyone to shelter in place until conditions improve.

 

Evaluate preparedness plans, know evacuation routes and zones, assemble or review supply kits, and prepare homes for potential tropical storm or hurricane weather events.

Hurricane Evacuation Zone Changes

Has your zone changed?St. Johns County’s hurricane evacuation zones have been updated as a result of data improvements by the National Hurricane Center. The new zones are effective immediately. Those living in coastal, waterfront, and low-lying areas will see the most significant changes. In preparation for the Atlantic Hurricane Season that begins June 1, residents and business owners are encouraged to review the updated map to determine changes to their evacuation zones by visiting the County’s “My Evacuation Zone website” which provides evacuation zone information for St. Johns County addresses. Residents should take this opportunity to also familiarize themselves with appropriate evacuation routes. St. Johns County also encourages residents and business owners to prepare for hurricane season by reviewing the information provided on the St. Johns County Emergency Management Website and making a hurricane supply kit.

Here are some helpful storm preparation tips:

  • Make a Plan – Every household should have a disaster plan specific to the needs of their household. Every individual in the household should assist in developing the emergency plan and understand the plan. Visit FloridaDisaster.org/Family-Plan for more information.
  • Know Your Zone, Know Your Home – It’s important for residents to know if they live in an evacuation zone, a low-lying, flood-prone area, a mobile home, or an unsafe structure during hurricane season. It is also very important for residents to know their home and its ability to withstand strong winds and heavy rain. This information will help residents better understand orders from local officials during a storm. Visit My Evacuation Zone and type in your address to find out your evacuation zone.
  • Keep Gas Tanks Half Full – Residents should keep their vehicle’s gas tanks at least half full during hurricane season to ensure they have enough fuel to evacuate as soon as possible without worrying about long lines at gas stations and to avoid gas shortages prior to a storm. For Floridians with electric vehicles, it’s recommended that the battery be maintained between 50% - 80% capacity at all times, depending on the type of vehicle and what the vehicle’s manual recommends. Visit FloridaDisaster.org/HalfwayFull for more information.

Shelter Information

Shelter information for St. Johns County can be found on the following pages of the  St. Johns County Hurricane Preparedness Official Guide:

General Shelters
Disaster Sheltering
page 22

General Shelter
Locations
Page 23

Pet Friendly Shelter
Information
Page 24

Special Medical
Needs Shelter
Information
Page 25


Prepare Now!

St. Johns County
Hurricane Preparedness
Official Guide

Be Ready for Hurricanes!
Before & After
Download the infographic

Being Prepared:
Emergency Disaster Kit
Page 9

Special Medical Needs
Shelter Checklist

 

DOH - St. Johns County
Emergency Preparedness & Response
Hurricane Preparedness Information
CLICK HERE

 


Top Tips for Weathering the storm

St. Johns County Under: Hurricane Watch, Storm Surge Warning, Tropical Storm Warning

Evacuation Information

Evacuation information for St. Johns County can be found on the following pages of the  St. Johns County  
Hurricane Preparedness Official Guide:

St. Johns County
Evacuation Information

St. Johns County
Evacuation Zone Map
Page 31


November 9

St. Johns County Household Waste, Recycling, and Yard Debris Collections Suspended

St. Johns County Residential Collection Service UpdateDue to potential impacts of Tropical Storm Nicole, St. Johns County has suspended household garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules on Thursday, Nov. 10, with normal service resuming Friday, Nov. 11. Residents originally scheduled for Thursday collection will have service on Saturday, Nov. 12. St. Johns County encourages residents to secure all garbage and recycling containers for the duration of the storm. The Tillman Ridge and Stratton Road Transfer Stations will also be closed on Nov. 10.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES

With the exception of emergency service employees responding to Tropical Storm Nicole, all offices and departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will close Wednesday, Nov. 9, starting at noon and Thursday, Nov. 10. Government offices are closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. The same closures also apply to the government offices of the City of St. Augustine. The St. Augustine Municipal Marina is currently closed and will reopen once weather conditions allow. City of St. Augustine Beach government offices will remain open Wednesday and close Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

All St. Johns County libraries, bookmobiles, and book drops will close Wednesday, Nov. 9, at noon and Thursday, Nov. 10. Libraries are closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Operational decisions beyond Friday will be determined based on weather conditions. Due dates will be extended and fines will not be incurred during the closure.

PARKS AND BEACH SERVICES

All St. Johns County Parks & Recreation parks and facilities will close Wednesday, Nov. 9, at noon and Thursday, Nov. 10, until the duration of the weather event. This includes but is not limited to athletic playing fields, passive parks, boat ramps, playgrounds, fishing piers, and the St. Johns County Golf Course. Beachfront parks and walkovers will also be closed during this time. Parks and facilities will reopen when safety inspections have been completed and weather conditions allow. Beach driving on all St. Johns County beaches is currently restricted.

SCHOOLS

St. Johns County Schools and district offices will remain open on Wednesday with regular early dismissal. Extended day services will operate as usual. There will be no afterschool activities, events, or athletics. Schools and district offices will close on Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Sunshine Bus Service and Paratransit Transportation Services Suspended Beginning Thursday, November 10, 2022

St. Johns County Council on Aging Sunshine Bus service will be suspended Thursday, Nov. 10, for the duration of the weather event. For further information, please contact the following:

  • Paratransit Customer Service (7:30 am - 4:00 pm): 904-209-3710
  • Sunshine Bus Customer Service (8:30 am - 5:00 pm):   904-209-3716

For updates, visit www.sunshinebus.net/alerts-updates.

Storm Surge and Tropical Storm Warnings in Effect for St. Johns County

The National Hurricane Center issued storm surge and tropical storm warnings for St. Johns County’s beaches, intracoastal waterway, and the St. Johns River.

In addition, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for coastal St. Johns County in anticipation of Nicole. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, and means hurricane conditions in relation to wind, rain, and surf are possible within the watch area.

Storm Surge Warning – A storm surge warning indicates there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Warning – A tropical storm warning is an announcement that sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.

St. Johns County Provides Free Sandbags to Residents in Preparation for Nicole

St. Johns County is providing free sandbags starting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2022, at three locations throughout the County in preparation for Nicole. The sand and the bags provided are free of charge. Residents must provide their transportation and shovels and are responsible for filling their bags. There is a maximum allocation of 20 bags per person. The sand and bags are available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, until weather permits.

Bridge Closure:

Bridge of Lions has closed to regular traffic. The bridge is only open to emergency vehicles.

Another high tide cycle is starting around 8:45 this evening. As a reminder, DO NOT drive on flooded roads. If you must leave your home, please be mindful of your wake.

Turn Around, Don't Drown
Surfside Avenue in Vilano Beach

November 8

St. Johns County Issues Voluntary Evacuation for Coastal Areas
Two shelters open Wednesday at 1 p.m.

In anticipation of the effects from Tropical Storm Nicole, St. Johns County has issued a voluntary evacuation effective at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, for coastal St. Johns County, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or flood-prone areas. This voluntary evacuation order will remain in place for the duration of the storm event. For evacuation information, including route maps and evacuation zones, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

Residents living aboard boats and those living in RVs, mobile homes, and manufactured homes throughout St. Johns County are also advised to evacuate. Residents who would like to evacuate and are not utilizing a St. Johns County shelter should begin evacuating as soon as possible to avoid traffic congestion.

Open Shelters (Wednesday, Nov. 9)

St. Johns County opened Two shelters starting at 1:00PM on Wednesday, November 9. The County is prepared to open additional shelters as needed. The following shelters will be open to the public:

While shelters provide safety throughout the storm, residents must bring supplies to maintain personal comfort and sustenance. St. Johns County recommends that all evacuees bring their own bedding, including sleeping bags or air mattresses, pillows, sheets, and blankets. A five-day supply of water, non-perishable food, medication, diapers, and other personal items are also suggested. Please refer to the list below for additional supply suggestions.

  • At least a five-day supply of medications, insulin, and a cooler if you are diabetic
  • Personal grooming and hygiene items, feminine supplies
  • Extra clothing, eyeglasses
  • Books, magazines, cards, games, etc.
  • Pillows, blankets, sheets, lawn chair/chaise lounge
  • Flashlight and extra batteries, manual can opener
  • Personal identification/important papers

Additionally, all St. Johns County government offices and facilities, including parks and libraries, will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904-824-5550.

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Press Conference

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Florida, November 8, 2022 – St. Johns County held a press conference at 5:45 p.m. today in the Emergency Operations Center, 100 EOC Drive in St. Augustine, to discuss the potential impact of Tropical Storm Nicole. The press conference will include a question-and-answer session with representatives from St. Johns County, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, the School District, the City of St. Augustine Administration, Police Department, and Fire Department, the City of St. Augustine Beach Police Department and the St. Johns County Department of Health.

City of St. Augustine:

Sandbag Operations
Returning on Wednesday, November 9 at 8:00am, the City of St. Augustine again will provide free sandbags until 12:00pm or until the supply is depleted at Francis Field, located at 25 West Castillo Drive. The sand and the bags are free of charge and there is a limit of 20 bags per person. Members of the public must provide their own transportation and shovels and are responsible for filling their own bags. Vehicles should enter Francis Field from the west off Riberia St. and follow directions. The service will continue until the supply is depleted or the weather deteriorates until it is unsafe to do so.

 

Home Preparations Before a Storm

November 7

FEMA Temporarily Closing Disaster Recovery Center in St. Johns County

FEMA will temporarily close the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in St. Johns County, located at the Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive, from Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Friday, Nov. 11. The DRC will be inspected on Saturday, Nov. 12, and reopen once it is determined safe.

St. Johns County Now Under Tropical Storm Watch, Storm Surge Watch

The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Watch and Storm Surge Watch for St. Johns County on Monday, Nov. 7, in anticipation of Subtropical Storm Nicole. St. Johns County Emergency Management is monitoring the storm and will provide updates here as made available.

Tropical Storm Watch – A tropical storm watch means tropical-storm-force weather conditions are possible within the advised area within the next 48 hours, and means tropical storm conditions in relation to wind, rain, and surf are possible within the watch area.

Storm Surge Watch – A storm surge watch is defined as the possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours, in association with a tropical, subtropical, or post-tropical cyclone.

St. Johns County Beach Driving Restricted Ahead of Nicole

In anticipation of Subtropical Storm Nicole, on-beach driving will be restricted at Porpoise Point beginning Monday, Nov. 7. The remaining vehicular access ramps will be restricted beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. These restrictions will be imposed for the duration of the storm.

St. Johns County beaches are forecasted to experience unusually high surf and tides, dangerous currents, and strong winds along the coastline Wednesday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 12, as a result of Subtropical Storm Nicole.

Additionally, coastal flooding and erosion may occur on all St. Johns County beaches for the duration of this storm. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to exercise extreme caution and avoid ocean swimming during this time.

Updates to access locations will be announced on the Reach the Beach mobile app along with Facebook and Twitter (@SJCBeaches).


City of St. Augustine

November 9

Solid Waste Collections suspended Thursday, November 10 -  Residents urged to secure debris and bins; prepare for storm conditions, flooding, high winds
Due to deteriorating weather conditions, solid waste yard debris collections will be suspended tomorrow, Thursday, November 10. Residents are urged to secure debris and bins to the best of their ability as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches, and to be prepared for storm conditions.

As a reminder, residential recycling will not be collected this week, but will resume on Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18. For additional information, please call Todd Grant, Utilities Director, at 904.315.8499.

Be a good neighbor and don't create a wake!
Do not drive through standing water. The movement from your vehicle will cause a wake, which pushes water further into your neighbor's homes and local businesses, and damages their property.

November 8

City offices will close at noon Wednesday and Thursday
Starting on Wednesday, November 9 at 12:00pm and on Thursday, November 10, the City of St. Augustine government offices will be closed.  They will remain closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Localized Flooding
In anticipation for the impact of Tropical Storm Nicole, the City of St. Augustine is urging residents to prepare for flooding similar to that experienced during Hurricane Ian, beginning as early as Wednesday evening. Storm surge, flooding, gale-force winds, and potentially hurricane-force wind gusts are expected to last through Thursday night.

Posted on: November 7, 2022:

City of St. Augustine prepares for Tropical Storm Nicole

Sandbag operations, free parking at garage, yard debris pickup schedule

In preparation for the impact of Tropical Storm Nicole, the City of St. Augustine is urging residents to prepare for flooding that is expected to exceed between three to five feet above street level in low-lying areas as early as Wednesday, November 9.

With strong sustained winds and gale-force gusts predicted, residents can also expect power outages, tree damages, and structure damage with rain and winds lasting through Thursday night and into Friday morning.

Sandbag Operations
UPDATE: Continuing on Wednesday, November 9, at 8:00am, the City of St. Augustine will provide free sandbags until Noon, or until the supply is depleted at Francis Field, located at 25 West Castillo Drive.

The sand and the bags are free of charge and there is a limit of 20 bags per person.  Members of the public must provide their own transportation and shovels and are responsible for filling their own bags.

Vehicles should enter Francis Field from the west off Riberia St. and follow directions.  The service will continue until the supply is depleted or the weather deteriorates until it is unsafe to do so.

For additional information, please call the General Services Department at 904-825-1010.

Free Parking
The Historic Downtown Parking Facility will be free on Tuesday, November 8, starting at 5:00pm for residents living in low-lying, flood-prone areas who are seeking higher ground for their vehicles.  Residents should plan to retrieve their vehicles once the storm passes, and it is safe to return home.

For additional information, please call the Historic Downtown Parking Facility, at 904-484-5160.

Yard Debris and Residential Recycling Pickup
Residential yard debris pickup will remain on its normal schedule this week on Wednesday, November 9 and operate additionally on Thursday, November 10. 

Residential recycling will not be collected this week, but will resume on Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18.

For additional information, please call Todd Grant, Utilities Director, at 904-315-8499.

Localized Flooding Reminder
Residents are advised to not drive through standing water.  In cases where driving through standing water is unavoidable, drivers are reminded to drive slowly with caution and not to create a wake.  This can subsequently and inadvertently cause water to breach into homes and businesses causing additional or increased water damage.