General Hurricane Information
Hurricane Season starts June 1 and ends November 30.
In addition to high winds and heavy rainfall, tornadoes and coastal flooding are associated with hurricanes and tropical storms. Please take steps to ensure your family and/or your business is ready for a major storm event. Make a plan by visiting www.ready.gov!
Dedicated to safeguarding life and property, the City’s Emergency/Hurricane Preparedness and Response Team coordinates with Public Safety Services, Cape Canaveral Volunteer Fire Departmentand Brevard County Sheriff’s Office to provide preparation, evacuation and post-storm recovery assistance.Up-to-Date Hurricane Information and News
The City will disseminate the most up-to-date storm event information and news via Twitter.
- Visit the City’s official Twitter account at www.twitter.com/capecanaveralfl.
- You don’t need a Twitter account to view City tweets.
- You can also view the City’s Twitter feed on the bottom of our homepage www.cityofcapecanaveral.org
The City provides emergency notifications via Everbridge. You will need to register or re-register your phone number and/or email address following the instructions below.
- For cell phone alerts: Text 32920 to 888777. You will receive a confirmation via text. Text “STOP” at any time to cancel. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
- To register for all types of alerts (including text, landline and email):
- Visit https://www.brevardfl.gov/EmergencyManagement/AlertBrevardSignup then agree to the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page and follow the prompts.
In the event of a weather emergency, the superintendent of Brevard Public Schools (BPS) is the only person who will give the directive that schools are to close due to extreme weather conditions. Should the district close, BPS will communicate the closure to parents, teachers and staff through their rapid notification system. This will come in the form of voicemail and email. Subscribers to the BPS mobile app will also receive a push notification and those who have registered their cell phone number will receive a text message.
- Download the BPS mobile app from the iTunes App Store or via Google Play
- Follow BPS on Twitter or Facebook
- For more information, please see the BPS website
- The City does not provide sand or sandbags for storm events.
- Brevard County will be handling all sand, bags and sandbag distribution information, but we strongly encourage you to make sandbags an early part of your Hurricane Preparedness Plan. Lines are always long and there is often more demand than supply.
- It is illegal to collect sand from the beach.
- Make sure sandbags are included in your Hurricane Preparedness Plan:
- Alternatives to traditional sandbags include:
- Shelter locations and opening times will be posted on the City News page when those decisions are made.
- Brevard County has general population, pet-friendly and special needs shelters available across the county.
- For a list of what to bring to a shelter, Brevard County EOC provides a list.
- You do not need to arrive at a shelter as soon as it opens. Additional shelters will open if needed. Shelters will never turn you away.
Special needs shelters are specifically assigned to individuals so that there are enough supplies and medical professionals to help assist caregivers. If your medical equipment requires electricity, you have serious health issues and/or you have a caregiver and no other option for safe shelter, you should register for a special needs shelter. Visit the Brevard County Transportation & Special Needs Registry to register.
Mobile and Manufactured Homes
You should never ride out a hurricane in a mobile or manufactured home, even if it is not in an evacuation zone.
- Mobile and manufactured homes face the largest risk of damage from high winds.
- Florida law requires all mobile homes to be anchored. Ensure that tie-downs are secure, especially on older mobile homes or ones that have been moved.
If you live on a barrier island or in a low-lying area, you will need to be prepared to evacuate in the event of a hurricane or strong tropical storm.
Am I on a Barrier Island?
Even if you do not live in a mandatory evacuation zone, you may wish to leave the area during the storm. Widespread damage and interruption of services may be expected. Please use your best judgment and do what you think will be best for you and your family.
If you live east of the Indian River Lagoon, then you are on a barrier island and within the mandatory evacuation zone. Barrier island communities include Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Merritt Island, City of Cape Canaveral, Avon by the Sea and Cocoa Beach.
- Causeways will not be closed prior to the storm, but it is unsafe to drive on the causeways in high winds.
- Once the storm is over, causeways will be closed until they can be inspected and deemed safe by Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials. Please be prepared for this to take awhile as FDOT officials have to assess all seven of Brevard’s causeways.
- The status of causeway openings will be updated by Brevard County Emergency Management on their Facebook and Twitter. This information will also be sent by text message to those who have signed up to receive text messages from Brevard County. To sign up to receive text message updates on your cell phone, text BrevardEOC to 888777 (normal text messaging rates apply).
If a hurricane is in the forecast, be prepared to be without utilities — including electricity and potable water — after the storm. Interruption in service could last for several days depending on how widespread and how severe the storm damage.
- During a hurricane, all residents will be advised to be prepared for potential loss of water service and for the possible issue of a precautionary boil water notice once water service is restored. Prepare by storing water ahead of the storm.
- If a hurricane is forecast to hit our area, the barrier island water system will likely be isolated to protect the integrity of the entire utility system. If this happens, there will still be water service, but it will be limited to the amount stored in tanks on the barrier island.
- It is a good idea to prepare to be without water for several days. Stock up on bottled water now and not at the last minute. Don't forget to buy enough extra bottled water for pets.
- Keep in mind that if the electricity goes out, you will be unable to boil water if a precautionary boil water notice is issued.
- Barrier islands include all areas east of the Indian River including Merritt Island, City of Cape Canaveral, Avon by the Sea and Cocoa Beach (served by the City of Cocoa).
- If and when local utility officials decide to isolate the system, the message will go out via multiple communication channels throughout the County and will be communicated to the news media.
- Water main breaks are highly likely on the barrier islands but can happen at any location where the storm hits.
Be prepared to be without sewer service and/or to strictly limit sewer usage after the storm.
- Electricity outages can mean the loss of power at some pump stations.
- Large amounts of rainwater from a storm can also put strain on the system.
- After a hurricane, you may be asked to limit usage to sanitary use only — that means strictly limiting or not doing laundry, taking only very short showers and limiting dish washing or any other activity that sends a lot of water down the drain and into the sewer system.
If a hurricane approaches, be prepared to lose power for several days.
- FPL encourages customers to visit FPL.com/Storm for tips on how to prepare.
- Once the storm is over, visit FPL.com/Outage for updates on power restoration. You can also follow FPL on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
- Download the new FPL Mobile App to report or get the latest information on outages. Customers can also get on-the-go, instant and secure access to their accounts. The app is available for download in the App Store and via Google Play.
- Call 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) immediately to report a dangerous condition such as a downed power line.
- Brevard County Office of Emergency Management - Preparedness Plan
- Brevard County Office of Emergency Management - Info and resources
- Brevard County Evacuation Information - Cape Canaveral is ZONE A
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Florida Disaster- Family Plan
- (FLASH®) Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
- National Hurricane Center
- NIXLE - Emergency notifications City notification system
- NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheet
- Ready.gov - Hurricane preparedness