The Emergency Management team is responsible for developing, coordinating and leading the City’s Emergency Management Program, enabling effective preparation for, and efficient response to, emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering and reduce property loss.

To accomplish this mission, the Emergency Management team:

  • Develops plans and procedures to ensure the highest levels of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, risk-based, multi-hazard emergency management and training program.
  • Coordinates Federal, State and Local resources for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations.


The City of Lake Worth Beach does not operate any shelters during or after the storm, please make use of county facilities as shown on this map. Also please take note of your evacuation zone and be ready if an evacuation order is given.

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Hurricane and Storm

The Emergency Management team is responsible for developing, coordinating and leading the City’s Emergency Management Program, enabling effective preparation for, and efficient response to, emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering and reduce property loss.

To accomplish this mission, the Emergency Management team:

  • Develops plans and procedures to ensure the highest levels of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, risk-based, multi-hazard emergency management and training program.
  • Coordinates Federal, State and Local resources for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations.

The City of Lake Worth Beach does not operate any shelters during or after the storm, please make use of county facilities as shown on this map. Also please take note of your evacuation zone and be ready if an evacuation order is given.

Serious injury can result for anyone dealing with the aftermath of a major storm, hurricane, tornado, or other disaster.

  • Be aware of outdoor hazards. Watch out for loose or dangling power lines, and report them immediately to proper authorities. It is not unusual in a disaster such as this for more people to be killed by carelessness in the aftermath than were killed by the event itself.
  • Be sure all electric and gas services are turned off before entering buildings for the first time.
  • Disconnect the main switch and all circuits.
  • Remove covers from all outlets and fuses or multi-breaker boxes and flush with clean water. Let dry and spray with contact cleaner/ lubricant.
  • Watch for electrical shorts or live wires. Don’t turn on any lights or appliances until an electrician has checked the system for short circuits.
  • Electric motors in appliances that have been flooded should be thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned before they are put back into service.
  • Cut off all electrical circuits at the fuse panel or disconnect all electrical appliances.

Local Additional Information

Additional information may be obtained from the Palm Beach County’s Office of Emergency Management (561.712.6400). That office also maintains an Emergency Management webpage.

Palm Beach County is the lead agency in hurricane responses and is responsible for ordering evacuations when required.

If you live or have a business in the City of Lake Worth Beach and you’d like to know what flood zone you are in call 561.586.1647


Electric Utility Hurricane Advice

Following a hurricane one aspect of recovery that is at the top of
everyone’s list is the restoration of power, yet even after power
returns to your neighbor you may still be without power due to
damage to your service line. To ensure that your power can be
restored rapidly use the diagram below to visually inspect your
service line after a storm has passed and check that all aspects
marked as yours appear undamaged. If there are any signs of
damage, such as pieces hanging off your home, then call a licensed
and insured electrician immediately to handle the repair. Do NOT
attempt to make repairs yourself or touch any part of the electric
service as this could be extremely dangerous!

Following a storm electric crews will be looking to restore power to
the most people in the quickest period of time, this means that if
there is damage to your service that is in the “What’s Yours” category,
they will cut your service line and move on until you have had the
repairs done. This could add long delays to the restoration of your
power. Following the above advice will allow you to be ready for
restoration at the same time as your neighbors.

Take note now before a storm that if you have trees or foliage
interfering with the service wire it is your responsibility to hire a
professional to safely trim them to provide clearance (minimum 8ft
on all sides of) the service wire. Please contact the Electric Utility to
schedule a convenient time for you, for the Electric Utility to come
and safely Disconnect and Reconnect the Service line, so that your
trees can be trimmed safely. Trees affecting wires between poles are
the responsibility of Lake Worth Electric Utility.

Post Hurricane outages are always inconvenient but by working
together we can reduce the length of time the outage
inconveniences you.

Get up-to-the-minute information about severe weather, road closures, and much more!


Your safety is our top concern – that’s why the City of Lake Worth Beach wants to make sure you know about emergencies and incidents as they happen. The City of Lake Worth Beach will begin to use an emergency communication service powered by Everbridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows the City of Lake Worth Beach to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you can find out about an emergency right away.

Receive important messages from the City of Lake Worth Beach via email, phone, and much more!

How Does It Work?
The process begins when the City of Lake Worth Beach issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Next, the emergency notification system sends a message through your primary contact path. If you don’t confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact path and continues trying to reach you until you confirm receipt.

The success of this service relies on YOUHaving your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency. Please sign up online – it only takes about a minute to enroll, or you can sign up by texting LAKEWORTHBCH to 888777 (message and data rates may apply).

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation in this important program!

The City of Lake Worth Beach Respects Your Privacy!!
The City of Lake Worth Beach will never share or distribute your personal information, unless required to do so by law. Additionally, the City of Lake Worth Beach will never use your information for any purpose other than to send emergency notifications or information pertaining to the City of Lake Worth Beach.

Flood Warning System

Flood watches (when conditions are right for flooding) and flood warnings (flooding is imminent) will be issued by local television and radio station

In the event of a major hurricane threatens Palm Beach County, many low-lying coastal areas would be inundated to varying depths by the storm surge and exceptionally high tides which accompany the storm. Tides 3-4′ above normal could occur 24-36 hours before the “EYE” of the hurricane reaches the coastline. Many mainland coastal roads could be inundated well in advance of the storm’s arrival, thus restricting or denying their use as evacuation routes.

Persons living or working in these areas should be prepared to evacuate as soon as hurricane warnings are announced and seek shelter in hotels or motels, an American Red Cross shelter, or in a friend’s or relative’s home. Evacuation should be completed early to avoid gale force winds and heavy rains that precede the storm’s arrival.

Visit: Palm Beach County Emergency Management System S.A.M.S. (Surge Area Mapping System)

Residents in Lake Worth Beach must be prepared to evacuate in event of an approaching storm.

  • PBC
  • PBC Hurricane Evacuation Zones & Info
  • 2018 Hurricane Shelters

Tune in to AM 1690 for Hurricane Information

Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. People who live in coastal communities should plan what they will do when a hurricane approaches if they choose to evacuate or intend to “ride out” the storm.

Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.

A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor local radio and television news outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments.

A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.

Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential. Category Three and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes, though Categories One and Two are still extremely dangerous and warrant your full attention.

Get an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries.

  • Copies of prescription medications and medical supplies,
  • Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows,
  • Bottled water, a battery-operated radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight,
  • Copies of important documents: driver’s license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.

Make sure you have a “to-go bag” ready in case you need to evacuate, include:

Water and non-perishable food, battery operated radio and batteries so you can get important information from local officials, first aid kit, flashlight, maps.

Important documents such as proof residence, pictures of your family including pets, insurance policies, and tax records, comfortable clothing and blankets,

Unique family needs such as prescription medications, pet supplies, infant supplies or any other unique need your family may have.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends on November 30, with the peak months for hurricane and tropical storm development being August and September.

Make A Plan

  • Find out what reoccurring hazards are prone to your local area; consult the Palm Beach County Evacuation Tool for Storm Surge Information
  • Familiarize yourself with Evacuation Zones and Locate Evacuation Risk Sheltersnear your area
  • Determine where you can get building supplies or groceries during a disaster
  • Make a Family Disaster Plan and practice it with family members
  • Plan how to stay in touch with family and friends if everyday methods of communication are not available
  • Pre-register for Special Needs and Pet-Friendly Shelters

Build a Kit

Having the right Items During a disaster can and will make all the difference.

  • Emergency Essentials
  • Important Documents
  • Speciality Items
  • Click here to download our hurricane supply checklist.

Stay Informed

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