We're All in This Together
A message from Boca Raton Mayor, Scott Singer

Each year our community works together to prepare for the uncertainty of hurricane season. For some of you, you know exactly what you have to do, and for others, this may be your first hurricane season. Either way, now is the time to make preparations to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your property.

Here are some tips on what you can do now to keep you and your family safe:

  1. Be sure to stock up on hurricane supplies.
  2. Know your evacuation zone and have a plan, especially if you live on the barrier island or low-lying areas.
  3. Test your generators, supplies, and shutters to ensure they're working and that you have all the parts.
  4. Trim your trees and clean out your garages this month.
  5. View the City's website on all the different ways how to stay connected before, during, and after a storm.

Be prepared and stay safe, Boca Raton. For more information on how to prepare and develop a hurricane plan, watch the Mayor's hurricane message, access the City's Hurricane Guide, view the Hurricane Preparedness video, and visit Be Prepared Boca.
Print Out These Important Numbers!
Keep important telephone numbers at the ready and print these important numbers today with our printable "Be Prepared" information card.

You can access the printable document here - and be sure to share with your neighbors!
NOW is the time to get ahead and plan to trim your trees and clean out your garages, carports and storage areas throughout the month of June. It is crucial that we prepare now and clean out our homes and properties, so we don’t overwhelm our sanitation systems.

Visit Sanitation Services for more information about acceptable bulk and vegetation items. Please also view unaccepted materials. Also, learn more about tree maintenance and bulk/vegetation pick-up.
Residents are strongly encouraged to do all major tree cutting/removal by the end of June. Learn more about tree maintenance and bulk/vegetation pick-up.
Thinking about buying a generator, restocking batteries, flashlights or radios? You won't pay sales tax on those items and others if purchased from May 28 - June 6.

For information and a list of qualifying items, please see the Department of Revenue Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.
Are you in an evacuation zone? If so, have you made a plan?
Visit the Palm Beach County Interactive Evacuation Tool to find out if you're in an evacuation zone.
If you or your loved ones have specific medical needs or take daily medications, prepare now. If you are in a mandatory evacuation zone, create a plan to get yourself and loved ones out of harm's way. Also, be sure to talk to your doctor to see if you can get additional doses of your medication(s).
Unfortunately, our furry friends are not allowed in county shelters. If you have a pet and are in a mandatory evacuation zone, you can pre-register at the Pet Friendly Shelter at the West Boynton Recreation Center. Space is limited and only one owner may accompany their pet. All other family members will need to stay at the adjacent human shelter.
If you or your loved one has special needs, Palm Beach County has established a Special Needs Shelter for citizens with certain medical problems. The shelter is staffed with physicians and nurses and has auxiliary electrical power, is wind resistant and not flood-prone. Those with special needs are required preregister before any evacuation order is given.
Palm Beach County Shelters

Keep in mind: Limited capacity will be available at shelters operated by the County.

If you have a family or friend that lives in an evacuation zone, reach out and talk to them about what their plan may be and how you might be able to assist - maybe even offer them the opportunity to stay with you so you can all weather the storm together.

To stay up to date on shelter information, visit Palm Beach County.
A Message from the Solid Waste Authority
As you update hurricane supplies, keep in mind that some items should not be placed in the garbage, but instead, be brought to one of the SWA’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers.

Supplies requiring special disposal include:

  • gasoline and oil from generators 
  • propane tanks 
  • rechargeable batteries from electronics or flashlights 
These items (and other home hazards) can be dropped off for FREE by Palm Beach County residents at any of the Drop-Off Locations.
Commercial interests should call 561-687-1100 for disposal options.
Flood Information
Know Your Flood Zone
With the possibility of flooding from a hurricane, it's important to know your flood zone and insure your property now. Floodplain management activities implemented by the City of Boca Raton may qualify residents in high hazard flood zones for a discount of up to 15% on their flood insurance premium.

*Note: In 2019, FEMA proposed new PRELIMINARY coastal flood maps. These maps are still under review and may eventually replace the current flood maps which are based on 30-plus-year-old studies. While FEMA has emphasized that these are only PRELIMINARY maps, the City wants to provide residents and business owners with all available information regarding flood risk.

For more information, please contact the Zoning Office at 561-393-7790, visit the Flood Management page on the City's website, or view the Flood Management Brochure.
The power is out and WiFi is down. Will you get our message?
The City encourages all residents and businesses to sign up for emergency notifications to stay connected before, during and after an emergency or storm.

CodeRED allows City officials the ability to deliver prerecorded and emergency telephone notifications to residents via text and phone call.

Signing up is easy:
Nixle also keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from Boca Raton Police Services. To receive alerts from your local agency, sign up or text your zip code to 888777 for mobile alerts.
Listen Up!
Communication is crucial before, during and after a storm. Hurricanes have the capability to knock out the power and destroy cell phone towers leaving you with little to no way to know what is going on in the City. To avoid being in the dark, be sure to have an AM/FM radio handy. The City of Boca Raton uses this as a crucial communication tool to provide important emergency information to the community through Boca Raton Radio 1650AM.

City of Boca Raton

Boca Raton Police Services

In case of an emergency, utilize this Helpful List of Phone Numbers and additional numbers below. Print out our emergency phone number list from home.

  • Police/Fire Emergencies
  • Only call 911 when there is a true emergency
  • Text 911 for an emergency, but ONLY if you cannot call
  • Boca Raton Citizen Information Center (for hurricane related information)
  • 561-982-4900
  • Activated throughout a storm
  • Talk with City staff regarding any concerns, questions or information
  • Fire Rescue (non-emergency)
  • 561-982-4000
  • Police (non-emergency)
  • 561-368-6201
Visit myBoca.us/BePrepared for additional information, resources and more.