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Post-Hurricane Ian Updates


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November 21, 2022

FEMA Reopens Hurricane Ian Disaster Recovery Center in St. Johns County

FEMA has reopened its Hurricane Ian Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in St. Johns County. The DRC previously temporarily closed due to impacts from Hurricane Nicole.

DRC Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Where: Wind Mitigation Building, 3111 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32092

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers provide disaster survivors with information from Florida state agencies, FEMA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process, and get updates on applications.

In addition to visiting a center, you can apply by visiting disasterassistance.gov, using the FEMA mobile app, or calling 800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as a video relay (VRS), captioned telephone, or other services, provide FEMA with the number for that service.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. It has assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to interact with staff. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps, and restrooms.

FEMA Individual Assistance can help with temporary lodging expenses, basic home repairs, and other essential disaster-related needs.

For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance, please watch this official FEMA tutorial. For more information about Hurricane Ian recovery in Florida, visit floridadisaster.org.

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 7, 2022

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.


October 25, 2022

Florida Department of Children and Families to Open On-Site D-SNAP Location in St. Johns County

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is opening an on-site Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) location in St. Johns County to allow applicants to complete in-person interviews as part of the State’s response to Hurricane Ian.

WHAT: D-SNAP provides food assistance for individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ian and who are not receiving food assistance benefits through the regular Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP).

WHEN: Oct. 27 – 29, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: St. Johns County Fairgrounds, 5840 State Road 207, Elkton, FL 32033

Residents of St. Johns County who pre-registered online, but did not have a chance to complete their D-SNAP phone interview, can visit the D-SNAP location in St. Johns County for an on-site interview. On-site interviews are not required if a phone interview was completed.

DCF has reopened pre-registration for individuals who reside in St. Johns County and did not previously pre-register online before October 23. DCF encourages individuals to pre-register online before coming on-site to complete their interviews. Online pre-registration will be available at www.myflfamilies.com/dsnap from Friday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 29.

The program is open to all St. Johns County residents who meet the following eligibility criteria, to be determined by DCF:

  • Not currently receiving regular SNAP benefits
  • Be living or working in a disaster-declared County at the time of Hurricane Ian
  • Must meet financial eligibility requirements
  • Must have suffered a disaster-related loss such as:
    • Damage to their home or self-employment property
    • Loss of food
    • Reduction or loss of income
    • Other disaster-related expenses

Please note:

  • Current SNAP recipients are not eligible for D-SNAP and should not attend the on-site D-SNAP location.
  • Applicants who were approved during a telephone interview for D-SNAP will receive their EBT card by mail and should not attend the on-site D-SNAP location.
  • Households that do not live or work in St. Johns County will not be served at this on-site D-SNAP location.

To view the D-SNAP schedule by county and details on how to apply, visit MyFLFamilies.com/DSNAP.


October 19, 2022

Florida Department of Children and Families Opens Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for St. Johns County Residents

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is opening the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) to St. Johns County residents as part of the State’s response to Hurricane Ian. D-SNAP provides food assistance for individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ian and who are not receiving food assistance benefits through the regular Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP).

The program is open to all St. Johns County residents who meet the following eligibility criteria, to be determined by DCF:

  • Not currently receiving regular SNAP benefits
  • Be living or working in a disaster-declared County at the time of Hurricane Ian
  • Must meet financial eligibility requirements
  • Must have suffered a disaster-related loss such as:
    • Damage to their home or self-employment property
    • Loss of food
    • Reduction or loss of income
    • Other disaster-related expenses

DCF strongly encourages program participants to register online at MyFLFamilies.com/DSNAP and complete the phone interview.

St. Johns County residents may register online through Oct. 23. Phone interviews for residents who register will occur between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23, based on the alphabetical order of the applicant’s last name.

To view the D-SNAP schedule by county and details on how to apply, visit MyFLFamilies.com/DSNAP.

View D-SNAP Program Full Press Release


October 14, 2022

FEMA to Open Disaster Recovery Center in St. Johns County

FEMA will open a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in St. Johns County on Saturday, Oct. 15. The DRC will be in the Wind Mitigation Building, located at 3111 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine. The DRC will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers provide disaster survivors with information from Florida state agencies, FEMA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Survivors can get help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, learn about the appeals process, and get updates on applications.

In addition to visiting a center, you can apply by visiting disasterassistance.gov, using the FEMA mobile app, or calling 800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Help is available in most languages. If you use a relay service, such as a video relay (VRS), captioned telephone, or other services, provide FEMA with the number for that service.

Disaster Recovery Centers are accessible to people with disabilities. It has assistive technology equipment that allows disaster survivors to interact with staff. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps, and restrooms.

FEMA Individual Assistance can help with temporary lodging expenses, basic home repairs, and other essential disaster-related needs.

For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance, please watch this official FEMA tutorial. For more information about Hurricane Ian recovery in Florida, visit floridadisaster.org.


October 7, 2022

St. Johns County Announces Hurricane Ian Storm Debris Collection Program

In response to impacts from Hurricane Ian, St. Johns County has initiated the Hurricane Ian Debris Collection Program. Residents are encouraged to move all storm debris to the curb as crews will collect debris from the public right-of-way.

St. Johns County requests residents follow the guidelines below to expedite debris removal:

  • Place all storm debris in the right-of-way at the curb.
  • Debris must be three feet from utility boxes, mailboxes, hydrants, and other obstacles.
  • Separate vegetation from all other storm-related debris.
  • Debris must be clear of any low-hanging wires or branches.
  • No chemicals, bio-waste, or hazardous waste will be collected curbside.

Additionally, residential garbage and recycling collection has resumed its normal schedule. Waste Management and Republic Services are collecting all containerized debris. Due to the increased volume of yard debris caused by Hurricane Ian, residential service may be impacted.

For questions related to residential or storm debris collection, please call the Solid Waste Division at 904.827.6980 or email solidwaste@sjcfl.us.


October 6, 2022

St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce to Host Pop-Up Shop for Local Businesses Affected by Hurricane Ian

Join the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce for a pop-up shop dedicated to local businesses affected by Hurricane Ian. Chamber of Commerce representatives can help members of the business community apply for a bridge loan or a small business loan on the spot. Members of the business community that have questions on whether or not they are eligible for government assistance for repairs or economic loss due to Hurricane Ian are welcome. No registration or appointment is required.

When: Monday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: City of St. Augustine City Hall (Lightner Museum)
75 King St., St. Augustine, FL 32084
Administration Operation Room at the City Manager’s Office

Cost: Free

Event Flyer: Pop-Up Shop for Local Businesses Affected by Hurricane Ian


October 4, 2022

Advice for What to do With Unwanted Sandbags

St. Johns County urges residents to save sandbags that did not come into contact with flood waters for future storms. As a reminder, the Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

Any unwanted sand may be scattered in your yard. However, sandbags that came in contact with floodwaters may be contaminated with bacteria and should be discarded at the Tillman Ridge or Stratton Road transfer stations. This service is free of charge for residents.

Transfer Station Locations

  • Tillman Ridge Transfer Station (Map)
    3005 Allen Nease Rd
    Elkton, Florida 32033
  • Stratton Rd Transfer Station (Map)
    250 North Stratton Rd
    St. Augustine, Florida 32095

Transfer Station Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Residents are asked not to dispose of any sandbags in the regular trash. Also, it is important not to mix sandbags with yard debris as the sand is abrasive and can damage equipment used to grind yard debris into mulch.

For questions related to sandbags, please contact the St. Johns County Solid Waste Division at 904.827.6980 or email solidwaste@sjcfl.us.


October 3, 2022

St. Johns County Residential Garbage and Recycling Collection Resumes Normal Schedule

St. Johns County residential garbage and recycling collection has resumed its normal schedule.

The Stratton Road and Tillman Ridge transfer stations are also available to receive household and yard debris for those conducting cleanup after Hurricane Ian. This service is free of charge for residents.

Transfer Station Locations

  • Tillman Ridge Transfer Station (Map)
    3005 Allen Nease Rd
    Elkton, Florida 32033
  • Stratton Rd Transfer Station (Map)
    250 North Stratton Rd
    St. Augustine, Florida 32095

Transfer Station Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Residents using this service are asked to separate trash from vegetation.

For questions related to residential waste collection, please contact the St. Johns County Solid Waste Division at 904.827.6980 or email solidwaste@sjcfl.us.

Business Damage Assessment Survey

St. Johns County business owners: if you have damage or loss from Hurricane Ian, please complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey at the below link through FloridaDisaster.biz, which is a partnership between the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) and Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). Survey responses help the state and counties assess the needs of affected businesses and expedite recovery efforts. To complete the survey, visit floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments.


October 1, 2022

St. Johns County Residents and Businesses Affected by Hurricane Ian Can Now Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

St. Johns County residents and businesses may be eligible to receive assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the Hurricane Ian. Disaster assistance may include financial help with temporary lodging and home repairs, as well as other disaster-related expenses.

Residents should notify their insurance agents of any damages sustained to their property. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance, though eligibility may be determined for expenses not covered under the policy.

Residents and businesses do not have to wait to find out if federal assistance will be available before beginning their clean-up. However, they should keep repair receipts and document damages whenever possible.

Disaster assistance applications can be submitted online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by calling 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA the number for that service.

The following information is required when applying for assistance:

  • A current phone number where you can be contacted
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying
  • Your Social Security number
  • A general list of damage and losses
  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center will be providing additional information and resources on the Small Business Administration loan application process. For updates, visit www.sjcchamber.com.

St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Damage Assessments Underway

St. Johns County Parks and Recreation staff is in the process of assessing and evaluating the damage and condition of parks, athletic fields, boat ramps, playgrounds, and facilities. All grass multipurpose, baseball, and softball fields remain closed until Monday, Oct. 3. Activities previously permitted on artificial turf fields will be allowed throughout the weekend.

Residents are asked to allow staff time to assess all County facilities to ensure that any downed trees and storm debris are cleared and any damage is repaired for safety throughout the county.

St. Johns County Government Offices and Schools Open Monday, October 3

All St. Johns County government offices including those under the Board of County Commissioners, the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the Supervisor of Elections, Clerk of Courts, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, and St. Johns County schools will reopen on Monday, Oct. 3.

For updates on recovery efforts in St. Johns County, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.



September 30, 2022

St. Johns County Opens Four Points of Distribution for Free Water

St. Johns County has opened four Points of Distribution (PODs) for those affected by Hurricane Ian to receive water. The PODs will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Oct. 2. Water distribution will be limited to two cases of water per car.

  • St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S, St. Augustine
  • Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine
  • Flagler Estates Community Center, 9960 Oliver Ave., Hastings
  • Al Wilke Park, 6150 South Main St., Hastings

St. Johns County Libraries Open After Hurricane Ian

The St. Johns County Public Library System branches and book drops will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, resuming normal business hours. For more information about the St. Johns County Public Library System, please visit www.sjcpls.org.

Sunshine Bus to Resume Normal Service and Schedule, Saturday, October 1

St. Johns County Council on Aging has announced that normal Sunshine Bus service and schedules will resume on Saturday, October 1, 2022. For Sunshine Bus updates, please visit www.sunshinebus.net or call customer service at 904-209-3716. For more information on Council on Aging services, visit www.coasjc.org or call 904-209-3700.

St. Johns County Make-up Day for Garbage Collection

St. Johns County will be conducting a make-up household garbage collection on Saturday, Oct. 1, for residents who were originally scheduled to have service on Thursday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Sept. 30. Those wanting their household garbage picked up should place their bins by the curb for collection.

No recycling, yard waste, or storm debris will be collected. Normal collection schedules will resume on Monday, Oct. 3.

For updates on recovery efforts in St. Johns County, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

Hurricane Ian Home Cleanup Hotline and Volunteer Information

Residents needing assistance with damage from Hurricane Ian may call the Home Cleanup Hotline at 800.451.1954 to be connected with volunteers from local relief organizations, community groups, and faith communities. These groups may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, flooring, and appliances, tarping roofs, and mold mitigation. This service is free but not guaranteed due to overwhelming need. In addition, this hotline cannot assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration. This hotline will remain open through Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.

As we move into clean-up and recovery efforts, we understand many people want to donate their time and assist those who were affected by Hurricane Ian. For more information on volunteer opportunities please visit www.volunteerflorida.org.

For updates on recovery efforts in St. Johns County, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Lifts Evacuation Order for All Zones

Effective immediately on Friday, Sept. 30, evacuation orders for all zones enacted in St. Johns County in response to Hurricane Ian 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 3 p.m.

Damage Assessments Underway in St. Johns County

St. Johns County has experienced significant impacts from Hurricane Ian throughout St. Johns County. Although the storm has moved from the area, residents who evacuated are urged to wait before returning. There are numerous trees and powerlines down, and flooding throughout the County causing hazardous conditions.

Officials are assessing the damage and crews are removing debris as quickly as possible; however, this process will take some time. Residents are urged to remain indoors and those who evacuated should wait until evacuation orders are lifted before returning to their homes.

St. Johns County Residents – St. Johns County residents or business owners who have storm-related structural damage from Hurricane Ian or permitting questions, please call the St. Johns County Building Services Structural Hotline at 904.827.6836.

City of St. Augustine Residents – Residents and business owners within the City of St. Augustine limits, please call 904.209.4327.

For updates on recovery efforts in St. Johns County, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.


September 29, 2022

Sunshine Bus Service

St. Johns County Council on Aging has announced that Sunshine Bus service will be suspended Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30, 2022, due to conditions related to tropical storm Ian. Please visit www.sunshinebus.net or call customer service at 904-209-3716.


September 28, 2022

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 Hurricane 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 

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

Due to potential impacts of Hurricane Ian, St. Johns County has suspended household garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules from Thursday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Sept. 30. Rescheduling of future solid waste collections will be released as that information becomes available. Residents are asked 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 during those dates.

In addition, residential and commercial waste collection for the City of St. Augustine and the City of St. Augustine Beach is suspended Thursday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Sept. 30. Service will resume as soon as conditions allow.

St. Johns County Sandbag Update

The last sand drop-off at all six St. Johns County locations is 1 p.m. View previous sandbag notice.

St. Johns County Now Under Hurricane Watch

The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for St. Johns County on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in anticipation of Hurricane Ian. 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.

In addition, the Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning, and Flood Watch previously issued by the National Weather Service for St. Johns County’s beaches, intracoastal waterway, and the St. Johns River remain in effect.

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. Tropical storm force winds are expected early Wednesday evening until Friday morning.

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. St. Johns County has the potential for 3-5 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas through the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1.

Flood Watch
Inland flooding, tidal flooding, and extremely dangerous rip currents are expected to impact the County’s coastline and areas along the St. Johns River. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to avoid the beaches until Hurricane Ian passes the area.

St. Johns County Storm Shelters Are Now Open

The County is prepared to open additional shelters as needed. The following shelters are currently open to the public:

  • Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Lane (Special needs)
  • Southwoods Elementary, 4750 State Road 206 (Pet-friendly)
  • Pedro Menendez High School, 600 State Road 206 West (General population)

Due to intensified conditions of Hurricane Ian, St. Johns County issued evacuation orders effective at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or flood-prone areas. In addition, the County is also evacuating part of Zone F for residents south of County Road 214.

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

For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.


September 27, 2022

St. Johns County Governmental Operations and Service Changes in Response to Hurricane Ian

Please see the updates to County services below.

Government Offices
With the exception of emergency service employees responding to Hurricane Ian, all offices and departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, the Supervisor of Elections Office, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Clerk of Courts Office, and the County Courthouse will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Friday, Sept. 30. Additionally, the government offices of the City of St. Augustine and City of St. Augustine Beach will also be closed. The St. Augustine Municipal Marina will close at 12 p.m. on Wednesday. Operational decisions beyond Friday will be determined based on weather conditions. The offices of the Tax Collector will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29.

Garbage and Recycling Services
St. Johns County garbage and recycling collection schedules are not affected on Wednesday. The Tillman Ridge and Stratton Road Transfer Stations will remain open Wednesday. Information regarding collection schedules for the remainder of the week will be released when available. Residential and commercial waste collection for the City of St. Augustine will be suspended Thursday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Sept. 30. Service will resume as soon as conditions allow.

Libraries
All St. Johns County libraries, bookmobiles, and book drops are closed Wednesday, Sept. 28, through Friday, Sept. 30. 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, Sept. 28, through Friday, Sept. 30. This includes but is not limited to athletic playing fields, passive parks, boat ramps, playgrounds, fishing piers and the Golf Course. Beach front 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 be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 28, through Friday, Sept. 30. All athletic contests and extracurricular activities will also be canceled until further notice.

Sunshine Bus Service
St. Johns County Council on Aging has announced that Sunshine Bus service will be suspended Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30, 2022, due to conditions related to tropical storm Ian. Please visit www.sunshinebus.net or call customer service at 904-209-3716

Northeast Florida Regional Airport
The Northeast Florida Regional Airport is closed for the duration of the weather event.

For more information regarding Hurricane Ian, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Issues Evacuation Orders for Zones A, B, and Part of F

Due to intensified conditions of Hurricane Ian, St. Johns County has issued evacuation orders effective at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or flood-prone areas. In addition, the County is also evacuating part of Zone F for residents south of County Road 214.
Evacuation Information | Route Maps | Evacuation Zone Locator

Shelters to Open
St. Johns County will also open three shelters starting at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The County is prepared to open additional shelters as needed. The following shelters will be open to the public:

  • Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Lane (Special needs)
  • Southwoods Elementary, 4750 State Road 206 (Pet-friendly)
  • Pedro Menendez High School, 600 State Road 206 West (General population)

For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Beach Driving Restricted

Due to potentially extreme high tides and unsafe ocean conditions related to Hurricane Ian, beach driving on all St. Johns County beaches will be restricted beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. At this time, pedestrian access to the beach will remain available at off-beach parks and beach walkovers. Dangerous surf and rip conditions are expected. Beach visitors are encouraged to avoid swimming until conditions improve. Beach driving access will be reinstated when conditions allow. For more information regarding Hurricane Ian, please call the Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

Know Your Zone

It’s important for you to know your evacuation zone! Visit “My Evacuation Zone Locator” and type in your address to find out what evacuation zone you live in.


September 26, 2022

Free Sandbags to County Residents in Preparation for Hurricane Ian

St. Johns County is providing free sandbags at 9 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2022, at six locations throughout the County in preparation for Hurricane Ian. 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 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Sept. 28, weather permitting.

  • Windswept Acres Park - 5335 SR A1A South
  • Solomon Calhoun Center - 1300 Duval Street
  • Hastings Town Hall - 6195 S. Main Street
  • Mills Field - 1805 Racetrack Road
  • North Beach Park - 3721 Coastal Highway
  • Palm Valley - Underneath the Palm Valley Bridge on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway
  • City of St. Augustine - Francis Field (added location)
    Tuesday, Sept. 27 till 5 p.m., or supplies last
    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to noon, or supplies last

For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

Emergency Management Citizens Information Line Now Open

The St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line is now open to help answer residents’ questions about Hurricane Ian. For more information, please call 904.824.5550. Residents can find tips and resources such as supply kits, pets, and other emergency response information at www.sjcemergencymanagement.com.

St. Johns County Monitoring Hurricane Ian, Encouraging Residents to Prepare

St. Johns County continues to monitor the trajectory of Hurricane Ian and its potential impact on our community. This storm is expected to strengthen. St. Johns County encourages residents to review their disaster preparedness plans and listen to all orders from local officials, including the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center and St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

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.

Hurricane Evacuation Zone Changes
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. 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. Please note, there’s a difference between evacuation zones and evacuation routes, and the new zone changes do not affect your evacuation route. Additionally, your evacuation zone does not impact FEMA Flood Zones or FEMA Flood Insurance rates. St. Johns County also encourages residents and business owners to prepare for hurricane season by visiting Florida’s “Get a Plan” website and making a hurricane supply kit. More information is available at the St. Johns County Emergency Management website.



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