Hurricane Season Updates

In the event of a hurricane or other severe weather disturbance, this page will be used to provide our employees with up to date information on the property and the immediate area. Please monitor this page daily for Oceans Edge updates.

The 2018 hurricane season begins June 1st. We encourage all Oceans Edge employees to take the time to prepare their families and home for hurricanes and related impacts.

As the season begins, now is the time to prepare. Here is what you can to do get ready: 

To search for general information about risks in your area, visit and check out NOAA’s historical hurricane tracks tool to check the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in your area.   

Know your zone. Evacuations are more common than people realize. Make yourself familiar with your community’s evacuation zones, so you’ll know exactly where to go. Remember: if a hurricane threatens your community and local officials say it's time to evacuate, don't hesitate—go early. Monroe County shelters will not be opened in Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes. Residents/guests will need to evacuate to the mainland. Evacuation of all Monroe County residents and visitors is MANDATORY in Category 3, 4, and 5 storms. After an evacuation has been ordered, residents/guests will not be able to get medical, fire-rescue, or law enforcement help until the storm conditions subside, roads are passable and equipment is operable. General Public Shelters – Category 1 and 2 storms only:

  • Key West High School – 2100 Flagler Ave, Key West (305) 293-1549

  • Sugarloaf Elementary School – US 1 and Crane Blvd @ MM 19 Bayside, Sugarloaf (305) 745-3282

  • Stanley Switlik Elementary School – MM 48, US 1 Bayside, Marathon (305) 289-2490

  • Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Blvd, Marathon (305) 289-2480

  • Coral Shores High School – MM90, US 1 Oceanside, Tavernier (305) 853-3222

Complete a family communication plan. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, and anticipate where you will go for different situations. Get together with your family and agree on the ways to contact one another in an emergency, identify meeting locations, and make a Family Emergency Communication Plan.

Download the FEMA app. The FEMA app includes disaster resources, weather alerts, safety tips, and a new feature that will enable users to receive push notifications to their devices to prepare their homes and families for disasters. The app also provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, tips on how to survive disasters, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

Know where to go for trusted sources of information during a hurricane event. Sign up for alerts from your local emergency management office so notifications, including evacuation orders, go directly to your phone and email.  Monitor local news for hurricane watches and warnings in your area and follow directions of local officials. Make sure you have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio available should the power go out.

If you have any questions about Oceans Edge emergency policies, contact Tom Elwood at

Important phone numbers and websites to note: