Sources of Information
- Brevard County Emergency Management Contact Info
- City of Cocoa Contact Info
- National Weather Service Melbourne
- 211 Brevard - Community Information Hotline
- Brevard Public Schools
- Other Important Phone Numbers and Online Resources
- Volunteer Information
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. Those who have registered their cell phone number will receive a text message.
Mobile App: BPS Mobile (Sign-up for push notifications to get the latest information on school closures)
Florida Power and Light (Report an Outage): (800) 468-8243
Small Business Administration (Business Preparedness Information): https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/manage-your-business/prepare-emergencies
United Way of Brevard assists with storm related volunteer efforts. Please make sure to prepare yourself and your family first and then if you are able, here are links if you are interested in volunteering.
Your Pathways to Preparedness
Brevard County Emergency Management helps you be prepared and stay informed. Visit www.embrevard.com to see their steps to preparedness this storm season including: knowing your risks, building a kit, having a plan, staying informed, and getting involved.
Other Important Information
Barrier Islands and Causeways
Please be prepared to be without certain 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 is.
The barrier island water system may need to be isolated from the main water system 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. Local utility officials will evaluate the speed, direction, and intensity of the forecasted storm to determine if and when an isolation to the system is needed. Once the decision has been made, the message will go out through the multiple communication channels throughout the entire county and will be communicated to the news media.
Barrier islands include all areas east of the Indian River including Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. Water main breaks are highly likely on the barrier islands but can happen at any location where the storm hits. All residents are 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.
Electricity outages are likely during a storm. You can prepare ahead of time by making sure the trees in your yard are free from any power lines prior to storm season. Visit http://www.fplmaps.com/ to see outages and keep track of when power will be restored.
- If a hurricane approaches, be prepared to lose power for several days.
- FPL encourages customers to visit the FPL Storm Center page for tips on how to prepare.
- Once the storm is over, visit the FPL Power Tracker for updates on power restoration. You can also follow FPL on Facebook (Florida Power & Light) and Twitter (@insideFPL) for updates.
- You can 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 iOS App Store and Google Play.
- Call 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) immediately to report a dangerous condition such as a downed power line.
Post Storm and Debris Cleanup
Make sure to keep your debris piles separated. Debris pickup will go a lot faster if debris is separated into vegetative and other debris piles. Debris pick-up will begin as quickly as possible.
Following a storm, Brevard County Waste will be sending debris trucks around to pick up debris. They are covering a large portion of the county which can delay pickup. Waste Management can not pick up any debris that is not in a Waste Management can during the time frame that the county is collecting debris. If you have smaller piles of debris, you can place them in your waste receptacle to be picked up by Waste Management.