Past Hurricanes / Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) that later made landfall as a major hurricane first in Cuba; then Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys; and finally in Marco Island, Florida where it traveled northbound up the peninsula as a Category 2 hurricane. Brevard County Emergency Management is still deeply involved in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.


Tuesday, September 5

  • Brevard County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated to a Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Irma.
  • Emergency Management discussed contingency plans and options with local, regional, and state partners.

Wednesday, September 6

  • EOC activated to a Level 2 – Partial Activation with specific Emergency Support Functions.
  • Local State of Emergency was signed by Chair of Brevard County Commission, Commissioner Smith.
  • EOC staff coordinated with partners, held multiple meetings with county leadership, municipalities, and sheltering partners to narrow down our operational scenario.
  • School closures were announced for Thursday and Friday and government closures on Friday.

Thursday, September 7

  • EOC activated to a Level 1 – Full Activation with maximum staff and 24-hr operations.
  • Policy Group decided to issue Mandatory Evacuation order, and announced that it would be effective as of 3PM Friday. Shelters would also be opened at that time, which provided 24+ hours to take necessary preparedness actions.

Friday, September 8

  • EOC activated to a Level 1 – Full Activation with maximum staff and 24-hr operations.
  • Shelters opened at 3PM, and locations were announced. This included 12 general population, 5 special needs, and 4 pet-friendly shelters.

Saturday, September 9

Evacuation continued, shelters accepted evacuees, and countywide coordination continued.

Sunday, September 10

Tropical storm-force winds arrived in the county around 10AM on September 10, 2017 and departed September 11, 2017 around 4PM.

Monday, September 11

  • FDOT engineers assessed and verified that the causeways were safe for travel.
  • Evacuation order lifted.

Wednesday, September 13

Government offices, courts, and the clerk of the court offices reopened.

Sunday, September 17

EOC moved to a Level 2 – Partial Activation.

Monday, September 18

Schools reopened.

Tuesday, September 19

Last shelter closed.

Friday, September 22

EOC returned to a Level 3 – Enhanced Monitoring to support recovery operations.

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