Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
The City of Green Cove Springs is making final preparations for Hurricane Ian. Here is what residents need to know before it impacts Green Cove Springs.
Stay up to date on the latest storm information:
- Sign up for City-wide text updates with TextMyGov by texting GCSWEATHER to 91896. You can also report storm damage and power outages by texting either "storm damage" or "tree down" or "power outage" to 904-560-5116.
- City will also utilize its Damage Assessment Dashboard through City of Green Cove Springs GeoHub during and after the storm, which is a real-time map of reported storm damage and outages to the City. Access the dashboard here: https://greencove.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/1f56e8b7b2dc46df8db64612f51978ea
- Residents can also get the most up-to-date information on City’s Facebook at “City of Green Cove Springs Government,” Twitter at @gcsTODAY, Instagram at @gcstoday, and on Nextdoor. City will post frequent PSAs on our website at greencovesprings.com.
- City of Green Cove Springs Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated at 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2022, and will remain open during the storm and through initial recovery and clean-up efforts.
Hurricane Ian Closures:
- City Buildings will be closed starting 7 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022, with reopening announced as weather conditions are safe for normal operations.
- Trash and recycle pick-up will be suspended starting Thursday, September 29, 2022, and will resume operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
- City Pool will be closed Friday, September 30, 2022 to Sunday, October 2, 2022 due to hurricane weather conditions.
- City Pier, Spring Park Kayak Launch, and Vera Francis Park Canoe and Kayak Launch, as well as all City public parks will be closed starting 8 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
Clay County has issued evacuation orders for Zone A, B, C, and North and South Prong of Black Creek starting 12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Those living in evacuation zones can go to the following shelters starting 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2022:
- Keystone Heights High School – Pet Friendly, 900 S.W. Orchid Keystone Heights, FL 32656
- Orange Park High School – Pet Friendly, 2300 Kingsley Avenue Orange Park, FL 32073
- Clay High School, 2025 W. State Road 16 Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
- Wilkinson Elementary School - 4965 County Road 218W Middleburg, FL 32068
- While Hurricane Ian moves through our area, City services will be operating on a limited capacity. As the City begins to be impacted by the storm electric crews will work to maintain the electric grid until it is unsafe to do so. During the full impact of the storm, law enforcement will only respond to life-threatening emergencies and electric crews will begin any repairs to the electric system as soon as weather conditions are safe. Out of state electric crews will be staged within City Limits and ready to respond when conditions are safe.
- City has received several calls from residents with medical conditions concerned about sheltering in place during the storm. If there are no backup sources for electric power at home (such as a generator) the City advises that residents should plan to go to an alternate location during the storm, as everyone should expect extended power outages. Residents can be put on a waiting list for the Special Needs Shelter at Lake Asbury High School, 2851 Sandridge Rd., Green Cove Springs, 32043 by calling the Clay County Emergency Operations Call Center at 877-252-9362.