Hurricane Matthew: When your emergency in Gardens might have to wait

City Manager Ron Ferris (far left) and Fire Chief Pete bergel (upper right) at Monday's hurricane drill at Emergency Operations Center

Palm Beach Gardens staff conducts a hurricane drill in the Emergency Operations Center. File photo

With sustained winds of 111 mph to 129 mph a “serious concern” overnight in coastal Palm Beach County, it’s not safe for anyone to be on the roads – including emergency personnel.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue dispatches Palm Beach Gardens. If the winds are sustained at 45 mph, the city’s units won’t respond until Hurricane Matthew’s winds drop below that, according to Palm Beach Gardens spokeswoman Candice Temple. The effort is coordinated with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center said yesterday it was working with State Emergency Operations Center to determine preparations. The hospital remains open to care for patients with medical needs, although it is not a designated shelter.

Always call 911 in an emergency, but only for emergencies. Call center personnel can often coach you over the phone through procedures such as CPR.

These are the non-emergency numbers for Palm Beach Gardens police and fire-rescue.

Fire-Rescue: 561-799-4300

Police: 561-799-4447

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