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Storm Preparedness
 
Every year, residents of Florida are reminded of the vulnerability of our coastal community to tropical storms and hurricanes. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. You and your family need to know what to do and where to go should the threat of a hurricane becomes real.  Know the Hazards
 
Safety first – and the most important safety factor is PREPAREDNESS, whether or not you choose to, or are ordered to evacuate. Please be ready by having a Family Plan (including pets) that covers, at a minimum:
 
• Knowing your Evacuation Zone (zone map)
• Knowing your Evacuation Route (designated evacuation route for Marsh Landing residents is by going north on A1A and then west on JTB/SR202)
• Knowing where you will go should you need to evacuate 
• Having a Disaster Kit ready 
• Review of your Home and Auto Insurance Policies
• Purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio (if you do not have a weather radio, you may tune to the Florida Public Radio Network on NPR 89.9 WJCT-FM with any available radio)
 
Marsh Landing residents are encouraged to refer to the various websites mentioned here. You may wish to develop a “Hurricane Evacuation Plan Notebook” that covers your particular family needs. 
 
 
Gate Access personnel and St. Johns County officers will be positioned to manage and guide traffic as needed. Both are specifically trained to assist our community in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
 

 
Marsh Landing Is Not Flood-Proof  
 
Many residents who suffered water damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 questioned the purpose of our ponds and the efficacy and management of our pumps. It may be natural to assume that our pumps are designed to handle any level of threat from flooding. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact:
 
•    Pumps are limited in capacity by state law and St. Johns River Water Management District regulations to not exceed development discharge rates of the natural landscape prior to development, and to avoid downstream flooding.
•    None of our ponds or pump systems are designed to control or limit a storm surge that exceeds the height of yards and pond berms, which average +4.5 feet above sea level.
•    Ponds can typically hold a rain event of up to 8.6” in 24 hours from normal lake levels before water will extend outward into yards, streets, patios, pools and garages.
•    Regulations only allow drawing the ponds down to their normal design levels prior to a storm and prohibit pumping before a storm to create extra capacity. Doing so really just raises the level of the marsh prior to the storm and that water comes back.
 
Matthew created both rain and storm surge that far exceeded Marsh Landing’s permitted water management capabilities. We share the same risks as others who live on barrier islands. 
 

 
 

 
St. Johns County Emergency Management
http://www.sjcemergencymanagement.com
904.824.5550
 

Florida Division of Emergency Management
http://www.floridadisaster.org

National Weather Service Hurricane Preparedness
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
http://www.fema.gov

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
http://www.noaa.gov
 
First Coast News Hurricane Central
 
Beaches Utilities (power outage or downed lines)
904.247.6171 (24 hrs.)