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Hurricane Irma: The emergency phone numbers you need

Posted at 11:17 AM, Sep 06, 2017

With Florida residents preparing for the potential impact of Hurricanes Irma, we have compiled a list of emergency phone numbers.

RELATED: More local emergency numbers | Hurricane Guide | Latest Irma track

Florida Emergency Information Line has been activated 24/7. For up to date information regarding Hurricane Irma, call 1-800-342-3557.

In order to find a hurricane shelter close to you, you can text the word "shelter" and your zip code to the number 4-F-E-M-A or 4-3-3-6-2.

Another option is to call 2-1-1.  They are the crisis, information and referral line for all of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Before you go to a shelter, always check with your local emergency management agency to make sure it's not full.

Note: Texting FEMA is not a substitute for calling 911.

If you would like to report price gouging, call 1-866-966-7226.

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