As we buckle up for this year’s hurricane season, we are faced with Hurricane Irma.
• If you live in an evacuation zone, determine where you will evacuate. Going to stay with family or friends outside the evacuation zone is the best choice since shelters only provide for basic needs. Broward County is working with counties to the north and south to coordinate evacuations, as necessary.
• Stock up on emergency supplies, including fuel and food supplies.
• Check supplies of important medications.
• Plan for any special needs members of your family may have, including children, elderly and pets.
• Please do not trim trees or vegetation at this time. Items left curbside as the storm approaches can become harmful projectiles in high winds.
We advise EVERYONE to Be Prepared, Have a Plan and Be Safe! Below are some helpful links.
Hurricane Help: Links, tips & numbers:
- Broward County Hurricane Center: http://www.broward.org/hurricane/Pages/Default.aspx
- Broward County Emergency Management – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrowardEMD/
- Emergency Hotline: 311 or 954-831-4000
- Broward County Responds to Hurricane Irma 9/5 – Read here: https://webapps.broward.org/newsrelease/AdminDisplayMessages.aspx?intMessageId=10639
- Broward County Schools Storm Resource Center: http://browardschools.com/storm-resource-center
- Special Needs: http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/AtRisk/Pages/SpecialNeeds.aspx
- Evacuation and Shelter Information: http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/EvacuationShelterInformation.aspx?fref=gc&dti=286953665076301
- Report price gouging: 1-866-966-7226
- Broward County has one Pet-Friendly Shelter at Millennium Middle School in Tamarac. Pre-registration of pets is recommended, but not required. Pets and owners will be housed in different buildings at adjacent facilities. To register, call 954-989-3977, and press 7, or visit: http://humanebroward.com/
- How to prepare your pet for a hurricane: http://humanebroward.com/how-to-prepare-your-pets-for-a-hurricane-a-timeline/
- Sign Up For AlertBroward: http://www.broward.org/Emergency/Pages/AlertBroward.aspx
- Walkie talkie app that works even with out cell service: (Voxer or Zello)
- Sign Up for CodeRED:
The City of Fort Lauderdale uses CodeRED, a high-speed telephone notification system, to send mass notifications by phone, email and text to keep citizens informed. In the event of an evacuation, utility outage, water main break, fire or flood, chemical spill, or other emergency situation, the City may activate CodeRED to send emergency notifications to registered subscribers. The City may also use CodeRED to communicate non-life safety matters, such as planned road closures, water main repairs, water service interruptions, etc.
There is no charge to register for or use CodeRED, and personal information is kept confidential. Registering for CodeRED is quick and easy and can be done in one of two ways:
- Sign up for CodeRED online, or
- Contact the City of Fort Lauderdale 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.
- Broward County Public Schools and District offices will be closed on Thursday, September 7 and Friday, September 8, 2017, as the District and Broward County prepare for Hurricane Irma, which includes the preparation of schools designated as hurricane shelters. The District continues to monitor and prepare for the storm. For more info, click here.
- News conferences will be webcast live where possible, watch live on Facebook/BrowardEMD
- Looking for gas: ? Check out https://www.gasbuddy.com (or download the app)
- Evacuation Route Zone (click to open PDF)
(below is re-posted by nextdoor.com)
- Be Prepared- Detective DiCristofalo,
As with any possible weather threat, you should always be prepared. Have enough emergency supplies to last for at least three days (72 hours). At a minimum, be sure to include:
- Water (at least one gallon per person per day)
- Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food (manual can opener)Disposable plates and utensils
- Battery-powered flashlight
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Prescription medication (two-week supply)
- Eye glasses or contact lenses
- Toilet paper, soap, wipes, personal hygiene items
- Large plastic garbage bags
- Change of clothes, gloves, sturdy shoes, rain gear
- Blankets and pillows
- Keys (home, vehicle, boat)
- Tools (including rope, duct tape, tarp)
- Unscented bleach
- Supplies for those with special needs (infants, children, seniors, and pets)
- Important documents (driver’s license, birth certificate, insurance papers, medical records, etc. in a waterproof container)
- Charge cell phones and fill the gas tank of your vehicle
***Continue to monitor all news and weather updates.***
For more information, you can check out the City’s hurricane preparedness page: http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/fire-rescue/hurricane-preparedness
or The National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
The City of Fort Lauderdale also offers numerous ways to stay informed before, during and after a storm:
- Monitor the City’s website www.fortlauderdale.gov for updates
- Contact our 24-hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000
- Download the Lauderserv App on your smartphone or tablet
- Watch FLTV, Comcast Ch. 78 or AT&T U-verse Ch. 99
- Register for CodeRED alerts
- Get E-news delivered to your inbox
- Follow us on Twitter @FTLCityNews
- Like us on Facebook
- If you live in Fort Lauderdale, sign up for NextDoor
- Follow us on Instagram @cityoffortlauderdale
- Call the Neighbor Emergency Information Line for recorded updates at 954-828-8888
- Keep a list of Important Phone Numbers and Contact Information handy
Have a link or resource? Send us an email to update this list THANKS!