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Time to Prepare
It's the time of year to again start thinking about the possibility of a hurricane coming our way. The hurricane season begins on June 1st and continues through the end of November. Historically, August through September is the most active months in South Florida, but history has taught us that hurricanes are unpredictable.

Forecasters at the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University have stated that they anticipate above average activity for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season with as many as 15 named storms, eight hurricanes of which four may develop into major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. These predictions don't always come to pass but they remind us that our best chance of survival is to be prepared.

In order to “ease” in to the hurricane season, begin by making some preparations now and then progress little by little. June is a good time to begin purchasing non-perishable food items, bottled water, flashlights and batteries.

A very useful and popular item is Broward County's Hurricane Kit Shopping Guide. The eight-week guide identifies the basic items required to comfortably sustain you and your family for 3-5 days following a storm that may leave you without power and potable water. This Guide also includes information for preparing a Hurricane Kit for your entire family, including your children, the elderly and your pet. The most important thing is to have a plan and plan ahead.

There is one big change that you need to be aware of. Effective June 1, medical services provided in the Special Medical Needs Shelters during a disaster will be transitioned from the Broward County Human Services Department to the Broward County Health Department.
This requires a new application from all current registrants. If you are currently registered in the Special Medical Needs Registry, you should have received an application and letter of instruction. This application must be completed with the assistance and approval of your physician.

If you are elderly or a care-giver please take advantage of Broward County's Vulnerable Population Registry. It allows people who are disabled, frail or have health issues to register in advance by calling the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000, TTY 954-831-3940 or your city's emergency management agency.

I encourage you to visit to find detailed information on what to do before, during and after a storm. You can also sign up to be notified via e-mail of important public safety information by clicking on Hurricane Update Subscription.

And remember, if you are traveling during the summer; be sure to make arrangements to safeguard your home during your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact my staff at 954-357-7006 or e-mail me at

Please remain safe this hurricane season and remember that everyone has a personal responsibility to be prepared for the hurricane season!