Before the Event
Building managers should properly prepare elevators for a hurricane emergency. If your building is in an evacuation zone and an evacuation is ordered, building residents are required by law to evacuate.
Preparations For Disabled Residents
- Check the operation of all vents and openings in the machine room and hoistway walls to ensure proper operation and prevent water leakage.
- Check all sump pumps, float switches and alarms to ensure proper operation.
- Clear out gutters, drains and downspouts to prevent an accumulation of rain water that may cascade to the floors below and find its way into the elevator shafts, causing electrical shortages and a shutdown.
- Pull the disconnect switches in the machine room and close and lock the door to prevent the elevator from operating during a hurricane.
- Elevators that open to the atmosphere should have sandbags placed all along the bottom of hoistway doors.
Make plans in advance to accommodate individuals with disabilities who may not be able to climb stairs in the event of an extended power outage or elevator closure.
Encourage any resident who may become vulnerable during an emergency to register with building management so that they may be notified before elevators are shut down.
If an evacuation order is in place for your area, do not shut down elevators until residents who wish to seek shelter elsewhere are able to evacuate the building with their supplies and belongings.
Regardless of age, a resident at risk due to disability, frailty or health issue who elects to stay at home in the event of a hurricane or other disaster should register with the Vulnerable Population Registry. This joint partnership between all municipalities and Broward County was created to assist emergency responders in better planning for future recovery efforts. It is not a guarantee that residents will be provided services or be placed on a priority list for emergency responders; however, it does help emergency responders be better prepared. To register in the Vulnerable Population Registry, call the Broward County Call Center at 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000 (TTY 954-831-3940) or your city's emergency management agency. Register Online.
Updated June 2014