Before the Event
(See Also Port Everglades and Airport)
Visitors to Broward County may experience an unexpected vacation interruption due to severe tropical weather, including tropical storms and hurricanes. As a visitor at one of Broward’s beachside resorts, or as a cruise or airline passenger, your safety is Broward County’s top priority. TOP TIPS
- Know if your hotel is located in an evacuation area.
Large Evacuation Map (PDF)
- Check with hotel/motel management to see if they have a hurricane plan in place.
- Monitor local radio and television stations for up-to-date information on the status of the storm.
- Find official Broward County hurricane information at www.broward.org/hurricane, or by calling the Broward Hotline at 3-1-1 (in Broward County only) or 954-831-4000
- If an evacuation is ordered and your hotel or motel is in an evacuation zone, you are required to evacuate.
- Under Evacuation Plan A, typically for a Category 1 or 2 storm, all residents east of the Intracoastal Waterway should evacuate. Under Evacuation Plan B, typically for a Category 3 storm or higher, all residents east of U.S. 1 (Federal Highway) should evacuate.
- Ask hotel management if they have made arrangements for alternate lodging during the evacuation period. You may want to consider altering your travel plans.
- If you have friends or family who live outside the evacuation area, stay with them during the evacuation period. Or, you can go to either a hotel/motel in western Broward County outside the evacuation area, or to an American Red Cross Mass Care shelter. If you try and remain at your hotel, you will not only be in violation of a mandatory evacuation, but could be cut off from police, medical and other major services for an extended period of time due to damaged or flooded roads.
- Transportation assistance from Broward County Transit (BCT) is available to and from the evacuation zones to the American Red Cross shelters. If you evacuate to a residence, hotel or motel outside the evacuation area, however, you must provide your own transportation.
- Be sure to have plenty of cash when you evacuate. The power may be out for an indefinite period of time after a storm and ATMs and credit card machines will not be working.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Evacuation service by Broward County Transit (BCT) will coincide with the opening of American Red Cross shelters. It will not begin before shelters are open.
- In the case of a Category 1 or 2 hurricane (Evacuation Plan A), buses will pick up along A1A. In a Category 3 or higher (Evacuation Plan B), bus pick-up points will include A1A and Federal Highway.
- Pick-up points are at any regular bus stop located along A1A on the beaches, and/or Federal Highway in a Category 3 or higher. Or, those requesting transportation assistance can simply flag down a bus at any point along the evacuation route. All buses will be marked "Emergency Evacuation" on the head sign.
- Evacuation service will continue as long as weather permits.
- Broward County Transit Paratransit Services section coordinates transportation of persons with disabilities to and from shelters. Pre-registration is required. Call Broward County Human Services Department at 954-357-6385 (TTY 954-357-5608).
|When is hurricane season?|
Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30.
|Where can I monitor the storm and receive more information?|
Monitor local television and radio stations. Visit broward.org/hurricane or call the Broward Hotline at 3-1-1 (in Broward County only) or 954-831-4000.
|What are the dangers in a hurricane? |
A hurricane may cause storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. Storm surge is a dome of water pushed ashore by the hurricane that could reach 20 feet high. Flooding may be caused by surge, torrential rains, or overflowing rivers and canals. It may occur on the coast or far inland. Winds will be at least 74 mph and gusts can reach more than 175 mph. Tornadoes can be formed far from the center of the eye of the hurricane. Loose items can become flying projectiles, debris can make roads impassable, and flooding can cut off roads entirely.
|I just arrived in Broward County and I am going on a cruise. What should I do? |
The first thing you should do when you arrive is call your cruise line. The U.S. Coast Guard regulates operations at Port Everglades during storm conditions and will determine if or when the port will cease dockside operations.
|I am scheduled to fly home. Will the airport be closed?|
As tropical storm conditions approach, airport personnel monitor the situation closely and, in consultation with the airlines, will determine when the last flights are allowed to arrive and depart at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. This will be announced in the local media. Call your airline for information on flight arrivals and departures before, during and after an emergency.
|My hotel is a high-rise building on the beach. Why do I have to evacuate? |
The primary reason for an evacuation is storm surge, or rising water. Storm surge is one of the more dangerous aspects of the storm. It is not uncommon to see a storm surge in excess of 18 feet (6m), a wave that can potentially cause dramatic damage. If your hotel room is well above the surge, you face other potential dangers. As you go higher up in a building, so does the wind speed. What may be a Category 2 hurricane on the first floor could be a Category 3 or 4 on the 20th floor. Hurricanes can isolate beach communities for an unknown period of time, limiting or eliminating services such as emergency medical assistance, fire-fighting, law enforcement, utility repair, and food delivery.
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Updated June 2012