BEFORE THE STORM
Develop a shelter plan, even if your plan is to shelter at home. If you plan to evacuate to a shelter, pre-registration is not required; however, pre-registration is encouraged if you plan on going to a Special Needs Shelter. Call Human Services Department at 954-357-6385 (TTY 954-357-5608). If you pre-register, you are not obligated to go to the shelter in an emergency. You can change your plans without notice if you make other arrangements.
Pre-register for paratransit transportation, if you think you may need it. As with shelter registration, you are not obligated to take advantage of the service if your plans change. To pre-register, call Broward County Human Services Department at 954-357-6385 (TTY 954-357-5608).
VULNERABLE POPULATION REGISTRY:
Residents who are disabled, frail or have health issues should register in advance with the Vulnerable Population Registry. The Registry is not a guarantee of services, but it enables city emergency workers to better respond to vulnerable resident needs in a recovery effort. For more information or to register, visit the Emergency Preparedness for Vulnerable Individuals Web Site, call 311 or 954-831-4000.
PET-FRIENDLY SHELTER REGISTRATION:
Service animals are accommodated at all shelters. If you plan on sheltering with your pet, however, you must stay at Broward County’s pet-friendly shelter at Millennium Middle School in Tamarac, operated by the Humane Society of Broward County and the American Red Cross. Call 954-989-3977, and press 6, or visit www.humanebroward.com. This is a pet-friendly shelter only, and not a General Population Shelter. Pre-registration is required, and owners are expected to shelter with their pets and care for them.
BROWARD COUNTY EMERGENCY UPDATES:
To sign up to be notified via e-mail of important public safety information during a storm, visit the Hurricane Home Page and click on Subscribe to Emergency Updates or follow us at twitter.com/ReadyBroward to receive updates on your phone or other mobile device.
Know the Lingo
Hurricane Watch—Hurricane conditions are possible within 48 hours. Your preparations should be underway.
Hurricane Warning—Hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. Your preparations should be rushed to completion.
Know the Hazards
- Storm Surge—Storm surge is the most dangerous element of a hurricane. This is a dome of ocean water that can be 20 feet high at its peak and 50 to 100 miles wide. Nine out of 10 hurricane fatalities are attributable to storm surge.
- Wind—A hurricane is a tropical storm with constant winds greater than 74 miles per hour. These winds can extend inland for hundreds of miles. Hurricanes can also spawn tornadoes, which add to their potential for destruction.
- Rain—Because of the tropical nature of hurricanes, they contain rain which can, at times, be torrential and cause floods and flash floods.
Know When to Go
- Evacuation—Hurricane evacuations are ordered by the Broward County Mayor to protect coastal residents from dangerous storm surge, and mobile home residents from rising water and high wind. The type of evacuation ordered will be based upon the severity of the storm.
- Evacuation Plan A – Hurricane Category 1 or 2 - All residents east of the Intracoastal Waterway, mobile home residents, residents beside tidal bodies of water and in low-lying areas.
- Evacuation Plan B - Hurricane Category 3 and higher - In addition to those required to evacuate under Plan A, all residents east of U.S. 1 (Federal Highway) should evacuate.
SPECIAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE DISABLED
If you have a disability or special medical need, your emergency plans must fit your unique circumstances.
- Talk to your physician or health care provider about a realistic plan for your safety.
- Carefully evaluate your shelter options and make advanced plans. Reasonable modifications will be made for shelter residents with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- If you undergo routine treatments (such as dialysis), are a home healthcare client, or require oxygen supplies, call your service provider to discuss their plans for continuing service to you in an emergency.
- Create a Personal Information Card with all your health information (doctors, insurance policies, medications, etc.).
- Place identification labels on any medical support equipment you would take to a shelter with you, such as wheelchairs, walkers and nebulizers.
- If you have a service animal, make sure the animal has a collar with identification. Have proof that the animal’s vaccinations are up to date, and a copy of written instructions for your animal’s care.
- Collect your emergency supplies early. Keep ample supplies of prescription and non-prescription medications on hand, especially during hurricane season, June 1 through November 30.
- Visit Emergency Preparedness for Residents At Risk for more tips.