We are in a hurricane season right now. Please do not wait untill the hurricane is coming to the shore. There is plenty of time right now to make a hurricane evacuation plan.
Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready.gov/hurricanes for detailed information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community.
It is one of the most important plans you need to make before a hurricane threatens the area. Questions you should be asking yourself now are :
Is your home in a storm surge zone?
Where will you go?
What will you take with you?
Here are very important things to to remember before hurricane threatens :
When making a plan, think about being self sufficient for at least three days after a hurricane hits your area. Emergency crews and government agencies will likely be tending to the hardest hit areas, so you should not rely on their assistance immediately following a storm.
Organize your hurricane supply list
Do you know if you live in an evacuation zone? If an evacuation order is given for the area where you live, where would you go? Do you have family members or friends outside of evacuation zone area, that you could go and stay during and after the storm?
Protect Your Property:
Do you know how to prepare your house and propety in case hurricane comes through the area? You need to have shutters for the windows, fortify garage door, prepare your boat, etc. Trim the trees before the hurricane season starts to avoid the property damage. Check the generator if it is working properly.
Make a decision who are going to be people to call in case of emergency. These emergency contacts should be inside and outside your general area. This way it helps to ensure that your friends and loved ones know status of you and your family during the hurricane emergency.
Hurricane evacuation shelters can not provide the comfortability relative’s home. Shelters can get full fast.
Going and staying at the hurricane evacuation shelter should be last consideration of where to spend time during and after the hurricane.
But just to be prepared, learn where the shelters are located in your area.
Special Medical Needs:
If you have a relative with special medical needs, please make appropriate arrangements for them. You also can register them for accommodation at a Special Medical Needs Shelter.
To get more information, call Broward County Emergency Management at 954.831.3902 TTY 954.831.3940.
Please, make sure to have enough food and water for your pet and you keep them indoors with you during a hurricane.
If you deside to evacuate and would like to find out about placing pet in a pet-friendly shelter, please call the Humane Society of Broward County at 954.989.3977.