All residents are encouraged to assemble an emergency preparedness kit to have available yearound in the event of any emergency.
Just before hurricane season begins on June 1 is a good time to check the contents of your emergency preparedness kit, freshen your supplies and review your emergency plans.
If a storm is approaching Broward County, the National Hurricane Center may deem an area under a Hurricane Watch or a Hurricane Warning.
- Hurricane Watch – Hurricane may have landfall in the area within 48 hours
- Hurricane Warning – Hurricane is expected to strike the area within 36 hours
- Drinking Water – The local water supply may be interrupted or become contaminated. Store at least one gallon per person per day for three to five days, preferably two weeks. Extra water is needed for preparing food and for personal hygiene. Store water in food-grade containers. You can also fill clean, airtight containers such as two-liter soda jugs with drinking water. If you re-use disposable plastic bottles, do not keep them for more than a month. Do not use milk containers as they are difficult to clean thoroughly and don't have an airtight seal. (See Water)
- Food – At least enough for three to five days including non-perishable packaged or canned food that needs no refrigeration and can be prepared without cooking. (See Food and Refrigerators & Freezers)
- Coolers for ice and cold food storage in case the power goes out
- Battery-Operated Radio w/ extra batteries or hand-crank radio
- Flashlight (w/ extra bulbs and batteries)
- Matches – Stored in a waterproof container
- Fire Extinguisher
- Hard-line telephone with jack (not cordless)
- Emergency Cooking Facilities
- A three- to five-day supply of special items for babies such as formula, food, wipes, and diapers; special foods for the elderly; toiletries and extra toilet paper.
- Extra Medicine – Contact your pharmacy and obtain a 30-day supply of medications.
- Pet food, cat litter and other pet-care items
- Manual Can Opener/Bottle Opener
- Paper goods such as plates, bowls, napkins, towels, and plastic eating utensils
- First Aid Kit and Manual
- Bleach (for purifying water)
- Shutters, Lumber
- Emergency Repair Materials and Tools – Keep receipts as these expenditures may be covered by insurance. Items to include are cord and rope, hammer and wood nails, saw, hatchet or axe, crowbar, chain saw blades, tarp, duct tape and heavy work gloves
- Plastic trash bags and ties
- Extra re-sealable plastic storage bags, heavy-duty aluminum foil and disposable aluminum pans
- Extra charcoal or propone gas for outdoor cooking. Sterno can also be used. Never cook with any of these inside your house—the smoke and fumes are deadly.
- Fire extinguisher (ABC type)
- Mosquito repellent with DEET
- Toys, books and games to keep children and adults entertained during and after the storm
- Full Tank of Gasoline – Gas pumps do not work without electricity
- Cash and Credit Cards
- Sturdy Shoes
- Special Medical Equipment and Supplies (e.g. extra oxygen, hearing aid batteries, etc.)
- Monitor local radio and television stations for up-to-date information on the status of the storm.
- Organize a place to meet with your family should you become separated after the storm.
- Determine the location of the nearest American Red Cross Shelter in the event you have to evacuate (See Shelters)
- Keep appliances plugged in until power fails, then turn off and unplug appliances (See Refrigerators & Freezers)
- Prepare your property, including your boat (See Boat), your swimming pool (See Swimming Pool), your airplane (See Aircraft), and your automobile (See Automobiles & Trucks).
- Make arrangements for shelter and safety of pets (See Animals).
- Persons requiring special medical assistance – such as oxygen tanks or kidney dialysis – should make arrangements for care in the event of an extended power outage.
- Pregnant women who are two weeks from due date or considered high-risk should consult their physician.
- If you reside in a mobile home, check tie-downs and evacuate immediately.
- Continue to monitor local radio or television stations for up-to-date information on the status of the storm.
- Discount rumors and use the telephone sparingly.
- Prepare for high winds: brace garage doors, lower antennas and prepare for making repairs.
- Store tree or bush trimmings indoors, away from wind.
- Anchor loose outdoor objects securely or bring indoors (garbage cans, awnings, garden tools, toys, etc.)
- Protect doors and windows (See Windows).
- Protect valuables and personal papers from the storm – put in waterproof containers and store in the least vulnerable location.
- Prepare for tornadoes (See Tornadoes) or floods (See Flooding).
- Re-check supplies.
- Evacuate early if located in an evacuation zone or in a mobile home. Travel no further than necessary as roads may be jammed. Take “survival” supplies (first aid kit, drinking water, canned or dried foods, manual can opener, utensils, extra medication, etc.)
- Keep important papers with you at all times, including driver's license and other identification, insurance policies, property inventory, medic-alert or device to convey special medical information, etc. Important papers should be housed in a waterproof container.
- Residents are urged to report to Broward County any hurricane damage to their home as soon as it is safe to go outside. Before the storm click on "Home Damage Assessment Program." To participate in the program, print the Home Damage Assessment Photos and keep them handy for reference after the storm.
Updated March 2012