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Hurricane Preparations

It’s the time of year of again to starting thinking about the possibility of a hurricane coming our way. The hurricane season begins on June 1 and continues through the end of November. Historically, August through September are the most active months in South Florida, but history has taught us that hurricanes are unpredictable. The most important thing is to have a plan and plan ahead.

In order to “ease” in to the hurricane season, begin by making some preparations now. June is a good time to begin purchasing non-perishable food items, bottled water, flashlights and batteries. A very useful and popular item is Broward County’s Hurricane Kit Shopping Guide. The eight-week guide identifies the basic items required to comfortably sustain you and your family for 3-5 days following a storm that may leave you without power and potable water. This Guide also includes information for preparing a Hurricane Kit for your entire family, including your children, the elderly and your pet.

If you are elderly or a care-giver, please take advantage of Broward County’s Vulnerable Population Registry. It allows people who are disabled, frail or have health issues to register in advance by calling the Broward County Call Center at 3-1-1 or TTY 954-831-3940 or your city's emergency management agency.

I encourage you to visit the hurricane website to find detailed information on what to do before, during and after a storm. You can also sign up to be notified of important public safety information by subscribing to the Hurricane Update eMail System.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact my staff at (954) 357-7006 or e-mail me at sgunzburger@broward.org.

Please remain safe this hurricane season and remember that everyone has a personal responsibility to be prepared for the hurricane season!