If You Are Going to Leave, Then You Need to Leave Early
Geographically, Florida is a Very Large Peninsula. If you live in South Florida, then you live at the end of that
peninsula. So, if you want to drive out, there's only one way to go—north!
There are Two Main Northbound Routes: the Turnpike and I-95. And in the face of an oncoming hurricane, these two routes
will be come more and more crowded, moving more and more slowly. Tropical storms and hurricanes are notorious for changing direction.
If you try to drive out, and you wait too long to leave, you may find yourself trapped in very slow moving traffic and heading into an area
threatened by the oncoming storm.
Who Should Evacuate Their Home?
The Broward County Administrator will order evacuations for some Broward County residents to protect them from storm
surges. Typicaly, those persons located in low lying areas or beside tidal bodies of water will be required to seek shelter elsewhere. Just
how many people these mandatory evacuations will affect depends on the strength of the oncoming storm.
There are two evacuation plans—A and B. The severity of the oncoming storm will determine which plan is implemented.
- Plan A is for a Category 1 or 2 Hurricane—all mobile home residents, residents beside tidal bodies of water
and in low-lying areas, and residents east of the Intracoastal Waterway should evacuate.
- Plan B is for a Category 3, 4, or 5 Hurricane—in addition to those required to evacuate under Plan A, all
residents east of U.S. 1 ( Federal Highway ) should evacuate.
201 N.W. 84th Avenue
Plantation, FL 33324
Broward County Hurricane Hotline
954.831.4000 or 311
When You Need to Evacuate Your Home, decide on a specific place to go.
- The Protected House of a friend outside of the evacuation zone, a secure motel or hotel within the county or as a
last resort a public shelter.
- Do Not Stay in Any Structure without good shutters or properly designed and installed hurricane protection.
- Do Not Count on Driving North on the Turnpike or I-95. They will be jammed with slow moving traffic.
- Do Not Count on Going to the airport and flying out. If the airport has not already closed, there is a high
likelihood that any remaining flights will be full or cancelled.
- Plan on Staying in South Florida.
Last Resort Evacuation
A Red Cross Shelter should be your last resort. Do not go until you hear from officials that a specific shelter has opened.
Shelters will be crowded and uncomfortable. Be sure to bring:
- Pillows and blankets.
- Food, water, prescription medicines.
- Small toys, games, and books for young children.
- Note: pets, alcohol, and firearms are not allowed.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Regional Hurricane Shelters
(Alphabetical Order by City)
Lyons Creek Middle School
4333 Sol Press Boulevard
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Monarch High School
5050 Wiles Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Coral Glades High School
2700 Sportsplex Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Fox Trail Elementary School
1250 S Nob Hill Road
Davie, FL 33324
Rock Island Elementary/Arthur Ashe Middle School
1701 NW 23rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Park Lakes Elementary School
3925 N State Road 7
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
Everglades High School
17100 SW 48th Court
Miramar, FL 33027
New Renaissance Middle School
10701 Miramar Boulevard
Miramar, FL 33025
Watkins Elementary School
3520 SW 52nd Avenue
Pembroke Park, FL 33023
Silver Trail Middle School
18300 Sheridan Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33331
West Broward High School
500 NW 209th Avenue
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
Plantation Elementary School
651 NW 42nd Avenue
Plantation, FL 33317
Pompano Beach High School
1400 NE 6th Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Falcon Cove Middle School
4251 Bonaventure Boulevard
Weston, FL 33332
Millennium Middle School
5803 NW 94th Avenue
Tamarac, FL 33321
A pet-friendly shelter operated by the American Red Cross and the
Broward County Humane Society is available to residents with pets who either live
in an evacuation area, or a mobile home anywhere in Broward County. Pre-registration is required. Call the
Humane Society at 954.989.3977.
Special Medical Needs
If You are Dependent on Life Support Systems, or any medical device that requires electricity, be aware that power may be
off for some time during and after a hurricane. You MUST, therefore, plan to relocate early for any hurricane.
All persons with a potentially servere medical need or dependency should contact their service provider or Broward County Elderly &
Veteran Services for detailed information.
Special Needs Registry
Hurricanes are a part of Broward County's History
Prepare Yourself for What May Happen Here . . .